Mike Richmond “The Pendulum” (SCCD 31826)

SCCD 31826 Mike Richmond “The Pendulum” Mike Richmond, Grammy Award-winning bassist with vast experience with leaders such as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Jack DeJohnette, Gil Evans, Chet Baker to mention a few, leads here his own group with cello as his instrument for the first time. Cello as a jazz instrument is still a rarity but its history goes back to the 50s when Oscar Pettiford broke new ground. Richmond put together this all-Pettiford-composition album to honor the pioneer. “…Dance for Andy is one of those rare CDs that sustain interest through a 70-minute-plus duration.” (Richard Cook & Brian Morton – The Penguin Guide on SCCD 31267) “Richmond … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Genesis (SCCD 31818)

SCCD 31818 Andy LaVerne “Genesis” To quote Danish critic Niels Overgaard, Andy LaVerne is “one of jazz’s analytical workmen”. The enormous body of his work as pianist, composer and educator over the five decades does not stop LaVerne from being creative to add new dimension to his artistry as evidenced in this new album. “… pianist Andy LaVerne possesses talent that should be commensurate with a much broader public awareness.” (C. Andrew Hovan – AAJ) “LaVerne’s writing chops are as impressive as his playing.” (Harvey Siders – Jazztimes on Pianissimo SCCD31512) ANDY LAVERNE piano MIKE RICHMOND bass, cello JASON TIEMANN drums Recorded December 2015 1 GENESIS 7:32 2 METAFOUR 5:50 3 … Continue reading

Andy LaVerne – Three’s Not A Crowd (SCCD 31751)

SCCD 31751 Andy LaVerne “Three Is Not A Crowd” The “Three” of “The Three Is Not A Crowd” goes way back to 1977 when Andy LaVerne, Mike Richmond and Billy Hart comprised the rhythm section for the great Stan Getz quartet. Andy LaVerne cut his debut album with Richmond and Hart that year in Copenhagen which was released as “Another World” SCCD 31086. 35 years later the “Three” convened in a NJ studio to record. The result here is not just a reunion but a new world of creative outpouring by the three mature artists. 1. Fourth Right (Andy LaVerne)2. Three Is Not A Crowd (Andy LaVerne)3. Bird Song (Andy … Continue reading

Stanley Cowell – Prayer For Peace (SCCD 31704)

One of the greatest American jazz pianists Stanley Cowell has been more active as a dedicated educator than a recording artist in the last 10 years. Cowell now makes his recording comeback to delight us with his finest works. “ After more than a decade away from the recording studios, that fine and highly-regarded pianist/composer Stanley Cowell returns, and at the same time unveils a shining bright talent in his 20-year-old daughter Sunny, a fresh-sounding vocalist and accomplished viola player ….” (Mark Gardner – from the liner notes) 1. When Lights Are Low (Benny Carter)2. Blues For Rama (Stanley Cowell)3. Time Can Only Tell (Sunny Cowell)4. Japanese Tea House (Stanley … Continue reading

Larry Schneider – It Might As Well Be Spring (SCCD 31549)

Larry Schneider teamed up with his soul mate group of Andy LaVerne (piano), Mike Richmond (bass) and Adam Nussbaum (drums) calls this album “… one of my most satisfying recording experiences…. Four friends who know how to play together and create freedom from structure …” On his previous release Jazz (SCCD 31505) Bill Bennett of JazzTimes wrote, “ The momentum that saxophonist Larry Schneider generates here is just awesome. ….Schneider and the stellar rhythm section-so typical of SteepleChase are completely at ease in sharing roles and responsibilities…” 1. It might as well be spring (Richard Rodgers)2. Draul (Bela Bartok)3. Stompin' at the Savoy (Edgar Sampson/Benny Goodman)4. If you could see … Continue reading

Jim McNeely – Rain’s Dance (SCCD 31412)

SCCD 31412 Rain's Dance / Jim McNeely Quintet “ This is the inter-continental jazz of the seventies, strong, confident …” (Spike Wells, Jazz Journal International) 1. Wishful thinking (Jim McNeely)2. Little green men (Jim McNeely)3. Tipe tizwe (Traditional)4. Rain's dance (Jim McNeely)5. Song For the crazy one (Jim McNeely)6. Rain's dance (Jim McNeely) UPC/EAN: 716043141227 … Continue reading

Mike Richmond, Andy LaVerne – For Us (SCCD 31101)

SCCD 31101 For Us / Mike Richmond & Andy LaVerne Richmond and LaVerne were the rhythm team of the Stan Getz Quartet, which gave concerts in Copenhagen prior to this recording. These two highly talented musicians who were then just turning 30 had already been playing with a host of great names of jazz including Getz. Their first duo recording here “ displays a very thoughtful side to their musical personalities …” (Michael Shera, Jazz Journal) 1. For us (Mike Richmond)2. Peace and happiness (Mike Richmond)3. Prisms (Mike Richmond/Andy LaVerne)4. Skies (Mike Richmond)5. Bolero (Mike Richmond)6. Reflections (Andy LaVerne)7. Air (Mike Richmond) UPC/EAN: 716043110124 … Continue reading

Larry Schneider – Blind Date (SCCD 31317)

SCCD 31317 Blind Date / Larry Schneider Quartet Schneider and LaVerne have worked together for a long time in various settings. Their duo recording of Bill Evans related tunes (SCCD 31307 Bill Evans…Person We Knew) received critical acclaim and commercial success. “ The abilities of Larry Schneider, Andy Laverne and company can be in no doubt, but the manner in which they meld makes those set, like its duo predecessor, such a treat ….” (Mark Gardner, from the linernotes) 1. Blind date (Andy LaVerne)2. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)3. Autumn leaves (Joseph Kosma)4. Body and soul (Johnny Green)5. How my heart sings (Earl Zindars)6. Eye care (Andy LaVerne)7. Peggy's blue skylight (Charles … Continue reading

Mike Richmond – Blue In Green (SCCD 31296)

SCCD 31296 Blue In Green / Mike Richmond Quartet “… a solid and enjoyable traversal of some good jazz and show tunes by four expert players .” (The Penguin Guide To JAZZ) 1. On a misty night (Tadd Dameron)2. The lamp is low (Parish)3. Remember (Irving Berlin)4. Oriental folk song (Wayne Shorter)5. Giant steps (John Coltrane)6. Third floor Richard (Charles Lloyd)7. Blue in green (Bill Evans)8. Up and down (Mike Richmond) UPC/EAN: 716043129621 … Continue reading