John Hart “Crop Circles“ (SCCD 31865)

SCCD 31865 John Hart “Crop Circles “ Guitarist John Hart has established the status of leading figure in the modern jazz guitar scene with highly acclaimed releases from Blue Note and Concord in the 90s. He has performed and recording with Jack McDuff, Terumasa Hino, Jimmy Smith, and Lou Donaldson, among others, as well as leading his own group. Hart now divides his time between New York and Miami, Florida where he is a lecturer at his alma mater the University of Miami Frost School of Music. “…He’s an amazingly inventive soloist and composer who is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone.” (John Heidt – Vintage Guitar … Continue reading

Bill Gerhardt – Thrive (SCCD 31643)

At this stage of his development, with more than 30 years' playing under his belt, Gerhardt is definitely his own man, compositionally and instrumentally. That is as it should be. First and foremost he considers himself a composer; Cotangent is an outlet for his creations to be heard. At the same time he has evolved his own playing to achieve a personal sound at the keyboard. Mark Gardner (from the linernotes) 1. Roundabout (Bill Gerhardt)2. Sliver Liver (Bill Gerhardt)3. Repeat Beginnings (Bill Gerhardt)4. Esdrainia (Bill Gerhardt)5. Repair (Bill Gerhardt)6. No Fault At All (Bill Gerhardt)7. Thrive (Bill Gerhardt) UPC/EAN: 716043164325 … Continue reading

Bill Gerhardt – Stained Glass (SCCD 31629)

Pianist Bill Gerhardt has been a part of active jazz scene in New York for the past decade with his working band Cotangent with which he makes his leader debut here on the label. Since his impressive sideman appearance on Jed Levy’s “Round And Round” (SCCD 31529) in 2002 Gerhardt has been on the “must record” list of SteepleChase. 1. Visitor (Bill Gerhardt)2. Little Penny (Marc Mommaas)3. Paragraph (Bill Gerhardt)4. Words (Bill Gerhardt)5. Stained Glass (Bill Gerhardt)6. Video Tapes and Lies (Tim Horner)7. Holding Noa (Mike Holstein) UPC/EAN: 716043162925 … Continue reading

Vic Juris – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (SCCD 31553)

The latest outing by one of today’s foremost jazz guitarists features 10 carefully chosen compositions written by 10 outstanding guitarists. Duck Baker of JazzTimes wrote, “ Vic Juris is a versatile and impressively accomplished guitarist. His playing exudes warmth, intelligence and respect for the tradition (on Remembering Eric Dolphy SCCD 31453)…Juris reveals both sensitivity and serious chops…Guitar-watchers should take note of this impressive and adventurous player (on Songbook SCCD 31483) .” 1. Do You Hear The Voices You Left Behind (John McLaughlin)2. Magenta (Dave Stryker)3. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)4. The Visit (Pat Martino)5. Ladies Choice (John Abercrombie)6. Careful (Jim Hall)7. Action (Jimmy Raney)8. Road Song (Wes Montgomery)9. … 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

Joe Locke – Inner Space (SCCD 31380)

31380 Inner Space / Joe Locke Quartet The latest album by the leading vibraphonist of the younger generation Joe Locke is the quartet format in the footprint of MJQ. The Joe Locke Quartet has been working regularly for the past couple of years and the band was in the tip top shape in the recording studio. 1. Django (John Lewis)2. Tripping (Andrew Hill)3. Fly me to the moon (Howard)4. Sanibel Island (Frank Kimbrough)5. Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael)6. Truce (Harvie Swartz)7. Quiet now (Frank Kimbrough)8. Inner space (Chick Corea) UPC/EAN: 716043138029 … Continue reading