Dick Oatts – Two Hearts (SCCD 31694)

Dick Oatts, as shown in his “Standard Issue” (SCCD 31439) and its squeal “Standard Issue volume 2 (SCCD 31482), cherishes tunes from the great American songwriters of the 20 th century. For this new album Dick Oatts compiles a collection of evergreen “love songs” mostly written in the 40s. “…. Longtime lead alto man with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Oatts comes from the Paul Desmond-Lee Konitz school of saxophone playing. But a sweet sound and a cerebral approach to improvising comprise only part of his style. There's also a trim muscularity in his tone and lines. And the lines can be quite angular and oblique at times. I don't hear … Continue reading

Jon Gordon, Rich Perry, Dave Schnitter – Jam Session Vol. 24 (SCCD 31625)

” The Danish Steeplechase imprint has long recognized the fertile dynamics of jam sessions, fronting the resources for many in its roster of players to convene in just such supportive surroundings .” (Derek Taylor – allaboutjazz) 1. Lazy Bird (John Coltrane)2. Epistophy (Thelonious Monk)3. Skylark (Goady Carmichal)4. You're My Everything (Warren, Harry)5. Round About Midnight (Monk, Thelonious)6. Bluebird (Parker, Charlie)7. Fungii Mama (Blue Mitchell)8. Locomotion (Monk, Thelonious) UPC/EAN: 716043162529 … Continue reading

Louis Smith – The Bopsmith (SCCD 31489)

SCCD 31489 The Bopsmith / Louis Smith Quintet Trumpeter Louis Smith’s formative period as a jazz performer some 50 years ago was in the midst of developing/establishing stage of Bebop. Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown are the greatest influence on Louis Smith’s trumpet style. Here on his first release in the new millennium Louis is joined by some of the best bebop players of the younger generation. 1. Val's blues (Louis Smith)2. For heaven's sake (Meyer/Brown/Edwards)3. The way you look tonight (Young/Washington)4. I love you (Cole Porter)5. Ed's love (Louis Smith)6. A ghost of a change (Young/Washington)7. Sweet Clifford (Clifford Brown) UPC/EAN: 716043148929 … Continue reading

Michael Weiss – Milestones (SCCD 31449)

1. Milestones (John Lewis)2. Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim)3. Walter Davis ascending (Jackie McLean)4. Just one of those things (Cole Porter)5. Little Melonae (Jackie McLean)6. Buffalo (Kenny Dorham)7. Like someone in love (Jimmy Van Heusen)8. Love for sale (Cole Porter)9. Stella by starlight (Victor Young) UPC/EAN: 716043144921 … Continue reading

Doug Raney – Back In New York (SCCD 31409)

SCCD 31409 Back In New York / Doug Raney Quartet “ Once again, Doug Raney has been lifted to produce music of distinction and character by a visit to his homeland and the company of an ace trio who measured up to the assignment with consummate professionalism …” (Mark Gardner) 1. I'm old fashioned (Jerome Kern)2. For Heaven's sake (Meyer/Brown/Edwards)3. The touch of your lips (Ray Noble)4. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)5. All or nothing at all (Lawrence/Altman)6. I wanna talk about you (Billy Eckstine)7. Get out of town (Cole Porter) UPC/EAN: 716043140923 … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – N. Y. C.ats (SCCD 31394)

SCCD 31394 N. Y. C.ats / Ronnie Cuber Quintet “… Today <Ronnie Cuber> is among the few leading exponents of bop baritone and for many he remains the most exciting and listenable of the lot with his huge sound, adroit agility and harmonic awareness…His music is jaunty, robust and passionate…We do not look to Ronnie Cuber for genteel, gentle or polite back ground music. To him we turn for gut-wrenching, virile sounds that express a relish for living and a defiant optimism which take the ears by storm …” (Mark Gardner) 1. Mirage (Ronnie Cuber)2. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Duke Ellington)3. Mimosa (George Benson)4. Humacao (Ronnie Cuber)5. … Continue reading