Craig Brann "A Conversation Between Brothers" (SCCD 31814)

SCCD 31814 Craig Brann “A Conversation Between Brothers” Guitarist/composer Craig Brann’s new album here finds the leader in a classic guitar trio format, a change of pace from the two previous sextet releases, bringing his rich tone and blazing chops to the fore. “Brann’s solos are tastefully muscular, his accompaniment invariably melodic; he even punctuates his own improvised phrases with appropriate chords in the manner of Barney Kessel.” (Tom Greenland – NYC Jazz Record on Mark My Words SCCD 31789) CRAIG BRANN guitar NICK MORRISON bass MATT WILSON drums Recorded May 2015 1    JOHNNY B GOODE (Chuck Berry) 3:38 2    POETIC (Craig Brann) 4:29 3    FOLKSONG FOR ETHAN (Craig Brann) … Continue reading

Kirk Knuffke, Ted Brown – Pound Cake (SCCD 31749)

SCCD 31749 Kirk Knuffke & Ted Brown “Pound Case” Cornettist Kirk Knuffke whose previous release “Like A Tree” (SCCD 31739) with his duo collaborator Jesse Stachen prompted Peter Margasak of DownBeat to write, “… Its performances are pitch-perfect, displaying an intuitive understanding that rings something deeply personal to the project.” For his SteepleChase recording #4 project Kirk had a very special partner in mind: veteran tenorman Ted Brown who is out of the Tristano school and at the age of 84 still active and creative on the world stage. “Pound Case” is “ of great subtlety, quality and beauty …” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) “…Sitting comfortably at the … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose, Stephen Riley – Tenor Treats 2 (SCCD 31676)

The collaboration between the two dynamic tenor saxophonists Ambrose and Riley on Tenor Treats (SCCD 31656) session, packed with stimulating performances gave us a bonus of enough material for this sequel. “The instantaneous rapport achieved by Riley and Ambrose is indicative of the flexibility of these two accomplished players, who know the value of complementing, rather than trying to outdo, each other. There's a deep unity of thought in the way they roll out each performance….” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Sandu (Clifford Brown)2. Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim)3. Back Home In Indiana (James F. Hanley)4. 502 Blues (Jimmy Rowles)5. Scrapple From The Apple (Charlie Parker)6. Darn That Dream … Continue reading

Eric Rasmussen – School Of Tristano 3 (SCCD 31663)

“… This final volume, completing a remarkable trilogy, included further musical milestones from the pens of Tristano, Konitz and March plus further contributions by Eric and Nate….Job well done …” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Sax Of A Kind (Lee Konitz)2. Leave Me Alone (Eric Rasmussen)3. Playa Del Ray (Warne Marsh)4. Requiem (Lennie Tristano)5. Lennie-Bird (Lennie Tristano)6. Just Way There You Are (Nate Radley)7. Palo Alto (Lee Konitz)8. Lennie's Pennies (Lennie Tristano)9. Sop Goes The Leasel (Warne Marsh)10. April (Lennie Tristano)11. Line Up (Lennie Tristano) UPC/EAN: 716043166329 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose, Stephen Riley – Tenor Treats (SCCD 31656)

Though Ambrose and Riley, two of the elite tenorists of younger generation have known each other for several years and are both SteepleChase recording artists, this is the first time they went into a studio to cut co-led albums. Both of them share a deep respect of the jazz’s tradition but their expressions distinctly bear their strong individual voices. Here’s the first volume of the dynamic and creative collaboration. 1. Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins)2. Punjab (Joe Henderson)3. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)4. You've Changed (Carl Fischer)5. Let's Cool One (Thelonious Monk)6. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Jimmy McHugh)7. Blue 'n' Boogie (Dizzy Gillespie) UPC/EAN: 716043165629 … Continue reading

Steve Davis, Conrad Herwig, Rich Perry – Jam Session Vol. 28 (SCCD 31660)

“ In the jazz tradition, the jam session played and continues to play a vital role in the musical community. In that spirit, Steeplechase, a label built on tradition, has come up with a jam session series, pairing veteran players with up-and-comers as a way of spreading the word about musicians on the label .” (Matthew Miller/allaboutjazz –on Vol. 19) 1. Why Do I Love You? (Jerome Kern)2. Help Is On The Way (Andy LaVerne)3. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)4. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harry Arlen)5. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Jule Styne)6. Jamboree (Andy LaVerne)7. Two And One (Andy LaVerne)8. Birdlike (Freddie Hubbard) UPC/EAN: 716043166022 … Continue reading

Eric Rasmussen – School Of Tristano 2 (SCCD 31644)

Forrest Dylan Bryan of JazzTimes commented on the successful first volume SCCD 31623 “School of Tristano 1” , “… Alto saxophonist Rasmussen …. pays tribute with an airy set of tunes written by Tristano, Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz. …..Rasmussen’s quartet updates and personalizes the sound, keeping the proceedings intimate as well as respectful .” -Forrest Dylan Bryant 1. Earfull (Ronnie Ball)2. Sound Lee (Lee Konitz)3. Progression (Lee Konitz)4. Line Up (Lennie Tristano)5. Victory Ball (Lennie Tristano)6. April (Lennie Tristano)7. Marionette (Bill Bauer)8. April Fool (Lennie Tristano)9. Hi Beck (Lee Konitz)10. Tautology (Lee Konitz)11. Leave Me Alone (Eric Rasmussen)12. Smog Eyes (Ted Brown) UPC/EAN: 716043164424 … Continue reading

Eric Rasmussen – School Of Tristano (SCCD 31623)

SteepleChase’ new recording artist Eric Rasmussen is among the young elites of New York jazz scene. His debut album here casts refreshing light on the special music evolved through the teachings of pianist Lennie Tristano and turns its inspirational source into deeply personal and emotional music of his own. . 1. Friendlee (Lee Konitz)2. I Can't Remember (Eric Rasmussen)3. Dixie's Dilemma (Warne Marsh)4. Background Music (Warne Marsh)5. It's You (Lee Konitz)6. 317 E. 32nd Street (Lennie Tristano)7. Marshmallow (Warne Marsh)8. Kary's Trance (Lee Konitz)9. Every Breath (Nate Radley)10. Wow (Lennie Tristano) UPC/EAN: 716043162321 … Continue reading

Ryan Kisor, John McNeil, Brad Goode – Jam Session Vol. 17 (SCCD 31593)

“ The choice of trumpeters proved to be inspired because Ryan Kisor, John McNeil and Brad Goode worked together beautifully and formed a clarion-clear brass choir on the ensembles. Each does his own thing and they are different enough to ensure a constant flow of surprises. They obviously had a ball, and there is no question of anyone "carving" his fellows; rather it is a story of mutual inspiration .” (Mark Gardner) On previous SteepleChase Jam Session series, Derek Taylor of All About Jazz wrote, “ The Danish SteepleChase imprint has long recognized the fertile dynamics of jam sessions, fronting the resources for many in its roster of players to … Continue reading

Gary Versace – Many Places (SCCD 31589)

SCCD 31589 Gary Versace is “one of the most exciting yet sensitive performers on the Hammond B3 to emerge in recent years.” (Mark Gardner) His SteepleChase leadership debut album “Time And Again” SCCD 31572 drew attention of critic John Kelman of All About Jazz who commented, “…Time And Again is a strong debut, but Versace is capable of much more – a fact that will no doubt be revealed in good time.” No doubt indeed, here on this his second CD you will find an artist with a most original conception offering fascinating musical experiences. 1. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (Tommy Wolf)2. Seen From Above (Gary … Continue reading