Andy Fusco Quintet "Whirlwind" (SCCD 31811)

SCCD 31811 Andy Fusco Quintet “Whirlwind” Veteran altoist Andy Fusco makes his belated SteepleChase leader debut here with this 2003 quintet recording showcasing his intense and strong command of the instrument in the bebop tradition. Growing up in New Jersey his interests were music and football. He first studied at the Syracuse University with football scholarship. After almost making it to NFL Fusco diverted his attention to music and landed the lead altosax post at the Buddy Rich Big Band (1978-1983). He has performed and recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Mel Lewis and Walt Weiskopf, to mention a few. Fusco is also a dedicated educator currently a member of the Music … Continue reading

Ted Brown – Shades Of Brown (SCCD 31628)

Veteran tenorman from the Tristano school Ted Brown is marking his 80 th birthday with the release of this CD with plenty of vitality. On his last CD “Preservation” SCCD 31539, Derek Taylor of all-about-jazz wrote, “ Sitting comfortably at the controls, he demonstrates from the start that his chops haven’t eroded a bit during his long hiatus in academia…..Brown is still at the top of his game . ” 1. After You've Gone (Layton/Creamer )2. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Washington/Bassman )3. Almost Like Being In Love (Lerner/Loewe )4. She's Funny That Way (Whiting/Moret )5. Limehouse Blues (Phillip Broham)6. How Deep Is The Ocean (Irving Berlin)7. This Can't Be … Continue reading

Ted Brown – Preservation (SCCD 31539)

Though Ted Brown co-led a CD (“Dig-It” SCCD 31466) with Lee Konitz in 1999, this is the first leader album in some 15 years for this legendary tenor stylist from the Lennie Tristano school. “ Ted has been an uncompromising individualist throughout his stop/start career. From an early age he realised and recognised the importance of following his own path in music. He refused to be thrown off course or swayed by commercial or fashionable considerations. Consequently his playing has retained a personal quality absent from the legions of saxophone clones lacking the courage of their own convictions.” (Mark Gardner) 1. Three little words (Harry Ruby/Burt Kalmar)2. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)3. … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Hearsay (SCCD 31515)

SCCD 31515 – Rich Perry Quartet "Hearsay" On this CD, long time SteepleChase leader saxophonist Rich Perry teams up with Steve Lampert (tpt.), Denis Irwin (bass), and Jeff Hirshfield (drums) for an exploration into freer material than he has in past studio outings. Recorded in March 2001, this CD features all original material by Perry (2) and Lampert (6) reminiscent of Ornette Coleman's early works. In reviewing "Doxy" (SteepleChase SCCD 31473), Dick Bogle of The Portland/Seattle Scanner states that Perry "roams free but always within his own structure in this pianoless group. His tone is impeccably clear and rich." 1. King baby (Rich Perry)2. Hearsay (Steve Lampert)3. Sam (Steve Lampert)4. … Continue reading

Louis Smith – I Waited For You (SCCD 31385)

SCCD 31385 I Waited For You / Louis Smith Quintet Veteran trumpeter Louis Smith and young talent on alto Vincent Herring toured Europe in the spring of 1995. The theme of their concerts was a Tribute To Miles. Later in the year, Louis and Vincent got together again in the studio with one of the finest New York rhythm section to record the Miles Davis programme. “… (Louis)’ considerable gifts are everywhere apparent on this set which celebrates his distinctive style as well as the musical taste of a contemporary he admired .” (Mark Gardner) 1. Dig (Miles Davis)2. Solar (Miles Davis)3. I waited for you (Gil Fuller)4. Walkin' (Richard … Continue reading