Dave Stryker – Blue To The Bone IV (SCCD 31755)

SCCD 31755 Dave Stryker "Blue to the Bone IV” Dave Stryker’s music is deeply rooted in blues, having performed with Jack McDuff in the 80s and Stanley Tarentine in the 90s. Dave’s special blend of jazz and blues culminated first time in 1996 in the form of “ Blue To The Bone I ” (SCCD 31400). Since then the project has become a popular on-going series. The fourth addition features Stryker’s regular organ trio (Jared Gold on B-3 and McClenty Hunter on drums). “ There are solid solos from all hands throughout the album,…. Based on the personnel and the feeling of these performances, I'd like to catch this group … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner – The Good Book Chapter Three (SCCD 31741)

Since his highly successful debut album “Elbow Room” SCCD 31580 – “… a top-flight maiden voyage for Gardner .” (Terrell Kent Holmes – AAJ) in 2006 trombonist/composer/arranger Vincent Gardner has been pursuing to compile series of theme albums based on great compositions from the past. This third chapter, a book of Bebop showcases again Vincent’s unique talent as arranger and his musicality to reflect that exciting era of jazz’s history 70 years ago. “ a unique flavor, a quality that pretty much permeates the entire disc. This, of course, elevates the recital beyond your typical tribute album and bodes well for Gardner's further development as an individualist with something important … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner – The Good Book Chapter Two (SCCD 31719)

Trombonist/arranger/bandleader Vincent Gardner compiles the second chapter to follow the successful The Good Book Chapter One (SCCD 31616) which prompted Andrew Hovan of All About Jazz to comment; “… trombonist Vincent Gardner is a very likely candidate for the category of talent seeing of wider recognition….This, of course, elevates the recital beyond your typical tribute album and bodes well for Gardner’s further development as an individual with something important to say .” 1. A Servant Of The People (Marcus Roberts)2. Calypso (Kenny Barron)3. 466-64 (Freedom Fighters) (Jeremy Pelt)4. Speak Low (Kurt Weil)5. Like A Son (Jimmy Heath)6. Love Letters (Victor Young)7. The Paper Chase (Anthony Wonsey) UPC/EAN: 716043171927 … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner – Three-Five (SCCD 31671)

The elite trombonist of the younger generation Vincent Gardner assmbles sextet for his forth album on the lable to showcase his enoumus talent as arranger. “… Gardner is an impressive, well-rounded trombonist, fleet and nimble in a boppish uptempo zone and blessed with vocalistlike expressivity when elegance is required .” (Josef Woodard – JazzTimes on Gardner’s debut album “Elbowroom” SCCD 31580) “… trombonist Vincent Garner is a very likely candidate for the category of talent seeking of wider recognition. As a follow-up to his debut set Elbow Room (Steeplechase, 2006), this effort not only sheds light on his skills as a trombonist but also reminds us of the musical legacies … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner – Vin-Slidin’ (SCCD 31646)

Josef Woodard of allaboutjazz commented on Vincent Gardner’s Elbow Room album (SCCD 31580),“ Gardner is an impressive, well-rounded trombonist, fleet and nimble in a boppish uptempo zone and blessed with vocalistlike expressivity when elegance is required……..He deserves the spotlight .” 1. Teaneck (Nat Adderley)2. Pensativa (Clare Fischer)3. For Heaven's Sake (Meyer/Brown/Edwards)4. Ko Ko (Charlie Parker)5. Rocks In My Bed (Duke Ellington)6. Wildflower (Wayne Shorter)7. Just One Of Those Things (Cole Porter) UPC/EAN: 716043164622 … Continue reading

Conrad Herwig, Wycliffe Gordon, Vincent Gardner – Jam Session Vol. 23 (SCCD 31624)

“ In the jazz tradition, the jam session played and continues to play a vital role in the musical community. In that spirit, Steeplechase, a label built on tradition, has come up with a jam session series, pairing veteran players with up-and-comers as a way of spreading the word about musicians on the label.” (Matthew Miller – Allabout jazz). 1. Mamacita (Joe Henderson)2. Kin Folks (Lee Morgan)3. Undecided (Charlie Shavers)4. Tenderly (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Born To Be Blue (Mel Torme)6. You Know I Care (Duke Pearsson)7. Note Worthy (Andy LaVerne)8. Short Story (Kenny Dorham)9. Lover Come Back To Me (Sigmund Romberg) UPC/EAN: 716043162420 … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner – The Good Book Chapter One (SCCD 31616)

SCCD 31616Vincent Gardner ”The Good Book One ” Vincent Gardner follows up his highly successful SteepleChase inaugural “Elbow Room” (SCCD 31580) – “An impressive debut as a leader” (Terrell Kent Holmes- allaboutJazz) with this exciting collections of Frank Foster /Horace Silver tunes. 1. Love Handles (Frank Foster)2. The African Queen (Horace Silver)3. Shiny Stockings (Frank Foster)4. Mo' Joe (Joe Henderson)5. The house that love built (Frank Foster)6. Sean's Jones Comes Down (Frank Foster)7. Que Pasa? (Horace Silver)8. C. P. W. (Frank Foster) UPC/EAN: 716043161621 … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner, Danny Kirkham, Andre Hayward – Jam Session Vol. 20 (SCCD 31602)

On previous SteepleChase Jam Session series, CD Review’s Rick Finlay wrote, “… SteepleChase’s series of jam sessions drawing together the cream of the contemporary jazz world makes a refreshing change these days. ….highly recommended .” 1. K. D.'s Motion (Kenny Dorham)2. Fried Bananas (Dexter Gordon)3. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)4. You Don't Know What Love Is (DePaul/Raye)5. Starcrossed Lover (Duke Ellington)6. Seven Steps To Heaven (Victor Feldman)7. Voyage (Kenny Barron) UPC/EAN: 716043160228 … Continue reading

Vincent Gardner – Elbow Room (SCCD 31580)

“…Vincent Gardner has definitely arrived as a force to be reckoned with and merits all the elbow room he and his fluent trombone can find!” (Mark Gardner) 1. DoomZoom (Vincent Gardner)2. Snake Charmin' (Vincent Gardner)3. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Jule Styne)4. Can You Read My Mind (Bricusse/Williams)5. Four And One (Thelonious Monk)6. Blubber (Vincent Gardner)7. W. M. II (Vincent Gardner)8. Relaxin' At Carmarillo (Charlie Parker)9. Liberia (John Coltrane) UPC/EAN: 716043158027 … Continue reading

Christian Winther – Blue Function (SCCD 31562)

Another new Danish saxophone star, presently a resident of New Orleans, makes his first entry to SteepleChase catalog with this refreshing album of standard and original materials superbly executed. Christian Winther not only fulfilled his boyhood dream of becoming a jazz musician but also became an important voice on the New Orleans scene, where his dream started. He was nominated as “the best upcoming musician” of contemporary jazz by Offbeat Magazine in 2003. 1. High Ground (Christian Winther)2. Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller)3. Reflections (Thelonious Monk)4. The Redeemer (Christian Winther)5. Limehouse Blues (Phillip Broham)6. Train Song (Christian Winther)7. When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Rene/Muse)8. Worry Later (Thelonious Monk)9. Word Of … Continue reading