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

Vic Juris – Free Admission (SCCD 31746)

Vic Juris’ new album continues in the highly acclaimed guitar trio configuration of his earlier release “Omega Is The Alpha” SCCD 31696 , on which John Kelman of AAJ remarked, “…. That Juris is working in an open-ended trio setting with two players of like-minded intent and similarly undervalued status, only makes Omega is the Alpha an even more exceptional album. …. it's also a sure bet as one of this year's finest guitar sets.” “…. Juris is a favourite among guitarists, in part because his exceptional technique is all but masked by his dedication to playing interesting things …” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD) 1. Congeniality (Ornette … 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 – Grace (SCCD 31726)

Saxophonist Rich Perry has been a mainstay of the NY jazz scene for more than 30 years. Here on his 15 th album Rich put together a piano-less trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Jeff Hirschfield on drums whom Rich describes as “two of my favourite musicians”. “ Perry … dazzles with his facility and impeccable taste and further asserts himself as one of the most gifted saxophonists of his generation .” (Francis Lo Kee – AllAboutJazz) 1. Falling Grace (Steve Swallow)2. Very Early (Bill Evans)3. Funkalero (Bill Evans)4. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charles Mingus)5. Eronel (Thelonious Monk)6. Modinha (Antonio Carlos Jobim)7. Thedia (Thad Jones)8. Time Remembered (Bill Evans)9. … 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

Vic Juris – Omega Is The Alpha (SCCD 31696)

After 5 years’ absence since his 2004 output While My Guitar Gently Weeps (SCCD 31553) guitarist Vic Juris comes back here with a strong trio album, his trademark unpredictability intact to surprise us again. His earlier release Remembering Eric Dolphy (SCCD 31453) prompted JazzTimes’ Duck Baker to write, “ Vic Juris is a versatile and impressively accomplished guitarist. His playing exudes warmth, intelligence and respect for the tradition. AAJ-NY’s Andrew Hoven also commented, “ As a significant statement of its own by guitarist Vic Juris and his sympathetic ensemble, Remembering Eric Dolphy is an undeniable success. As the tribute affair its title suggests it proves to be far more illusive….. … Continue reading