Dave Stryker – Keystone (SCCD 31702)

Dave Stryker expands his organ trio of SCCD 31679 “One For Reedus” with the addition of Stephen Riley on tenorsax (and Quincy Davis -drums replacing Steve Williams) here on his latest album. Stryker turned this time-tested traditional swinging formation into a cooking 21 st century version. On Stryker’s 2008 release “Strike Up The Band” (SCCD 31637), Owen Cordle of JazzTimes commented, “…. A fine album, it catches Stryker building long, cliché-free solos. ….The title track sets a high artistic standard for the album, with everyone in a thoughtful frame of mind .” 1. Keystone (Dave Stryker)2. Can't Buy Me Love (John Lennon / Paul McCartney)3. Sentinelese (Dave Stryker)4. Lady Sings … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – One For Reedus (SCCD 31679)

One For Reedus , Dave Stryker’s first recording for the label since the 2003 set “Strike Up The Band” (released in 2008) is also Dave’s return to a format that was so much part of his musical development on moving to New York in the early 1980s – the guitar/organ/drums combination. The Dave Stryker Organ Trio has been a working band for the past several years. This album is dedicated to the band’s great drummer Tony Reedus who passed away early 2009, who was very much involved in this project. “ The album has a definite polish: Nils Winther's production is of a very high quality, and each of the … Continue reading

Shirley Horn – The Garden Of The Blues (SCCD 31203)

SCCD 31203 The Garden Of The Blues / Shirley Horn Trio This is a recording form the concert dedicated to the late songwriter Curtis Lewis who was one of the first black composers and lyricists to emerge on the Broadway scene in the early 40s. “ Shirley Horn has one of the most alluring voices in jazz – she lets the lyrics melt into a violet haze as she slowly unwraps the melody – and she’s an exceptional pianist…a wonderful, moving combination of voice and song .” (Cash Box) 1. Introduction ()2. He's gone again (Curtis Lewis)3. Old country (Curtis Lewis)4. Roaming lover (Curtis Lewis)5. The garden of the blues … Continue reading