Dick Oatts, Walt Weiskopf, Billy Drewes – Jam Session Vol. 18 (SCCD 31594)

“ Three tenor sax players form the front line for this 18th SteepleChase jam session, and their contrasting styles ensure that no hint of sameness creeps into the proceedings. Dick Oatts, Billy Drewes and Walt Weiskopf are all individual and fluent performers who prove to be compatible playing companions .” (Mark Gardner) 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. Triplicate (Andy LaVerne)2. Elusive And Reclusive (Andy LaVerne)3. I Should Care (Axel Stordahl)4. The Things We Did Last Summer (Jule Styne)5. Angel … Continue reading

Gary Versace – Many Places (SCCD 31589)

SCCD 31589 Gary Versace is “one of the most exciting yet sensitive performers on the Hammond B3 to emerge in recent years.” (Mark Gardner) His SteepleChase leadership debut album “Time And Again” SCCD 31572 drew attention of critic John Kelman of All About Jazz who commented, “…Time And Again is a strong debut, but Versace is capable of much more – a fact that will no doubt be revealed in good time.” No doubt indeed, here on this his second CD you will find an artist with a most original conception offering fascinating musical experiences. 1. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Tommy Wolf)2. Seen From Above (Gary … Continue reading

Dick Oatts, Jon Gordon, Billy Drewes – Jam Session Vol. 13 (SCCD 31574)

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. Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins)2. Alto Trinity (Dick Oatts)3. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)4. Moonlight In Vermont (Suessdorf / Blackburn)5. Over The Rainbow (Harry Arlen)6. Bridgeless (Andy Laverne)7. Green Dolphin Street (Bronislav Kaper)8. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter) UPC/EAN: 716043157426 … Continue reading

Dick Oatts, Don Braden, Vincent Herring – Jam Session Vol. 3 (SCCD 31526)

1. Jamboree (Andy LaVerne)2. Private eye (Don Braden)3. You are too beautiful (Richard Rodgers)4. April (Dick Oatts)5. I can't get started (Vernon Duke)6. Hat trick (Andy LaVerne)7. My one and only love (Mellin/Woods)8. How high the mood (Andy LaVerne)9. Airegin (Sonny Rollins) UPC/EAN: 716043152629 … 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