Olegario Diaz “I Remember Chet” (SCCD 31853)

SCCD 31853 Olegario Diaz “I Remember Chet”

Venezuela-born pianist/composer Olegario Diaz has since 2011 been presenting handful of quality recordings with firm roots in post-bop. Diaz has also published quite a few books on music and musicians. He produced this album, his 5th release to portray Chet Baker as he might write a book about the great artist.

From Juan Sebastian Bar in Caracas to all the great joints in New York, Los Angeles … and the rest of the jazz world, to great open sky concerts, theatres and festivals, Olegario´s groups always give us ¨Something To Remember¨… good jazz! …” (John N. De Souza – Jazz Y Algo Más, Miami, Fl.)

OLEGARIO DIAZ piano
ALEX SIPIAGIN trumpet, flugelhorn
SEAMUS BLAKE tenor saxophone
SCOTT COLLEY bass
BILL STEWART drums

Recorded May 2017

1 EVERYTHING I LOVE (Cole Porter) 6:24
2 STAR EYES (Gene DePaul, Don Raye) 6:54
3 YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO (Cole Porter) 7:12
4 I REMEMBER CHET (Olegario Diaz) 7:30
5 YOU’VE CHANGED (Carl Fischer) 6:36
6 BERNIE’S TUNE (Bernie Miller) 6:37
7 RISE AND FALL BAKER (Olegario Diaz) 5:23
8 CTA (Jimmy Heath) 5:50
9 OH YOU CRAZY MOON (Jimmy Van Heusen) 6:58
10 JUST FRIENDS (John Klenner) 5:33

Total Playing Time 64:55

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Gary Smulyan “Alternative Contrafacts” (SCCD 31844)

SCCD 31844 Gary Smulyan “Alternative Contrafacts”

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan brings here his trademark “contrafacts” (a music making method that shares the chord progressions with other compositions) approach to this first SteepleChase leader outing challenging us (maybe?) to guess the tunes he is employing.

Smulyan whose professional career took shape by joining Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herds at age 22 (1978) has won Critics’ and Readers’ Poll awards numerous times by Downbeat and JazzTimes, among others.

England’s Penguin Guide to Jazz once described Smulyan as “the leading American exponent of post-bop baritone”.

GARY SMULYAN baritone saxophone
DAVID WONG bass
RODNEY GREEN drums

Recorded April 2017

1 VODKA (Mal Waldron) 7:34
2 DEEP PEOPLE (Jimmy Guiffre) 5:24
3 TALE OF THE FINGERS (Paul Chambers) 5:42
4 COHN PONE (Al Cohn/Nick Travis) 6:32
5 MOODAMORPHOSIS (Gil Fuller, Dave Burns) 7:10
6 AHMA SEE YA Ted Curson) 7:46
7 I’VE CHANGED (Gary Smulyan) 5:22
8 ON THE MINUTE (John Eardley) 6:00
9 HANID (Coleman Hawkins) 7:35

Total Playing Time 59:09

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Chris Byars “New York City Jazz” (SCCD 31842)

SCCD 31842 Chris Byars “New York City Jazz”

Chris Byars, the award winning alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, jazz historian and a 100% native New Yorker set out to “curate the state of jazz to create a sort of time capsule” (Chris Byars) for this new album.

What Byars successfully presents here is the genuine creative aspiration that prevails in world’s most diverse and competitive artistic environment.

Chris Byars has done a remarkable job reviving these neglected compositions of Frank Strozier while also putting his own stamp on them with his inventive arrangements.” (Ken Dryden – New York City Jazz on SCCD 31824 The Music Of Frank Strozier)

Chris Byars alto saxophone, Flute
John Mosca trombone
Stefano Doglioni bass clarinet
PASQUALE GRASSO guitar
Ari Roland bass
Stefan Schatz drums

Recorded December 2016

1 TRANSFIGURATION (Gigi Gryce) 5:59
2 QUICK TURNAROUND (Chris Byars) 8:11
3 DAWN IN THE CITY (Freddie Redd) 6:01
4 HOT DOG (Chris Byars) 8:12
5 NO MESSAGE (Chris Byars) 6:48
6 CHESS (Chris Byars) 9:08
7 BRIDGE OF LOCKS (Chris Byars) 5:13
8 THE GENERAL’S SONG (Tarek Abdel-Hakim) 5:50
9 B.G.’S HOLIDAY (Gigi Gryce) 9:21

Total Playing Time 64:48

Arranged by Chris Byars

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Vic Juris “Eye Contact” (SCCD 31841)

SCCD 31841 Vic Juris “Eye Contact”

Vic Juris has added another guitar trio masterpiece here on his ever-growing body of recorded works. Since his SteepleChase debut album “Night Tripper” SCCD 31353 of 1994, guitarist Vic Juris has been presenting unique musical universe of unassuming virtuosity and versatility, of which John Kelman of AllAboutJazz once pertinently described as “fresh, in-the-moment and connected to the broadest possible tradition.”

Vic Plays Victor Young is a sensitive melodically exploratory album of standards and rarely covered airs, as should be expected from a seasoned ensemble with a compatible repertoire.”
(Howard Mandel – DownBeat **** on SCCD 31829)

VIC JURIS guitar
JAY ANDERSON bass
ADAM NUSSBAUM drums

Recorded December 2016

1 UNITED (Wayne Shorter) 4:03
2 RUBY (Heinz Roemheld) 7:47
3 I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY (Jule Styne) 6:59
4 WEE SEE (Thelonious Monk) 7:21
5 SIM (Vic Juris) 5:02
6 PINOCCHIO (Wayne Shorter) 4:16
7 SWEET AND LOVELY (Gus Arnheim / Harry Tobias / Jules Lemare) 6:46
8 DOMO’S DELIGHT (Vic Juris) 3:41
9 TIME REMEMBERED (Bill Evans) 7:33
10 EYE CONTACT (Vic Juris) 7:29
11 TO LOVE AND BE LOVED (Jimmy Van Heusen) 6:29

Total Playing Time 68:01

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Andy LaVerne “Faith” (SCCD 31840)

SCCD 31840 Andy LaVerne “Faith”

Andy LaVerne continues to explore the path he set out with his previous critically acclaimed release “Genesis” (SCCD 31818), this time with an added voice in trumpet/flugelhorn by Alex Sipiagin as well as Mike Richmond’s overdubbed cello over his bass-line.

As in the previous album all titles are new originals by LaVerne, who, to quote Neil Tesser, Grammy Award winning American journalist, is a committed melodist, with truly individualistic tone.

“… Intelligent Design lives up to its name as one of LaVerne’s best efforts thus far and one of the finest jazz releases of the year.”

(C. Andrew Hovan – AAJ on SCCD 31618 Intelligent Design)

ANDY LAVERNE piano
ALEX SIPIAGIN trumpet flugelhorn†
MIKE RICHMOND bass cello*
Jason Tieman drums

Recorded December 2016

1 TOUCH SENSITIVE 8:06
2 ALL THINGS CONSIDERED* 10:52
3 AVANTI 6:22
4 ENIGMA 9:16
5 FAITH* 8:48
6 HIDDEN AGENDA 5:44
7 PARAMOUR NO MORE* 6:19
8 DOUBLE DOWN* 8:31
Total Playing Time 64:00

Composed by Andy LaVerne

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Harold Danko “Triple Play” (SCCD 31839)

SCCD 31839 Harold Danko “Triple Play”

Harold Danko concludes his liner notes entitled “Arriving at The Unknown” on this “Triple Play” album, stating, “I hope listeners of this CD are prepared to join us as we take off to undiscovered region.

Ever subtle and transcendent pianist/composer Danko and his congenial co-players Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirshfield are unfolding a unique universe of improvising in and on the recognizable repertoire to pleasant surprises.

Danko plays with the kind of finesse and heartfelt emotion that has always marked his work. Bravo!

(C. Andrew Hovan – AAJ on SCCD 31471 This Isn’t Maybe…)

HAROLD DANKO piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
Jeff Hirshfield drums

Recorded December 2016

1 TOTAL OBSESSION 9:06
2 SKY BLUES 6:48
3 MADEMOISSELLE DREAMY 6:13
4 A QUIET DAWN 5:17
5 TRIPLE PLAY 10:49
6 SHALLOW WATERS 7:47
7 CLASSIFIED ATTACHMENT 4:12
8 ANCIENT AND DISTANT 7:13
9 STREAM OF TEARS 6:41
Total Playing Time 64:10

Composed by Harold Danko, Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirshfield

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Joel Weiskopf “The Message” (SCCD 31838)

SCCD 31838 Joel Weiskopf “The Message”

On this second leader album for SteepleChase pianist/composer/educator Joel Weiskopf reunites his working band from the 80s which performed on fairly regular basis in and around Boston area. His “old band” sounds even greater here exploring the repertoire consisting mostly of Weiskopf’s newer challenging compositions.

A deeply personal musical statement.” (Brian Zimmerman – DownBeat **** on Where Angels Fear To Tread SCCD 31813)

Where Angeles Fear To Tread is highly recommended for the excellence of Weiskopf’s writing, smart ensemble work, and three first-rate soloists.” (David A Othmann on SCCD 31813)

JOEL WEISKOPF piano
ROB SCHEPS tenor & soprano saxophone
JOE FITZGERALD bass
MARCELLO PELLITTERI drums

Recorded December 2016

1 VICTORY MARCH 6:32
2 SONG FOR KARLA 6:02
3 THE ORIGINAL SEARCH 8:45
4 TEMPORARY ESTRANGEMENT 8:16
5 HAPPY TIME 5:21
6 IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING 9:35
7 ANOTHER CHANCE TODAY 7:38
8 LML 9:28
9 THE MESSAGE 7:06
Total Playing Time 68:48

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Dick Oatts “Use Your Imagination” (SCCD 31837)

SCCD 31837 Dick Oatts “Use Your Imagination”

Jazz critic Owen Cordle once described Dick Oatts as “an uncompromising jazz musician, one who possesses monster chops without trumpeting them.” Dick Oatts has, since his move to NYC in the late 70s, been one of the most sought-after soloists on alto sax on both the NY scene and the international stage. Dick Oatts’ sensitive and cerebral approach to music enhanced by his “monster chops” manifested here again on his 11th leader album on SteepleChase.

“… maybe the best showcase we’ve ever heard for the alto sax work of Dick Oatts!” (Dusty Groove on Sweet Nowhere SCCD 31778)

DICK OATTS alto saxophone
JOE MAGNARELLI trumpet
ANTHONY WONSEY piano
UGONNA OKEGWO bass
Chris Smith drums

Recorded December 2016

1 YESTERYEAR (Dick Oatts) 8:24
2 DO DA DAY (Dick Oatts) 8:40
3 SPEAKING RELATIVE (Dick Oatts) 7:18
4 COMO UNO (Dick Oatts) 7:28
5 LOSSOFYOU (Dick Oatts) 7:04
6 USE YOUR IMAGINATION (Cole Porter) 7:08
7 MIDEAST MIDWEST (Dick Oatts) 9:35
8 GAME SHOW (Dick Oatts) 5:23
Total Playing Time 61:03

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Eliot Zigmund “Time Was” (SCCD 33136)

SCCD 33136 Eliot Zigmund “Time Was”

A New York City native, veteran drummer Eliot Zigmund has performed with numerous jazz luminaries throughout his long career but most known is his tenure with Bill Evans in the 70s where Zigmund’s sensitive and tasteful support to the great pianist was always present. Here on his new album Zigmund leads a consummate quartet fronted by up and coming sax talent Chris Cheek.

Zigmund is that breed of percussionist who does not count their pride alongside their visible signs of virtuosity. He is in every way a musician with extensive experience but above all the art of listening.” (Jazzman Magazine)

ELIOT ZIGMUND drums
CHRIS CHEEK tenor & soprano saxophone
MIKE ECKROTH piano
MORRIE LOUDEN bass

Recorded October 2011

1 SUPPOSITION (Morrie Louden) 8:05
2 LIEBSLIED (Kurt Weil) 6:33
3 DUKE ELLINGTON’S SOUND OF LOVE (Charles Mingus) 4:36
4 EIDERDOWN (Steve Swallow) 7:52
5 OHLA MARIA (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 6:32
6 TIME WAS (Miguel Prado) 5:28
7 ELSA (Earl Zindars) 5:39
8 GOODBYE (Gordon Jenkins) 6:36
Total Playing Time 51:24

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Brian Charette “Backup” (SCCD 31836)

SCCD 31836 Brian Charette “Backup”

One of New York’s (or rather World’s) top Hammond Organ players Brian Charette has kept us in anticipation of something new every time he goes into recording studios. His unique approach has deepened and expanded the boundaries of music that B-3 organ can create. Here again for his sixth release on SteepleChase Brian opted for a somewhat unusual Organ-Piano trio format with repertoire of traditional materials dotted with experimental treatments conjuring up a compelling middle ground between past and future.

Brian Charette has emerged as one of the top organists of his generation because of a fresh approach to his instrument, drawing from musical influences around the world with often surprising results.” (Ken Dryden – New York City Jazz Records on “The Questions That Drives Us” SCCD 31784)

BRIAN CHARETTE B3 Hammond organ
HENRY HEY piano
Jochen Rueckert drums

Recorded December 2016

1 TADD’S DELIGHT (Tadd Dameron) 5:51
2 CHELSEA BRIDGE (Billy Strayhorn) 7:45
3 A SHADE OF JADE (Joe Henderson) 7:24
4 BACKUP (Larry Young) 5:51
5 THE BLESSING (Ornette Coleman) 5:56
6 DANCE OF THE INFIDELS (Bud Powell) 5:48
7 SPRING IS HERE (Richard Rodgers) 6:43
8 DAHOUD (Clifford Brown) 6:26
9 THESE ARE SOULFUL DAYS (Don Patterson) 5:23
10 RITHA (Larry Young) 9:14
Total Playing Time 66:23

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