Don Braden, Stephen Riley, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery – Jam Session Vol. 30 (SCCD 31700)

Vol. 30 marks the last and completion of SteepleChase Jam Session series which started 12 years ago featuring many of the talented instrumentalists of younger (and old, too) generation on the New York scene. Derek Taylor of AAJ-NY sums up the significance of this series, “ As long as there is jazz, jam sessions will continue to be the glue that holds the art form together. It’s a dyed-in-the-wool tradition in the music and a primary means by which it evolves. These conclaves of like-minded players draw enthusiastically on the best traits of the practice. The days when giants like Bean, Bags, Jaws and Jug frequented after hours haunts, blowing … Continue reading

Mark Turner, Don Braden, Jimmy Greene – Jam Session Vol. 9 (SCCD 31554)

“… Mark Turner, Don Braden and Jimmy Greene offer thoughtful and distinctive collaboration as they negotiate a bunch of great jazz originals, standard ballads and a couple of organic pieces from within this ‘band for a day’ …” (Mark Gardner) On Jam Session Vol 6, Chris Parker of CD Reviews commented, “… this lively, vigorous album is as much a tribute to the liberating effect of the jam session itself as to the talent and commitment of its participants .” 1. Ladybird (Tadd Dameron)2. Triplicate (Andy LaVerne)3. Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)4. The Nearness Of You (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Old Folks (Dedate Lee Hill)6. Here's That Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen)7. Body … Continue reading

Ryan Kisor, Jimmy Greene, Jim Pugh – Jam Session Vol. 8 (SCCD 31547)

Vol. 8 features three foremost instrumentalists Ryan Kisor on trumpet, Jimmy Greene on tenor sax and Jim Pugh on trombone on the theme of the 1960’s concept of modality. “ The players assembled for a collective review of iconic pieces from that time were all attuned to the spirit of the music and familiar with the patterns and procedures best suited to it …” (Mark Gardner) Derek Taylor of All About Jazz wrote of the previous volumes of this series, “ The Danish SteepleChase imprint has long recognized the fertile dynamics of jam sessions,…Volume 5 and 6 in the continuing series offer up vernal combinations and surprises while upholding producer … Continue reading