Dick Oatts “Use Your Imagination” (SCCD 31837)

SCCD 31837 Dick Oatts “Use Your Imagination” Jazz critic Owen Cordle once described Dick Oatts as “an uncompromising jazz musician, one who possesses monster chops without trumpeting them.” Dick Oatts has, since his move to NYC in the late 70s, been one of the most sought-after soloists on alto sax on both the NY scene and the international stage. Dick Oatts’ sensitive and cerebral approach to music enhanced by his “monster chops” manifested here again on his 11th leader album on SteepleChase. “… maybe the best showcase we’ve ever heard for the alto sax work of Dick Oatts!” (Dusty Groove on Sweet Nowhere SCCD 31778) DICK OATTS alto saxophone JOE … Continue reading

Joel Weiskopf Quintet "Where Angels Fear To Tread" (SCCD 31813)

SCCD 31813 Joel Weiskopf Quintet “Where Angels Fear To Tread” Award-winning pianist/composer Joel Weiskopf has long been established in the main-stream jazz scene in the USA and abroad. While he has released a number of leader albums, this is his debut leader outing on SteepleChase. On this new album Joel Weiskopf brings out his time-tested repertoire for quintet date with his Syracuse compatriots Joe Magnarelli (tp) and Andy Fusco (as). “…pianist Joel Weiskopf is a serious jazz pianist with an individualistic style that is an amalgam of a great number of influences from American jazz to Brazilian samba….” (C. Andrew Hovan, CD Review) JOEL WEISKOPF piano JOE MAGNARELLI trumpet, fluegelhorn … Continue reading

Dick Oatts – Gratitude (SCCD 31653)

In this long-waited leader album in six years Dick Oatts again reveals himself as an uncompromising and phenomenal jazz musician. In reviewing Oatts’ previous release “South Paw” (SCCD 31511) Owen Cordle of JazzTimes wrote, “ … Longtime lead alto man with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Oatts comes from the Paul Desmond-Lee Konitz school of saxophone playing. But a sweet sound and a cerebral approach to improvising comprise only part of his style. There's also a trim muscularity in his tone and lines. And the lines can be quite angular and oblique at times. I don't hear any other alto man playing with all these qualities these days . …” 1. … Continue reading

Marcus Printup, Joe Magnarelli, Ryan Kisor – Jam Session Vol. 25 (SCCD 31639)

1. Three And One (Thad Jones)2. Triple Talk (Andy LaVerne)3. Scandia Skies (Kenny Dorham)4. My One And Only Love (Mellin/Woods)5. Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans)6. Imagination (Jimmy Van Heusen)7. Impromptu (Andy LaVerne)8. Ca-Lee-So (Lee Morgan)9. Take The Coltrane (Duke Ellington) UPC/EAN: 716043163922 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – On Another Day (SCCD 31587)

1. Bang (Ari Ambrose)2. Who Can I Turn To? (Newley/Bricusse)3. Clueless (Ari Ambrose)4. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Jule Styne)5. Samsara (Ari Ambrose)6. Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans)7. Vai chegar (Ari Ambrose)8. On Another Day (Ari Ambrose)9. If I Had You (Shapiro/Campbell/Connelley) UPC/EAN: 716043158720 … Continue reading

Dick Oatts – South Paw (SCCD 31511)

31511 -Dick Oatts Quintet – "South Paw" Long considered as one of the Big Apple's most in demand sidemen, in recent years alto-tenor saxophonist Dick Oatts has stepped out as a leader. In this his fifth effort as a leader for SteepleChase seven out of the eight tunes are originals. The band is anchored by his long time rhythm section of Dave Santoro on bass and James Oblon on drums. On three of these tunes he is joined by SteepleChase stalwart pianist Harold Danko whom he first met and played with in the Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra in the late seventies. Ken Dryden of the AMG All Music Guide … Continue reading