Jed Levy – One Night At The Kitano (SCCD 31669)

Saxophonist Jed Levy took his group to the Kitano Hotel bar-lounge, one of the hippest live spots on Park Avenue in New York City to make this exciting live recording in September 2008. On Jed’s previous album “ Evans Exploration” SCCD 31648 Elliott Simon Of Allaboutjazz wrote, “… Levy succeeds remarkably well through his own impressionistic gentle touch, …. This is a unique depiction of Evans' songbook .” 1. A Great Week (Jed Levy)2. Fallen Eagle (Jed Levy)3. Reversible You (Jed Levy)4. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn)5. Limited Means (Jed Levy)6. Match Point (Jed Levy)7. Blues Excerpt (Jed Levy) UPC/EAN: 716043166923 … Continue reading

Tom Guarna – Major Minor (SCCD 31657)

Guitarist Tom Guarna for his fourth leader CD puts together a beautifully executed album of intriguing music with his long-term collaborators. “…. all the participants shared a respect, familiarity and belief in the tenets of what goes to make good jazz . …” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Huey Dewey And Lewis (Tom Guarna)2. Isfahan (Billy Strayhorn)3. Johnny Come Lately (Billy Strayhorn)4. Sunset And The Mockingbird (Duke Ellington)5. Simone (Frank Foster)6. Brake's Sake (Thelonious Monk)7. Little Melonae (Jackie McLean)8. My Ideal (Whiting / Chase)9. It's Allright With Me (Cole Porter) UPC/EAN: 716043165728 … Continue reading

Marcus Printup, Joe Magnarelli, Ryan Kisor – Jam Session Vol. 25 (SCCD 31639)

1. Three And One (Thad Jones)2. Triple Talk (Andy LaVerne)3. Scandia Skies (Kenny Dorham)4. My One And Only Love (Mellin/Woods)5. Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans)6. Imagination (Jimmy Van Heusen)7. Impromptu (Andy LaVerne)8. Ca-Lee-So (Lee Morgan)9. Take The Coltrane (Duke Ellington) UPC/EAN: 716043163922 … Continue reading

Conrad Herwig, Wycliffe Gordon, Vincent Gardner – Jam Session Vol. 23 (SCCD 31624)

“ In the jazz tradition, the jam session played and continues to play a vital role in the musical community. In that spirit, Steeplechase, a label built on tradition, has come up with a jam session series, pairing veteran players with up-and-comers as a way of spreading the word about musicians on the label.” (Matthew Miller – Allabout jazz). 1. Mamacita (Joe Henderson)2. Kin Folks (Lee Morgan)3. Undecided (Charlie Shavers)4. Tenderly (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Born To Be Blue (Mel Torme)6. You Know I Care (Duke Pearsson)7. Note Worthy (Andy LaVerne)8. Short Story (Kenny Dorham)9. Lover Come Back To Me (Sigmund Romberg) UPC/EAN: 716043162420 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Whatever Happens (SCCD 31617)

SCCD 31617Ari Ambrose “Whatever Happens” Since embarking on a “burgeoning creative career” (Chuck Berg – JazzTimes) with his debut album “Introducing Ari Ambrose” in 1998 Ambrose has kept critics and fans positively surprised with his ever-evolving performances. In this latest album we discover the tenorman’s romantic side. 1. No More (Lucky Thompson)2. More Than You Know (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu)3. Whatever Happens (Ari Ambrose)4. I'm Glad There Is You (Madeira/Dorsey)5. Luna (Ari Ambrose)6. Emily (Johnny Mandel)7. Unknown Side (Ari Ambrose)8. Don't Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh)9. Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen) UPC/EAN: 716043161720 … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy, Christian Winther, Wayne Escoffery – Jam Session Vol. 21 (SCCD 31613)

1. I'll Remember April (DePaul/Raye)2. Impressions (John Coltrane)3. Misty Thursday (Duke Jordan)4. Selfportrait In Three Colors (Charles Mingus)5. Crazy Love (JoAnne Tardy)6. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter)7. On Green Dolphin Street (Bronislav Kaper)8. Au Privave (Charlie Parker) UPC/EAN: 716043161324 … Continue reading

Jed Levy – Gateway (SCCD 31606)

When reviewing Levy’s previous release SCCD 31579 “ Mood Ellington”, BBC Music Magazine’s Richard Cook wrote, “… Levy offers one of the richest tenor sounds in contemporary jaz z…” 1. Life Of Riley (Jed Levy)2. Irony (Jed Levy)3. Gateway (Jed Levy)4. Lost April (Newman/Spencer/DeLange)5. Positivity (Jed Levy)6. Chorale (Jed Levy)7. How Am I To Know (Jack King)8. Afterthought Blues (Jed Levy)9. Carillon (Jed Levy) UPC/EAN: 716043160624 … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner, Danny Kirkham, Andre Hayward – Jam Session Vol. 20 (SCCD 31602)

On previous SteepleChase Jam Session series, CD Review’s Rick Finlay wrote, “… SteepleChase’s series of jam sessions drawing together the cream of the contemporary jazz world makes a refreshing change these days. ….highly recommended .” 1. K. D.'s Motion (Kenny Dorham)2. Fried Bananas (Dexter Gordon)3. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)4. You Don't Know What Love Is (DePaul/Raye)5. Starcrossed Lover (Duke Ellington)6. Seven Steps To Heaven (Victor Feldman)7. Voyage (Kenny Barron) UPC/EAN: 716043160228 … Continue reading

Rick Margitza, Joshua Douglas Smith, Rich Perry – Jam Session Vol. 19 (SCCD 31601)

SteepleChase´ on-going jam session series is recognized by critics and public as a dynamic reflection of contemporary jazz scene. 1. Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins)2. Without A Song (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu)3. The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael)4. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)5. Nancy With The Laughing Face (Jimmy Van Heusen)6. So Long Ago (Andy LaVerne)7. Cool-De-La (Andy LaVerne)8. Take The Coltrane (Duke Ellington) UPC/EAN: 716043160129 … Continue reading

Tony Purrone – Incubation (SCCD 31591)

SCCD 31591 Tony Purrone Trio "Incubation" Tony Purrone belongs to a special rank of guitarists whose awesome skill and blinding velocity can co-exist with deep musical sensitivity and creativity. On this his seventh release on SteepleChase Purrone is whole-heartedly on jazz groove. For his Six-String Delight (SCCD 31438) album, JazzTimes' Bill Mikowski wrote," A monster guitarist, Purrone displays his prodigious technique on this celebration of 10 jazz guitar innovators.A wonderful sampler for jazz guitar fans and an admirable showcase for this criminally under-recognized six-string virtuoso." And Jim Ferguson of JazzTimes commented on Rascality album (SCCD 31514), ".it's important to know that his musical abilities run deep and encompass musicality, creativity … Continue reading