Dick Oatts – Gratitude (SCCD 31653)

In this long-waited leader album in six years Dick Oatts again reveals himself as an uncompromising and phenomenal jazz musician. In reviewing Oatts’ previous release “South Paw” (SCCD 31511) Owen Cordle of JazzTimes wrote, “ … Longtime lead alto man with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Oatts comes from the Paul Desmond-Lee Konitz school of saxophone playing. But a sweet sound and a cerebral approach to improvising comprise only part of his style. There's also a trim muscularity in his tone and lines. And the lines can be quite angular and oblique at times. I don't hear any other alto man playing with all these qualities these days . …” 1. … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – N. Y. C.ats (SCCD 31394)

SCCD 31394 N. Y. C.ats / Ronnie Cuber Quintet “… Today <Ronnie Cuber> is among the few leading exponents of bop baritone and for many he remains the most exciting and listenable of the lot with his huge sound, adroit agility and harmonic awareness…His music is jaunty, robust and passionate…We do not look to Ronnie Cuber for genteel, gentle or polite back ground music. To him we turn for gut-wrenching, virile sounds that express a relish for living and a defiant optimism which take the ears by storm …” (Mark Gardner) 1. Mirage (Ronnie Cuber)2. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Duke Ellington)3. Mimosa (George Benson)4. Humacao (Ronnie Cuber)5. … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – The Greeting (SCCD 31387)

SCCD 31387 The Greeting / Dave Stryker Quintet Following the highly acclaimed big band recording NOMAD (SCCD 31371 ), SteepleChase recording artist Dave Stryker is presenting now a quintet without horn to put his guitar up front exploring different rhythms and music from different places as well as jazz. 1. Armageddon (Wayne Shorter)2. The greeting (Dave Stryker)3. Song for Lesley (Dave Stryker)4. Serengeti (Dave Stryker)5. Spirit in the wind (Dave Stryker)6. One for Will (Dave Stryker)7. Azzara (Dave Stryker)8. Requiem/As we used to sing (Dave Stryker) UPC/EAN: 716043138722 … Continue reading