Olegario Diaz – The Skyline Session (SCCD 31753)

SCCD 31753 Olegario Diaz “Time Was” Pianist Olegario Diaz has firmly established himself in American jazz scene as well as in his native country Venezuela. Following his highly successful SteepleChase debut album “Having Fun” (SCCD 31733) last year Olegario put together his dream band here for his second release with Rich Perry (tenor sax) and Ron McClure (bass) from the first album and Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Lewis Nash (drums) as new addition. Diaz’ old class mate from City College NYC Lewis Nash remarks, “ It was a wonderful session and I’m sure that the joy we all experienced that day can also be heard and felt when listening to … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Nomad (SCCD 31371)

SCCD 31371 Nomad / Dave Stryker with the Bill Warfield Big Band A very special new album by Dave Stryker, who conceived the idea of recording with a big band when this New York-based Warfield Big Band began playing his tunes. “ With this project we were trying to break some new ground by putting the guitar in front of a big band. It was a thrill to hear my compositions expanded to this format. I owe a big thanks to Bill Warfield and all the great musicians who contributed ….” (Dave Stryker) “…. Showcasing the guitar within the context of a jumping big band has never been better achieved … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Tonite Only (SCCD 31288)

SCCD 31288 Tonite Only / Ron McClure Quartet Bassist Ron McClure as a sideman has an impressive career record which reads like Who’s Who in Jazz including Thelomious Monk, Wynton Kelly, Keith Jarrett, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Herbie Mann among others since his professional debut in the early 60s. A few years ago Ron started to record leader albums for SteepleChase. And as the leader he always surrounds himself with the very best either from the established or from the up-and-coming generation. Here on this all-star pianoless quartet recording, Ron directs the band with his powerfull technique and great sound and delivers “. .un disque très classique …” (Jazz Hot) … Continue reading

Hal Galper – Reach Out (SCCD 31067)

SCCD 31067 Reach Out / Hal Galper Quintet “ This is hard bop at its best, superior playing by pianist Galper and tenor saxist Mike Brecker …good contrast between ballads and exciting up-tempo lines .” (Don Lass, Asbury Park Press) “ So the Brecker Brothers can play jazz after all!…You won’t find a drop of funk on this record, just good old, straight-ahead, swinging jazz….Hal Galper must be given credit for channelling the music in the right direction …” (Carl Brauer, Cadence) “… in pianist Hal Galper’s acoustic progressive jazz combo, trumpeter Randy and saxophonist Michael Brecker play with conviction and emotion…Good stuff .” (Oakland Tribune) 1. Reach out (Hal … Continue reading