LeeAnn Ledgerwood “Renewal” (SCCD 31835)

SCCD 31835 LeeAnn Ledgerwood “Renewal” Since her SteepleChase debut with “Now And Zen” album (SCCD31432) of 1998 LeeAnn has been one of the front runners of women in jazz. Neither her earlier lengthy sick leave nor her current fragile physique could hinder her from releasing this strong album renewing and widening her creative scope. “Ledgerwood doesn’t set out to blaze trails. Her intent is to craft thoughtful, personal originals that build on and dovetail with a rich archival repertoire. To the pianist’s credit, she succeeds. Simple Truth is an appropriate and understated title for this modest, inviting album.” (Carlo Wolff- JazzTimes on SCCD 31705 ) LEEANN LEDGERWOOD piano RON MCCLURE … Continue reading

Burak Bedikyan Quartet – Leap Of Faith (SCCD 33119)

SCCD 33119 Burak Bedikyan Quartet “Leap Of Faith”  One of Turkey’s leading pianists Burak Bedikyan has been rapidly establishing himself as a star player on the international jazz scene since the release of his first SteepleChase Lookout album “Circle Of Life” SCCD 33109 (2013). For his second album here Bedikyan further showcases an exciting process of on-going development as a performer and composer with unique musical background. “This is an interesting overture for the Turkish newcomer, but it sounds like there’s much more in reserve.” (John Fordham – The Guardian on “Circle Of Life”) “Burak Bedikyan takes charge of the finest quartet recording for 2013, Circle Of Life… Bedikyan is … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Ready Or Not (SCCD 31759)

SCCD 31759 Ron McClure “Ready Or Not” Ron McClure, veteran bassist and accomplished composer, has also keen eyes to spot talents. A year ago McClure introduced a young (then 17), very gifted jazz violinist Gabe Terracciano in his 15 th album “Crunch Time” (SCCD 31736). Here on his latest release McClure gives another young (22) exceptional tenor talent Chad Lefktowitz-Brown a chance to shine alongside of Terracciano. “…it is at once a band of substance and style, McClure’s powerful bass and terrific tunes stimulating the young players .” (Donald Elfman – The New York City Jazz Record on SCCD 31736) “… fans of McClure’s mainstream fare will no doubt revel … 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

Jed Levy – Rain (SCCD 31745)

Frequent leader on the label Jed Levy called upon for this new album pianist George Colligan and bassist Ron McClure both of whom were the sidemen of Jed’s remarkable SteepleChase debut “Sleight of Hand” (SCCD 31383). “ Very impressive and about as inventive a departure from the standard tenor-and-rhythm conventions as one can hope for… ” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD – on “Sleight of Hand”) “… saxophonist Jed Levy delivers one of the most enjoyable albums of the year. It's also accessible, straight-ahead music that everyone can enjoy …” (George Kanzler AAJ on “One Night At The Kitano” SCCD —-) 1. Stomp In F Sharp Minor (Jed … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Crunch Time (SCCD 31736)

Precisely a year ago then 17-year old high school student, Gabe Terracciano from Portland, Maine with his violin in his hand walked into a NYU classroom where the veteran bassist/educator Ron McClure held his jazz ensemble class. McClure, after playing a few tunes together with this young violinist, started to plan this recording session with him. Ron McClure states in the linernotes, “ I knew instantly that I was listening to someone who is going to make it!…… I felt like I was a witness to something unique, as much as being part of this event ….”. 1. Beautiful Love (Young, Victor)2. The Wind (Ron McClure)3. Crunch Time (Ron McClure)4. … 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

LeeAnn Ledgerwood – Breaking The Waves (SCCD 31732)

One year after her long-awaited comeback album (from a lengthy leave of absence due to illness) “Simple Truth” (SCCD 31705), pianist LeeAnn Ledgerwood compiled this latest album with 100% original material, showcasing her extraordinary talent as composer as well. Carlo Wolff of JazzTimes commented on “Simple Truth”, “ Ledgerwood is not interested in impressing with technique and daring; hers is an artistry of nuance and emotional layering. ….. inviting album. ” “ … pianist Lee Ann Ledgerwood is part of an ever growing contingency of extremely talented jazz musicians of the female persuasion… and first crack at a piano trio record. Ultimately, it proves to be one of the best … 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

LeeAnn Ledgerwood – Simple Truth (SCCD 31705)

A long-waited album by pianist/composer Ledgerwood finds her in her most creative music making. “ The native of a very small town in Ohio, pianist Lee Ann Ledgerwood is part of an ever growing contingency of extremely talented jazz musicians of the female persuasion… first crack at a piano trio record. Ultimately, it proves to be one of the best of its kind in recent memory. …” (Andrew Hovan – AAJ-NY on SCCD 31468 ”Transition”) 1. Ryan's Gifts (LeeAnn Ledgerwood)2. Pinocchio (Wayne Shorter)3. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)4. Ballade For Bill Evans (LeeAnn Ledgerwood)5. Mumma's Beautiful Heart (LeeAnn Ledgerwood)6. Simple Truth (LeeAnn Ledgerwood)7. Nardis (Miles Davis)8. Betrayal Of Daylight (LeeAnn Ledgerwood)9. … Continue reading