Stanley Cowell – Prayer For Peace (SCCD 31704)

One of the greatest American jazz pianists Stanley Cowell has been more active as a dedicated educator than a recording artist in the last 10 years. Cowell now makes his recording comeback to delight us with his finest works. “ After more than a decade away from the recording studios, that fine and highly-regarded pianist/composer Stanley Cowell returns, and at the same time unveils a shining bright talent in his 20-year-old daughter Sunny, a fresh-sounding vocalist and accomplished viola player ….” (Mark Gardner – from the liner notes) 1. When Lights Are Low (Benny Carter)2. Blues For Rama (Stanley Cowell)3. Time Can Only Tell (Sunny Cowell)4. Japanese Tea House (Stanley … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Reality Check (SCCD 31379)

SCCD 31379 Reality Check / Paul Bley Trio “ It is Paul Bley’s steadfast refusal to be typecast, pigeon-holed, static which has kept his mind and music so fresh and vital since the early 1950s. His playing has preserved a sense of mystery. That does not need to be explained – even in this 1990s Reality Check – but should rather be enjoyed for the rare gift which we recognise it to be.” (from the linernotes by Mark Gardner) 1. Reality check (Paul Bley)2. For George (Paul Bley)3. It isn't (Paul Bley)4. Above you (Paul Bley)5. I surrender dear (Barris/Clifford)6. Do something (Paul Bley)7. Swan song (Paul Bley) UPC/EAN: 716043137923 … Continue reading

Paul Bley – Speechless (SCCD 31363)

SCCD 31363 Speechless / Paul Bley Quartet Paul Bley’s latest recording is a rare setting of quartet with the tenorman Perry whose insightful interplay with the leader makes this album something very special. “ Once again, Paul Bley confounds us with his multi-facetted talent, ever restless and searching. What this episodic earful tells us is that he has found a strong voice in Rich Perry that harmonises with his own …” (Mark Gardner) 1. Dropped stitch (Paul Bley)2. Crystal ball (Paul Bley)3. In walked Bud (Thelonious Monk)4. Speechless (Paul Bley)5. Love (Paul Bley)6. Past tense (Paul Bley)7. Beau Didley (Paul Bley)8. Love is (Paul Bley)9. Shorthand (Paul Bley) UPC/EAN: 716043136322 … Continue reading

Rich Perry – Beautiful Love (SCCD 31360)

SCCD 31360 Beautiful Love / Rich Perry Trio Following his successful first recording on SteepleChase SCCD 31331 “To Start Again ”, tenor man Rich Perry selected eight tunes from the classic Broadway/Hollywood repertoire which he approaches from a fresh and creative angle. “… Rich Perry’s music comes at you straight, undiluted, honest, passionate and persuasive. It’s filled with Beautiful Love – and we all need that in our lives …” (Mark Gardner) 1. In love in vain (Jerone Kern)2. Prisoner of love (Columbo/Robin/Gaskill)3. All the things you are (Jerome Kern)4. I fall in love too easily (Jule Styne)5. But not for me (George Gershwin)6. Beautiful love (Victor Young)7. I can't … Continue reading

George Cables – Beyond Forever (SCCD 31305)

SCCD 31305 Beyond Forever / George Cables Quartet “… (Cables) is a very powerful player. He injects an energy and intensity here that starts with the opening bars of the lead tune and sustains it right through to the album’s closer…You will have a perfectly exciting time enjoying this album. Well recommended .” (Paul B. Matthews, Cadence) 1. Lost dreams (George Cables)2. Round about midnight (Thelonious Monk)3. The phantom of the islands (George Cables)4. Beyond forever (George Cables)5. I fall in love too easily (Jule Styne)6. Thermo (Freddie Hubbard)7. Love song (George Cables)8. Evidence (Thelonious Monk)9. Little B's poem (Bobby Hutcherson) UPC/EAN: 716043130528 … Continue reading

Eddie Henderson – Flight Of Mind (SCCD 31284)

SCCD 31284 Flight Of Mind / Eddie Henderson Quintet "…one appreciates the calm lyricism of the trumpeter (and psychiatrist) Eddie Henderson…the logical and consistent play by the leader is backed by the lively and dependable rhythm section." (lé généraliste) 1. Flight of mind (Whitaker)2. Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)3. Eduard (Tambourini)4. Un bel di vedremo (Puccini)5. Lament for Booker (Freddie Hubbard)6. Torre-adore (Steve Torre)7. Portrait of Jenny (Robinson)8. L + M (Williams) UPC/EAN: 716043128426 … Continue reading

Larry Willis – Let’s Play (SCCD 31283)

SCCD 31283 Let's Play / Larry Willis Trio “ Something of a journeyman whose stints with Blood Sweat And Tears and numerous high-profile leaders have kept him involved but out of the spotlight, Willis has come into his own with the fine series of SteepleChases…” (The Penguin Guide To JAZZ) “… Willis displays throughout the disc his sense for nuance and delicacy… he finds himself in the lineage of Wynton Kelly ….a pure pleasure” (J. O. , Jazz in Time) 1. I hear a rhapsody (Fragos/Baker)2. Who can I turn to? (Newley/Bricusse)3. Let's play (Larry Willis)4. No blues (Miles Davis)5. Anne (Santi Debriano)6. The children of Harlem (Larry Willis)7. Bess … Continue reading

Bob Rockwell – Reconstruction (SCCD 31270)

SCCD 31270 Reconstruction / Bob Rockwell Quartet “… the American saxophonist Bob Rockwell on his latest quartet with vibes proves again that he is more than just a solid tenor player. It is evident in his vital yet well-controlled performance, for example on his own ‘Deedle Lum’ or in the simple and unconventional ballad play on ‘Jo’ and ‘How Long Has This Been Going On’ …” (Jørgen Siegumfeldt, Berlingske Tidende) 1. Straight on (Bob Rockwell)2. All or nothing at all (Lawrence/Altman)3. As blues (Ole Rømer)4. Jo (Erik Ørum)5. Deedle lum (Bob Rockwell)6. How long has this been going on (George Gershwin)7. Reconstruction (Bob Rockwell)8. Love eyes (Jan Kaspersen)9. Serenata (L. … Continue reading

Eddie Henderson – Phantoms (SCCD 31250)

SCCD 31250 Phantoms / Eddie Henderson Quintet The master trumpeter from Herbie Hancock’s first band made his first recording for SteepleChase after several years’ absence from the scene. Evolving from the Miles Davis sound of the late 60s Henderson’s playing has developed into a very intriguing personal style. The marvellous rhythm section here includes Joe Locke on vibraphone on his first gig for SteepleChase. “ This must be among his best recordings ….” (Jazz Journal) 1. Beauty in the bambles (Joe Locke)2. Little girl blue (Richard Rodgers)3. Phantoms (Kenny Barron)4. In walked Lila (John Handy)5. Jitterbug waltz (Fats Waller)6. Naima (John Coltrane)7. Dolphin dance (Herbie Hancock)8. Milestones (John Lewis) UPC/EAN: … Continue reading

Bob Rockwell – The Bob Rockwell Trio (SCCD 31242)

SCCD 31242 The Bob Rockwell Trio “… Rockwell plays with the fluency of experience and his exploration of these tunes, especially his soprano work, make this a fair album.” (David Lands, Jazz Journal International) “… Backed by a strong rhythm section, Rockwell’s powerful play gives you plenty of listening pleasure …” (Masamichi Okazaki, Swing Journal) 1. One for Amos (Sam Jones)2. Etoile noire (Jan Kaspersen)3. Nothing's forgotten (Erik Ørum)4. When I fall in love (Victor Young)5. Bird feathers (Charlie Parker)6. Prisoner of love (Columbo/Robin/Gaskill)7. Love walked in (George Gershwin)8. So in love (Cole Porter)9. Blues for Pharoah (Bob Rockwell) UPC/EAN: 716043124220 … Continue reading