Rich Perry “Mood” (SCCD 31830)

SCCD 31830 Rich Perry “Mood” “Mood” deciphers “ballads” here in this Rich Perry new album, which is, to quote the liner notes author Neil Tesser, “.. all ballads, all handled with skill and taste, yet all pushing at the edges to find something else.” “The SteepleChase sessions… constitute a body of work equal to anyone currently in the jazz mainstream. Perry’s editing, shifts in tone and phrasing, and embellishments of songs like “Gone With The Wind” on Gone (SCCD 31670) evince a genuine appreciation of the melodies, as well as a desire to make his own way through them.” (David A Orthmann-AAJ) RICH PERRY tenor saxophone HAROLD DANKO piano JAY … Continue reading

Dave Scott Quintet – Brooklyn Aura – (SCCD 31808)

SCCD 31808 Dave Scott Quintet “Brooklyn Aura” Dave Scott, an award winning trumpeter and a dedicated educator, is first and foremost recognized as a prolific and resourceful composer. He composes for and performs with his own jazz ensemble consists of New York’s finest improvisers. “…Scott is using a sturdy template to introduce his own ideas … this band should be feted for its originality and cohesion.” (Mike Shanley – JazzTimes on “Song for Amy” SCCD 31561) DAVE SCOTT trumpet RICH PERRY tenor saxophone JACOB SACKS piano JOHN HEBERT bass SATOSHI TAKEISHI drums Recorded March 2015 1 PROLOGUE 2 2:15 2 PERSISTENCE 13:35 3 NON ADHERENCE 12:23 4 ECCENTRICITIES 15:50 5 … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Organique (SCCD 31805)

SCCD 31805 Rich Perry Trio “Organique” As Rich Perry’s previous release SCCD 31776 “Nocturne” deviated the standard quartet configuration by replacing piano with guitar, on this his 22nd album Rich tries something new again: an organ trio. With his two long-time creative partners (Gary Versace at the keyboard and Jeff Hirshfield on drums) Rich Perry opens a new chapter of the art of jazz improvisation. “This is standards-centered jazz of the best sort.” (Derek Taylor- dusted magazine on SCCD 31776 Nocturne) “Rich Perry is that rarest of tenor saxophonists — a complete musician with an understanding of space and timing, a palpable sense of color and humor and absolutely no need to … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Nocturne (SCCD 31776)

SCCD 31776 Rich Perry Quartet “Nocturne” Rich Perry’s newest album Nocturne marks the 21 st release in his 21-year-tenure with SteepleChase and for the first time Rich employs guitar (by Nat Radley) instead of piano for his quartet. Rich Perry still is arguably the best-kept-secret of today’s modern jazz scece inspite of all the talks of admiration by the critics and the fellow musicians such as tenor player David Valdez. To quote Valdez from his blog, “ . . Rich never plays down to the audience, never compromising his advanced harmonic and rhythmic concepts in favor of wide accessibility…. Even though he stays on the cutting edge Rich's sound is … 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

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

Rich Perry – Time Was (SCCD 31748)

SCCD 31748 Rich Perry “Time Was” Tenor saxophonist Rich Perry began his recording career for this label in 1998 with “To Start Again” (SCCD 31331). Since then his prolific outputs through the years have captured “ …… With his full but soft-edged tone, subtle articulation and impeccable use of dynamics, Perry imbues each of the nine standards in the program with intense feeling …” (David Franklin of JazzTimes on “East Of The Sun … “… Perry's most recent recording as a leader is e*motion and features a quartet—pianist Danko, bassist Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield—that has played together for almost 15 years! The openness and shared mission to make great … Continue reading

Olegario Diaz – Having Fun (SCCD 31733)

Composer/pianist Olegario Diaz was born in Venezuela and studied music in USA graduating with Master’s degree in Jazz Composition from The Manhattan School of Music in New York City. For his SteepleChase debut album here he surrounds himself with the finest of artists one can find on the NY jazz scene: Rich Perry on tenorsax, Ron McClure on bass and Billy Hart on drums. Diaz is active in performing both in USA and South America. “His visions and efforts resulted in a fresh and spontaneous performance of this fine selection of jazz standards and Diaz originals.” (Ron McClure – from the linernotes) 1. In Walked Bud (Thelonious Monk)2. Salvador (Olegario … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Grace (SCCD 31726)

Saxophonist Rich Perry has been a mainstay of the NY jazz scene for more than 30 years. Here on his 15 th album Rich put together a piano-less trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Jeff Hirschfield on drums whom Rich describes as “two of my favourite musicians”. “ Perry … dazzles with his facility and impeccable taste and further asserts himself as one of the most gifted saxophonists of his generation .” (Francis Lo Kee – AllAboutJazz) 1. Falling Grace (Steve Swallow)2. Very Early (Bill Evans)3. Funkalero (Bill Evans)4. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charles Mingus)5. Eronel (Thelonious Monk)6. Modinha (Antonio Carlos Jobim)7. Thedia (Thad Jones)8. Time Remembered (Bill Evans)9. … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Dedication (SCCD 31718)

Bassist/Composer/Bandleader Ron McClure eargerly took the challenge of combining two of the most exciting tenor saxophonists on the NY scene today: Rich Perry and Stephen Riley. McClure notes, “ I paid special attention to Stephen Riley’s soft, melodic qualities, which are his signature. Stephen is truly a unique voice in today’s jazz scene, and utilizing his most personal musical qualities was top priority for me when choosing this material. Rich Perry is amazing! He can play anything and everything, and is as creative as a soloist as anyone on his instrument today. Rich Perry shines brightly, as always….” “… Soft Hands (SCCD31615) signals his 31 st session for SteepleChase as … Continue reading