Russ Lossing “Changes” (SCCD 31863)

SCCD 31863 Russ Lossing “Changes” Among today’s modern jazz piano players Russ Lossing stands out as one of the unique breed of artists who travel intelligently and with clarity between jazz and new music. For this his first release on SteepleChase Lossing focuses on standards, of course, with his trademark, innovative improvisation. “Lossing is a thinking man’s pianist. He intelligently creates and refashions themes within a variety of frameworks.” (Glenn Astarita – “Russ Lossing is a pianist of extreme depth and intensity whose music exists between jazz improvisation and modern classicism.“ (Budd Kopman – AAJ) Russ Lossing piano Michael Formanek bass Gerald Cleaver drums Recorded May 2018 1 BYE, … Continue reading

Kirk Knuffke – Chorale (SCCD 31769)

SCCD 31769 Kirk Knuffke Quartet “Chorale” In the last few years Cornetist Kirk Knuffke has developed a formidable discography on SteepleChase label with three duo recordings with pianist Jesse Stacken, each of which is a tribute to jazz’s great composers, and one quartet collaboration with veteran saxophonist Ted Brown. Kirk Knuffke filled the new album here entirely with his own original compositions to showcase his unique compositional talent. " Over the last couple years, New York trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has quietly emerged as one of the most exciting and flexible hornmen on the scene .” Peter Margasak – Downbeat magazine 1. Wingy (Kirk Knuffke)2. Made (Kirk Knuffke)3. Kettle (Kirk Knuffke)4. … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Oatts & Perry III (SCCD 31761)

SCCD 31761 Harold Danko Quintet “Oatts & Perry III” “ This album is a true sleeper. the date is beautifully planned and recorded …”, commented Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes on the first “Oatts & Perry” (SCCD 31588) released in 2006. Following the equally highly acclaimed sequel “Oatts & Perry II” (SCCD 31689) of 2010 this latest addition to Harold Danko’s favorite project proves again the pianist/leader Danko’s endless ideas to keep the perfect conversation going between Dick Oatts (alto) and Rich Perry (tenor), arguably the two best on the scene today. 1. Epistophy (Thelonious Monk)2. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)3. Well You Needn't (Thelonious Monk)4. High Priest (McCoy Tyner)5. Contemplation (McCoy … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Oatts & Perry II (SCCD 31689)

A sequel to the highly successful SCCD 31588 “Oatts & Perry I”, on which Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes commented, “… Harold Danko played with Oatts and Perry in the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Orchestra and always wanted them in his own band. This album is a true sleeper, a blowing date on which the blowing is epic and the date is beautifully planned and recorded. ” Rich Perry is that rarest of tenor saxophonists—a complete musician. (Allabout jazz Donald Elfman) …Dick Oatts's an uncompromising jazz musician, one who possesses monster chops without trumpeting them…. (JazzTimes Owen Cordle) 1. Ain't Nothing Nu (Thad Jones)2. Blue Swedish Wildflower (Harold Danko)3. Suspended Sentense (Wayne … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Escapades (SCCD 31674)

On Trilix SCCD 31551 allaboutjazz’ Donald Elfman wrote, “ When a piano trio—or any jazz group, for that matter—is at the top of its game, all of the qualities that make its individual members shine come to the fore … Harold Danko (piano), Michael Formanek (bass) and Jeff Hirshfield (drums) make a vitally engaging, intelligent and musical trio album. …” 1. Murmur Not (Harold Danko)2. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)3. Tired Trade (Andrew Hill)4. Poinciana (Nat Simon)5. Escapade (Kenny Dorham)6. Serenity (Joe Henderson)7. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)8. Brown's Town (Kenny Dorham)9. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter) UPC/EAN: 716043167425 … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Times Remembered (SCCD 31612)

Pianist Harodl Danko brings back his successful “Trilix”(SCCD ) trio to present another essential trio treats here. On “Trilix” album Donald Elfman of All About Jazz wrote, “When a piano trio—or any jazz group, for that matter—is at the top of its game, all of the qualities that make its individual members shine come to the fore but also work in the service of both the tunes and the larger aesthetic of the group. Harold Danko (piano), Michael Formanek (bass) and Jeff Hirshfield (drums) make a vitally engaging, intelligent and musical trio album. 1. Time Remembered (Bill Evans)2. All Or Nothing At All (Arthur Altman)3. How Deep Is The Ocean … Continue reading

Dave Ballou – Insistence (SCCD 31611)

On this his 8 th release, the leader Dave Ballou states, “Of the sessions I have made for SteepleChase this one is particularly significant. This recording represents a direction I have been headed in for years: informing one’s self with knowledge and experience, in both art and life, therefore increasing the potential to create a vast experience for the audience. The collaborative creations you hear on this recording are the collective conversations of three people sincerely striving to connect with you, the listener. …” 1. Restraint (Dave Ballou)2. MF (Dave Ballou)3. Insistence (Dave Ballou)4. Upon Reflection (Dave Ballou)5. Randy Starts (Dave Ballou)6. Once Round (Dave Ballou)7. Silly Dance And Coda … Continue reading

Harold Danko – Hinesight (SCCD 31568)

Harold Danko renders his most personal pianistic insight into the music of Earl Hines precisely 100 years after the great piano man’s birth. “… The CD should make everyone dig out their Hines sides and listen again to the pieces and personality that made such an indelible imprint on the jazz muse.” (Mark Gardner) Of the Harold Danko Trio’s 2004 release Trilix SCCD 31551, Steve Futtermn of JazzTimes wrote, “… Danko’s a mature player who knows the power of economy, melodic sense and a refined touch; wasting not a note, his improvisations always tell a compelling story.” 1. Deep Forest (Earl Hines)2. You Can Depend On Me (Earl Hines)3. Rosetta … Continue reading

Dave Ballou – Dancing Foot (SCCD 31556)

The 6 th leader album by trumpeter Dave Ballou finds him in an unusual but fascinating two-bass quartet form. In addition to the two superb bassists John Hebert and Michael Formanek, percussionist Kevin Norton contributes his part on drums and vibes. Here’re excerpts of reviews on Ballou’s earlier releases: “ Ballou plays idea-rich, solidly structured solos…He has a full, warm, cultivated tone; plays very well in the lower as well as upper register…. a thoughtful, melodic improviser… .”(Harvey Pekar/JazzTimes on The Floating World SCCD 31486) “ Ballou’s a formidable writer…Ballou’s music…allows a range of emotions to exist within a particular song …” (Greg Buium/Cadence on Volition SCCD 13460 1. Dancing … Continue reading