Lee Konitz – Dearly Beloved (SCCD 31406)

SCCD 31406 Dearly Beloved / Lee Konitz Quartet “ In Lee Konitz’ 70 th year and his 50 th as a recording artist, comes another new CD album that reinforces all the musical values to which this distinctive saxophonist has always adhered – spontaneity, purity of line, logical solo development, tonal certainly and rhythmic fluidity ….” (Mark Gardner) 1. The way you look tonight (Jerome Kern)2. Ev'rytime we say goodbye (Cole Porter)3. Someday my prince will come (Churchill/Morey)4. Bye bye blackbird (Dixon/Henderson)5. Dearly beloved (Jerome Kern)6. The night has a thousand eyes (Bernier-Brainin) UPC/EAN: 716043140626 … Continue reading

George Cables – Dark Side Light Side (SCCD 31405)

SCCD 31405 Dark Side, Light Side / George Cables Trio “… this entire programme underlines just why Art Pepper called George “Mr. Beautiful” because beauty infuses all his music .” – Mark Gardner 1. Dolphin dance (Herbie Hancock)2. Dark side, light side (George Cables)3. Ruby my dear (Thelonious Monk)4. Alone together (Arthur Schwartz)5. In a sentimental mood (Duke Ellington)6. One finger snap (Herbie Hancock)7. Sweet Rita suite, part 1 (George Cables)8. Ah George we hardly knew you (Don Pullen) UPC/EAN: 716043140527 … Continue reading

Boulou Ferré – New York, N.Y. (SCCD 31404)

SCCD 31404 New York, NY / Boulou Ferré Quintet In the autumn of 1996 legendary French gypsy guitarist bothers Boulou & Elios Ferré took a short trip to New York to make this new recording after a 10-year absence from recording studios. “… So this is their playing ‘postcard from Manhattan’ and a brief meeting of minds with three inspirational Americans who did their utmost to make the visitors feel at home…a stirring souvenir of an intriguing cultural cocktail .” (Mark Gardner) 1. Israel (Johnny Carisi)2. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)3. Intersection sur une prèlude de Bach (Boulou Ferré)4. Background music (Warne Marsh)5. À Paris (Francis Lemarque)6. Ablution (Lennie Tristano)7. Nuit d'insomnie … Continue reading

Red Rodney – The Tivoli Session (SCCD 37025/26)

MID-PRICE SERIES SCCD 37025/26 The Tivoli Sessions / Red Rodney Quintet Previously issued on SCCD 31238 & SCCD 31252 “… this is a lively and cohesive bop band of real intrinsic merit…(Rodney) is an exciting exponent of bop. His presence gives this group authenticity, and as such groups go it is a very musical and attractive one…” (David Badham, Jazz Journal International) 1. Little Willie leaps (Charlie Parker)2. My little suede shoes (Charlie Parker)3. Embraceable you (George Gershwin)4. Blues for Alice (Charlie Parker)5. My foolish heart (Victor Young)6. The night has a thousand eyes (Bernier-Brainin)7. Red arrow 88 (Red Rodney)8. Ladybird (Tadd Dameron)9. Buzzy (Charlie Parker)10. Let's cool one (Thelonious … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Blue To The Bone (SCCD 31400)

SCCD 31400 Blue To The Bone / Dave Stryker Octet SteepleChase recording artist Dave Stryker’s latest album features the guitarist’s roots in blues. Surrounded by the New York scene’s hippest jazz instrumentalists Stryker presents a dazzling set of “ a perfect marriage of Stryker’s jazzy sensibility and his bluesiest tendencies ” (Bill Milkowski) which will no doubt be acclaimed both by jazz and blues fans. 1. Blues revisited (Dave Stryker)2. Messenger (Steve Slagle)3. Blue to the bone (Dave Stryker)4. Swamp thing (Dave Stryker)5. Bayou blues (Dave Stryker)6. Tchoupitoulas St. (Dave Stryker)7. Muddy waters (Dave Stryker)8. One for Mogie (Brian Lynch) UPC/EAN: 716043140022 … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Pastels (SCCD 31384)

SCCD 31384 Pastels / Vic Juris Quartet “… Like other CDs conceived by the engaging Juris this one will grow on the listener with each playing. The man is so diverse in his musical character that something new is always coming at you from the speakers when Vic hits a groove. He is, undoubtedly, one of the most interesting contemporary exponents in the strings department ….” (Mark Gardner) 1. Will call (Jay Anderson)2. Sweet and lovely (Arnheim/Tobias/Lemare)3. Megatroid (Vic Juris)4. Berlin (Vic Juris)5. Sail away (Tom Harrell)6. Sim 95 (Vic Juris)7. 26-2 (John Coltrane)8. Chop shop (Phil Markowitz)9. Bravo Rio (Vic Juris)10. I'll close my eyes (Kaye/Reid) UPC/EAN: 716043138425 … Continue reading

George Cables – Skylark (SCCD 31381)

31381 Skylark / George Cables Trio “ A fine sole and trio performer ” (The Penguin Guide to JAZZ) is George Cables. Here on his fourth album George leads a superb three-some, including the veteran Tootie Heath on drums and presents a pulsating programme from the classic sambas by Bonfa to an ingenious tune Dolahin by his own pen. 1. Fungii mama (Blue Mitchell)2. Fee-fi-fo-fum (Wayne Shorter)3. Manha de carnival (Luiz Bonfa)4. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Samba de Orfeu (Luiz Bonfa)6. Someday my prince will come (Churchill/Morey)7. A felicidade (Luiz Bonfa)8. Pannonica (Thelonious Monk)9. Dolahin (George Cables) UPC/EAN: 716043138128 … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Reality Check (SCCD 31379)

SCCD 31379 Reality Check / Paul Bley Trio “ It is Paul Bley’s steadfast refusal to be typecast, pigeon-holed, static which has kept his mind and music so fresh and vital since the early 1950s. His playing has preserved a sense of mystery. That does not need to be explained – even in this 1990s Reality Check – but should rather be enjoyed for the rare gift which we recognise it to be.” (from the linernotes by Mark Gardner) 1. Reality check (Paul Bley)2. For George (Paul Bley)3. It isn't (Paul Bley)4. Above you (Paul Bley)5. I surrender dear (Barris/Clifford)6. Do something (Paul Bley)7. Swan song (Paul Bley) UPC/EAN: 716043137923 … Continue reading

Rich Perry – What Is This? (SCCD 31374)

SCCD 31374 What Is This? / Rich Perry Quartet Tenor saxophonist Rich Perry has proven his formidable talent both as a leader and sideman on a series of SteepleChase releases: Inner Account (SCCD 31329), To Start Again (SCCD 31331), Next Age (SCCD 31350), Speechless (SCCD 31363) and most recently the intriguing trio album Beautiful Love (SCCD 31360). Here’s his third leader CD which Mark Gardner describes in his linernotes, “… I’m tempted to say this is his best album to date. It’s the best until the next one!…” 1. Squishy (Rich Perry)2. You don't know what love is (DePaul/Raye)3. One for Sam (Fred Hersh)4. What Is This Thing (Thad Jones/Mel … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Speechless (SCCD 31363)

SCCD 31363 Speechless / Paul Bley Quartet Paul Bley’s latest recording is a rare setting of quartet with the tenorman Perry whose insightful interplay with the leader makes this album something very special. “ Once again, Paul Bley confounds us with his multi-facetted talent, ever restless and searching. What this episodic earful tells us is that he has found a strong voice in Rich Perry that harmonises with his own …” (Mark Gardner) 1. Dropped stitch (Paul Bley)2. Crystal ball (Paul Bley)3. In walked Bud (Thelonious Monk)4. Speechless (Paul Bley)5. Love (Paul Bley)6. Past tense (Paul Bley)7. Beau Didley (Paul Bley)8. Love is (Paul Bley)9. Shorthand (Paul Bley) UPC/EAN: 716043136322 … Continue reading