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

Gary Versace – Time And Again (SCCD 31572)

SteepleChase is proud to present the leader debut album by organist Gary Versace, who was voted a “rising star” on the Hammond Organ in Downbeat’s 2004 Critics Poll. SteepleChase’ new recording artist Gary Versace is one of the most sought after organists/pianists/accordionists on the elite scene of jazz all over the world. “ Unveiled here is the already mature style of a witty and wise player who has developed a most individual response to the challenges posed by an instrument which offers a myriad possibilities for this highly perceptive practitioner …” (Mark Gardner) 1. Homeland (Gary Versace)2. 2 2 2 (Gary Versace)3. First Things Last (Gary Versace)4. Excuse My Shoes … Continue reading

Joshua Douglas Smith – Unstuck In Time (SCCD 31564)

With the successful debut album (SCCD 31545 “Major Incident”) in place Joshua returned to studio this time supported by three veteran sidemen: Ben Monder (guitar), his mentor and teacher Ron McClure (bass) and Billy Hart (drums). “ Still not yet 22 – he was born in New York on August 24, 1982…, Joshua displays his rapidly growing confidence and maturity…The outcome is an invaluable, focussed snapshot of his artistic development …” (Mark Gardner) 1. I'll Be Seeing You (Sammy Fain)2. Unstuck in Time (Joshua Douglas Smith)3. Fool For Beauty (Joshua Douglas Smith)4. Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen)5. So it Goes (Joshua Douglas Smith)6. Solar (Miles Davis)7. African Flower … Continue reading

LeeAnn Ledgerwood – Paradox (SCCD 31497)

Following the impressive rendition of Coltrane’s music by this pianist on SCCD 31477 “Compassion”, LeeAnn Ledgerwood dedicates this CD to Bill Evans whose music changed her life. As she puts it in the linernote: “ …Art, the art that jazz is, is an experience. Anyone can have it, participate in it, and revel in the rage of emotions that leave us in awe. I owe my life’s work to such an experience. It happened when I was a child of eleven. I heard my first recording by Bill Evans….” 1. The night has a thousand eyes (Bernier-Brainin)2. My funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers)3. Wise one (John Coltrane)4. India (John Coltrane)5. Spring … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Know More (SCCD 31493)

SteepleChase opens a new century with one of its favourite genre, piano trio, with the label’s long time contributor Andy LaVerne. This LaVerne’s 20th entry on the label features recent originals by the pianist including title tune “Know More”. 1. Fire wire (Andy LaVerne)2. Think tank (Andy LaVerne)3. Sudden wealth syndrome (Andy LaVerne)4. Where and when (Andy LaVerne)5. Wiggle room (Andy LaVerne)6. Waltz king (Andy LaVerne)7. Know more (Andy LaVerne)8. Wholistic (Andy LaVerne)9. Happenstance (Andy LaVerne) UPC/EAN: 716043149322 … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Shades Of Miles (SCCD 31480)

SCCD 31480 Shades Of Miles / Dave Stryker Dave Stryker, who is ever striving to meet a new challenge, re-examines here on his 12 th album on the label, the impact of Miles Davis’ music from the late 60s. Based on the sound and format of Miles’ “Bitches Brew” period, Stryker creates intriguing music of his own. In the linernotes, renowned tenorman David Liebman comments, ”… Dave Stryker and his band have created a wonderful and joyous palette of sound for you to enjoy with the ghost of the Prince of Darkness looming in the shadows. I could imagine Miles listening and voicing his approval of this recording. Enjoy!! ” … Continue reading