Dexter Gordon “Biting The Apple” (G1080)

New Release – 180 gram pure vinyl – Audiofile Edition Shipping March 10 2017 G1080 Dexter Gordon “Biting The Apple” Recorded in NYC in the midst of Dexter’s great come back to the USA Biting The Apple was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque Diamant of 1978 by the Montreux Jazz Festival. “Biting The Apple being recorded around the same time as his “Homecoming” (CBS) album sounds much better with strong backing by pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Al Foster.” (Oakland Tribune) “… Dexter in command, authoritative and muscularly assertive as ever…” (Mike Hennessey – Jazz Journal) “… excellent representation of his strength and subtlety in this … Continue reading

Dexter Gordon – The Complete Trio & Quartet Studio Recordings 1974-76 (SCCD 30010/17)

SCCD30010/17 Dexter Gordon “Complete Trio & Quartet Recordings “ SteepleChase released its first LP (SCCD 31001 Live At Montmartre Jackie McLean Quartet) in January 1973. Yes, it’s 30 years ago. SteepleChase celebrates the 30 th anniversary with this special release of Dexter Gordon 8-CD box set with 52-page booklet loaded with hitherto unpublished photos of Dexter and his sidemen. The tenor giant Dexter Gordon was and still is the backbone of SteepleChase throughout the years. The collaboration between Dexter Gordon and SteepleChase in the year 1974 – 1976 coincides with the artist’s peak of his creative power. 1. Some other blues (take 1) (John Coltrane)2. Some other blues (take 2) … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan – Half Note (SCCD 31198)

SCCD 31198 Half Note / Clifford Jordan Quartet Tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan (1931 – 1993) was born in Chicago and his high school classmates include Johnny Griffin, John Gilmore and Richard Davis. He worked with Max Roach in Chicago area and moved to New York in 1957 where he joined Horace Silver’s band. Later on he formed his regular group with Walton, Jones and Higgins (The Magic Triangle) and played all over the world. This recording from New York’s Half Note the drummer Albert Heath replaces Higgins. “… the music is superb…..Jordan and Walton achieve the most engaging thematic improvisation I have heard from either …” (Bart Grooms) 1. Holy … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan – On Stage, Vol. 3 (SCCD 31104)

SCCD 31104 On Stage Vol. 3 / Clifford Jordan Quartet This is the last of the “Live” series of Clifford Jordan and the Magic Triangle (The Cedar Walton Trio) concert at the BIM House in Amsterdam, Holland. The quartet was a frequent visitor to the European jazz scene during the early 70s and impressed critics and the public alike with its brilliantly inventive ensemble performance. 1. Seven minds (Sam Jones)2. Shoulders (Cedar Walton)3. St. Thomas (Traditional)4. Bleecker Street theme (Cedar Walton) UPC/EAN: 716043110421 … Continue reading

Duke Jordan – Duke’s Delight (SCCD 31046)

SCCD 31046 Duke's Delight / Duke Jordan Quartet Duke Jordan’s long association with SteepleChase started with Jordan’s visit to Copenhagen in 1973. This session with the very best sidemen New York could offer features Jordan’s own compositions – except for the solo piano rendition of Duke Ellington’s classic In My Solitude . Accompanied by the veteran bassist Sam Jones and the great drummer Al Foster (who joined Miles Davis shortly after this session) the trio provides solid ground for solos by trumpeter Richard Williams, saxman Charlie Rouse and the leader himself. “… Jordan’s restraint and taste shape a music that is haunting in its lyrical qualities while being attractive in … Continue reading

Cedar Walton – Third Set (SCCD 31179)

SCCD 31179 Third Set / Cedar Walton Quartet Here’s the final set of that magical evening at Jazzhus Montmartre. Earlier releases of this series are SCCD 31085 “First Set” and SCCD 31113 “Second Set”. 1. Angel in the night (Billy Higgins)2. Bolivia (Cedar Walton)3. Fantasy in D (Cedar Walton)4. Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk)5. Rhythm-a-ning (Thelonious Monk) UPC/EAN: 716043117925 … Continue reading

Duke Jordan – Lover Man (SCCD 31127)

SCCD 31127 Lover Man / Duke Jordan Trio Recorded on the same day after the quintet session (SCCD 31046 Duke’s Delight) this attractive trio recording “ comprises nearly 50 minutes of sheer unpretentious enjoyment .” (Mark Gardner, Jazz Journal) 1. Dig (Miles Davis)2. Dancer's call (Duke Jordan)3. Love train (Duke Jordan)4. Don't blame me (Jimmy McHugh)5. Sea (Al Foster)6. Lover man (Ram Ramirez)7. They say it's wonderful (Irving Berlin)8. Out of nowhere (Green/Heyman) UPC/EAN: 716043112722 … Continue reading

Clifford Jordan – On Stage, Vol. 2 (SCCD 31092)

SCCD 31092 On Stage Vol. 2 / Clifford Jordan & The Magic Triangle The sequel to SCCD 31071 On Stage Vol. 1 “ In a generation of tenor saxophonists dominated by Coltrane and Rollins, Jordan. has carved out a truly distinctive style. …Integration at an advanced level was one of this band’s chief assets….This record is no mere memento of the past, but a contemporary account of the parent style – one shot through with its characteristic blend of passion and flashing logic …” (Michael James, Melody Maker) 1. Midnight waltz (Cedar Walton)2. Bleecker Street theme (Cedar Walton)3. I should care (Jimmy Van Heusen)4. Stella by starlight (Victor Young)5. Alias … Continue reading

Duke Jordan – Misty Thursday (SCCD 31053)

SCCD 31053 Misty Thursday / Duke Jordan Quartet The 1970s were Duke Jordan’s most creative and productive years. This album is one of the fine releases from that period. The quartet here includes guitarist Chuck Wayne, another great bebop instrumentalist. “ Ce disque…mérite � tous coups un grand prix! ….” (Laurent Goddet, Jazz Hot) “… Like all of (Duke’s) records it will endure long after so much of today’s music is forgotten .” (Mark Gardner) 1. There's a star for you (Duke Jordan)2. Hymn to peace (Duke Jordan)3. Misty Thursday (Duke Jordan)4. Night train from Snekkersten (Duke Jordan)5. Jealous blues (Duke Jordan)6. Lady Linda (Duke Jordan)7. I'm gonna learn your … Continue reading

Idrees Sulieman – Now Is The Time (SCCD 31052)

SCCD 31052 Now Is The Time / Idrees Sulieman Quartet “ The quartet exhibits much empathy and rapport, and allows Sulieman’s fully mature trumpet style free reign completely…The entire session is mellow and supremely musical …” (Jazz Forum) 1. Mirror lake (Idrees Sulieman)2. Misty Thursday (Duke Jordan)3. Saturday afternoon at four (Idrees Sulieman)4. A theme for Ahmad (Horace Parlan)5. Now's the time (Charlie Parker)6. The best I could dream (Idrees Sulieman)7. Care free (Idrees Sulieman)8. The best I could dream (Idrees Sulieman) UPC/EAN: 716043105229 … Continue reading