Rob Scheps “Comencio” (SCCD 31866)

SCCD 31866 Rob Scheps “Comencio” New York’s mainstay saxophonist Rob Scheps makes SteepleChase debut here in a quartet format, a version of his renowned NY group The Core-tet. Oregon native Rob Scheps graduated from the New England Conservatory with honors in performance in 1986. He has performed and/or recorded with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Terumasa Hino, Roswell Rudd, John Abercrombie, Jaki Byard, Eddie Henderson, Clark Terry, to mention a few, as well as leading his own groups including the True Colors Big Band. “Scheps .. leads this stellar 17-piece ensemble, providing the kind of musical energy, power and finesse expected from a world-class orchestra, …” (Edward Blanco – AAJ) ROB … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber “Straight Street” (SCCD 31860)

SCCD 31860 Ronnie Cuber “Straight Street” One of the few exponents of that most unrelenting instrument, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber has spent for more than a half century performing, composing, arranging and leading his own groups. His robust, no-nonsense playing has been acknowledged to be one of the greats among jazz instrumentalists. “…Best of all, there’s Cuber himself, whose playing has, incredibly, grown more authoritative with each passing year. His sound, huge and affable, brims with personality, and it’s hard not to be awed by the freshness…” (J. D. Considine – JazzTimes on Ronnie’s Trio SCCD 31848) RONNIE CUBER baritone sax GEORGE COLLIGAN piano CAMERON BROWN bass JOE FARNSWORTH drums … Continue reading

Niels Vincentz – Gravity (SCCD 31764)

SCCD 31764 Niels Vincentz Trio “Gravity” January a year ago American born Danish tenor saxophonist Niels Vincentz made CD debut from SteepleChase with his American trio of Cameron Brown on bass and Billy Hart on drums (“Early Reflections SCCD 31737) to critical acclaim. Vincentz presents here the follow-up set with Brown and Hart right after their tours in USA and Denmark. “ Beautiful SteepleChase debut …so remarkable that it will open the door for Vincentz to the wider jazz audience ..” (Ivan Rod – GAFFA, DK) “ There’s perfect equilibrium here: no overreaching, no underreaching, either…You hear how centered Vincentz is, and why these Americans dig him .” (M. Jackson … Continue reading

Niels Vincentz – Early Reflections (SCCD 31737)

This special debut album by saxophone player Niels Vincentz, who is, to quote Mark Gardner, “ one of the best kept secrets of Danish Jazz ” reveals a picture of the current state of jazz music in the world. Jazz has attracted and nourished an enormous herd of talented young musicians to secure a deep reservoir of its true new voices. SteepleChase is proud to welcome Niels Vincentz to the label. 1. Scandicci (Niels Vincentz)2. Boy's Birthday (Niels Vincentz)3. Little Sister (Niels Vincentz)4. I Remember You (Victor Schiertinger)5. It's You Or No One (Jule Styne)6. Happy Medium (Niels Vincentz)7. Reaching (Niels Vincentz)8. Repetition (Niels Vincentz)9. 26-2 (John Coltrane) UPC/EAN: 716043173723 … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – Boplicity (SCCD 31734)

For this latest and the fifth album on SteepleChase Ronnie Cuber brought his working band to the studio to appraise the classic BeBop repertoire, “ proving in the process the viability of material that has weathered more than 60 years and still sounds super hip and contemporary ” (Mark Gardner). On Cuber’s previous release “RONNIE (SCCD 31680) Ken Drydon of AllAboutJazz wrote, “ This is his fourth CD for Steeplechase and one of his best sessions .” and London’s Sunday Express commented, “ it is the intelligence and subtlety of his playing that shines through …An astonishingly lyrical player on that most unforgiving of instruments… ” “Ronnie Cuber is a … Continue reading

Steve Slagle – Reincarnation (SCCD 31367)

SCCD 31367 Reincarnation / Steve Slagle Quartet Steve Slagle (b. 1951 in Los Angeles) has been one of the leading figures in the jazz scene in New York since 1976. He has played lead alto in Machito’s Afro-Cuban orchestra, Steve Kuhn Quartet, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Carla Bley Band to name a few earning a reputation as one of the most versatile saxophone players. He now leads his own group and also co-leads a band with guitarist Dave Stryker. “ The name of Steve Slagle on a CD cover signifies that the listener will be rewarded by passionate, involved, swinging music in which they alto saxophonist’s intensity and complete integrity will … Continue reading