Harold Danko “Triple Play” (SCCD 31839)

SCCD 31839 Harold Danko “Triple Play” Harold Danko concludes his liner notes entitled “Arriving at The Unknown” on this “Triple Play” album, stating, “I hope … listeners of this CD are prepared to join us as we take off to undiscovered region.” Ever subtle and transcendent pianist/composer Danko and his congenial co-players Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirshfield are unfolding a unique universe of improvising in and on the recognizable repertoire to pleasant surprises. “Danko plays with the kind of finesse and heartfelt emotion that has always marked his work. Bravo! (C. Andrew Hovan – AAJ on SCCD 31471 This Isn’t Maybe…) HAROLD DANKO piano JAY ANDERSON bass Jeff Hirshfield drums … Continue reading

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

Rich Perry – Organique (SCCD 31805)

SCCD 31805 Rich Perry Trio “Organique” As Rich Perry’s previous release SCCD 31776 “Nocturne” deviated the standard quartet configuration by replacing piano with guitar, on this his 22nd album Rich tries something new again: an organ trio. With his two long-time creative partners (Gary Versace at the keyboard and Jeff Hirshfield on drums) Rich Perry opens a new chapter of the art of jazz improvisation. “This is standards-centered jazz of the best sort.” (Derek Taylor- dusted magazine on SCCD 31776 Nocturne) “Rich Perry is that rarest of tenor saxophonists — a complete musician with an understanding of space and timing, a palpable sense of color and humor and absolutely no need to … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Nocturne (SCCD 31776)

SCCD 31776 Rich Perry Quartet “Nocturne” Rich Perry’s newest album Nocturne marks the 21 st release in his 21-year-tenure with SteepleChase and for the first time Rich employs guitar (by Nat Radley) instead of piano for his quartet. Rich Perry still is arguably the best-kept-secret of today’s modern jazz scece inspite of all the talks of admiration by the critics and the fellow musicians such as tenor player David Valdez. To quote Valdez from his blog, “ . . Rich never plays down to the audience, never compromising his advanced harmonic and rhythmic concepts in favor of wide accessibility…. Even though he stays on the cutting edge Rich's sound is … Continue reading

Andrew Rathbun – Shadow Forms II (SCCD 31762)

SCCD 31762 Andrew Rathbun “Shadow Forms II” Toronto-born and NY-based saxophonist/composer Andrew Rathbun returns to studio with his core group of “Shadow Forms” (SCCD 31598, 2006) to explore further his musical concept of improvisation forming into written music. Ken Dryden of AAJ wrote on “Shadow Forms”, “This outstanding release remains fresh with each hearing, as new facets of these performances become apparent to the listener .” “ Shadow Forms is a wonderful album and, in typical Rathbun fashion…” (Budd Kopman – AAJ) 1. Long And The Short Of It (Andrew Rathbun)2. Add And Subtract (Andrew Rathbun/Scott Lee/Jeff Hirshfield)3. Harmonicalls (Scott Lee)4. Meltdown (Andrew Rathbun/Scott Lee/Jeff Hirshfield)5. Drums And Symbols (Scott … 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

Skip Wilkins – Father And Son (SCCD 33102)

SCCD 33102 Skip Wilkins “Father & Son” Renowned educator, composer/pianist Skip Wilkins teamed up with his son Daniel, a new talent on tenor saxophone to present “Father & Son” album with Skip’s working trio: Scott Lee on bass and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. Tenor saxophonist, Daniel Wilkins is young artist on the New York jazz scene. Entering his Senior Year at the Manhattan School of Music, Wilkins has been studying with alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, drummer John Riley, pianists Phil Markowitz and Garry Dial. He plays lead tenor in the Grammy-nominated MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Skip and Daniel toured in Europe and perform regularly together in … 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