Vic Juris – Omega Is The Alpha (SCCD 31696)

After 5 years’ absence since his 2004 output While My Guitar Gently Weeps (SCCD 31553) guitarist Vic Juris comes back here with a strong trio album, his trademark unpredictability intact to surprise us again. His earlier release Remembering Eric Dolphy (SCCD 31453) prompted JazzTimes’ Duck Baker to write, “ Vic Juris is a versatile and impressively accomplished guitarist. His playing exudes warmth, intelligence and respect for the tradition. AAJ-NY’s Andrew Hoven also commented, “ As a significant statement of its own by guitarist Vic Juris and his sympathetic ensemble, Remembering Eric Dolphy is an undeniable success. As the tribute affair its title suggests it proves to be far more illusive….. … Continue reading

Steve LaSpina – Moments (SCCD 31642)

Allaboutjazz’s Elliott Simon remarked on LaSpina’s 2004 album “Remember When”, “ There can be something very special about a bassist-led session. Perhaps it is their knowledge of both time and melody that, when coupled with the rich emotional sound of their instrument, results in some of the most creative jazz ….” Once again Steve LaSpina through his sophisticated writing is presenting here an exceptional work. 1. Sometime Soon (Steve LaSpina)2. Tuesday Too (Steve LaSpina)3. Slow Down (Steve LaSpina)4. It's Just A Riff In G (Steve LaSpina)5. Life In No Lane (Steve LaSpina)6. You (Steve LaSpina)7. Moments (Steve LaSpina)8. Why (Steve LaSpina)9. In Place Of (Steve LaSpina) UPC/EAN: 716043164226 … Continue reading

Gary Versace – Reminiscence (SCCD 31631)

The third leader album of Versace finds him in an outgoing and energetic trio setting with Vic Juris and Adam Nussbaum. On his previous album “Many Places” (SCCD 31589) Matthew Miller of all-about-jazz remarks, “ The truly astonishing aspect of Versace’s talent is the potent mix of virtuosity and musicality he brings in equal measure to each performance. In the hands of a lesser musician the B3 can easily overwhelm any musical setting, but Versace’s ear and infallible sensibility seem to always lead him in the right musical direction.” 1. Hindsight (Cedar Walton)2. For Bill (Gary Versace)3. Thelonious (Thelonious Monk)4. Alone And I (Herbie Hancock)5. For McCoy (Gary Versace)6. Prism … 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

Steve LaSpina – Remember When (SCCD 31540)

Since his first leader album (SCCD 31313 “New Horizon”) in 1992 bassist/composer/leader Steve LaSpina has been acclaimed both as composer and performer for his consistently creative releases on SteepleChase. The latest release “Remember When”, as Mark Gardner describes in the linernotes, “… constitute a recital of rare balance in which heartfelt emotions and poignancy are ever present. ” “… Persistently inventive writing …” “…LaSpina’s originals are deliciously songful ” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz) “ As a bassist, LaSpina evokes a wonderful sound, bent to the task by a solid time concept and intonation. That his understanding of the instrument is comprehensive comes through loud and clear …” (Bill Bennett, … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Songbook 2 (SCCD 31516)

SCCD 31516 Songbook2 / Vic Juris Trio A sequel to SCCD 31483 Songbook which was remarked by Mark Gardner as “…. Vic’s most powerful and compelling series of jazz statements, summing up his 35 years’ involvement with the guitar… ” displays again Vic’s “ unpredictable lyricism ” (Jim Ferguson, JazzTimes) and “… une belle fluidité et un joli sens de la mélodie…� (Domi Truffandier, Jazz Hot). On this second volume Juris selects gems of jazz compositions with startling beauty.� 1. Long ago and far away (Jerome Kern)2. Poor butterfly (John L. Golden/Raymond Hubbel)3. Django (John Lewis)4. Swedish pastry (Barney Kessel)5. You won't forget me (Goell/Spielman)6. Gloria's step (Scott LaFaro)7. Giant … Continue reading

Marc Copland, Vic Juris – Double Play (SCCD 31509)

SCCD 31509 – Marc Copeland/Vic Juris – "Dou b le Play" – A double play in baseball usually involves three players making two outs. Here you have two excellent musicians in Marc Copeland (piano), and Vic Juris (guitar) covering 10 incredible compositions and making good music. This duet renders heartfelt renditions on tunes like Gershwin's "I loves you Porgy", "Who Can I Turn To" (Newley/Bricusse), Cole Porter's "I Concentrate on You" in addition to several originals. Copeland's debut duet CD for SteepleChase w/ Tim Hagans (tpt, fluglehorn), SCCD 31488 "Between the Lines" has met with praise from listeners everywhere and received a 5-star rating from the French Diapason magazine. Juris, … Continue reading

Steve LaSpina – The Bounce (SCCD 31502)

SCCD 31502 The Bounce / Steve LaSpina Quintet Since 1992 composer/bassist Steve LaSpina has been regularly releasing leader albums with consistently high quality. For his 7 th CD on SteepleChase Steve returned to the studio with the same group as his 1997 recording of “When Children Smile” (SCCD 31410) of which JazzTimes’ reviewer Bill Bennett wrote, “ This is an impressively thoughtful offering from a bassist often found in the company of thoughtful musicians. As a bassist, LaSpina evokes a wonderful sound, bent to the task by a solid time concept and intonation… .” 1. The bounce (Steve LaSpina)2. Only now (Steve LaSpina)3. My one and only love (Mellin/Woods)4. Seven … Continue reading

Vic Juris – Songbook (SCCD 31483)

SCCD 31483 Songbook / Vic Juris Trio “ A keen technician ” who loves “ to vary the pace on all of his own albums ” (The Penguin Guide to Jazz On CD), Vic Juris chose here on this his latest recording for SteepleChase the spare and challenging trio format. Together with his long time friends and partners bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, Juris found a new artistic horizon. “ The outcome is arguably Vic’s most powerful and compelling series of jazz statements, summing up his 35 years’ involvement with the guitar .” (Mark Gardner -linernotes) 1. Billie's bounce (Charlie Parker)2. I won't dance (Jerome Kern)3. Luiza (Antonio … Continue reading