Gregory Tardy “Chasing After The Wind” (SCCD 31821)

SCCD 31821 Gregory Tardy “Chasing After The Wind” This year is the 10th anniversary of Gregory Tardy’s tenure with SteepleChase label which started with his superlative release “The Truth” SCCD 31583. “One of the bright hopes, Tardy sounds like a seeker, absolution and salvation in every solo.” (New York Times) Since then Tardy has, except for a short sabbatical leave from the commercial music scene, kept on creating spiritually inspired music that appealed and reached out to people of all faiths and convictions. On this new album Tardy combines his own new music with a handful of intriguing compositions by other artists from the past to set up a scene … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy – With Songs of Joy (SCCD 31798)

SCCD 31798 Gregory Tardy – With Songs of Joy Saxophonist and composer Gregory Tardy emerged from the highly productive and creative jazz scene of the 90s and has established himself “as one of the most important saxophonists of his generation.” (Matthew Miller – AAJ). The music Gregory Tardy composes and performs is filled with devotional texture and emotion. The strength of his music and performance reaches out to the vast range of people regardless of their spiritual background, as it is the case with this his 8th release on SteepleChase. “He sounds as if he’s physically wresting new possibilities and beauty…. It’s moments such as these that invoke the combination of faith-infused … Continue reading

Craig Brann – Mark My Words (SCCD 31789)

SCCD 31789 Craig Brann “Mark My Words” Guitarist/composer and one of the newest addition to the SteepleChase recording artist list Craig Brann’s latest release “Mark My Words” features two of his prominent colleagues and friends, Mark Turner and Gregory Tardy on saxophones. Craig Brann unveils in this album with all originals his unique compositional talent. “ Craig Brann is a soulful and imaginative player and writer with a unique depth to his music. His arrangements and re-imaginings of classic songs are particularly thoughtful and fresh and his every note has meaning and purpose .” ​(Peter Bernstein) 1. Hindsight (Craig Brann)2. The Late Pope (Craig Brann)3. B(ro) Blues (Craig Brann)4. Astral … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy – Hope (SCCD 31775)

SCCD 31775 Gregory Tardy Quartet “Hope” Gregory Tardy’s seventh release on SteepleChase “ Hope ” delivers strong musical and spiritual message to us all. Since his comeback from a three year sabbatical from the music scene Tardy has firmly resumed his place as “ one of the most important saxophonists of his generation ” (Matthew Miller, AAJ). “… ultimately it’s Tardy’s show. Not only is he arguably the most original of the band’s improvisers, he’s also the most impassioned. His lines are incisive and hard-edged. Even his most fanciful flights are purposeful. His energetic approach consistently lifts the group’s performance to a higher level ….” (Chris Kelsey – JazzTimes on … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy – Standards & More (SCCD 31754)

SCCD 31754 Gregory Tardy Quartet “Standards & More” As the title of this new album suggests Gregory Tardy and his excellent ensemble invested their energy in evergreen standards and jazz original classics here to fulfil his musical parents’ requests. “… Not only is he arguably the most original of the band’s improvisers, he’s also the most impassioned. His lines are incisive and hard-edged. Even his most fanciful flights are purposeful. His energetic approach consistently lifts the group’s performance to a higher level….” (Chris Kelsey – JazzTimes on “Steps of Faith”SCCD) “….Of the many stars to have emerged on the jazz horizon during the '90s, one of the most disciplined, emotive … Continue reading

Craig Brann – Adventure (SCCD 31747)

A new face on SteepleChase, guitarist Craig Brann was born in Whitefield, Maine in 1978 and studied music at William Patterson University in New Jersey. He lives in Brooklyn and performs in and around New York City. Craig’s SteepleChase debut “Advent[ure]” is SteepleChase’s first ever “Christmas” album as all the tunes are based on Christmas carols. Those Christmas melodies here are, however, reworked into something fresh and new by the creative hand of Brann who has long been influenced by Lennie Tristano. " Required holiday listening… Craig Brann and friends dig deep into the jazz canon in order to truly reinvent the world of holiday music. Listen up – you'll … Continue reading

Marcus Printup – Homage (SCCD 31730)

Ken Dryden of AllAboutJazz has once described Marcus Printup as “an open-minded player who gives his all in any setting.” In this his latest album the setting is a fertile ground for a trumpeter. Printup pays profound tribute to a dozen of the most significant and influential tumpeters of our time. “ Marcus reveres those trumpeters who came before, along with those contemporaries still making their mark. He is a vitally important participant in the long and impressive tradition celebrated in this landmark CD .” (Mark Gardner –from the linernotes) 1. Weather Bird (King Oliver)2. Nardis (Miles Davis)3. Mr. Kenyatta (Lee Morgan)4. Later (Wynton Marsalis)5. Liquid Streets (Roy Hargrove)6. Con … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy – Monuments (SCCD 31725)

Saxophonist/composer Gregory Tardy’s latest album reunites him with pianist George Colligan whom Tardy has collaborated on a number of remarkable recordings. Since his return to the active performing scene a couple of years ago Gregory Tardy is today a full time member of the elite jazz circle. “ He sounds as if he’s physically wresting new possibilities and beauty from an earthbound, rock-encrusted framework. …It’s moments such as these that invoke the combination of faith-infused yearning and hard-won triumph that is at the heart of the best spiritually inspired improvisational music .” (Carlo Wolff of JazzTimes on Strongest Love” SCCD 31698) 1. Dust Groove (Gregory Tardy)2. Monuments (Gregory Tardy)3. The … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy – The Strongest Love (SCCD 31698)

Gregory Tardy comes back to the recording scene with this strong performance after three-year hiatus. On Tardy’s earlier release “Truth” (SCCD 31583), AAJ-NY’s Matthew Miller commented, “ Of the many stars to have emerged on the jazz horizon during the '90s, one of the most disciplined, emotive and perhaps underrated is the multifaceted Gregory Tardy. … With this release, his first on SteepleChase, Tardy takes another step toward establishing himself as one of the most important saxophonists of his generation. 1. Cure (Gregory Tardy)2. How Great Thou Art (Joel Weiskopf)3. Amazing Grace (Traditional)4. No Shame In His Name (Gregory Tardy)5. The Strongest Love (Joel Weiskopf)6. Thorns (Jaimeo Brown)7. A Flower … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy – He Knows My Name (SCCD 31647)

“ Of the many stars to have emerged on the jazz horizon during the ‘90s, one of the most disciplined, emotive and perhaps underrated is the multifaceted Gregory Tardy. ….With this release, his first on SteepleChase, Tardy takes another step toward establishing himself as one of the most important saxophonists of his generation . “ Matthew Miller (All about jazz) on Gregory Tardy’s “Truth” album (SCCD 31583) 1. Christ The Redeemer (Jimmy Cleveland)2. Lord Revive Us (traditional)3. As The Deer (Martin Nystrom)4. Holy Ghost Fall On Me (Sharp Radway)5. He Cares (Eric Reed)6. Amen (Jester Hairston)7. Jordan River (traditional)8. He Knows My Name (Thomas Walker)9. Remember Me (traditional) UPC/EAN: 716043164721 … Continue reading