Ronnie Cuber – Boplicity (SCCD 31734)

For this latest and the fifth album on SteepleChase Ronnie Cuber brought his working band to the studio to appraise the classic BeBop repertoire, “ proving in the process the viability of material that has weathered more than 60 years and still sounds super hip and contemporary ” (Mark Gardner). On Cuber’s previous release “RONNIE (SCCD 31680) Ken Drydon of AllAboutJazz wrote, “ This is his fourth CD for Steeplechase and one of his best sessions .” and London’s Sunday Express commented, “ it is the intelligence and subtlety of his playing that shines through …An astonishingly lyrical player on that most unforgiving of instruments… ” “Ronnie Cuber is a … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – El Gaucho (SCCD 31682)

Stephen Riley’s new album stands out as his first ever ensemble with piano. Riley, a true individualist with an amazing, warm and soft sound selects the classic jazz repertoire to assemble this outstanding display of personal statement. “ Ste phen is an impressive player, with his own approach, his own sound and the conviction to keep it that way: he shows that it's possible to create something unique at this time. 5 Stars ." Lew Tabackin / Downbeat Blindfold Test April 2009 1. El Gaucho take 2 (Wayne Shorter)2. Think Of One (Thelonious Monk)3. Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)4. Night And Day (Cole Porter)5. Central Park West … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – Ronnie (SCCD 31680)

A long-awaited “jazz” album by the great baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber “… This new set is a prime of example of Cuber dealing with compositions he knows and appreciates. Material that stands up well to re-examination. He’s in good company and great form .” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Thermo (Freddie Hubbard)2. Gloria's Step (Scott Lafaro)3. Four (Eddie Vinson)4. The Duke (Dave Brubeck)5. Daahoud (Clifford Brown)6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers)7. Ah-Leu-Cha (Charlie Parker)8. Love Theme From Summer Of 42 (Michel Legrand)9. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)10. Watch What Happens (Michel Legrand) UPC/EAN: 716043168026 … Continue reading

Jack Walrath – Ballroom (SCCD 31650)

Jack Walrath calls this his first in 26 years on this label “Ballroom”, “… it’s swinging and you can dance to it ..”…the way how jazz started. “ Welcome back, Jack, to SteepleChase! It’s a terrific return, and listeners will want many more entries from this singular talent …” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Hold My Bag, please! (Jack Walrath)2. Bumpy (Jack Walrath)3. (It's Not Easy) Bein' Green (Joe Raposo)4. Nowhere Man (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)5. Death Is Just Around The Corner Cha Cha Cha (Jack Walrath)6. Heartbreak Hotel (Mae Boren Axton)7. He Was Such A Nice Quiet Boy (Jack Walrath)8. An Hour Blessed (Jack Walrath)9. It … Continue reading