Don Braden, Stephen Riley, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery – Jam Session Vol. 30 (SCCD 31700)

Vol. 30 marks the last and completion of SteepleChase Jam Session series which started 12 years ago featuring many of the talented instrumentalists of younger (and old, too) generation on the New York scene. Derek Taylor of AAJ-NY sums up the significance of this series, “ As long as there is jazz, jam sessions will continue to be the glue that holds the art form together. It’s a dyed-in-the-wool tradition in the music and a primary means by which it evolves. These conclaves of like-minded players draw enthusiastically on the best traits of the practice. The days when giants like Bean, Bags, Jaws and Jug frequented after hours haunts, blowing … Continue reading

Mark Turner, Don Braden, Jimmy Greene – Jam Session Vol. 9 (SCCD 31554)

“… Mark Turner, Don Braden and Jimmy Greene offer thoughtful and distinctive collaboration as they negotiate a bunch of great jazz originals, standard ballads and a couple of organic pieces from within this ‘band for a day’ …” (Mark Gardner) On Jam Session Vol 6, Chris Parker of CD Reviews commented, “… this lively, vigorous album is as much a tribute to the liberating effect of the jam session itself as to the talent and commitment of its participants .” 1. Ladybird (Tadd Dameron)2. Triplicate (Andy LaVerne)3. Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)4. The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Old Folks (Dedate Lee Hill)6. Here's That Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen)7. Body … 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

Andy LaVerne – Stan Getz In Chappaqua (SCCD 31418)

SCCD 31418 Stan Getz In Chappaqua / Andy LaVerne Quartet Andy LaVerne’s latest CD on SteepleChase is dedicated to the memory of Stan Getz, one of the most significant saxophone soloists of the 20 th century. LaVerne was the pianist of the Stan Getz quartet from 1977 to 1981 during which period LaVerne wrote most of the new tunes for the quartet. “ Andy LaVerne knew and respected the playing of Stan Getz at first hand. His portrait of the artist is authentic and vividly drawn .” (Mark Gardner) 1. Lester left town (Wayne Shorter)2. Dear old Stockholm (Traditional)3. Early autumn (Ralph Burns)4. Eiderdown (Steve Swallow)5. Blue serge (Mercer Ellington)6. … Continue reading