Kirk Knuffke – Chorale (SCCD 31769)

SCCD 31769 Kirk Knuffke Quartet “Chorale” In the last few years Cornetist Kirk Knuffke has developed a formidable discography on SteepleChase label with three duo recordings with pianist Jesse Stacken, each of which is a tribute to jazz’s great composers, and one quartet collaboration with veteran saxophonist Ted Brown. Kirk Knuffke filled the new album here entirely with his own original compositions to showcase his unique compositional talent. " Over the last couple years, New York trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has quietly emerged as one of the most exciting and flexible hornmen on the scene .” Peter Margasak – Downbeat magazine 1. Wingy (Kirk Knuffke)2. Made (Kirk Knuffke)3. Kettle (Kirk Knuffke)4. … Continue reading

Niels Vincentz – Gravity (SCCD 31764)

SCCD 31764 Niels Vincentz Trio “Gravity” January a year ago American born Danish tenor saxophonist Niels Vincentz made CD debut from SteepleChase with his American trio of Cameron Brown on bass and Billy Hart on drums (“Early Reflections SCCD 31737) to critical acclaim. Vincentz presents here the follow-up set with Brown and Hart right after their tours in USA and Denmark. “ Beautiful SteepleChase debut …so remarkable that it will open the door for Vincentz to the wider jazz audience ..” (Ivan Rod – GAFFA, DK) “ There’s perfect equilibrium here: no overreaching, no underreaching, either…You hear how centered Vincentz is, and why these Americans dig him .” (M. Jackson … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Three’s Not A Crowd (SCCD 31751)

SCCD 31751 Andy LaVerne “Three Is Not A Crowd” The “Three” of “The Three Is Not A Crowd” goes way back to 1977 when Andy LaVerne, Mike Richmond and Billy Hart comprised the rhythm section for the great Stan Getz quartet. Andy LaVerne cut his debut album with Richmond and Hart that year in Copenhagen which was released as “Another World” SCCD 31086. 35 years later the “Three” convened in a NJ studio to record. The result here is not just a reunion but a new world of creative outpouring by the three mature artists. 1. Fourth Right (Andy LaVerne)2. Three Is Not A Crowd (Andy LaVerne)3. Bird Song (Andy … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Hart-beat (SCCD 31742)

Saxophonist Stephen Riley and drummer Billy Hart who have shared mutual admiration of each other’s work collaborated for the first time to present this compelling trio album. “….(Riley’s) lushly-conceived tone and phrasing are instantly recognizable, a post-millennial alloy of Lester Young disciples running from Don Byas through Teo Macero to Warne Marsh an on to Wayne Shorter and beyond . …” (Derek Taylor – Master of a Small House) 1. Just You Just Me (Jesse Greer)2. Isotope (Joe Henderson)3. Lonnie's Lament (John Coltrane)4. When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Leon René/René Otis/Clarence Muse)5. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are (Thelonious Monk)6. The End Of A Love Affair (Edward Redding)7. Mr. Sandman (Pat Ballard)8. … Continue reading

Niels Vincentz – Early Reflections (SCCD 31737)

This special debut album by saxophone player Niels Vincentz, who is, to quote Mark Gardner, “ one of the best kept secrets of Danish Jazz ” reveals a picture of the current state of jazz music in the world. Jazz has attracted and nourished an enormous herd of talented young musicians to secure a deep reservoir of its true new voices. SteepleChase is proud to welcome Niels Vincentz to the label. 1. Scandicci (Niels Vincentz)2. Boy's Birthday (Niels Vincentz)3. Little Sister (Niels Vincentz)4. I Remember You (Victor Schiertinger)5. It's You Or No One (Jule Styne)6. Happy Medium (Niels Vincentz)7. Reaching (Niels Vincentz)8. Repetition (Niels Vincentz)9. 26-2 (John Coltrane) UPC/EAN: 716043173723 … Continue reading

Olegario Diaz – Having Fun (SCCD 31733)

Composer/pianist Olegario Diaz was born in Venezuela and studied music in USA graduating with Master’s degree in Jazz Composition from The Manhattan School of Music in New York City. For his SteepleChase debut album here he surrounds himself with the finest of artists one can find on the NY jazz scene: Rich Perry on tenorsax, Ron McClure on bass and Billy Hart on drums. Diaz is active in performing both in USA and South America. “His visions and efforts resulted in a fresh and spontaneous performance of this fine selection of jazz standards and Diaz originals.” (Ron McClure – from the linernotes) 1. In Walked Bud (Thelonious Monk)2. Salvador (Olegario … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Blue Strike (SCCD 31729)

C. Andrew Hovan of AllAboutJaz once observed, “ What has marked all of Stryker's previous SteepleChase sides has been his penchant to not repeat formats or ideas. Each session sports a different group of musicians and the material covers new ground .” Mr. Hovan’s observation proves true here on Stryker’s latest recording of mesmerizing organ quintet with repertoire raging from Michael Jackson to Clifford Brown together with his originals. “( Stryker) combines tradition and modernity in equal balance, arranges with skill and imagination, teases optimum performances from associates with good-natured relish, and plays the blues with deep felt conviction .” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Joy Spring (Clifford … Continue reading

Billy Hart – Sixty Eight (SCCD 31707)

Since his SteepleChase debut with pianist Hal Galper on an album entitled "Reach Out" (SCCD 31067) in 1976, drummer Billy Hart and label have kept a long, productive relationship. This release marks his 68 th recording and his 1 st leader album for SteepleChase. Billy Hart has not only been the company's most recorded drummer but also one of the most influential voices in the label’s creative decision making. “… Hart is widely regarded as one of the most capable of modern-jazz drummers …” (The New Grove Dictionary of JAZZ) 1. What Reason (Ornette Coleman)2. Number Eight (Eric Dolphy)3. Serene (Eric Dolphy)4. Fire Waltz (Mal Waldron)5. Beatrice (Sam Rivers)6. Cyclic … Continue reading

Andrew Rathbun – Where We Are Now (SCCD 31665)

Andrew Rathbun, a Canadian-born multi-instrumentalist (primarily on tenor saxophone) who is also an accomplished composer has firmly established himself on the world jazz scene. On his previous release “Affairs of State” (SCCD 31630) Stuart Broomer of allaboutjazz wrote, “…. The result is consistently thoughtful, well-crafted music in a mature idiom .” 1. Son Suite I (Andrew Rathbun)2. Son Suite II (Andrew Rathbun)3. Son Suite III (Andrew Rathbun)4. Son Suite IV (Andrew Rathbun)5. Film Under Glass (Andrew Rathbun)6. A Stern (Andrew Rathbun)7. Wheel (Andrew Rathbun)8. Lament (Andrew Rathbun)9. No Longer (Andrew Rathbun) UPC/EAN: 716043166527 … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Strike Up The Band (SCCD 31637)

1. Strike Up The Band (George Gershwin)2. The Message (Xavier Davis)3. Airegin (Sonny Rollins)4. I Love You (Cole Porter)5. What Is This? (Dave Stryker)6. Peace Song (Andy McKee)7. Blues Strut (Dave Stryker)8. Saints And Sinners (Dave Stryker) UPC/EAN: 716043163724 … Continue reading