Ron McClure – New Moon (SCCD 31673)

Bassist/composer Ron McClure’s previous release “Soft Hands” (SCCD 31615) was a unusual drum-less trio setting about which Will Smith of JazzTimes wrote, “ The quiet and easygoing togetherness of bassist Ron McClure’s Soft Hands, with tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and pianist George Colligan, will find listeners overlooking the absence of a drummer . …”. On this new recording the same group is expanded into a quartet with an addition of drummer, Billy Drummond who is met with immediate and unanimous enthusiasm (Ron McClure). 1. Half A Nice Day (Ron McClure)2. Kalman's Dance (Ron McClure)3. Hostile Terrain (Ron McClure)4. Better Late Than Never (Ron McClure)5. It's Always Now (Ron McClure)6. New … Continue reading

Andrew Rathbun – Where We Are Now (SCCD 31665)

Andrew Rathbun, a Canadian-born multi-instrumentalist (primarily on tenor saxophone) who is also an accomplished composer has firmly established himself on the world jazz scene. On his previous release “Affairs of State” (SCCD 31630) Stuart Broomer of allaboutjazz wrote, “…. The result is consistently thoughtful, well-crafted music in a mature idiom .” 1. Son Suite I (Andrew Rathbun)2. Son Suite II (Andrew Rathbun)3. Son Suite III (Andrew Rathbun)4. Son Suite IV (Andrew Rathbun)5. Film Under Glass (Andrew Rathbun)6. A Stern (Andrew Rathbun)7. Wheel (Andrew Rathbun)8. Lament (Andrew Rathbun)9. No Longer (Andrew Rathbun) UPC/EAN: 716043166527 … Continue reading

Scott Lee – One Thought (SCCD 31649)

For this his leader debut album New York City’s quintessential bassist Scott Lee features two of the elite saxophonists of the younger generation: Loren Stillman and Andrew Rathbun both of whom Scott has long been collaborating with. Originally from North Carolina Scott Lee has been a major player in New York scene for two decades and has been performing with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, Anita O’Day, just to mention a few. 1. A. R. (Scott Lee)2. Thistle Dew (Scott Lee)3. One Thought For Joe (Scott Lee)4. Father's Day (Scott Lee)5. Give It A Tri (Scott Lee)6. Hymn For Aria (Scott Lee)7. The Lope (Scott Lee)8. Form And A … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Whatever Happens (SCCD 31617)

SCCD 31617Ari Ambrose “Whatever Happens” Since embarking on a “burgeoning creative career” (Chuck Berg – JazzTimes) with his debut album “Introducing Ari Ambrose” in 1998 Ambrose has kept critics and fans positively surprised with his ever-evolving performances. In this latest album we discover the tenorman’s romantic side. 1. No More (Lucky Thompson)2. More Than You Know (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu)3. Whatever Happens (Ari Ambrose)4. I'm Glad There Is You (Madeira/Dorsey)5. Luna (Ari Ambrose)6. Emily (Johnny Mandel)7. Unknown Side (Ari Ambrose)8. Don't Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh)9. Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen) UPC/EAN: 716043161720 … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner – The Good Book Chapter One (SCCD 31616)

SCCD 31616Vincent Gardner ”The Good Book One ” Vincent Gardner follows up his highly successful SteepleChase inaugural “Elbow Room” (SCCD 31580) – “An impressive debut as a leader” (Terrell Kent Holmes- allaboutJazz) with this exciting collections of Frank Foster /Horace Silver tunes. 1. Love Handles (Frank Foster)2. The African Queen (Horace Silver)3. Shiny Stockings (Frank Foster)4. Mo' Joe (Joe Henderson)5. The house that love built (Frank Foster)6. Sean's Jones Comes Down (Frank Foster)7. Que Pasa? (Horace Silver)8. C. P. W. (Frank Foster) UPC/EAN: 716043161621 … Continue reading

Dave Ballou, Greg Gisbert, Tim Hagans – Jam Session Vol. 22 (SCCD 31614)

1. One Finger Snap (Herbie Hancock)2. Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen)3. Mamacita (Joe Henderson)4. Body And Soul (Johnny Green)5. Stella By Starlight (Victor Yount)6. Angel Eyes (Matt Dennis)7. Joy Spring (Clifford Brown)8. Solar (Miles Davis) UPC/EAN: 716043161423 … Continue reading

Tom Guarna – Out From The Underground (SCCD 31607)

“ There can be no doubt that Tom Guarna and his three dedicated colleagues make their mark with an hour of fluent and adventurous music, confirming that besides being an exceptional guitarist, the leader is also a composer and arranger of genuine ability …” (from the liner notes by Mark Gardner) 1. Old Lady (Tom Guarna)2. Reunion (Tom Guarna)3. Out From The Underground (Tom Guarna)4. If We Meet Again (Tom Guarna)5. I Can Hear Your Eyes (Tom Guarna)6. Two If By Sea (Tom Guarna)7. C's Blues (Tom Guarna)8. I Remember (Tom Guarna) UPC/EAN: 716043160723 … Continue reading

Jed Levy – Gateway (SCCD 31606)

When reviewing Levy’s previous release SCCD 31579 “ Mood Ellington”, BBC Music Magazine’s Richard Cook wrote, “… Levy offers one of the richest tenor sounds in contemporary jaz z…” 1. Life Of Riley (Jed Levy)2. Irony (Jed Levy)3. Gateway (Jed Levy)4. Lost April (Newman/Spencer/DeLange)5. Positivity (Jed Levy)6. Chorale (Jed Levy)7. How Am I To Know (Jack King)8. Afterthought Blues (Jed Levy)9. Carillon (Jed Levy) UPC/EAN: 716043160624 … Continue reading

Ron McClure, Steve LaSpina, Jay Anderson – Jam Session Vol. 16 (SCCD 31582)

Highly unusual jam of three bassists. This jam session is all about “ a celebration of a wondrous and indispensable voice in just about every jazz ensemble.” (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. Walkin' (Richard Carpenter)2. How Insensitive (Antonio Carlos Jobim)3. Bright Mississippi (Thelonious Monk)4. Folksong (Steve LaSpina)5. Never Always (Ron McClure)6. So What (Miles Davis)7. Unfinished Business (Ron McClure)8. Tale Of The Fingers (Paul Chambers) UPC/EAN: 716043158225 … Continue reading

Alex Norris, Ari Ambrose, Joel Frahm – Jam Session Vol. 6 (SCCD 31537)

“…This is jazz of today but played in the spirit of the music's history and with an awareness of its best traditions. Jamming lives!” (Mark Gardner) 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 .” 1. It's you or no one (Jule Styne)2. Short hare (David Ephross)3. El gaucho (Wayne Shorter)4. SKJ (Milt Jackson) UPC/EAN: 716043153725 … Continue reading