Martin Jacobsen – At The Jazz House (SCCD 31802)

SCCD 31802 Martin Jacobsen “At The Jazz House” It is of certain significance to think of the fact that Martin Jacobsen was born and grew up in Copenhagen which has been arguably the European capital of jazz. Martin basically taught himself jazz at the age of 19 in this richly jazz-orientated city. He later moved to Paris, another European hot-spot of jazz. Like Jacobsen’s well-received SteepleChase debut album “Current State” SCCD 31548 this live recording from Copenhagen’s JAZZHOUSE features Doug Raney on guitar. “Martin Jacobsen, Danish saxophone star with a rich and smooth sound, well confirmed in the Coltrane tradition. Doug Raney, American guitarist launched by the Chet Baker Trio, … Continue reading

John McNeil – I’ve Got The World On A String (SCCD 31183)

SCCD 31183 I've Got The World On A String / John McNeil Quartet Recorded during McNeil’s European tour in 1983 with a fellow American Doug Raney and the best Danish rhythm section, this album caught the trumpeter at his top form. 1. I remember you (Johnny Mercer)2. Yours is my heart alone (Franz Lehar)3. I've got the world on a string (Harry Arlen)4. Never never land (Jule Styne)5. Blue bossa (Kenny Dorham)6. Si Si (Charlie Parker)7. My melancholy baby (Morton/Burnett)8. O grande amor (Antonio Carlos Jobim)9. A slow boat to China (Frank Loesser) UPC/EAN: 716043118328 … Continue reading

Bob Rockwell – Shades Of Blue (SCCD 31378)

SCCD 31378 Shades Of Blue / Bob Rockwell Quartet Intense yet warm-toned tenor and soprano saxophonist Bob Rockwell ( born May 2, 1945 in Oklahoma) put together a dream quartet here on his 7th leader album having invited drummer Copeland to his highly successful trio (“ Born To Be Blue ” SCCD 31333). “ These nine tracks constitute formidable evidence of Bob Rockwell’s exceptional ability and unswerving commitment to the music in which he believes …” (from the linernotes by Mark Gardner) 1. Shades of blue (Andy LaVerne)2. Someday you'll be sorry (Louis Armstrong)3. Wonder why (Sammy Cahn)4. Mr. Syms (John Coltrane)5. Blue tones (Andy LaVerne)6. Pannonica (Thelonious Monk)7. Let's … Continue reading

Doug Raney – I’ll Close My Eyes (SCCD 31166)

SCCD 31166 I'll Close My Eyes / Doug Raney Quintet Doug Raney at the time of this recording was only 25 but he had already established his own identity, though it is apparent that the greatest influence came from his famous father Jimmy Raney. The CD booklet contains his complete discography. 1. I'll close my eyes (Kaye/Reid)2. Billy's bossa (Horace Parlan)3. You've changed (Victor Young)4. Bolivia (Cedar Walton)5. Pullin' through (Ole Mathisen) UPC/EAN: 716043116621 … Continue reading

Duke Jordan – When You’re Smiling (SCCD 37023/24)

MID-PRICE SERIES SCCD 37023/24 When You're Smiling / Duke Jordan Previously issued on SCCD 31232 & SCCD 31247 “ Have no doubt about it, this is a superb record by a great jazz pianist…He plays with great sensitivity and musical understanding …” (Ray Spencer, Jazz Journal International) “ A most agreeable set that is both eminently listenable and very enterprising…This fine trio record deserves to sell well and spread his name further afield …” (Richard Palmer, Jazz Journal International) 1. Rosetta (Earl Hines)2. If I did – would you? (Duke Jordan)3. Time on my hands (Vincent Youmans)4. As time goes by (Herman/Hupfeld)5. Tall grass (Duke Jordan)6. When you're smiling (Fisher/Goodwin)7. … Continue reading

Red Holloway – Nica’s Dream (SCCD 31192)

SCCD 31192 Nica's Dream / Red Holloway Quartet Veteran blues-jazz saxophonist Red Holloway (b. May 31, 1927 in Helena, Arkansas) turned pro while still at Chicago Music School in 1943 by joining the Gene Wright band. Later he formed his own group as well as played with Lionel Hampton, Ben Webster and other giants. In this Copenhagen session with the first rate Euro-American rhythm section, Holloway blows with fire. 1. Reshma Rani Barnase (Red Holloway)2. Lover Man (Ram Ramirez)3. Love For Sale (Cole Porter)4. Nica's Dream (Horace Silver)5. Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael)6. 369 Blues (Red Holloway)7. Wee (Denzil Best) UPC/EAN: 716043119226 … Continue reading

Doug Raney – Blue And White (SCCD 31191)

SCCD 31191 Blue And White / Doug Raney Quartet Guitarist Doug Raney (b. 1957 in New York) moved to Copenhagen in the late 70s. He has developed his own style with more contemporary taste than his famous guitarist father Jimmy Raney. Doug has made quite a few recordings on SteepleChase starting the debut album (SCCD 31081 “Introducing Doug Raney”). The recording here is with his regular Copenhagen group, which tours throughout Europe. 1. Blue And White (Nisse Sandstrom)2. I Love You (Cole Porter)3. Gingerbread Boy (Jimmy Heath)4. That Old Devil Moon (Lane/Harburg)5. Old Folks (Dedate Hill)6. Straight Street (John Coltrane)7. Minority (Gigi Gryce) UPC/EAN: 716043119127 … Continue reading

Horace Parlan – Like Someone In Love (SCCD 31178)

SCCD 31178 Like Someone In Love / Horace Parlan Trio Trio setting best portrays Horace Parlan’s unique method of piano playing with the strong left-hand technique which he developed to supplement his partially paralysed right hand. Here with bassist Lundgaard who is on his way to the stardom as Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen has archived and an old colleague from the Mingus band Richmond, Parlan displays “ flawless inspiration, inventive melody and infallible virtuosity …” (Pierre Schavey, The Lion) 1. U.M.M.G (Billy Strayhorn)2. Ballade (Isla Eckinger)3. Scandia skies (Kenny Dorham)4. Little Esther (Horace Parlan)5. Like someone in love (Jimmy Van Heusen)6. The Duke Ellington sound of love (Charles Mingus)7. Blues in … Continue reading

Bernt Rosengren – Surprise Party (SCCD 31177)

SCCD 31177 Surprise Party / Bernt Rosengren Quartet Sweden’s top saxophonist/composer/arranger/bandleader Rosengren (b. 1937) gained wide recognition through his work with Krzysztof Komeda in Poland and his performance in the soundtrack of Polanski’s film “Knife In The Water” in 1962. Later he played with George Russell, Don Cherry and Lars Gullin. In the late 70s he formed a group with Doug Raney, who is appearing in this recording on one track as a guest player. 1. Solar (Miles Davis)2. I should care (Axel Stordahl)3. Dr. Jackle (Jackie McLean)4. Hip walk (Bernt Rosengren)5. Embraceable you (George Gershwin)6. Airegin (Sonny Rollins) UPC/EAN: 716043117727 … Continue reading

Bob Rockwell – Born To Be Blue (SCCD 31333)

SCCD 31333 Born To Be Blue / Bob Rockwell Trio On this latest outing on SteepleChase, Bob Rockwell teamed up with the visiting pianist from USA Andy LaVerne and his regular partner Lundgaard. The result is a sensitive, well-balanced and most enjoyable CD with clear sound picture without drummer. Bob Rockwell’s career credit includes Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band in the late 70s, Tito Puente, Ben Sidran and Freddie Hubbard. He has been living in Denmark for 11 years now actively involved with the music scene there. 1. Bye-ya (Thelonious Monk)2. Born to be blue (Mel Wells/Torme)3. Gaslight (Duke Pearson)4. A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (Manning Sherwin)5. Bye bye baby … Continue reading