Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” (SCCD 31827)

New Releases March 2017 Shipping March 10 SCCD 31827 Allegra Levy “Cities Between Us” Burgeoning vocalist/composer/lyricist Allegra Levy grabbed attention of critics and public with her 2014 debut album “Lonely City” SCCD 33118. Allen Morrison of Downbeat remarked, “Allegra Levy has a pleasing alto, a sultry delivery and a propensity to swing. Her debut album, Lonely City, is consistently engaging.” “Discovering a fresh, dynamic jazz voice is always a delight. When the singer proves an equally gifted songwriter, the pleasure is squared. Allegra Levy is one such double-barreled talent.” (Christopher Loudon – JazzTimes) Here on her new album, Allegra teamed-up with a powerhouse quintet tells her stories in both contemporary … Continue reading

Stephen Riley & Peter Zak “Deuce” (SCCD 31825)

SCCD 31825 Stephen Riley & Peter Zak “Deuce” Stephen Riley started his recording career with SteepleChase in 2005 with an amazing (and unusual) piano-less trio SCCD 31584 Inside Out. Since then he had more often than not opted for the piano-less format until he recorded his 2013 quartet release SCCD 31765 Lover with Peter Zak on piano. Riley and Zak started performing as duo and made their first duo release SCCD 31806 Haunted Heart to critical and public acclaim. So here’s “Deuce” to follow up by the empathic twosome. “…This session is his third meeting with pianist Peter Zak, whose sensitive accompaniment allows Riley the breathing room he thought could … Continue reading

Stephen Riley & Peter Zak – Haunted Heart – (SCCD 31806)

SCCD 31806 Stephen Riley & Peter Zak “Haunted Heart” Stephen Riley’s distinctive breathy tone and imaginative phrasing have attracted a good size followers in jazz listeners, musicians and critics. “Isn’t it nice to hear a truly individual sound in the sea of music that often sounds much the same? I stumbled across one of those sounds in Stephen Riley’s music…” (Luke Soasey – saxophonist) “Just heard Stephen Riley on a local radio. What a special tone he has. Dark and dry with a lot of subtones. And very creative playing….” (JJ – Sax on the Web) Here on his latest album Riley formed a duo with his favourite piano man … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Baubles, Bangles And Beads (SCCD 31792)

SCCD 31792 Stephen Riley “Baubles, Bangles And Beads” Since his debut album “Inside Out” SCCD 31584 (2005) Stephen Riley has kept momentum to become and to stay the “distinctly unique jazz voice” (Neil Tesser). In spite of his preference for piano less format, Riley found the ideal pianist for him in Peter Zak, with whom he recorded the previous album “Lover” SCCD 31765. Here on his 11th release Riley backed by the same team including Peter Zak to interpret an amazing collection of classic but rarely heard jazz titles. “Lover, Riley’s latest, employs the talents of label mate Peter Zak … (Riley’s) unconventional use of ultra-hard reed to essay a … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Lover (SCCD 31765)

SCCD 31765 Stephen Riley Quartet “Lover” “…. a truly special album .” (Terrell Holmes – The New York City Jazz Record on Hart-Beat ) “… a really solid recording, with some noteworthy playing making it a worthy successor in a lineage of great tenor saxophone trio records.” (Gregg Simmons – AAJ on Hart-Beat ) 1. Nice Work If You Can Get It (George Gershwin)2. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing (Sammy Fain)3. When I Take My Sugar To Tea (Irving Kahal / Sammy Fain / Pierre Norman Connor)4. When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar Aaron Swan)5. When Lights Are Low (Ted Fio Rito)6. Deluge (Wayne Shorter)7. Lover (Richard Rodgers)8. After You, … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Hart-beat (SCCD 31742)

Saxophonist Stephen Riley and drummer Billy Hart who have shared mutual admiration of each other’s work collaborated for the first time to present this compelling trio album. “….(Riley’s) lushly-conceived tone and phrasing are instantly recognizable, a post-millennial alloy of Lester Young disciples running from Don Byas through Teo Macero to Warne Marsh an on to Wayne Shorter and beyond . …” (Derek Taylor – Master of a Small House) 1. Just You Just Me (Jesse Greer)2. Isotope (Joe Henderson)3. Lonnie's Lament (John Coltrane)4. When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Leon René/René Otis/Clarence Muse)5. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are (Thelonious Monk)6. The End Of A Love Affair (Edward Redding)7. Mr. Sandman (Pat Ballard)8. … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Blue Strike (SCCD 31729)

C. Andrew Hovan of AllAboutJaz once observed, “ What has marked all of Stryker's previous SteepleChase sides has been his penchant to not repeat formats or ideas. Each session sports a different group of musicians and the material covers new ground .” Mr. Hovan’s observation proves true here on Stryker’s latest recording of mesmerizing organ quintet with repertoire raging from Michael Jackson to Clifford Brown together with his originals. “( Stryker) combines tradition and modernity in equal balance, arranges with skill and imagination, teases optimum performances from associates with good-natured relish, and plays the blues with deep felt conviction .” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Joy Spring (Clifford … 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

GinmanBlachman – Let’s Call Stephen Riley (SCCD 31716)

Denmark’s successful trio co-led by bassist Lenart Ginman and drummer Thomas Blachman invited Stephen Riley to be featured at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in the summer of 2010. Following a series of well-received live concerts at the Festival Riley, the American rising star on tenor and the popular trio cut this brilliant album. “…His lushly-conceived tone and phrasing are instantly recognizable ….” (Derek Taylor) 1. You Don't Know What Love Is (Gene De Paul/Don Raye)2. Cantaloupe Island (Herbie Hancock)3. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern)4. Love For Sale (Cole Porter)5. Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn)6. Misterioso (Thelonious Monk)7. Caravan (Duke Ellington/Juan Tizol)8. Blue In Green (Bill Evans)9. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (Lester Young)10. Black … Continue reading

Stephen Riley – Lucky Seven (SCCD 31712)

To cut this new album tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley brings his quartet from the highly successful previous release “El Gaucho” (SCCD 31682), “ one of my top listening experience of the year ” (Derek Taylor – Bagatellen) back to studio. “… Playing jazz is not simply about mood, emotion, creativity, it has technical aspects which can be frustrating. But on the Lucky Seven date, Stephen and horn were on song, as a reliable reed did its job to perfection and a further challenging chapter in the musical Life of Riley was written.” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Heigh Ho, The Gang's All Here (Burton Lane)2. Dance Cadaverous (Wayne … Continue reading