Stanley Cowell – Are You Real? (SCCD 31790)

SCCD 31790 Stanley Cowell Trio “Are You Real?” Stanley Cowell during the last five decades has not only been active on the jazz scene but also devoted himself in the musical education of younger generation. Now his well-earned retirement from teaching at the Rutgers enables him to spend more time in performing and recording. The latest album, which is his 13th release on this label, Stanley Cowell presents himself as a supreme interpreter of jazz’s standard titles. “…it’s a great pleasure to hear Stanley Cowell’s It’s Time: a finely crafted collection of mostly originals that is at once sophisticated, both aggressive and pensive, and simply fascinating to listen to.” (Greg … Continue reading

Peter Zak – The Eternal Triangle (SCCD 31771)

SCCD 31771 Peter Zak Trio "The Eternal Triangle” Peter Zak’s penchant and artistry for trio format has produced an impressive series of piano trio albums all of which have enjoyed superlative critical acclaims all over the world. Here on this latest release with the fitting album title Peter Zak delivers once again his trademark intelligent art of piano trio performance. “You can’t help but be drawn in by his deep swing, mastery of tempo, horn-like phrasing, orchestrative savoir faire, and ability to conjure melodic pathways through harmonic thickets.” ( Ten Panken – DownBeat on “Down East – SCCD 31715) 1. I Believe In You (Frank Loesser)2. A Body At Rest … Continue reading

Peter Zak – Nordic Noon (SCCD 31744)

Pianist Peter Zak has in a relatively short time since his arrival at the NY jazz scene firmly established himself as “ a top-flight modern mainstream player who appears regularly with respected artists …” (Joel Roberts –AAJ) On this his eighth album Peter Zak continues his ever-evolving approach to piano trio jazz. (Thomas Conrad AAJ on “Seed of Sin” SCCD 31641) 1. Rara Avis (Peter Zak)2. Joshua C (Woody Shaw)3. Legs (Peter Zak)4. So Sweet My Little Girl (Duke Pearson)5. Herzog (Bobby Hutcherson)6. Out Of The Night (Joe Henderson)7. Nordic Noon (Peter Zak)8. The Touch Of Your Lips (Ray Noble)9. East Of The Sun (Brooks Bowman)10. Love Letters (Victor Young)11. … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Dedication (SCCD 31718)

Bassist/Composer/Bandleader Ron McClure eargerly took the challenge of combining two of the most exciting tenor saxophonists on the NY scene today: Rich Perry and Stephen Riley. McClure notes, “ I paid special attention to Stephen Riley’s soft, melodic qualities, which are his signature. Stephen is truly a unique voice in today’s jazz scene, and utilizing his most personal musical qualities was top priority for me when choosing this material. Rich Perry is amazing! He can play anything and everything, and is as creative as a soloist as anyone on his instrument today. Rich Perry shines brightly, as always….” “… Soft Hands (SCCD31615) signals his 31 st session for SteepleChase as … Continue reading

Don Braden, Stephen Riley, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery – Jam Session Vol. 30 (SCCD 31700)

Vol. 30 marks the last and completion of SteepleChase Jam Session series which started 12 years ago featuring many of the talented instrumentalists of younger (and old, too) generation on the New York scene. Derek Taylor of AAJ-NY sums up the significance of this series, “ As long as there is jazz, jam sessions will continue to be the glue that holds the art form together. It’s a dyed-in-the-wool tradition in the music and a primary means by which it evolves. These conclaves of like-minded players draw enthusiastically on the best traits of the practice. The days when giants like Bean, Bags, Jaws and Jug frequented after hours haunts, blowing … Continue reading

Peter Zak – The Decider (SCCD 31690)

Peter Zak has chosen for this his sixth album a quartet format for the first time. Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf who works regularly with Peter Zak enhances Zak’s imaginative and intelligent approach to music. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio wrote for AllAboutJazz-NY, “ For Tomorrow (SCCD 31592 ) is chameleonic to the point of being startling. It is organic and tight, with no loose chords and no loose strings. It's the sort of satisfaction for pure spontaneity that setting your iPod on shuffle would never justly accomplish. You find yourself tapping your foot long after the last note is played, and the resonance is as striking as the music.” 1. The Decider (Peter … Continue reading

Jim Snidero, Dave Pietro, Mike DiRubbo – Jam Session Vol. 29 (SCCD 31685)

“… SteepleChase producer Nils Winther's interest in documenting spontaneous meetings of talented musicians deserves praise, demanding single takes and no rehearsals to keep the music fresh and the players on their toes …” (Ken Dryden on Vols.17 & 18 – AllAbout Jazz) 1. Matador (Grant Green)2. Whispering High (Andy LaVerne)3. Desolate Shore (Andy LaVerne)4. Easy To Remember (Richard Rodgers)5. Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron)6. Theme For Ernie (Fred Lacey)7. Little B's Poem (Bobby Hutcherson)8. Samba De Stacy (William Boone)9. Firewire (Andy LaVerne) UPC/EAN: 716043168521 … Continue reading

Bill Mays – Mays At The Movies (SCCD 31684)

As Thomas Conrad (allaboutjazz) once observed Bill Mays as “a literate, polished, Mainstream jazz pianist (who) likes to do concept albums”, Bill Mays chose to build his first album on SteepleChase on the concept of movie themes. Mays’s mastery of color and touch superbly illustrates those silver screen memorable moments. 1. I've Never Been In Love Before (Frank Loesser)2. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Johnny Mandel)3. Pure Imagination (Anthony Newley / Leslie Bricusse)4. Love Theme From Spartacus (Alex North)5. Judy (Bill Mays)6. The Summer Knows (Michel Legrand)7. There's A Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers)8. You Leave Me Breathless (Frederick Hollander)9. Charade (Henry Mancini) UPC/EAN: 716043168422 … Continue reading

John Tchicai – In Monk’s Mood (SCCD 31675)

1. Monk's Mood (Thelonious Monk)2. Coming On The Hudson (Thelonious Monk)3. Light Blue (Thelonious Monk)4. Ugly Beauty (Thelonious Monk)5. Round About Midnight (Thelonious Monk)6. Cool Copy (John Tchicai)7. Easy Street (Jones)8. Ruby My Dear (Thelonious Monk)9. Aks Him Now (John Tchicai)10. Monk's Mood (Thelonious Monk) UPC/EAN: 716043167524 … Continue reading

Ron McClure – New Moon (SCCD 31673)

Bassist/composer Ron McClure’s previous release “Soft Hands” (SCCD 31615) was a unusual drum-less trio setting about which Will Smith of JazzTimes wrote, “ The quiet and easygoing togetherness of bassist Ron McClure’s Soft Hands, with tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and pianist George Colligan, will find listeners overlooking the absence of a drummer . …”. On this new recording the same group is expanded into a quartet with an addition of drummer, Billy Drummond who is met with immediate and unanimous enthusiasm (Ron McClure). 1. Half A Nice Day (Ron McClure)2. Kalman's Dance (Ron McClure)3. Hostile Terrain (Ron McClure)4. Better Late Than Never (Ron McClure)5. It's Always Now (Ron McClure)6. New … Continue reading