Andy Fusco “Joy-Riding” (SCCD 31831)

New Releases April 2017 Shipping April 5 SCCD 31831 Andy Fusco “Joy-Riding” Veteran alto saxophonist Andy Fusco, despite his long-time active career which had begun with the 5-year tenure with the Buddy Rich Big Band in the late 70s, has been notoriously under-recorded as a leader. His SteepleChase debut album last year “Whirlwind” SCCD 31811, though it took 12 years before its release, has marked the new era for the virtuoso instrumentalist. Here on his new album (only one year has passed since the last one) Fusco leads his hand-picked band to present a tasteful and full-blooded program. “Whirlwind is one of those rare releases that exceeds craft and competence, … 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

Dick Oatts, Walt Weiskopf, Billy Drewes – Jam Session Vol. 18 (SCCD 31594)

“ Three tenor sax players form the front line for this 18th SteepleChase jam session, and their contrasting styles ensure that no hint of sameness creeps into the proceedings. Dick Oatts, Billy Drewes and Walt Weiskopf are all individual and fluent performers who prove to be compatible playing companions .” (Mark Gardner) 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. Triplicate (Andy LaVerne)2. Elusive And Reclusive (Andy LaVerne)3. I Should Care (Axel Stordahl)4. The Things We Did Last Summer (Jule Styne)5. Angel … Continue reading

Dave Stryker – Nomad (SCCD 31371)

SCCD 31371 Nomad / Dave Stryker with the Bill Warfield Big Band A very special new album by Dave Stryker, who conceived the idea of recording with a big band when this New York-based Warfield Big Band began playing his tunes. “ With this project we were trying to break some new ground by putting the guitar in front of a big band. It was a thrill to hear my compositions expanded to this format. I owe a big thanks to Bill Warfield and all the great musicians who contributed ….” (Dave Stryker) “…. Showcasing the guitar within the context of a jumping big band has never been better achieved … Continue reading