Billy Hart – Sixty Eight (SCCD 31707)

Since his SteepleChase debut with pianist Hal Galper on an album entitled "Reach Out" (SCCD 31067) in 1976, drummer Billy Hart and label have kept a long, productive relationship. This release marks his 68 th recording and his 1 st leader album for SteepleChase. Billy Hart has not only been the company's most recorded drummer but also one of the most influential voices in the label’s creative decision making. “… Hart is widely regarded as one of the most capable of modern-jazz drummers …” (The New Grove Dictionary of JAZZ) 1. What Reason (Ornette Coleman)2. Number Eight (Eric Dolphy)3. Serene (Eric Dolphy)4. Fire Waltz (Mal Waldron)5. Beatrice (Sam Rivers)6. Cyclic … Continue reading

Michael Pinto – Little Green Men (SCCD 31703)

As the title of this SteepleChase debut album” Little Green Men” suggests, vibraphonist Michael Pinto presents us a unique jazz universe hugely inspired by his love of science fiction movie themes. A graduate of Berklee College of Music Michael Pinto, now 29 is a “ vital newcomer ” (allaboutjazz) on New York scene. “… Many jazz listeners may not be familiar with the works of Brad Fiedel, Bear McCreary and Wendy Carlos, but their compositions, outside the galactic space they were written for, stand up well beyond their usual comfort zone, and Michael has skilfully adapted these themes to a jazz setting, showing they can serve as a good basis … Continue reading