Gary Bartz – Monsoon (SCCD 31234)

SCCD 31234 Monsoon / Gary Bartz Quartet Alto saxophonist Gary Bartz (b. Baltimore, Sept. 26, 1940) studied music at the Julliard School in New York. He then worked with many prominent players like Max Roach, Art Blakey, Blue Mitchell , McCoy Tyner in the 60s. His international fame came when he joined Miles Davis in the early 70s. He made his SteepleChase recording debut with Jackie McLean in 1973 (“Ode To Super” SCCD 31009). 15 years later he went into a studio in Copenhagen with the band he was touring with in Europe to make the second album for SteepleChase. 1. Samuel (Yusef Salim)2. Never never land (Jule Styne)3. Run … Continue reading

Duke Jordan – Time On My Hands (SCCD 31232)

SCCD 31232 Time On My Hands / Duke Jordan “ Have no doubt about it, this is a superb record by a great jazz pianist. Duke Jordan weaves perfect patterns of improvisation. He can play with great sensitivity and musical understanding ….” (Ray Spencer, Jazz Journal International) 1. Rosetta (Earl Hines)2. If I did – would you? (Duke Jordan)3. Time on my hands (Vincent Youmans)4. As time goes by (Herman/Hupfeld)5. Tall grass (Duke Jordan)6. When you're smiling (Fisher/Goodwin)7. Dancer's call (Duke Jordan)8. Orange mist (Duke Jordan)9. All of me (Simon/Marks)10. I've never been in love before (Frank Loesser)11. I didn't know what time it was (Richard Rodgers)12. Easy living (Rubin/Rainger)13. … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge – Ballad Round The Left Corner (SCCD 31132)

SCCD 31132 Ballad Round The Left Corner / Pierre Dørge Quartet “… unique and mature music of this album by guitarist Pierre Dørge should bring international attention to Dørge both as an instrumentalist and a composer …” (Information) 1. Ballad round the left corner (Pierre Dørge) 2. Xongly (Pierre Dørge) 3. Happy as a cow (Pierre Dørge) 4. Profile indiansky (Pierre Dørge) 5. Sunsetrise at Pluto (Pierre Dørge) 6. Another rainy summer (Pierre Dørge) 7. Chasing the cow (Pierre Dørge) UPC/EAN: 716043113224 … Continue reading

Paul Bley – My Standard (SCCD 31214)

SCCD 31214 My Standard / Paul Bley Trio Paul Bley is probably the most original piano player in jazz and most influential one. Keith Jarrett for example would not have been what he is without Bley. Almost 15 years went by after the first recording by Bley for SteepleChase (SCCD 31005 Paul Bley & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen), when Nils Winther and Paul Bley got together in the recording studio to produce his second on the label (SCCD 31205 Questions) which was to be followed by many releases this time without long absences. For the third album here, producer Nils Winther talked Paul into playing something less abstract. It did not … Continue reading

Doug Raney – Guitar – Guitar – Guitar (SCCD 31212)

SCCD 31212 Guitar – Guitar – Guitar / Doug Raney Trio Doug Raney was 18 when he moved to Copenhagen 20 years ago and was already quite mature in his playing though a bit more modern than his famous father Jimmy Raney. This album was made 8 years after his debut album “Introducing Doug Raney” SCCD 31082 showing off the impressive development he has achieved as a musician. Here with his favourite drummer Billy Hart and the master bassman Vinding, Doug Raney created a brilliant yet easy-going, enjoyable set. 1. I thought about you (Jimmy Van Heusen)2. Laura (Johnny Mercer)3. Minor Majority (Doug Raney)4. Round about midnight (Thelonious Monk)5. Come … Continue reading

Johnny Dyani – Angolian Cry (SCCD 31209)

SCCD 31209 Angolian Cry / Johnny Dyani Quartet South African bassist Johnny Dyani (1945 – 1986) was a resident of Denmark until his untimely death in Berlin during his tour. This is Johnny’s last leader album (recorded five albums under his name) for SteepleChase. And it is, as Cadence says, “ one of the bassist’s strongest efforts so far ..” 1. Angolian cry (Johnny Dyani)2. For Leo Dirch Petersen (Johnny Dyani)3. Does your father know (Johnny Dyani)4. U.D.F. (Johnny Dyani)5. Year of the child (Johnny Dyani)6. Blues for Moyake (Johnny Dyani)7. Portrait of Mosa Gwangwa (Johnny Dyani) UPC/EAN: 716043120925 … Continue reading

Doug Raney – Cuttin’ Loose (SCCD 31105)

SCCD 31105 Cuttin' Loose / Doug Raney Quintet For this third recording for SteepleChase Doug Raney put his dream group together. At the age of 21, he already established his own identity in spite of his famous father Jimmy Raney’s shadow in the background. “… what is important is his ability to improvise articulately and meaningfully, creating an album that holds the interest from first bar to last. …” (Chris Sheridan, Jazz Journal) 1. Lean years (Pat Martino)2. How deep is the ocean (Irving Berlin)3. Arrival (Horace Parlan)4. If you could see me now (Tadd Dameron)5. Frank-ly speaking (Horace Parlan)6. You don't know what love is (DePaul/Raye)7. Four (Eddie Cleanhead … Continue reading

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Dancing On The Tables (SCCD 31125)

SCCD 31125 Dancing On The Tables / Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Quartet NHØP is undoubtedly the most widely recorded and most highly regarded jazz bassist today. This is his second leader album recorded in New York while he was touring with Oscar Peterson. NHØP selected the very best of sidemen from the New York scene to make this “ supremely musical album which will afford a lot of listening pleasure to a lot of people .” (Mike Hennessay) 1. Dancing on the tables (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)2. Future child (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)3. Jeg gik mig ud en sommerdag (Traditional)4. Evening song (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen)5. Clouds (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen) UPC/EAN: 716043112524 … Continue reading

Lee Konitz – Yes, Yes Nonet (SCCD 31119)

SCCD 31119 Yes, Yes, Nonet / Lee Konitz Nonet “… the pleasure its players derive is highly infectious. Long may it continue …” (Melody Maker) “… A splendid session ….” (Billboard) 1. Dearth of a nation (Jimmy Knepper)2. Languid (Jimmy Knepper)3. Footprints (Wayne Shorter)4. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Primrose path (Jimmy Knepper)6. Noche triste (Jimmy Knepper)7. My buddy (Kahn/Donaldson) UPC/EAN: 716043111923 … Continue reading

Jimmy Raney, Doug Raney – Stolen Moments (SCCD 31118)

SCCD 31118 Stolen Moments / Jimmy Raney & Doug Raney Quartet This is Jimmy and Doug’s highly successful debut recording together, “… impeccable selection of tunes, sidemen, performances . …A faultless album …” (Takashi Kubota, Swing Journal January 1980) “ Highly listenable for guitar enthusiasts, and those who prefer the lighter sounds in jazz .” (Nevil Shrimshire, Jazz Journal International, January 1980) 1. Jonathan's waltz (Jimmy Raney)2. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)3. Stolen moments (Oliver Nelson)4. How my heart sings (Earl Zindars)5. I should care (Jimmy Van Heusen)6. Samba Teekens (Jimmy Raney)7. Alone together (Arthur Schwartz) UPC/EAN: 716043111824 … Continue reading