Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 2” (SCCD 31856 )

SCCD 31856 Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 2” With this sequel volume to SCCD 31855 SteepleChase is proud to make the first live recordings from Wally’s commercially available. Boston’s historical (it celebrated its70th anniversary last year) live spot is where Jason Palmer and his working band have been performing weekly for the past 12 years. Wally’s is, to quote Fred Bouchard of Downbeat, “…is the world’s oldest black owned continuously operation jazz club. Founded in 1947 by Joseph L. Walcott. Wally’s Café Jazz Club is located in Boston’s historic Jazz Corner…. Barbados-born Walcott built Wally’s as an oasis where the black community could socialize and listen to bands….” JASON PALMER … Continue reading

Jason Palmer “Beauty ‘n’ Numbers – The Sudoku Suite” (SCCD 31820)

SCCD 31820 Jason Palmer “Beauty ‘n’ Numbers – The Sudoku Suite” Trumpeter/Composer/Arranger/Educator/Actor Jason Palmer, the winner of several prestigious competitions including the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition presents his first quartet album here. As always Jason is keen on sharing with the listeners how the music is conceived, developed and performed in his meticulously organized liner notes. The music which based on a Sudoku game originates in the 2007 commissioned work by the Festival of New Trumpet Music in N.Y.C. “…what a superb record it is; one that will caress the discerning ear and repay hours of repeated listening being a refined post-modern extension of timeless hard-bop … Continue reading

Jason Palmer – Wondaland – Jason Palmer plays Janelle Monáe (SCCD 31800)

SCCD 31800 Jason Palmer “Wondaland – Jason Palmer plays Janelle Monáe” Jason Palmer launched a series of homage recordings of songs composed or made famous by iconic singers of our time a couple of years ago with “Take A Little Trip” SCCD 31750 examining songs associated with Minnie Riperton, which was highly acclaimed by critics and public alike. Palmer here on this his 5th album on the label pays tribute to the artistry of Janell Monáe, a six-time Grammy nominated American psychedelic soul and R & B singer-songwriter. What a novel idea—refurbish songs associated with Minnie Riperton into modern jazz explorations. Fortunately, trumpeter Jason Palmer steered clear from the novelty … Continue reading

Jason Palmer – Places (SCCD 31780)

SCCD 31780 Jason Palmer Sextet “Places” Trumpeter/composer Jason Palmer has surprised audiences with each of his new releases full of fresh concept and amazing execution. This his 4 th release is no exception. All Jason originals here are inspired by the places he has visited during his numerous tours throughout the world including the two towns closest to his heart: his birth place High Point, North Carolina and his current home town near Boston, Roslindale. Jon Ross of Downbeat remarks of Jason , “ Palmer is an exciting player – achieving pinpoint focus in his attack one minute, turning his concrete bebop lines into caramel, sliding through pitches and bending … Continue reading

Jason Palmer – Take A Little Trip (SCCD 31750)

SCCD 31750 Jason Palmer “Take A Little Trip” Trumpeter/composer Jason Palmer, whom Mark Gardner aptly described as one of the foremost brass players of his generation, has investigated the works by or associated with the legendary singer Minnie Riperton for this his latest album where pop merged with jazz in a most creative way. Jason’s previous release “Here Today” (SCCD 31724) received 4½ stars from DownBeat. Its reviewer Jon Ross remarks, “… Palmer has created an album of lengthy intriguing compositions that are full of engaging extras…Palmer is an exciting player…” 1. Take A Little Trip (Stevie Wonder)2. Lovin' You (Minnie Riperton / Richard Rudolph)3. I'm In Love Again (Minnie … Continue reading

Jason Palmer – Here Today (SCCD 31724)

Trumpeter/composer/arranger Jason Palmer was a new name when he recorded as sideman for Billy Hart album “Sixty-Eight” (SCCD 31707). He became SteepleChase recording artist last year with brilliant “Nothing To Hide” album (SCCD 31699) backed by his Boston-based band. For his second album here Jason put together a new group featuring saxophonist Mark Turner of whom Jason remarks, “ Mark Turner is one of the most influential non-trumpeters on my approach to improvisation .” 1. Here Today Gone Yesterday (Jason Palmer)2. Abu Abed (Jason Palmer)3. 3rd Shift (Jason Palmer)4. Takes Courage To Be Happy (Jason Palmer)5. Skylark/I Can't Help It (Hoagy Carmichael/Stevie Wonder/Susaye Greene)6. 3 Point Turn (Jason Palmer)7. Capricorn … Continue reading

Billy Hart – Sixty Eight (SCCD 31707)

Since his SteepleChase debut with pianist Hal Galper on an album entitled "Reach Out" (SCCD 31067) in 1976, drummer Billy Hart and label have kept a long, productive relationship. This release marks his 68 th recording and his 1 st leader album for SteepleChase. Billy Hart has not only been the company's most recorded drummer but also one of the most influential voices in the label’s creative decision making. “… Hart is widely regarded as one of the most capable of modern-jazz drummers …” (The New Grove Dictionary of JAZZ) 1. What Reason (Ornette Coleman)2. Number Eight (Eric Dolphy)3. Serene (Eric Dolphy)4. Fire Waltz (Mal Waldron)5. Beatrice (Sam Rivers)6. Cyclic … Continue reading

Jason Palmer – Nothing To Hide (SCCD 31699)

First prize of 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. Jason makes his SteepleChase debut with his quintet, which has been serving as the house band at Boston’s historical Wally’s Jazz Café since 2001. “… Jason Palmer reveals a singular originality that surely places him among the foremost brass players of his generation .” (Mark Gardner – from the liner notes) 1. Fly Little Bird Fly (Donald Byrd)2. Nothing To Hide (Jason Palmer)3. LaRue (Clifford Brown)4. The Gigolo (Lee Morgan)5. Strength And Sanity (Booker Little)6. Here And Now (Jason Palmer)7. Luana (Freddie Hubbard)8. Half Nelson (Miles Davis) UPC/EAN: 716043169924 … Continue reading