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

Stanley Cowell Trio – Reminiscent – (SCCD 31809)

SCCD 31809 Stanley Cowell Trio “Reminiscent” Since his retirement in 2013 from the professorship at the prestigious Rutgers University, where he led its jazz department, pianist/composer/educator Stanley Cowell has been increasingly active on the scene both in concerts and recordings. This new album with a featured program of Christmas melodies (Xmas Suite) will be introduced to the audience at New York’s Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. “…it’s a great pleasure to hear Stanley Cowell’s It’s Time: a finely crafted collection of mostly originals that is at once sophisticated, both aggressive and pensive, and simply fascinating to listen to.” (Greg Simmons – AAJ on “It’s Time” SCCD 31740) STANLEY COWELL piano, … Continue reading

Vic Juris Trio – Blue – (SCCD 31810)

SCCD 31810 Vic Juris Trio “Blue” Vic Juris’ new album “Blue” is heavily focused on ballads, which Vic’s signature fluid sound backed up by his mature artistry fits perfectly. One of today’s premier jazz guitarists Vic Juris has been active on the scene for over four decades amassing an impressive discography. “Vic Juris is a versatile and impressively accomplished guitarist. His playing exudes warmth, intelligence and respect for the tradition. Perhaps best of all, he seems to understand that the foregoing positives also apply to a legion of contemporary guitarists, and he looks for ways to set his work apart, in terms of sound, approach, or material. “ (Duck Baker … Continue reading

Freddie Redd – Music For You (SCCD 31796)

SCCD 31796 Freddie Redd “Music For You” Due to his sporadic career Freddie Redd has kept a low profile for the last several decades. His name, however, stayed in people’s memory as the composer for the haunting music that accompanied The Connection (1959), a controversial play written by Jack Gelber. One of the last of classic bop generation, Freddie Redd  at the age of 86, fragile yet debonair, still performs with lyrical clarity and sensitivity on this superb trio recording. There’ll Never Be Another You Blues For You How High The Moon All The Things You Are Cherokee Round About Midnight Perdido Lover Man I’ll Remember April UPC/EAN: 716043179626 … Continue reading

Stanley Cowell – Are You Real? (SCCD 31790)

SCCD 31790 Stanley Cowell Trio “Are You Real?” Stanley Cowell during the last five decades has not only been active on the jazz scene but also devoted himself in the musical education of younger generation. Now his well-earned retirement from teaching at the Rutgers enables him to spend more time in performing and recording. The latest album, which is his 13th release on this label, Stanley Cowell presents himself as a supreme interpreter of jazz’s standard titles. “…it’s a great pleasure to hear Stanley Cowell’s It’s Time: a finely crafted collection of mostly originals that is at once sophisticated, both aggressive and pensive, and simply fascinating to listen to.” (Greg … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Walking On Water (SCCD 31788)

SCCD 31788 Vic Juris “Walking On Water” Vic Juris’ versatile and innovative mind finds a perfect setting for his latest album here in the relatively seldom heard guitar/trumpet quartet (without piano). Vic has been collaborating in trumpeter Tim Hagans’ Norbotten Big Band for several years to lay down the ground work for this creative album. “Vic Juris is a versatile and impressively accomplished guitarist. His playing exudes warmth, intelligence and respect for the tradition. Perhaps best of all, he seems to understand that the foregoing positives also apply to a legion of contemporary guitarists, and he looks for ways to set his work apart, in terms of sound, approach, or … Continue reading

Andrew Rathbun – Numbers & Letters (SCCD 31781)

SCCD 31781 Andrew Rathbun Quintet “Numbers & Letters” Ian Patterson of AAJ remarked, “ Rathbun's music is intellectually challenging and yet immediately accessible…”, when he was reviewing The Idea of North (SCCD 31762) Rathbun’s previous album. New York-based Canadian saxophonist/composer Andrew Rathbun has been releasing series of innovative albums which delight us with consistent creative and entertaining quality. Here on his latest recording Rathbun joins forces with NY’s finest rhythm section to produce another unique instrumental jazz. “ This outstanding release remains fresh with each hearing, as new facets of these performances become apparent to the listener .” (Ken Dryden – AAJ on Shadow Forms SCCD 31598) 1. Bad Call … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Settling In (SCCD 31770)

SCCD 31770 Ari Ambrose Quartet ”Settling In” Ari Ambrose, since his recording debut as leader on SteepleChase’s “Introducing Ari Ambrose” (SCCD 31450) some 15 years ago, has maintained his musical perspectives of modernism on tradition and has polished them to perfection on this new album. “… With so many of the young tenor voices continuing to follow John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins or turning toward free-form abstraction, it’s refreshing to find Ambrose employing the tradition, taking it back and bringing it forward, … offering something different in what often seems to be a world of clones.” (Will Smith – JazzTimes on Whatever Happens SCCD 31617) “ Ari Ambrose's Waiting (Steeplechase … 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