John McNeil – Clean Sweep (SCCD 31154)

SCCD 31154 Clean Sweet / John McNeil Quintet Three years after the remarkable debut album “Embarkation” (SCCD 31099), on this his 5 th release on SteepleChase John McNeil put together an exciting group. “…. He seems to have the trick of drawing the best from his sidemen ….” (Melody Maker) 1. Early flight (John McNeil)2. Zephyr (John McNeil)3. Tiffany (John McNeil)4. Just around the corner (John McNeil)5. Clean sweep (John McNeil)6. Where's Rialto? (John McNeil)7. Zephyr (John McNeil) UPC/EAN: 716043115426 … Continue reading

Stan Getz – Stan’s Party (SCCD 37021/22)

MID-PRICE SERIES SCCD 37021/22 Stan's Party / Stan Gets Quartet Previously issued on SCCD 31073 & 31074 “… This is simply an album which you can’t criticize. Every track is wonderful. From ballads to up-tempo stuff, this is one of the most solid jazz albums of the year. Don’t miss it. It’s that good.” (Daily Pennsylvania) “ The unique occasions surrounding the sessions obviously had an effect. There is a special joy, a celebration of the rite of improvised music. This makes (this album) a landmark in the career of one of today’s most brilliant masters. Listen!” (Down Beat) 1. Morning star (Roger Grant)2. Lady sings the blues (Alec Wilder)3. … Continue reading

John McNeil – Embarkation (SCCD 31099)

SCCD 31099 Embarkation / John McNeil Quintet This is a “true” debut album by trumpeter John McNeil (b. March 23, 1948 in Eureka, CA) who by the time of this recording has, in his own words, “played with anyone of note” made a bow to make an album before he turned 30 and sent a demo tape to SteepleChase. Producer Nils Winther liked what he heard and signed McNeil. The recording took place the day before his 30th birthday. “… A very satisfying first album …” (Jazz Journal) “… The story of John McNeil speaks well of his perseverance and shows how important the independent labels are in maintaining the … Continue reading

Stan Getz – Live At Montmartre, Vol. 2 (SCCD 31074)

SCCD 31074 Live At Montmartre Vol. 2 / Stan Getz Quartet This is the second volume from the legendary birthday concerts at Copenhagen’s famous jazzhouse Montmartre, proving again as Down Beat described, “ Getz’s extraordinary powers as a leader ” by coming up with outstanding supporting group of Brackeen, Pedersen and Hart, whose “ precise teamwork…exemplifies esprit, vigor and taste ”. “ The unique occasions surrounding the sessions obviously had an effet. There is a special joy, a celebration of the rite of improvised music. This makes (this album) a landmark in the career of one of today’s most brilliant masters. Listen!” (Down Beat) 1. Infant eyes (Wayne Shorter)2. Lester … Continue reading

Stan Getz – Live At Montmartre, Vol. 1 (SCCD 31073)

SCCD 31073 Live At Montmartre Vol. 1 / Stan Getz Quartet There’s no doubt that Stan Getz was one of the rare species in jazz called “super star” who could draw huge crowd wherever he went to play. The nights he played at Montmartre were needless to say sold-out, packed to the extreme limit and with an extra reason…it was his 50th birthday concert, an appropriate celebration at Europe’s most famous jazz club which Stan helped to launch some 20 years ago when he was living in Denmark. “… This is simply an album which you can’t criticize. Every track is wonderful. From ballads to up-tempo stuff, this is one … Continue reading