Jack Walrath – Unsafe At Any Speed (SCCD 31795)

SCCD 31795 Jack Walrath “Unsafe At Any Speed” Francis Lo Kee of All About Jazz sums up what Jack Walrath is all about in his review of SCCD 31650 “Ballroom”: “Jack Walrath not only displays tremendous trumpet playing, a rich and varied approach to composition and wonderful band, he also puts something into this fantastic CD that’s missing from too much new jazz: a sense of fun and humor. That’s not to say that it isn’t sensitive and touching at times—”An Hour Blessed” is arguably as gorgeous as anything ever recorded….Musical food for thought with amazing jazz playing, this recording can’t be praised highly enough.” Jack Walrath shares his inner … Continue reading

Jack Walrath – To Hellas And Back (SCCD 31760)

SCCD 31760 Jack Walrath “To Helles And Back” Accolade to Jack Walrath the trumpeter and composer includes “imaginative”, “unpredictable” and “whimsically humorous”. Most of the material on this new album is inspired by the composer’s recent trip to Greece which takes us To Hellas And Back of Jack’s enhanced devotion to lyricism and his strong projection on all emotional stectrum. “ CD/DVD Reviewer since 2005 Francis Lo Kee has contributed reviews to AAJ since May 2005. Recent articles (81 total) Jack Walrath not only displays tremendous trumpet playing, a rich and varied approach to composition and wonderful band, he also puts something into this fantastic CD that's missing from too … Continue reading

George Colligan – The Facts (SCCD 31752)

SCCD 31752 George Colligan Quartet “The Facts” 1. Blue State (George Colligan)2. Whadya Looking At? (George Colligan)3. Missing (George Colligan)4. Miriam Edward's New York Accent (George Colligan)5. Pup Pup (George Colligan)6. The Fact (George Colligan)7. Lydian Domination (George Colligan)8. Steppin' Out (Joe Jackson) UPC/EAN: 716043175222 … Continue reading

Jack Walrath – Forsooth! (SCCD 31722)

Mark Gardner in his linernotes aptly sums up the new Walrath CD, “ There is never a dull moment during the switches of mood. Jack performs with all his inventive powers full on, and, importantly, his writing, direction and presence draw wonderful responses from his colleagues .” “ Jack Walrath not only displays tremendous trumpet playing, a rich and varied approach to composition and wonderful band, he also puts something into this fantastic CD that's missing from too much new jazz: a sense of fun and humor. That's not to say that it isn't sensitive and touching at times—"An Hour Blessed" is arguably as gorgeous as anything ever recorded. Musical … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – El Gaucho (SCCD 31682)

Stephen Riley’s new album stands out as his first ever ensemble with piano. Riley, a true individualist with an amazing, warm and soft sound selects the classic jazz repertoire to assemble this outstanding display of personal statement. “ Ste phen is an impressive player, with his own approach, his own sound and the conviction to keep it that way: he shows that it's possible to create something unique at this time. 5 Stars ." Lew Tabackin / Downbeat Blindfold Test April 2009 1. El Gaucho take 2 (Wayne Shorter)2. Think Of One (Thelonious Monk)3. Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)4. Night And Day (Cole Porter)5. Central Park West … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – Ronnie (SCCD 31680)

A long-awaited “jazz” album by the great baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber “… This new set is a prime of example of Cuber dealing with compositions he knows and appreciates. Material that stands up well to re-examination. He’s in good company and great form .” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Thermo (Freddie Hubbard)2. Gloria's Step (Scott Lafaro)3. Four (Eddie Vinson)4. The Duke (Dave Brubeck)5. Daahoud (Clifford Brown)6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers)7. Ah-Leu-Cha (Charlie Parker)8. Love Theme From Summer Of 42 (Michel Legrand)9. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)10. Watch What Happens (Michel Legrand) UPC/EAN: 716043168026 … Continue reading

Jack Walrath – Ballroom (SCCD 31650)

Jack Walrath calls this his first in 26 years on this label “Ballroom”, “… it’s swinging and you can dance to it ..”…the way how jazz started. “ Welcome back, Jack, to SteepleChase! It’s a terrific return, and listeners will want many more entries from this singular talent …” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Hold My Bag, please! (Jack Walrath)2. Bumpy (Jack Walrath)3. (It's Not Easy) Bein' Green (Joe Raposo)4. Nowhere Man (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)5. Death Is Just Around The Corner Cha Cha Cha (Jack Walrath)6. Heartbreak Hotel (Mae Boren Axton)7. He Was Such A Nice Quiet Boy (Jack Walrath)8. An Hour Blessed (Jack Walrath)9. It … Continue reading