Craig Brann – Mark My Words (SCCD 31789)

SCCD 31789 Craig Brann “Mark My Words” Guitarist/composer and one of the newest addition to the SteepleChase recording artist list Craig Brann’s latest release “Mark My Words” features two of his prominent colleagues and friends, Mark Turner and Gregory Tardy on saxophones. Craig Brann unveils in this album with all originals his unique compositional talent. “ Craig Brann is a soulful and imaginative player and writer with a unique depth to his music. His arrangements and re-imaginings of classic songs are particularly thoughtful and fresh and his every note has meaning and purpose .” ​(Peter Bernstein) 1. Hindsight (Craig Brann)2. The Late Pope (Craig Brann)3. B(ro) Blues (Craig Brann)4. Astral … Continue reading

Jason Palmer – Places (SCCD 31780)

SCCD 31780 Jason Palmer Sextet “Places” Trumpeter/composer Jason Palmer has surprised audiences with each of his new releases full of fresh concept and amazing execution. This his 4 th release is no exception. All Jason originals here are inspired by the places he has visited during his numerous tours throughout the world including the two towns closest to his heart: his birth place High Point, North Carolina and his current home town near Boston, Roslindale. Jon Ross of Downbeat remarks of Jason , “ Palmer is an exciting player – achieving pinpoint focus in his attack one minute, turning his concrete bebop lines into caramel, sliding through pitches and bending … Continue reading

Jason Palmer – Here Today (SCCD 31724)

Trumpeter/composer/arranger Jason Palmer was a new name when he recorded as sideman for Billy Hart album “Sixty-Eight” (SCCD 31707). He became SteepleChase recording artist last year with brilliant “Nothing To Hide” album (SCCD 31699) backed by his Boston-based band. For his second album here Jason put together a new group featuring saxophonist Mark Turner of whom Jason remarks, “ Mark Turner is one of the most influential non-trumpeters on my approach to improvisation .” 1. Here Today Gone Yesterday (Jason Palmer)2. Abu Abed (Jason Palmer)3. 3rd Shift (Jason Palmer)4. Takes Courage To Be Happy (Jason Palmer)5. Skylark/I Can't Help It (Hoagy Carmichael/Stevie Wonder/Susaye Greene)6. 3 Point Turn (Jason Palmer)7. Capricorn … Continue reading

Gregory Tardy, Mark Turner, Ari Ambrose – Jam Session Vol. 14 (SCCD 31575)

“….When three terrific tenors are cutting loose the upshot is compulsive listening – and that’s the story of Volume 14: Tenors for everyone!” (Mark Gardner) 1. Along Came Betty (Benny Golson)2. Retrospect (Andy Laverne)3. Everything Happens To Me (Adair/Dennis)4. Old Folks (Dedate Hill)5. I Thought About You (Jimmy Van Heusen)6. Learning Curve (Andy Laverne)7. Invitation (Bronislav Kaper)8. Movin' (Andy Laverne) UPC/EAN: 716043157525 … 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

Louis Smith, Mark Turner, Billy Mitchell – Jam Session Vol. 7 (SCCD 31546)

Two veterans of bop, trumpeter Louis Smith and saxophonist Billy Mitchell joined by the young lion Mark Turner make the 7 th volume of “this essential documentation of jazz” an inspired recital. For Billy Mitchell this was his last recording session. “ Billy Mitchell was a dignified hero right to the end, and his playing here will stand as a fitting memorial to his resilient talent .” (Mark Gardner). JazzReview’s Rick Finlay wrote, “… SteepleChase’s series of jam sessions drawing together the cream of the contemporary jazz world makes a refreshing change these days .” 1. Blues for Jimmy (Louis Smith)2. On The Trail (Ferdie Grofé)3. Hat Trick (Andy LaVerne)4. … Continue reading

George Colligan – Constant Source (SCCD 31462)

1. Tarantula (George Colligan)2. Saga (George Colligan)3. I'm getting sentimental over you (Washington/Bassman)4. Flint Michigan (George Colligan)5. Pitchrider (George Colligan)6. Void (George Colligan)7. My eyes that cried (George Colligan)8. Constant source (George Colligan) UPC/EAN: 716043146222 … Continue reading

Karen Francis – Little Sunflower (SCCD 31431)

SCCD 31431 Little Sunflower / Karen Francis Sextet 1. The great city (Curtis Lewis)2. Here's that rainy day (Jimmy Van Heusen)3. I could have danced all night (Lerner/Loewe)4. Brown skin gal (Gerry Eastman)5. Love yourself (Gerry Eastman)6. Little sunflower (Freddie Hubbard)7. Learn from your mistakes (Gerry Eastman)8. Dindi (Antonio Carlos Jobim)9. You go to my head (Coots/Gillespie)10. Man, That Was A Dream (Monk's Dream) (Thelonious Monk) UPC/EAN: 716043143122 … Continue reading

George Colligan – The Newcomer (SCCD 31414)

SCCD 31414 The Newcomer / George Colligan Quintet One of New York’s most sought-after pianists George Colligan displays again his extraordinary talent as a performer/composer/arranger here in his second leader album on SteepleChase (the first release: SCCD 31382 Activism ). 1. The Big Puch (Wayne Shorter)2. Submersion (George Colligan)3. The newcomer (Mercedes Rossy)4. #10 (Kurt Rosenwinkle)5. So in love (Cole Porter)6. Empty canvas (George Colligan)7. Ricardo's tune (George Colligan)8. Evidence (Thelonious Monk) UPC/EAN: 716043141425 … Continue reading