Bob Hanlon & Mark Minchello “Camaraderie” (SCCD 33131)

SCCD 33131 Bob Hanlon & Mark Minchello “Camaraderie” Camaraderie – a partnership of organist Mark Minchello and saxophonist Bob Hanlon – is a follow up to their first Steeplechase release Trinomial. This CD features the outstanding guitar work of Vic Juris and Bob Devos as well as newcomer Charlie Sigler and drummers Andy Watson and Pete McDonald. “AH! The Hammond B3 trio with sax and drums, and Hammond hitter Mark Minchello makes the team wheeze, groove and fog up an interesting and well thought collection of tunes. They keep away from the blues and instead venture into uncharted waters by doing tunes not usually associated with this genre.” (George W. … Continue reading

Mark Minchello – Trinomial (SCCD 33117)

SCCD 33117 Mark Minchello Trio “Trinomial”  Organist Mark Minchello is no stranger to SteepleChase, having been a member of Elliot Zigmund’s group Trio EZ. He is at home in both the jazz and pop worlds. He has worked with traditional jazz artists Cecil Payne and Ted Curson as well as contemporary jazz artists Boney James, Gerald Albright and Will Downing. For 18 years he served as musical director to R&B Diva Regina Belle. On this leader debut album Mark brings fresh ideas to the great tradition of organ jazz. 1. Wildflower (Wayne Shorter) 2. Blue In Green (Bill Evans) 3. Sometime Ago (Sergio Mihaovich) 4. United (Wayne Shorter) 5. Rivers … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Age Of Peace (SCCD 31544)

Harvey Siders in his JazzTimes review (Dec. 2002) of the first release (“Match Point” SCCD 31517) of this group concluded his writing by remarking, “Here’s hoping this two-year-old combo stays together.” Ron McClure Quartet does stay together, performing in and around New York area and dedicates another superb album here “ For those affected by the tragic events of the recent past, we dedicate our music and express our hopes for a long overdue Age of Peace on our Earth” .(Ron McClure) 1. Philly Bridge (Jed Levy)2. Age of peace (Ron McClure)3. Sideways (Bob Devos)4. Summer's end (Ron McClure)5. Gateway (Bob Devos)6. Sixth sense (Bob Devos)7. Moment of truth (Ron … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Match Point (SCCD 31517)

SCCD 31517 – Ron McClure Quartet “Match Point” Bassist/composer Ron McClure is also an avid tennis player. The group on this CD founded originally to give concerts for the Riverside Clay Tennis Association became McClure’s newest regular group. Considering McClure’s career background that includes Wynton Kelly, Marian McPartland, the early fusion band Fourth Way, the Jazz-Rock group Blood, Sweat and Tears, the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Thelonious Monk, among others, it is not surprising to find this group with the blend of diverse musical styles. McClure is not only a strong bassist with technical excellence but “… he is also an exceptional composer who draws on non-jazz tonalities with great confidence … Continue reading