Pierre Dørge “Soundscapes” (SCCD 31846)

SCCD 31846 Pierre Dørge “Soundscapes” To say “Pierre Dørge” and not to follow it with “& New Jungle Orchestra” is almost impossible. Dørge created that small big band in 1980, which became a successful and stable vehicle for his adventurous music. They toured all over the world and built an impressive discography along the way. The guitarist/composer/bandleader, however, has never neglected to seek new palette to draw his music in smaller ensembles. Following highly acclaimed quartet release “Blui” of 2016, Dørge surrounds himself with all American colleagues who have deep understanding of Pierre Dørge’s unique soundscapes. “It’s an inspired collection of musicians and all serve the material well, eight songs … Continue reading

Steve Davis, Conrad Herwig, Rich Perry – Jam Session Vol. 28 (SCCD 31660)

“ In the jazz tradition, the jam session played and continues to play a vital role in the musical community. In that spirit, Steeplechase, a label built on tradition, has come up with a jam session series, pairing veteran players with up-and-comers as a way of spreading the word about musicians on the label .” (Matthew Miller/allaboutjazz –on Vol. 19) 1. Why Do I Love You? (Jerome Kern)2. Help Is On The Way (Andy LaVerne)3. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)4. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harry Arlen)5. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Jule Styne)6. Jamboree (Andy LaVerne)7. Two And One (Andy LaVerne)8. Birdlike (Freddie Hubbard) UPC/EAN: 716043166022 … Continue reading

Conrad Herwig, Ed Xiques, Jay Brandford – Jam Session Vol. 26 (SCCD 31640)

Steeplechase producer Nils Winther’s interest in documenting spontaneous meetings of talented musicians deserves praise, demanding single takes and no rehearsals to keep the music fresh and the players on their toes. (Ken Dryden on Jam Session vol. 17 & 18 – allabout jazz) 1. Alone Together (Arthur Schwartz)2. I Thought About You (Jimmy Van Heusen)3. Triplicate (Andy LaVerne)4. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)5. Left Alone (Mal Waldron)6. People Time (Benny Carter)7. The Blues Walk (Clifford Brown)8. You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Brown/Kahn)9. It's You Or No One (Jule Styne) UPC/EAN: 716043164028 … Continue reading

Conrad Herwig, Wycliffe Gordon, Vincent Gardner – Jam Session Vol. 23 (SCCD 31624)

“ In the jazz tradition, the jam session played and continues to play a vital role in the musical community. In that spirit, Steeplechase, a label built on tradition, has come up with a jam session series, pairing veteran players with up-and-comers as a way of spreading the word about musicians on the label.” (Matthew Miller – Allabout jazz). 1. Mamacita (Joe Henderson)2. Kin Folks (Lee Morgan)3. Undecided (Charlie Shavers)4. Tenderly (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Born To Be Blue (Mel Torme)6. You Know I Care (Duke Pearsson)7. Note Worthy (Andy LaVerne)8. Short Story (Kenny Dorham)9. Lover Come Back To Me (Sigmund Romberg) UPC/EAN: 716043162420 … Continue reading

Charles Sullivan, Conrad Herwig, Steve Slagle, Gary Smulyan – Jam Session Vol. 11 (SCCD 31566)

SteepleChase’ ongoing series of jam sessions expands its format on this 11 th volume to septet with two brass and two reeds. Among the featured soloists Charles Sullivan (aka Kamau Muata Adilifu) may need a spherical mentioning here as this is one of his rare recording appearances.since the late 80s. On previous SteepleChase Jam Session series, CD Review’s Rick Finlay wrote, “… SteepleChase’s series of jam sessions drawing together the cream of the contemporary jazz world makes a refreshing change these days. ….highly recommended .” 1. First Born (Conrad Herwig)2. Step Lightly (Joe Henderson)3. Chick's Tune (Chuck Corea)4. Song For My Father (Horace Silver)5. I've Just Seen Her (Duke Ellington)6. … Continue reading

Conrad Herwig, Andy LaVerne – Shades Of Light (SCCD 31520)

SCCD 31520 Shades of Light/ Conrad Herwig & Andy LaVerne Trombone/Piano duo may sound unlikely but if it concerns with the two masters of the respective instruments here, the result is a total delight. “… It isn’t the instruments that determine the outcome of this intimate collaboration, but the musicians, their skills, interplay, sensitivity and consummate artistry which are the decisive factors .” (Mark Gardner) 1. Three flowers (McCoy Tyner)2. Tones for Joan's bones (Chick Corea)3. Crystal silence (Chick Corea)4. Bessie's blues (John Coltrane)5. If you never come home to me (Antonio Carlos Jobim)6. Shades of light (Hubert Laws)7. Black Narcissus (Joe Henderson)8. Think on me (George Cables)9. African flower … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Blue To The Bone (SCCD 31400)

SCCD 31400 Blue To The Bone / Dave Stryker Octet SteepleChase recording artist Dave Stryker’s latest album features the guitarist’s roots in blues. Surrounded by the New York scene’s hippest jazz instrumentalists Stryker presents a dazzling set of “ a perfect marriage of Stryker’s jazzy sensibility and his bluesiest tendencies ” (Bill Milkowski) which will no doubt be acclaimed both by jazz and blues fans. 1. Blues revisited (Dave Stryker)2. Messenger (Steve Slagle)3. Blue to the bone (Dave Stryker)4. Swamp thing (Dave Stryker)5. Bayou blues (Dave Stryker)6. Tchoupitoulas St. (Dave Stryker)7. Muddy waters (Dave Stryker)8. One for Mogie (Brian Lynch) UPC/EAN: 716043140022 … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Sunburst (SCCD 31306)

SCCD 31306 Sunburst / Ron McClure Sextet “ McClure leads a crew of bright, fresh musicians through a program of bright, fresh compositions…The music sparkles throughout …The lines are not simple to start with, yet the sextet roars through them…This is very fine neo-bop, indeed .” (David Dupont, Cadence) 1. Sunburst (Ron McClure)2. Count your blessings (Ron McClure)3. No false idols (Conrad Herwig)4. Renegade (Ron McClure)5. Scorpitarius (Ron McClure)6. Ray Charles Ives (LeeAnn Ledgerwood)7. Her warm touch (Ron McClure)8. Flannel Tommy gun (Ron McClure)9. Shorts (Tim Hagans) UPC/EAN: 716043130627 … Continue reading