Burak Bedikyan “Awakening” (SCCD 33129)

SCCD 33129 Burak Bedikyan “Awakening” Being a former classical pianist, Turkish-born Burak Bedikyan employs his enormous technical proficiency to elaborate his compositions here on this third album to illustrate the new depth in his creativity. “…his exponential growth as a performer, composer and arranger is chronicled with one of the finest releases for 2013 in Circle of Life …” (Brent Black – Bob-N-Jazz on SCCD33109 Circle of Life) LOREN STILLMAN alto saxophone BURAK BEDIKYAN piano LOREN STILLMAN alto & soprano saxophone UGONNA OKEGWO bass DONALD EDWARDS drums Recorded December 2015 1 Idée Fixe 7:06 2 Mother Earth 8:53 3 All Alone 7:47 4 Unfair Blues 6:06 5 Awakening 8:30 6 … Continue reading

Dick Oatts – Two Hearts (SCCD 31694)

Dick Oatts, as shown in his “Standard Issue” (SCCD 31439) and its squeal “Standard Issue volume 2 (SCCD 31482), cherishes tunes from the great American songwriters of the 20 th century. For this new album Dick Oatts compiles a collection of evergreen “love songs” mostly written in the 40s. “…. 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 … Continue reading

Peter Zak – The Decider (SCCD 31690)

Peter Zak has chosen for this his sixth album a quartet format for the first time. Saxophonist Walt Weiskopf who works regularly with Peter Zak enhances Zak’s imaginative and intelligent approach to music. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio wrote for AllAboutJazz-NY, “ For Tomorrow (SCCD 31592 ) is chameleonic to the point of being startling. It is organic and tight, with no loose chords and no loose strings. It's the sort of satisfaction for pure spontaneity that setting your iPod on shuffle would never justly accomplish. You find yourself tapping your foot long after the last note is played, and the resonance is as striking as the music.” 1. The Decider (Peter … Continue reading

Jed Levy – One Night At The Kitano (SCCD 31669)

Saxophonist Jed Levy took his group to the Kitano Hotel bar-lounge, one of the hippest live spots on Park Avenue in New York City to make this exciting live recording in September 2008. On Jed’s previous album “ Evans Exploration” SCCD 31648 Elliott Simon Of Allaboutjazz wrote, “… Levy succeeds remarkably well through his own impressionistic gentle touch, …. This is a unique depiction of Evans' songbook .” 1. A Great Week (Jed Levy)2. Fallen Eagle (Jed Levy)3. Reversible You (Jed Levy)4. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing (Billy Strayhorn)5. Limited Means (Jed Levy)6. Match Point (Jed Levy)7. Blues Excerpt (Jed Levy) UPC/EAN: 716043166923 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Talk Of The Town (SCCD 31668)

One his 10th leader album Ari Ambrose finds himself in His most comfortable and creative setting of a piano-less Trio which reminds us of his formidable debut album “Introducing Ari Ambrose” (SCCD 31450). JazzTimes’ Will Smith commented on Ari’s previous CD “Whatever Happens” (SCCD 31617), “ The word retro is almost too new-school when dealing with the stylistic expressions of tenor saxophonist Ari Ambrose. With so many of the young tenor voices continuing to follow John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins or turning toward free-form abstraction, it’s refreshing to find Ambrose employing the tradition, taking it back and bringing it forward. If nothing else, he, … (is) offering something different in … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Whatever Happens (SCCD 31617)

SCCD 31617Ari Ambrose “Whatever Happens” Since embarking on a “burgeoning creative career” (Chuck Berg – JazzTimes) with his debut album “Introducing Ari Ambrose” in 1998 Ambrose has kept critics and fans positively surprised with his ever-evolving performances. In this latest album we discover the tenorman’s romantic side. 1. No More (Lucky Thompson)2. More Than You Know (Youmans/Rose/Eliscu)3. Whatever Happens (Ari Ambrose)4. I'm Glad There Is You (Madeira/Dorsey)5. Luna (Ari Ambrose)6. Emily (Johnny Mandel)7. Unknown Side (Ari Ambrose)8. Don't Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh)9. Like Someone In Love (Jimmy Van Heusen) UPC/EAN: 716043161720 … Continue reading

Jed Levy – Gateway (SCCD 31606)

When reviewing Levy’s previous release SCCD 31579 “ Mood Ellington”, BBC Music Magazine’s Richard Cook wrote, “… Levy offers one of the richest tenor sounds in contemporary jaz z…” 1. Life Of Riley (Jed Levy)2. Irony (Jed Levy)3. Gateway (Jed Levy)4. Lost April (Newman/Spencer/DeLange)5. Positivity (Jed Levy)6. Chorale (Jed Levy)7. How Am I To Know (Jack King)8. Afterthought Blues (Jed Levy)9. Carillon (Jed Levy) UPC/EAN: 716043160624 … Continue reading

Ari Ambrose – Waiting (SCCD 31560)

Since his sensational debut CD in 1999 Ari Ambrose has received incredible amount of acclaims. To quote a few: “….Ambrose is a star on the rise.” (Chris Hovan, Jazzreview.com), “…Ari Ambrose steps to the fore as a fully formed stylist…also a writer of substance.” (Chuck Berg, JazzTimes), “…a first class young musician…” (Eddie Blackwell, Jazz Journal), “…Ambrose is striving mightily to have his voice be heard and recognized on its own merits…” (Derek Taylor, one final note), “…a very satisfying and fascinating album from a very fine player…” (Mike Rogers, JazzReview). On this his 7 th album Ari expertly leads his quintet to display his ever-evolving creativity. 1. Milestones (Miles … Continue reading

Sam Newsome – This Masquerade (SCCD 31503)

SCCD 31503 The Masquerade/ Sam Newsome Quartet Though Sam Newsome started out as a tenor/alto saxophonist, he has always been attracted to the sound of soprano saxophone, noting “ The sound of the soprano allows me to be more lyrical and express what I hear .” As a soprano saxophonist, Newsome made a compelling debut album in 1998 entitled “The Tender Side of Sammy Straighthorn” (SCCD 31452). On this new album Mark Gardner remarks, “ Sam’s soprano tone is becoming even more individual. Every note is beautifully enunciated, and while the shape of his improvisations benefits from his expressive ease, he can add an edge to his sound whenever he … Continue reading

Sam Newsome – The Tender Side of Sammy Straighthorn (SCCD 31452)

1. Victoria's secret (Sam Newsome)2. The tender side of Sammy Straighthorn (Sam Newsome)3. Autumn leaves (Joseph Kosma)4. 12 bars from hell (Sam Newsome)5. Lullaby of Takeda (Sam Newsome)6. The dumpness of Nyack (Sam Newsome)7. All the things you are (Jerome Kern) UPC/EAN: 716043145225 … Continue reading