Gary Smulyan “Alternative Contrafacts” (SCCD 31844)

SCCD 31844 Gary Smulyan “Alternative Contrafacts” Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan brings here his trademark “contrafacts” (a music making method that shares the chord progressions with other compositions) approach to this first SteepleChase leader outing challenging us (maybe?) to guess the tunes he is employing. Smulyan whose professional career took shape by joining Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herds at age 22 (1978) has won Critics’ and Readers’ Poll awards numerous times by Downbeat and JazzTimes, among others. England’s Penguin Guide to Jazz once described Smulyan as “the leading American exponent of post-bop baritone”. GARY SMULYAN baritone saxophone DAVID WONG bass RODNEY GREEN drums Recorded April 2017 1 VODKA (Mal Waldron) 7:34 … Continue reading

Paul Brusger – Waiting For The Next Trane (SCCD 33115)

SCCD 33115 Paul Brusger “Waiting For The Next Trane” Bassist/composer/arranger/ Paul Brusger is one of the most sought-after bassists in the New York jazz scene, known for his rock-solid time and his penchant for hard-bop tradition (and for his past as professional baseball player). Here on his SteepleChase LookOut debut album Brusger displays his formidable talent as composer/arranger with his dream quartet comprising of Gary Smulyan (baritone sax), Mike LeDonne (piano) and the legendary Louis Hayes (drums). 1. In A Minor Funk (Paul Brusger)2. It's In There Somewhere (Paul Brusger)3. When Will You Ever Learn (Paul Brusger)4. Waiting For The Next Trane (Paul Brusger)5. Andrea's Delight (Paul Brusger)6. Quintessence (Paul … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Blue To The Bone IV (SCCD 31755)

SCCD 31755 Dave Stryker "Blue to the Bone IV” Dave Stryker’s music is deeply rooted in blues, having performed with Jack McDuff in the 80s and Stanley Tarentine in the 90s. Dave’s special blend of jazz and blues culminated first time in 1996 in the form of “ Blue To The Bone I ” (SCCD 31400). Since then the project has become a popular on-going series. The fourth addition features Stryker’s regular organ trio (Jared Gold on B-3 and McClenty Hunter on drums). “ There are solid solos from all hands throughout the album,…. Based on the personnel and the feeling of these performances, I'd like to catch this group … Continue reading