Steve LaSpina – Destiny (SCCD 31714)

Bassist Steve LaSpina for this new recording put together a quartet in order to create a quieter and lyrical instrumentation with his new compositions. “…. an exceptional piece of work.” (Steve Greenlee JazzTimes on “Play Room” SCCD “… The music is lively, contemplative, playful and always involving.” (Terrell Kent Holmes – AllAboutJazz on Play Room 1. Odd Times (Steve LaSpina)2. Destiny (Steve LaSpina)3. Aberration (Steve LaSpina)4. Beyond (Steve LaSpina)5. Possibility (Steve LaSpina)6. Up (Steve LaSpina)7. Sunday (Steve LaSpina)8. Frags (Steve LaSpina) UPC/EAN: 716043171422 … Continue reading

Don Braden, Stephen Riley, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery – Jam Session Vol. 30 (SCCD 31700)

Vol. 30 marks the last and completion of SteepleChase Jam Session series which started 12 years ago featuring many of the talented instrumentalists of younger (and old, too) generation on the New York scene. Derek Taylor of AAJ-NY sums up the significance of this series, “ As long as there is jazz, jam sessions will continue to be the glue that holds the art form together. It’s a dyed-in-the-wool tradition in the music and a primary means by which it evolves. These conclaves of like-minded players draw enthusiastically on the best traits of the practice. The days when giants like Bean, Bags, Jaws and Jug frequented after hours haunts, blowing … Continue reading

Jim Snidero, Dave Pietro, Mike DiRubbo – Jam Session Vol. 29 (SCCD 31685)

“… SteepleChase producer Nils Winther's interest in documenting spontaneous meetings of talented musicians deserves praise, demanding single takes and no rehearsals to keep the music fresh and the players on their toes …” (Ken Dryden on Vols.17 & 18 – AllAbout Jazz) 1. Matador (Grant Green)2. Whispering High (Andy LaVerne)3. Desolate Shore (Andy LaVerne)4. Easy To Remember (Richard Rodgers)5. Soul Eyes (Mal Waldron)6. Theme For Ernie (Fred Lacey)7. Little B's Poem (Bobby Hutcherson)8. Samba De Stacy (William Boone)9. Firewire (Andy LaVerne) UPC/EAN: 716043168521 … Continue reading

John Tchicai – In Monk’s Mood (SCCD 31675)

1. Monk's Mood (Thelonious Monk)2. Coming On The Hudson (Thelonious Monk)3. Light Blue (Thelonious Monk)4. Ugly Beauty (Thelonious Monk)5. Round About Midnight (Thelonious Monk)6. Cool Copy (John Tchicai)7. Easy Street (Jones)8. Ruby My Dear (Thelonious Monk)9. Aks Him Now (John Tchicai)10. Monk's Mood (Thelonious Monk) UPC/EAN: 716043167524 … Continue reading

Steve Davis, Conrad Herwig, Rich Perry – Jam Session Vol. 28 (SCCD 31660)

“ In the jazz tradition, the jam session played and continues to play a vital role in the musical community. In that spirit, Steeplechase, a label built on tradition, has come up with a jam session series, pairing veteran players with up-and-comers as a way of spreading the word about musicians on the label .” (Matthew Miller/allaboutjazz –on Vol. 19) 1. Why Do I Love You? (Jerome Kern)2. Help Is On The Way (Andy LaVerne)3. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)4. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harry Arlen)5. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Jule Styne)6. Jamboree (Andy LaVerne)7. Two And One (Andy LaVerne)8. Birdlike (Freddie Hubbard) UPC/EAN: 716043166022 … Continue reading

Steve LaSpina – Moments (SCCD 31642)

Allaboutjazz’s Elliott Simon remarked on LaSpina’s 2004 album “Remember When”, “ There can be something very special about a bassist-led session. Perhaps it is their knowledge of both time and melody that, when coupled with the rich emotional sound of their instrument, results in some of the most creative jazz ….” Once again Steve LaSpina through his sophisticated writing is presenting here an exceptional work. 1. Sometime Soon (Steve LaSpina)2. Tuesday Too (Steve LaSpina)3. Slow Down (Steve LaSpina)4. It's Just A Riff In G (Steve LaSpina)5. Life In No Lane (Steve LaSpina)6. You (Steve LaSpina)7. Moments (Steve LaSpina)8. Why (Steve LaSpina)9. In Place Of (Steve LaSpina) UPC/EAN: 716043164226 … Continue reading

Conrad Herwig, Ed Xiques, Jay Brandford – Jam Session Vol. 26 (SCCD 31640)

Steeplechase producer Nils Winther’s interest in documenting spontaneous meetings of talented musicians deserves praise, demanding single takes and no rehearsals to keep the music fresh and the players on their toes. (Ken Dryden on Jam Session vol. 17 & 18 – allabout jazz) 1. Alone Together (Arthur Schwartz)2. I Thought About You (Jimmy Van Heusen)3. Triplicate (Andy LaVerne)4. In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington)5. Left Alone (Mal Waldron)6. People Time (Benny Carter)7. The Blues Walk (Clifford Brown)8. You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Brown/Kahn)9. It's You Or No One (Jule Styne) UPC/EAN: 716043164028 … Continue reading

Marcus Printup, Joe Magnarelli, Ryan Kisor – Jam Session Vol. 25 (SCCD 31639)

1. Three And One (Thad Jones)2. Triple Talk (Andy LaVerne)3. Scandia Skies (Kenny Dorham)4. My One And Only Love (Mellin/Woods)5. Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans)6. Imagination (Jimmy Van Heusen)7. Impromptu (Andy LaVerne)8. Ca-Lee-So (Lee Morgan)9. Take The Coltrane (Duke Ellington) UPC/EAN: 716043163922 … Continue reading

Conrad Herwig, Wycliffe Gordon, Vincent Gardner – Jam Session Vol. 23 (SCCD 31624)

“ In the jazz tradition, the jam session played and continues to play a vital role in the musical community. In that spirit, Steeplechase, a label built on tradition, has come up with a jam session series, pairing veteran players with up-and-comers as a way of spreading the word about musicians on the label.” (Matthew Miller – Allabout jazz). 1. Mamacita (Joe Henderson)2. Kin Folks (Lee Morgan)3. Undecided (Charlie Shavers)4. Tenderly (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Born To Be Blue (Mel Torme)6. You Know I Care (Duke Pearsson)7. Note Worthy (Andy LaVerne)8. Short Story (Kenny Dorham)9. Lover Come Back To Me (Sigmund Romberg) UPC/EAN: 716043162420 … Continue reading

Loren Stillman – Trio Alto Volume One (SCCD 31604)

One year after his impressive SteepleChase leadership debut of 2005 (SCCD 31586 “Brothers’ Breakfast”) young altoist Loren Stillman came back to studio with veterans Steve LaSpina and Jeff Hirschfield to launch his trio series with his usual ease and confidence. 1. Long Ago And Far Away (Jerome Kern)2. Turn Out The Stars (Bill Barron)3. Red Cross (Charlie Parker)4. The State Of The World (Loren Stillman)5. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)6. Time Remembered (Bill Barron)7. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter)8. Body And Soul (John Coltrane)9. The Touch Of Your Lips (Ray Noble) UPC/EAN: 716043160426 … Continue reading