George Colligan – Return To Copenhagen (SCCD 31519)

SCCD 31519 – George Colligan -"Return to Copenhagen" George Colligan – Solo Piano This is George Colligan's second solo CD for Steeplechase. His first, entitled "Small Room" (SCCD 31470), has met with critical acclaim everywhere. "George Colligan is one of the brightest and most articulate new pianists on today's scene. A composer to reckon with as well, Colligan's music defies easy categorization." Harvey Pekar – Jazz Times 1. Return to Copenhagen (George Colligan)2. What is the meaning of this? (George Colligan)3. Underground emotions (way, way down) (George Colligan)4. Abandon all hope ye who enter here (George Colligan)5. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)6. Inner urge (Joe Henderson)7. When you love a woman … Continue reading

George Colligan, Jesper Bodilsen – A Wish (SCCD 31507)

SCCD 31507 – George Colligan / Jesper Bodilsen "A Wish" In response to wide spread critical acclaim for their first duet recording on SteepleChase (SCCD 31485 "Twins"), pianist Colligan and bassist Bodilsen did a second session for SteepleChase following a Scandanavian tour just 13 months later. "George Colligan is one of the brightest and most articulate new pianists on today's scene. On "Twins" the pianist's synaptic spontaneity dances freely. Colligan's foil is the estimable young Danish bassist, Jesper Bodilsen. Like NHOP, Bodilsen possesses a warm sound, great dexterity, virtually faultless intonation and an aura of calm even in the midst of volcanic eruptions." ( Harvey Pekar, Jazz Times, July/August 2001) … Continue reading

George Colligan – Agent 99 (SCCD 31498)

Renowned critic Richard Cook wrote in JazzReview about George’s previous release Twins (SCCD 31485) “…one listens through the record in a kind of wonderment at his imagination. He never seems to take an obvious route….” And here again with his regular trio, George Colligan recorded an album that is full of excitement and stimulation. 1. You do something to me (Cole Porter)2. Minority (Gigi Gryce)3. In your own sweet way (Dave Brubeck)4. Agent 99 (George Colligan)5. Theme for Kareen (Freddie Hubbard)6. Poor butterfly (R. Hubbel)7. El gaucho (Wayne Shorter)8. A felicidade (Antonio Carlos Jobim)9. Una noche in Sevilla (George Colligan) UPC/EAN: 716043149827 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Early Song (SCCD 31496)

Since his recording debut in 1998 “Introducing Ari Ambrose” (SCCD 31450) at the age of 24, this “first class young musician” (Eddie Blackwell, Jazz Journal) has already cut three more albums of his own and has firmly developed to be a major voice in the younger generation. With his long-time friend and musical partner George Colligan in the band, Ari’s latest album offers another exciting and fulfilling experience. 1. Waiting (Ari Ambrose)2. What is the meaning of this (George Colligan)3. Useless landscape (Antonio Carlos Jobim)4. The song is you (Jerome Kern)5. Venus (Toby Wine)6. Early song (Ari Ambrose)7. Twins (George Colligan) UPC/EAN: 716043149629 … Continue reading

Rich Perry – O Grande Amor (SCCD 31492)

Rich Perry is undoubtedly one of the most original voices on tenor saxophone today. “ Rich Perry continues to surprise us with his thoughtful, well shaped and passionate excursions. O Grande Amor is another of his CDs you will want to play repeatedly ….” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Nardis (Bill Evans)2. On Green Dolphin Street (Bronislav Kaper)3. Be anything (Irving Gordon)4. 29, Rue Jacob (Rich Perry)5. The peacocks (Jimmy Rowles)6. O grande amor (Antonio Carlos Jobim)7. Stella by starlight (Victor Young) UPC/EAN: 716043149223 … Continue reading

Dave Ballou – The Floating World (SCCD 31486)

SCCD 31485 The Floating World / Dave Ballou Quartet Japan’s leading jazz magazine Swing Journal hailed Dave Ballou on his SteepleChase debut CD (SCCD 31436 Amongst Ourselves) by saying “… here comes a new artist with solid beautiful sound and tremendous imagination and technique who can tell his own story… ” But it also said, “… if you are not used to this type (free) of music, you may find it hard to follow… ”. Not on this his third release under his own name. Dave Ballou chose a quartet format with piano (George Colligan) and, besides his own compositions, some of the popular titles from the jazz repertoire letting … Continue reading

George Colligan, Jesper Bodilsen – Twins (SCCD 31485)

SCCD 31485 Twins / George Colligan & Jesper Bodilsen “ Somebody find this guy a high profile gig !” was how Willard Jenkins set out to review Colligan’s earlier release “Stomping Ground “ (SCCD 31441) in the December issue of JazzTimes. George Colligan is undoubtedly one of the most exciting pianists on the scene today. And the high profile gigs are pouring in. One of those gigs took him to Copenhagen early this year giving SteepleChase a chance to team him up with one of the best Danish bassists of the younger generation Jesper Bodilsen. The meeting of two hugely talented musicians produced an electrifying album. A new DUO was … Continue reading

Lee Konitz – Pride (SCCD 31479)

SCCD 31479 Pride / Lee Konitz Quartet Lee Konitz, at seventy something, is one of the most active jazz musicians, not just for his age but simply active, period. He is constantly on the road or in the studios with insatiable appetite for performing. On this date the veteran is surrounded by three Young Lions as Lee calls them. Though they had never played together before, the mutual respect and appreciation were apparent as the session progressed. “Pride” is Lee Konitz’ 11 th entry on SteepleChase. 1. Monkian' around (Lee Konitz)2. Triste (Antonio Carlos Jobim)3. Come rain or come shine (Harry Arlen)4. Stellar (Lee Konitz)5. Gundula (Lee Konitz)6. Secret Love … Continue reading