Harold Danko – Tidal Breeze (SCCD 31411)

SCCD 31411 Tidal Breeze / Harold Danko Quartet The Harold Danko Quartet, during its five year existence, has been carving out its own special niche in the landscape of jazz. Following the highly successful “The Feeling Of Jazz” (SCCD 31392), this their fifth CD explores Danko’s older compositions written before the inception of the group. 1. Tidal breeze (Harold Danko)2. Blue Swedish wildflower (Harold Danko)3. Wayne Shorter (Harold Danko)4. McCoy's passion (Harold Danko)5. Swift shifting (Harold Danko)6. Personal cornucopia (Harold Danko)7. Soaring thru space (Harold Danko)8. Pastoral landing (Harold Danko) UPC/EAN: 716043141128 … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Moonscape (SCCD 31402)

SCCD 31402 Moonscape / Vic Juris Quartet Vic Juris is one of the most sought after guitarists in New York today. This is his third CD on SteepleChase which features the writing and playing of Juris’ working quartet. The piano-less format affords Juris the opportunity to experiment with different textures. The result is an exemplary showcase of contemporary approaches to the modern jazz guitar. 1. Vampicide (Vic Juris)2. Critters (Vic Juris)3. A song for Kate (Vic Juris)4. You stepped out (Vic Juris)5. Moonscape (Vic Juris)6. Wrong is right (Larry Coryell)7. Blood count (Billy Strayhorn)8. Folk blues (Dick Oatts)9. Midnight at the waterfront (Jay Anderson)10. So tender (Keith Jarrett) UPC/EAN: 716043140220 … Continue reading

Steve LaSpina – Story Time (SCCD 31396)

SCCD 31396 Story Time / Steve LaSpina Quartet Here’s another captivating CD by Steve LaSpina, a highly talented and imaginative composer and resourceful leader as well as the outstanding bass instrumentalist. On his composition, Mark Gardner writes, “ His writing is neither fussy nor over-emphatic. It allows everyone to ‘breathe’ while enhancing the listener’s enjoyment… ” 1. In the sky (Steve LaSpina)2. Story time (Steve LaSpina)3. That day (Steve LaSpina)4. Fanfare (Steve LaSpina)5. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)6. Scott's bop (Steve LaSpina)7. It's no party without you (Steve LaSpina)8. Il volo di florindo (Lello Pareti) UPC/EAN: 716043139620 … Continue reading

Harold Danko – The Feeling Of Jazz (SCCD 31392)

SCCD 31392 The Feeling Of Jazz / Harold Danko Quartet Here's an intriguing re-make of one of the most surprising jazz releases of the 1960s: "Duke Ellington And John Coltrane" (Impulse). Harold Danko and his group was invited to give concerts in the theme of "Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington" for the American Library Association and the Smithsonian Institution last year. The result is this superbly realised and genuine jazz research (Mark Gardner). 1. In a sentimental mood (Duke Ellington)2. Take the Coltrane (Duke Ellington)3. Big Nick (John Coltrane)4. Stevie (Duke Ellington)5. My little brown book (Billy Strayhorn)6. Angelica (Duke Ellington)7. The feeling of jazz (Duke Ellington) … Continue reading

Harold Danko – New Autumn (SCCD 31377)

SCCD 31377 New Autumn / Harold Danko Quartet Another exciting session by Harold Danko and his close-knit ensemble. Once again the focus is on Danko’s intriguing compositions. Prior to the recording, the quartet gave a special concert at the Manhattan School of Music playing the entire programme for this CD. His first SteepleChase leader album with the same group “ Next Age ” SCCD 31350 from 1993 has brought him wider recognition he deserved as a band leader/ pianist/composer. 1. Notzenytz (Harold Danko)2. Fresh space (Harold Danko)3. Ticket to obscurity (Harold Danko)4. New autumn (Harold Danko)5. Hamsters (Harold Danko)6. Omnipreception (Harold Danko)7. Hopelessness regained (Harold Danko)8. Other things in the … Continue reading

Steve LaSpina – When I’m Alone (SCCD 31376)

SCCD 31376 When I'm Alone / Steve LaSpina Quintet Steve LaSpina is, besides being a dextrous and soulful bassist, an intensely personal and inventive composer. His exceptional talent as a writer is evident again here on this his third leader album (earlier releases: New Horizon SCCD 31313 and Eclipse SCCD 31343). The band here is LaSpina’s regular group which demonstrates clear dedication to the leader’s works. Addition of guitarist Vic Juris gave the group an extra dimension and colour. 1. Soaring (Steve LaSpina)2. Young hearts (Steve LaSpina)3. Last time out (Steve LaSpina)4. When I'm alone (Steve LaSpina)5. Exploration (Steve LaSpina)6. My romance (Richard Rodgers)7. Mirage (Steve LaSpina)8. Anesthesia (Steve LaSpina)9. … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Nomad (SCCD 31371)

SCCD 31371 Nomad / Dave Stryker with the Bill Warfield Big Band A very special new album by Dave Stryker, who conceived the idea of recording with a big band when this New York-based Warfield Big Band began playing his tunes. “ With this project we were trying to break some new ground by putting the guitar in front of a big band. It was a thrill to hear my compositions expanded to this format. I owe a big thanks to Bill Warfield and all the great musicians who contributed ….” (Dave Stryker) “…. Showcasing the guitar within the context of a jumping big band has never been better achieved … Continue reading

Steve Slagle – Reincarnation (SCCD 31367)

SCCD 31367 Reincarnation / Steve Slagle Quartet Steve Slagle (b. 1951 in Los Angeles) has been one of the leading figures in the jazz scene in New York since 1976. He has played lead alto in Machito’s Afro-Cuban orchestra, Steve Kuhn Quartet, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Carla Bley Band to name a few earning a reputation as one of the most versatile saxophone players. He now leads his own group and also co-leads a band with guitarist Dave Stryker. “ The name of Steve Slagle on a CD cover signifies that the listener will be rewarded by passionate, involved, swinging music in which they alto saxophonist’s intensity and complete integrity will … Continue reading

Steve Slagle – Spread The Word (SCCD 31354)

SCCD 31354 Spread The Word / Steve Slagle Quartet “ The alto saxophonist’s quartet is pianoless. It impresses you with its clean logic and taut, substantive lines… An excellent album .”, commented JazzTimes on Steve Slagle’s debut CD ( SCCD 31323 “The Steve Slagle Quartet ”) which has also enjoyed equally enthusiastic reviews by other major jazz magazines. This is Steve’s second leader album with the same pianoless quartet which has been performing actively in New York area for several years now. 1. First strike (Dave Stryker)2. High life (Steve Slagle)3. Daydream (Billy Strayhorn)4. Easy does it (Steve Slagle)5. Spread the word (Steve Slagle)6. What could be (Steve Slagle)7. Let's … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Night Tripper (SCCD 31353)

SCCD 31353 Night Tripper / Vic Juris Quartet Guitarist Vic Juris (b. 1953 in Parsippany, New Jersey) has been a prominent figure on the jazz scene for almost 20 years. While he leads his own quartet recorded here, he performs as a member of the Dave Liebman Group, the Gary Peacock Quartet and as the leader of the Charles Mingus Guitar Quintet as well. He also appears regularly as Larry Coryell’s acoustic duo partner. This is Vic’s first recording for SteepleChase. 1. I heard you cried last night (Ted Grouya)2. Dekooning (Phil Markowitz)3. Liebeslied (Kurt Weil)4. Next victim (Vic Juris)5. Estate (Martino)6. Night tripper (Vic Juris)7. Without you (Steve LaSpina)8. … Continue reading