Dick Oatts, Jerry Bergonzi – Saxology (SCCD 31658)

“Dick Oatts and Jerry Bergonzi have stacked up a formidable total of 67 years of playing experience on the highly competitive New York scene, and that wealth of nous is evident in this rousing collaboration…..” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Cheapo Steaks (Dave Santoro)2. Cranial Bypass (Dave Santoro)3. King Henry (Dick Oatts)4. L. W. (Dave Santoro)5. In Passing (Dick Oatts)6. Mobius (Dave Santoro)7. Flight Of The Dodo (Dave Santoro) UPC/EAN: 716043165827 … Continue reading

Dick Oatts – Gratitude (SCCD 31653)

In this long-waited leader album in six years Dick Oatts again reveals himself as an uncompromising and phenomenal jazz musician. In reviewing Oatts’ previous release “South Paw” (SCCD 31511) Owen Cordle of JazzTimes wrote, “ … Longtime lead alto man with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Oatts comes from the Paul Desmond-Lee Konitz school of saxophone playing. But a sweet sound and a cerebral approach to improvising comprise only part of his style. There's also a trim muscularity in his tone and lines. And the lines can be quite angular and oblique at times. I don't hear any other alto man playing with all these qualities these days . …” 1. … Continue reading

Dick Oatts – South Paw (SCCD 31511)

31511 -Dick Oatts Quintet – "South Paw" Long considered as one of the Big Apple's most in demand sidemen, in recent years alto-tenor saxophonist Dick Oatts has stepped out as a leader. In this his fifth effort as a leader for SteepleChase seven out of the eight tunes are originals. The band is anchored by his long time rhythm section of Dave Santoro on bass and James Oblon on drums. On three of these tunes he is joined by SteepleChase stalwart pianist Harold Danko whom he first met and played with in the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra in the late seventies. Ken Dryden of the AMG All Music Guide … Continue reading

Dick Oatts – Standard Issue Volume 2 (SCCD 31482)

SCCD 31482 Standard Issue Vol. 2 / Dick Oatts Trio/Quartet A brilliant sequel to the highly acclaimed Standard Issue (SCCD 31439) of 1998, this volume has a welcome addition of pianist Harold Danko on three of the five tracks. In the warm atmosphere of live house, the band gets extra energy from the appreciative audiences. Dick Oatts’ personal sound on alto sax (and tenor sax on one track) is once again a real treat for all listeners. 1. Stella by starlight (Victor Young)2. On Green Dolphin Street (Bronislav Kaper)3. Love thy neighbor (Harry Revel)4. Moonlight in Vermont (Suessdorf / Blackburn)5. You stepped out of a dream (Brown/Kahn) UPC/EAN: 716043148226 … Continue reading

Dick Oatts – All Of Three (SCCD 31422)

SCCD 31422 All Of Three / Dick Oatts Trio Dick Oatts is one of the latest addition to SteepleChase exclusive recording artists’ list. He has been one of the most sought after saxophone players on the New York scene in the past twenty years. He started out with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and played with, among others, Red Rodney, Bob Brookmeyer, Sara Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald. There will be many more recordings to come from this extraordinary artist. 1. Barnacle Bill (Dick Oatts)2. Gumbo G (Dick Oatts)3. Single line (Dick Oatts)4. In love & memory (Dick Oatts)5. On dominant (Dick Oatts)6. In light of (Dick Oatts)7. Alone together (Arthur Schwartz)8. … Continue reading