Dave Stryker – Blue To The Bone IV (SCCD 31755)

SCCD 31755 Dave Stryker "Blue to the Bone IV” Dave Stryker’s music is deeply rooted in blues, having performed with Jack McDuff in the 80s and Stanley Tarentine in the 90s. Dave’s special blend of jazz and blues culminated first time in 1996 in the form of “ Blue To The Bone I ” (SCCD 31400). Since then the project has become a popular on-going series. The fourth addition features Stryker’s regular organ trio (Jared Gold on B-3 and McClenty Hunter on drums). “ There are solid solos from all hands throughout the album,…. Based on the personnel and the feeling of these performances, I'd like to catch this group … Continue reading

Charles Sullivan, Conrad Herwig, Steve Slagle, Gary Smulyan – Jam Session Vol. 11 (SCCD 31566)

SteepleChase’ ongoing series of jam sessions expands its format on this 11 th volume to septet with two brass and two reeds. Among the featured soloists Charles Sullivan (aka Kamau Muata Adilifu) may need a spherical mentioning here as this is one of his rare recording appearances.since the late 80s. On previous SteepleChase Jam Session series, CD Review’s Rick Finlay wrote, “… SteepleChase’s series of jam sessions drawing together the cream of the contemporary jazz world makes a refreshing change these days. ….highly recommended .” 1. First Born (Conrad Herwig)2. Step Lightly (Joe Henderson)3. Chick's Tune (Chuck Corea)4. Song For My Father (Horace Silver)5. I've Just Seen Her (Duke Ellington)6. … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Shades Beyond (SCCD 31559)

This is a sequel to Stryker’s highly successful nine-piece band Miles tribute “Shades of Miles” (SCCD 31480). With a smaller ensemble (quintet) this time the music originally inspired by Miles Davis took on a life of its own. About “Shades of Miles” (SCCD 31480), Bob Protzman of St Paul Pioneer Press wrote, “Even with the recent massive reissuing of Miles’ recordings form the late 1960s and early 70s, this is an album very much worth hearing.” And Derek Day of JazzReview, “ A convincing record, one that breathes new life into a tried and tested formula….” 1. Easy Does It (Steve Slagle)2. Petals (David Berkman)3. Persimmon (Dave Stryker)4. Two Twenty … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Blue To The Bone II (SCCD 31465)

1. Rockin' in rhythm (Duke Ellington)2. Goin' to New Orleans – introduction (Dave Stryker)3. Goin' to new Orleans (Dave Stryker)4. Sittin' on top of the world (Howlin' Wolf)5. 24 for Elvin (Dave Stryker)6. Mystery street (Dave Stryker)7. The squeeze (Dave Stryker)8. Mood (Dave Stryker)9. Mug shot (Steve Slagle) UPC/EAN: 716043146529 … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Blue To The Bone III (SCCD 31524)

SCCD 31524 Dave Stryker/Blue To The Bone III 1. Stan's shuffle (Stanley Turrentine)2. Complicity (Dave Stryker)3. Crazy house (Steve Slagle)4. If 6 was 9 (Jimi Hendrix)5. For Jack & T (Dave Stryker)6. Going home (Dave Stryker)7. So long Eric (Charles Mingus)8. Soulful Mr. Timmons (James Williams)9. Doin' the bone (Dave Stryker) UPC/EAN: 716043152421 … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Changing Times (SCCD 31510)

SCCD 31510 Changing Times / Dave Stryker Quintet Recorded at the end of the millennium, Dave Stryker’s latest release (13 th on SteepleChase label) presents a collection of his intriguing original compositions with some different time signatures, perhaps inspired by the times that are changing. “… Changing Times reflects not only the growth of one of jazz’s most exceptional performers but also captures the feelings of working musicians through compositions presaging the future as we head into the new millennium .” (Jim Eigo) 1. Changing times (Dave Stryker)2. Big mouth (Dave Stryker)3. Different worlds (Dave Stryker)4. Capetown (Dave Stryker)5. Julia (John Lennon)6. Circular scene (Dave Stryker)7. Invocation (Steve Slagle)8. Rhythm … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Shades Of Miles (SCCD 31480)

SCCD 31480 Shades Of Miles / Dave Stryker Dave Stryker, who is ever striving to meet a new challenge, re-examines here on his 12 th album on the label, the impact of Miles Davis’ music from the late 60s. Based on the sound and format of Miles’ “Bitches Brew” period, Stryker creates intriguing music of his own. In the linernotes, renowned tenorman David Liebman comments, ”… Dave Stryker and his band have created a wonderful and joyous palette of sound for you to enjoy with the ghost of the Prince of Darkness looming in the shadows. I could imagine Miles listening and voicing his approval of this recording. Enjoy!! ” … Continue reading

Steve Slagle – Alto Blue (SCCD 31416)

SCCD 31416 Alto Blue / Steve Slagle Quartet This is the third alto-trumpet quartet recording Steve Slagle has made for SteepleChase and the first one with all the settings in blues. As Steve puts it, “ You know, when you get to the bare bones, what you hit is the blues …”. 1. Blues not to lose (Steve Slagle)2. Hail-Bop (Steve Slagle)3. Full moon (Dave Stryker)4. Jaco time (Steve Slagle)5. Detour ahead (Carter/Ellis/Frigo)6. Peacefully (Steve Slagle)7. Jump Monk (Charles Mingus)8. The midget (Lee Morgan) UPC/EAN: 716043141623 … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Nomad (SCCD 31371)

SCCD 31371 Nomad / Dave Stryker with the Bill Warfield Big Band A very special new album by Dave Stryker, who conceived the idea of recording with a big band when this New York-based Warfield Big Band began playing his tunes. “ With this project we were trying to break some new ground by putting the guitar in front of a big band. It was a thrill to hear my compositions expanded to this format. I owe a big thanks to Bill Warfield and all the great musicians who contributed ….” (Dave Stryker) “…. Showcasing the guitar within the context of a jumping big band has never been better achieved … Continue reading