Rich Perry “Mood” (SCCD 31830)

SCCD 31830 Rich Perry “Mood” “Mood” deciphers “ballads” here in this Rich Perry new album, which is, to quote the liner notes author Neil Tesser, “.. all ballads, all handled with skill and taste, yet all pushing at the edges to find something else.” “The SteepleChase sessions… constitute a body of work equal to anyone currently in the jazz mainstream. Perry’s editing, shifts in tone and phrasing, and embellishments of songs like “Gone With The Wind” on Gone (SCCD 31670) evince a genuine appreciation of the melodies, as well as a desire to make his own way through them.” (David A Orthmann-AAJ) RICH PERRY tenor saxophone HAROLD DANKO piano JAY … Continue reading

Harold Danko Trio "Lost In The Breeze" (SCCD 31812)

SCCD 31812 Harold Danko Trio “Lost In The Breeze” A good part of pianist/composer/educator Harold Danko’s strength lies in his creative intelligence in composition of originals as well as in recasting or reinventing the existing melodies like in this new release. “Danko’s approach is one of subtlety and sophistication, not of pyrotechnics (though his technical facility is formidable). He often takes a recognizable tune and changes the setting and mood to produce performances that are pleasantly surprising.” (Francis Lo Kee, AAJ on Escapades SCCD 31674) HAROLD DANKO piano JAY ANDERSON bass JEFF HIRSHFIELD drums Recorded March 2015 1 Fall Splits 9:34 2 Homing Instinct 6:06 3 Big Squeeze 6:49 4 … Continue reading

Dick Oatts, Harold Danko – Sweet Nowhere (SCCD 31778)

SCCD 31778 Dick Oatts/Harold Danko “Sweet Nowhere” The friedship and collaboration between Dick Oatts (born Iowa, 1953) and Harold Danko (born Pennsylvania, 1947) go way back into the late 1970s when the two young musicians cut their teeth in the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra. Although they have performed together in all types of groups and bands over the years, this is the first time they perform in a duo setting where “ there is never a dull or wasted moment as two minds connect in perfect harmony.” (Mark Gardner from the linernotes) 1. I'll Remember April (Gene DePaul)2. Summertime (George Gershwin)3. Alone Together (Arthur Schwartz)4. I Should Care … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Oatts & Perry III (SCCD 31761)

SCCD 31761 Harold Danko Quintet “Oatts & Perry III” “ This album is a true sleeper. the date is beautifully planned and recorded …”, commented Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes on the first “Oatts & Perry” (SCCD 31588) released in 2006. Following the equally highly acclaimed sequel “Oatts & Perry II” (SCCD 31689) of 2010 this latest addition to Harold Danko’s favorite project proves again the pianist/leader Danko’s endless ideas to keep the perfect conversation going between Dick Oatts (alto) and Rich Perry (tenor), arguably the two best on the scene today. 1. Epistophy (Thelonious Monk)2. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)3. Well You Needn't (Thelonious Monk)4. High Priest (McCoy Tyner)5. Contemplation (McCoy … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Time Was (SCCD 31748)

SCCD 31748 Rich Perry “Time Was” Tenor saxophonist Rich Perry began his recording career for this label in 1998 with “To Start Again” (SCCD 31331). Since then his prolific outputs through the years have captured “ …… With his full but soft-edged tone, subtle articulation and impeccable use of dynamics, Perry imbues each of the nine standards in the program with intense feeling …” (David Franklin of JazzTimes on “East Of The Sun … “… Perry's most recent recording as a leader is e*motion and features a quartet—pianist Danko, bassist Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield—that has played together for almost 15 years! The openness and shared mission to make great … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Unriched (SCCD 31735)

Harold Danko’s trio is in fact Harold Danko Quartet without Rich Perry – thus the album title “Unriched”. This latest Harold Danko Trio was cut right after the Quartet session fully warmed up and is rich with intense creativity and sophistication. Harold Danko has been a mainstay of SteepleChase label since the early 80s producing a number recordings in various settings with highest quality. 1. Sweet And Lovely (Gus Arnheim/Harry Tobias/Jules Lemare)2. Search For Peace (McCoy Tyner)3. The Blessing (Ornette Coleman)4. You Don't Know What Love Is (Gene DePaul/Don Raye)5. Criss Cross (Thelonious Monk)6. The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael)7. Beautiful Love (Victor Young)8. What's New (Bob Haggart) UPC/EAN: 716043173525 … Continue reading

Rich Perry – At The Kitano 3 (SCCD 31697)

The final set of the dazzling live recording of Rich Perry Quartet at New York’s famous jazz lounge at the Kitano Hotel puts slightly more weight on jazz originals. “…. a quartet of talented musicians playing well-worn standards can still come up with renditions startling in their freshness and artistic relevance.” ( Matthew Miller of allaboutjazz ) 1. Night Market (Rich Perry)2. Blue In Green (Bill Evans)3. There Is No Greater Love (Isham Jones)4. I Love You (Cole Porter)5. Stablemates (Benny Golson)6. Giant Steps (John Coltrane) UPC/EAN: 716043169726 … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Oatts & Perry II (SCCD 31689)

A sequel to the highly successful SCCD 31588 “Oatts & Perry I”, on which Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes commented, “… Harold Danko played with Oatts and Perry in the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Orchestra and always wanted them in his own band. This album is a true sleeper, a blowing date on which the blowing is epic and the date is beautifully planned and recorded. ” Rich Perry is that rarest of tenor saxophonists—a complete musician. (Allabout jazz Donald Elfman) …Dick Oatts's an uncompromising jazz musician, one who possesses monster chops without trumpeting them…. (JazzTimes Owen Cordle) 1. Ain't Nothing Nu (Thad Jones)2. Blue Swedish Wildflower (Harold Danko)3. Suspended Sentense (Wayne … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Escapades (SCCD 31674)

On Trilix SCCD 31551 allaboutjazz’ Donald Elfman wrote, “ When a piano trio—or any jazz group, for that matter—is at the top of its game, all of the qualities that make its individual members shine come to the fore … Harold Danko (piano), Michael Formanek (bass) and Jeff Hirshfield (drums) make a vitally engaging, intelligent and musical trio album. …” 1. Murmur Not (Harold Danko)2. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)3. Tired Trade (Andrew Hill)4. Poinciana (Nat Simon)5. Escapade (Kenny Dorham)6. Serenity (Joe Henderson)7. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)8. Brown's Town (Kenny Dorham)9. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter) UPC/EAN: 716043167425 … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Gone (SCCD 31670)

Following the successful 2008 album “e-motion” (SCCD 31620)Rich Perry teams up with his quintessential group of 15 years – a quartet – pianist Danko, bassist Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. “…The openness and shared mission to make great music ensures that the nine tracks are all first-rate performances…. This CD is as good as it gets. ” (Francis Lo Kee on “e-motion”, AllAboutJazz) 1. Gone With The Wind (Allie Wrubel)2. Theme For Ernie (Fred Lacey)3. Don't Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh)4. Emily (Johnny Mandel)5. You Say You Care (Jule Styne)6. Estate (Brunos Martino)7. Nancy With The Laughin' Face (Jimmy Van Heusen) UPC/EAN: 716043167029 … Continue reading