Brian Charette “Groovin’ With Big G” (SCCD 31857)

SCCD 31857 Brian Charette “Groovin’ With Big G” Big G as in George Coleman, Sr. The legendary tenor saxophonist is the featured artist here on Brian Charette’s new album. George Coleman is the recipient of 2015 NEA (The National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Masters Awards, the highest honor USA gives to jazz musician. For B-3’s most adventurous and talented practitioner Brian Charette who has known the Coleman father and son for more than a couple of decades, this recording materialized as a musical homecoming. “Both B-3 stylist and student, serious jazz scholar and glitzy entertainer, Charette is a burning soloist who understands the tradition of the Hammond B-3 as … Continue reading

Brian Charette “Backup” (SCCD 31836)

SCCD 31836 Brian Charette “Backup” One of New York’s (or rather World’s) top Hammond Organ players Brian Charette has kept us in anticipation of something new every time he goes into recording studios. His unique approach has deepened and expanded the boundaries of music that B-3 organ can create. Here again for his sixth release on SteepleChase Brian opted for a somewhat unusual Organ-Piano trio format with repertoire of traditional materials dotted with experimental treatments conjuring up a compelling middle ground between past and future. “Brian Charette has emerged as one of the top organists of his generation because of a fresh approach to his instrument, drawing from musical influences … Continue reading

Gene Segal “Spiral” (SCCD 33132)

SCCD 33132 Gene Segal “Spiral” (New Release April 2017, Shipping April 5) Guitarist/composer Gene Segal is rapidly becoming a stalwart regular player of SteepleChase Lookout with this his 3rd album, for which Gene assembles an organ trio. With his unpredictable, open, unconventional style still intact Segal applies a mini paradigm shift to straighter jazz and reveals a new dimension. “While Segal still loves the funk, as the opening “Healing Feeling” definitively shows, the remainder of the album doesn’t easily fit into any one musical pigeonhole; unless there’s a category at your local music store called “accomplished, original jazz-rock from out of left-field.” (Dave Wayne – AAJ on SCCD 33114) GENE … Continue reading

Brian Charette – The Question That Drives Us (SCCD 31784)

SCCD 31784 Brian Charette sextet “The Question That Drives Us” Brian Charette’s unique, reed-based sextet released their first album “Music For Organ Sextette” (SCCD 31731) in 2012 to a critical and public acclaim. Dan Bilawsky noted in AAJ : “… On Music For Organ Sextette , Charette weaves a unique and gripping aural tapestry together with a mélange of woodwinds serving as the thread. He channels his energy into creating constructs that benefit from the blending of multiple voices .. . Music For Organ Sextette is an anomaly in the world of organ-centric jazz … Charette challenges the status quo with this one and winds up the victor in every … Continue reading

Brian Charette – Borderline (SCCD 31756)

SCCD 31756 Brian Charette Solo B-3 “Borderline” While his previous release “ Music For Organ Sextette ” (SCCD 31731) is still enjoying superlative receptions by the critics and public alike for its most personal and innovative approach to Hammond B3 organ in a relatively large ensemble, Brian Charette emerges here with an intriguing collection of solo B3 performances filled with compeling and creative surprises to push the boundary of the instrument even further. “ Brian Charette is out to prove that the Hammond B3 ain’t just for flexing your funk chops ….(Shaun Brady – DownBeat on Music For Organ Sextette ) “… Charette weaves a unique and gripping aural tapestry … Continue reading

Brian Charette – Music For Organ Sextette (SCCD 31731)

Brian Charette, one of the most innovative B3 organists today presents here his daring and exciting project departing from the traditional organ jazz approach. With “the sound of a reed choir plus organ” in mind Charette wrote challenging and dazzling original material for this special band and took the art of jazz organ to a new height. “ Riliably smoking B3 player ” (Bill Milkowski – JazzTimes) 1. Computer God (Brian Charette)2. Fugue For Katheleen Anne/Ex Girlfriend Variations (Brian Charette)3. Risk (Brian Charette)4. The Elvira Pacifier (Brian Charette)5. Equal Opportunity (Brian Charette)6. Prayer For An Agnostic (Brian Charette)7. Late Night TV (Brian Charette)8. French Birds (Brian Charette)9. Mode For Sean … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Listen Here (SCCD 31723)

Guitarist Vic Juris has assembled another organ trio this time with Brian Charette at the keyboard to showcase his ever-evolving musicality in this format. His previous organ trio album “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (SCCD 31553) from 2004 attracted attention of Aaron Steinberg from JazzTimes who commented, “…. convincingly played, very impressive recording …” “ Guitar-watchers should take note of this impressive and adventurous player ” (Duck Baker – JazzTimes on “Songbook” SCCD 31483) 1. Listen Here (Eddie Harris)2. Victim (Vic Juris)3. My Shining Hour (Harry Arlen)4. Only The Lonely (Jimmy Van Heusen)5. Southside (Vic Juris)6. Eddie Who (Vic Juris)7. Turquoise (Vic Juris)8. Israel (Johnny Carisi)9. Sun Burn (Vic Juris)10. … Continue reading

Brian Charette – Learning To Count (SCCD 31710)

Brian Charette, hailed as the best of the new breed of B3 players ”(Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes) brings here a new trio format with Mike DiRubbo on alto saxophone for his second outing for the label. Charette’s SteepleChase debut album “Upside” (SCCD 31678) met enthusiastic acclaims. Among others, “…. he does have something valuable to say as evidenced by the pleasures and strengths indicative to this debut “ (Derek Taylor – Master of A Small House) 1. Air On A Sunny String (Brian Charette)2. Hungarian Bolero (Brian Charette)3. Juju (Wayne Shorter)4. Lawrence Of Detroit (Brian Charette)5. Milestones (John Lewis)6. Partita Boy (Brian Charette)7. Flippin' The Bird (Brian Charette)8. Two Slightly … Continue reading

Brian Charette – Upside (SCCD 31678)

Organist/pianist/composer Brian Charette (b. Nov. 24, 1972 in Meriden, Connecticut, USA) is the latest addition to the SteepleChase recording artist rostar. Charette moved to New York 15 years ago and has firmly established himself on the NY jazz scene being discribed as one of “ the best of the new breed of B3 players ” by Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes. His enormous talent both as performer and as composer is evident throughout this brilliant debut album. 1. Yolk (Brian Charette)2. Silicone Doll (Brian Charette)3. Look Elsewhere (Brian Charette)4. Public Transportation (Brian Charette)5. You've Changed (Carl Fischer)6. Furthering Adventures (Brian Charette)7. Altered Waltz (Brian Charette)8. Girls (Brian Charette)9. Prelude To A … Continue reading