Peter Brendler, John Abercrombie – The Angle Below (SCCD 31767)

SCCD 31767 Peter Brendler & John Abercrombie “The Angle Below” SteepleChase is proud to present the first leader album by this extraordinary talent out of the younger generation of elite double bass players, Peter Brendler. After graduating with great distinction from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2001, Peter has made New York his home, where he established himself firmly as one of the most sought after bassists. Veteran guitarist John Abercrombie and Brendler have been working together and their mutually inspired collaboration results in this spirited duo project. . Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins). Jazz Folk (John Abercrombie). Nick Of Time (John Abercrombie). Sweet 16 (John Abercrombie). Downhill Runner (Peter … Continue reading

Ronan Guilfoyle – Renaissance Man (SCCD 33103)

SCCD 33103 Ronan Guilfoyle “Renaissance Man” Ronan has been composing for classical ensembles since 1993, specialising in compositions which feature both improvised and written music. “Renaissance Man” is a superb example of Guilfoyle’s enormous compositional talent for contemporary music. 1. Stillness/Movement (Ronan Guilfoyle)2. Mr. BP (Ronan Guilfoyle)3. George's Hat (Ronan Guilfoyle)4. This Was Very Odd Because… (Ronan Guilfoyle)5. It Was The Middle Of The Night (Ronan Guilfoyle)6. 2 Degrees East (Ronan Guilfoyle) UPC/EAN: 716043310326 … Continue reading

John Abercrombie, Andy LaVerne – Live From New York (SCCD 31706)

Abercrombie/LaVerne partnership goes back in the 60s when both musicians studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The duo released a number of studio sessions on SteepleChase in the past decades but this time their exciting concert from Baruch University, NY is captured live. JazzTimes’ Jim Ferguson commented on their earlier release SCCD 31538 “Timeline”, “ Although John Abercrombie has done his fair share of experimentation over the years, at the heart of his work is a musicality-as evident throughout Timeline… pianist Andy LaVerne joins Abercrombie for a musical celebration of the influential, historic collaborations between Jim Hall and Bill Evans,… Abercrombie and LaVerne bring their own values and … Continue reading

Gary Versace – Time And Again (SCCD 31572)

SteepleChase is proud to present the leader debut album by organist Gary Versace, who was voted a “rising star” on the Hammond Organ in Downbeat’s 2004 Critics Poll. SteepleChase’ new recording artist Gary Versace is one of the most sought after organists/pianists/accordionists on the elite scene of jazz all over the world. “ Unveiled here is the already mature style of a witty and wise player who has developed a most individual response to the challenges posed by an instrument which offers a myriad possibilities for this highly perceptive practitioner …” (Mark Gardner) 1. Homeland (Gary Versace)2. 2 2 2 (Gary Versace)3. First Things Last (Gary Versace)4. Excuse My Shoes … Continue reading

John Abercrombie – A Nice Idea (SCCD 31571)

The follow-up set to the 2002 homage to Evans and Hall, "Timeline" (SteepleChase SCCD 31538) continues to illustrate the astonishing empathy and interplay between Abercrombie and LaVerne and to concentrate on conveying the spirit of the Evans/Hall sound. “… Abercrombie and LaVerne bring their own values and sensibilities to bear throughout the set …” (Jim Ferguson, JazzTimes) 1. How My Heart Sings (Earl Zindars)2. Sometime Ago (Sergio Mihaovich)3. Days Of Wine And Roses (Henry Mancini)4. Besame Mucho (Carlos Velazquez)5. In Love In Vain (Jerone Kern)6. Refried Bananas (Andy Laverne)7. Round About Midnight (Thelonious Monk)8. Now Hear This (Andy Laverne)9. A Nice Idea (John Abercrombie)10. Confabulation (Andy Laverne)11. Jazz Folk (John … Continue reading

John Abercrombie – Timeline (SCCD 31538)

40 years ago Bill Evans and Jim Hall recorded two brilliant duo albums called “Intermodulations” and “Undercurrent”. Andy Laverne and John Abercrombie whose collaboration dates back to the late 1960s have been inspired by the Evans-Hall recordings and have been experimenting with the format. Andy LaVerne remarks, " Over the years we have collaborated as a duo many times in concerts, club dates, workshop sessions. I guess Bill and Jim set a wonderful example to us of what could be achieved by the piano/guitar instrumentation ” . This CD, though it is neither re-creation nor copying of the original material, is an evolution of the predecessors. 1. My funny Valentine … Continue reading

John Abercrombie, Andy LaVerne – Now It Can Be Played (SCCD 31314)

SCCD 31314 Now It Can Be Played / John Abercrombie – Andy LaVerne Quartet “ The paring of guitarist Abercrombie and pianist LaVerne is so logical. Both are strong melodists who seem to relish a set of good, difficult changes …” (Cadence) 1. Now it can be played (Andy LaVerne)2. I wish I knew (Harry Warren)3. Shadow and fog (Andy LaVerne)4. John's waltz (John Abercrombie)5. Cat nap (Andy LaVerne)6. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)7. Labour day (John Abercrombie)8. Waltz king (Andy LaVerne) UPC/EAN: 716043131426 … Continue reading

John Abercrombie, Andy LaVerne – Nosmo King (SCCD 31301)

SCCD 31301 Nosmo King / John Abercrombie & Andy LaVerne " Harmony is what makes this duo album work so well. Harmony between the instruments of course, but also a personal harmony between the players…these two so often think like one, it leaves plenty of room for you to sit in and listen… " (Paul B. Matthews, Cadence) 1. I hear a rhapsody (Fragos/Baker)2. Waltz for Debbie (Bill Evans)3. I loves you Porgy (George Gershwin)4. Blue cycle (Andy LaVerne)5. Silver's serenade (Horace Silver)6. John's new waltz (John Abercrombie)7. Babes w/babies (Andy LaVerne)8. My man's gone now (George Gershwin)9. Nosmo king (Andy LaVerne)10. Never never land (Jule Styne)11. Softly as in … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Tonite Only (SCCD 31288)

SCCD 31288 Tonite Only / Ron McClure Quartet Bassist Ron McClure as a sideman has an impressive career record which reads like Who’s Who in Jazz including Thelomious Monk, Wynton Kelly, Keith Jarrett, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Herbie Mann among others since his professional debut in the early 60s. A few years ago Ron started to record leader albums for SteepleChase. And as the leader he always surrounds himself with the very best either from the established or from the up-and-coming generation. Here on this all-star pianoless quartet recording, Ron directs the band with his powerfull technique and great sound and delivers “. .un disque très classique …” (Jazz Hot) … Continue reading

Ron McClure – McJolt (SCCD 31262)

SCCD 31262 McJolt / Ron McClure Quartet “.. .a varied and frequently satisfying date by four masters of the art .” ( Jazz Journal ) 1. McJolt (Richie Beirach)2. Broken dreams (Ron McClure)3. Secret Love (Sammy Fain)4. Elm (Richie Beirach)5. All blues (Miles Davis)6. Solar (Miles Davis)7. Beautiful love (Victor Young)8. Nardis (Bill Evans)9. Stella by starlight (Victor Young) UPC/EAN: 716043126224 … Continue reading