Shirley Horn – A Lazy Afternoon (SCCD 31111)

SCCD 31111 A Lazy Afternoon / Shirley Horn Trio Here is a classic example of SteepleChase’s “re-discovery” endeavour. This is Miss Shirley Horn’s first recording on SteepleChase after a long absence from the recording studio. Lazy Afternoon turned out to be a tremendous success critically and commercially and together with her three subsequent releases on the label (All Night Long – SCCD 31157, Viloets For Your Furs – SCCD 31164, Garden Of The Blues – SCCD 31203) had firmly established her as a major artist. “ One of the greatest jazz singers and singer-pianists in years …”(Jazz Journal International) 1. I'm old fashioned (Jerome Kern)2. There's no you (Jenkins)3. New … Continue reading

Stan Getz – Live At Montmartre, Vol. 2 (SCCD 31074)

SCCD 31074 Live At Montmartre Vol. 2 / Stan Getz Quartet This is the second volume from the legendary birthday concerts at Copenhagen’s famous jazzhouse Montmartre, proving again as Down Beat described, “ Getz’s extraordinary powers as a leader ” by coming up with outstanding supporting group of Brackeen, Pedersen and Hart, whose “ precise teamwork…exemplifies esprit, vigor and taste ”. “ The unique occasions surrounding the sessions obviously had an effet. There is a special joy, a celebration of the rite of improvised music. This makes (this album) a landmark in the career of one of today’s most brilliant masters. Listen!” (Down Beat) 1. Infant eyes (Wayne Shorter)2. Lester … Continue reading

Stan Getz – Live At Montmartre, Vol. 1 (SCCD 31073)

SCCD 31073 Live At Montmartre Vol. 1 / Stan Getz Quartet There’s no doubt that Stan Getz was one of the rare species in jazz called “super star” who could draw huge crowd wherever he went to play. The nights he played at Montmartre were needless to say sold-out, packed to the extreme limit and with an extra reason…it was his 50th birthday concert, an appropriate celebration at Europe’s most famous jazz club which Stan helped to launch some 20 years ago when he was living in Denmark. “… This is simply an album which you can’t criticize. Every track is wonderful. From ballads to up-tempo stuff, this is one … Continue reading

Hal Galper – Reach Out (SCCD 31067)

SCCD 31067 Reach Out / Hal Galper Quintet “ This is hard bop at its best, superior playing by pianist Galper and tenor saxist Mike Brecker …good contrast between ballads and exciting up-tempo lines .” (Don Lass, Asbury Park Press) “ So the Brecker Brothers can play jazz after all!…You won’t find a drop of funk on this record, just good old, straight-ahead, swinging jazz….Hal Galper must be given credit for channelling the music in the right direction …” (Carl Brauer, Cadence) “… in pianist Hal Galper’s acoustic progressive jazz combo, trumpeter Randy and saxophonist Michael Brecker play with conviction and emotion…Good stuff .” (Oakland Tribune) 1. Reach out (Hal … Continue reading