Federico Bonifazi Sextet “Autumn Colors Suite” (SCCD 33138)

SCCD 33138 Federico Bonifazi Sextet “Autumn Colors Suite”

Native of Umbria, Italy, pianist/composer Federico Bonifazi has become a highly acclaimed name both in national and international scene in recent years. For this his 3rd album Bonifazi composed a suite depicting the beauty of his beloved Umbria in the changing colors of autumn performed by Bonifazi’s handpicked elite Italian ensemble.

“.. an album worthy of special attention, conceived and created with a strong artistic personality and with a huge communicative generosity, … with the humility and discretion that only the great artists possess and that make this CD a real pearl in the musical production of the Umbrian pianist.” (Proposito di Jazz on SCCD 33125 “You’ll See”)

FEDERICO BONIFAZI piano
GIAMPAOLO CASATI trumpet
EMANUELE CISI tenor saxophone
GIANLUCA PETRELLA trombone
GABRIELE EVANGELISTA bass
ALFRED KRAMER drums

Recorded November 20, 2017

Autumn Colors Suite:

1 SOUL MUSIC 8:16
2 AUTUMN COLORS (Colori d’autunno) 6:14
3 AGAINST TIME (Controtempo) 6:17
4 NIGHT OF PEACE (Notte di pace) 7:53
5 OVERVIEW 8:07
6 MONKEY’S 5:24
7 DEEP 6:05
8 CLOUDS (Nuvole) 6:16

Total Playing Time 54:35

All compositions by Federico Bonifazi

UPC: 716043313822

Rob Scheps “Comencio” (SCCD 31866)

SCCD 31866 Rob Scheps “Comencio”

New York’s mainstay saxophonist Rob Scheps makes SteepleChase debut here in a quartet format, a version of his renowned NY group The Core-tet. Oregon native Rob Scheps graduated from the New England Conservatory with honors in performance in 1986. He has performed and/or recorded with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Terumasa Hino, Roswell Rudd, John Abercrombie, Jaki Byard, Eddie Henderson, Clark Terry, to mention a few, as well as leading his own groups including the True Colors Big Band.

Scheps .. leads this stellar 17-piece ensemble, providing the kind of musical energy, power and finesse expected from a world-class orchestra, …” (Edward Blanco – AAJ)

ROB SCHEPS tenor & soprano saxophone
JAMIE REYNOLDS piano
CAMERON BROWN bass
JESSE SIMPSON drums

Recorded April 2018

1 THE FLIP SIDE (John Abercrombie) 5:49
2 YOU KNOW I CARE (Duke Pearson) 7:02
3 MESSAGE FROM THE NILE (McCoy Tyner) 7:16
4 I STILL HAVE THAT OTHER GIRL (Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costello) 3:28
5 COMENCIO (Hadley Caliman) 4:39
6 SHORTER TIME (Rob Scheps) 4:56
7 TIME OF THE BARRACUDAS (Gil Evans) 6:11
8 SIMPLE HEART (Francesca Tanksley) 9:36
9 L. S. T. (Marc Copland) 7:11
10 SHORT STORY (Kenny Dorham) 7:30

Total Playing Time 63:36

UPC: 716043186624

John Hart “Crop Circles“ (SCCD 31865)

SCCD 31865 John Hart “Crop Circles “

Guitarist John Hart has established the status of leading figure in the modern jazz guitar scene with highly acclaimed releases from Blue Note and Concord in the 90s. He has performed and recording with Jack McDuff, Terumasa Hino, Jimmy Smith, and Lou Donaldson, among others, as well as leading his own group. Hart now divides his time between New York and Miami, Florida where he is a lecturer at his alma mater the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

“…He’s an amazingly inventive soloist and composer who is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone.” (John Heidt – Vintage Guitar Magazine)

JOHN HART guitar
DICK OATTS alto saxophone
BILL MORING bass
TIM HORNER drums, cajun

Recorded December 2017

1 HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN (Irving Berlin) 8:48
2 IN TRANEING (John Hart)* 7:40
3 GUERNICA (John Hart)* 9:57
4 TIME ON MY HANDS (Vincent Youmans) 7:46
5 CROP CIRCLES (John Hart)* 8:16
6 SOPHISTICATED LADY (Duke Ellington) 7:45
7 WE SEE (Thelonious Monk) 7:56
8 LES FEUILLES MORTES (Joseph Kosma) 7:15
9 BESAME MUCHO (Luis Miguel) 7:50

Total Playing Time 73:11

UPC: 716043186525

Dave Scott “In Search Of Hipness” (SCCD 31864)

SCCD 31864 Dave Scott “In Search Of Hipness”

Trumpeter Dave Scott’s 5th SteepleChase release here finds him leading his other New York ensemble “The Dave Scott Violin Band” which features some of America’s finest instrumentalists including Sarah Bernstein on violin.

Dave Scott’s compositions allow each musician to fully engage in individual expression and the band as a whole to create distinctive tapestry of interactive improvisation. The group performs regularly in the New York City area.

Dave Scott trumpet
Sarah Bernstein violin
Nate Radley guitar
Jacob Sacks piano
David Ambrosio bass
Mark Ferber drums

Recorded February 2018

1 LUDWIG 2:53
2 IGOR 12:21
3 TIME DILATION 15:31
4 COGNITIVE DISSONANCE 12:57
5 IN SEARCH OF HIPNESS 12:21
6 COALESCENCE 6:53
7 BLACK HOLE 8:22

Total Playing Time 71:15

Composed by Dave Scott

UPC: 716043186426

Russ Lossing “Changes” (SCCD 31863)

SCCD 31863 Russ Lossing “Changes”

Among today’s modern jazz piano players Russ Lossing stands out as one of the unique breed of artists who travel intelligently and with clarity between jazz and new music. For this his first release on SteepleChase Lossing focuses on standards, of course, with his trademark, innovative improvisation.

Lossing is a thinking man’s pianist. He intelligently creates and refashions themes within a variety of frameworks.” (Glenn Astarita – Jazzreview.com)

Russ Lossing is a pianist of extreme depth and intensity whose music exists between jazz improvisation and modern classicism.“ (Budd Kopman – AAJ)

Russ Lossing piano
Michael Formanek bass
Gerald Cleaver drums

Recorded May 2018

1 BYE, BYE BLACKBIRD (Ray Henderson) 8:02
2 LITTLE GIRL BLUE (Richard Rodgers) 7:04
3 CREPUSCULE WITH NELLIE (Thelonious Monk) 5:29
4 REFLECTIONS IN D (Duke Ellington) 6:40
5 UGLY BEAUTY (Thelonious Monk) 5:02
6 REMINISCENCE (Russ Lossing) 10:48
7 SWEET AND LOVELY (Gus Arnheim/Harry Tobias/Jules Lemare) 7:14
8 EPISTROPHY (Thelonious Monk) 4:59
9 PRELUDE TO A KISS (Duke Ellington) 5:49
10 BAROMETER (Russ Lossing) 4:36

Total Playing Time 65:42

UPC: 716043186327

Ronnie Cuber “Straight Street” (SCCD 31860)

SCCD 31860 Ronnie Cuber “Straight Street”

One of the few exponents of that most unrelenting instrument, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber has spent for more than a half century performing, composing, arranging and leading his own groups. His robust, no-nonsense playing has been acknowledged to be one of the greats among jazz instrumentalists.

“…Best of all, there’s Cuber himself, whose playing has, incredibly, grown more authoritative with each passing year. His sound, huge and affable, brims with personality, and it’s hard not to be awed by the freshness…” (J. D. Considine – JazzTimes on Ronnie’s Trio SCCD 31848)

RONNIE CUBER baritone sax
GEORGE COLLIGAN piano
CAMERON BROWN bass
JOE FARNSWORTH drums

Recorded November 2010

1 GROOVIN’ HIGH (Dizzy Gillespie) 11:02
2 MILES’ MODE (John Coltrane) 10:24
3 GLORIA’S STEPS (Scott LaFaro) 9:18
4 SUMMERTIME (George Gershwin) 10:17
5 SPIRAL (John Coltrane) 9:05
6 ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (Jerome Kern) 10:12
7 STRAIGHT STREET (John Coltrane) 8:58
8 BATTERY BLUES (Philly Joe Jones) 2:03

Total Playing 71:19

UPC: 716043186020

Eugenia Choe “Verdant Dream” (SCCD 33137)

SCCD 33137 Eugenia Choe “Verdant Dream”

Korean-born New York-based pianist/composer Eugenia Choe received quite a few superlative reviews for her 2016 debut album “Magic Light” (SCCD 33127) from international press.

Eugenia’s second album here is an impressive display of her original and intriguing compositions presented superbly by her working trio.

Eugenia Choe rode her personally distinctive currents into this amalgamated music and made a magnificent record.” (James Nadal – AAJ on SCCD 33127 Magic Light)

“Everything’s here: the pianist’s exquisite touch, her compositional acumen infused with an alluring and idiosyncratic intelligence, her soul, sympatico trio mates, adept sequencing, and a cool cover photo and design. This could be the debut of the year.”(Dan McClenaghan – All About Jazz)

EUGENIA CHOE piano
DANNY WELLER bass
ALEX WYATT drums

Recorded October 10, 2017

1 VERDANT DREAM (Eugenia Choe) 5:35
2 SUNDAY FATIGUE (Eugenia Choe) 5:53
3 ODD BIRDS (Eugenia Choe) 6:10
4 EVER GREEN (Eugenia Choe) 6:51
5 MIDNIGHT MINGLE (Eugenia Choe) 5:32
6 BLUE IN GREEN (Bill Evans) 4:50
7 WHAT (Eugenia Choe) 4:29
8 MILOMONALO (Eugenia Choe) 4:32
9 KNOCK KNOCK (Eugenia Choe) 6:31
10 WIND CATCHER (Eugenia Choe) 4:58

Total Playing Time 50:08

UPC: 716043313723

Andrew Rathbun “Character Study” (SCCD 31862)

SCCD 31862 Andrew Rathbun “Character Study”

All About Jazz once stated, “Andrew Rathbun is an artist who takes chances with his recordings. You don’t hear any paint-by-the-numbers jazz discs from him.”

This latest release proves again how accurate this statement is. Canadian-born Rathbun has established himself as one of the most compelling voices of American jazz scene today both as performer and as composer. While the composer’s socio-political awareness is manifested in the tune titles, the music which is intellectually emotional speaks louder to our consciousness.

Reedman Andrew Rathbun’s recording dates — dependably rhapsodic, songful, rational — each have plausible logic and worked-out thematic.”

(Fred Bouchard – Downbeat on SCCD 31781 Numbers & Letters)

ANDREW RATHBUN tenor saxophone
TIM HAGANS trumpet
GARY VERSACE piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
BILL STEWART drums

Recorded December 2017

1 THE GOLDEN FOOL (Andrew Rathbun) 6:09
2 TEAM OF RIVALS (Andrew Rathbun) 6:49
3 ALPHABET DEAF AND FOREVER BLIND (Andrew Rathbun) 8:49
4 HIS QUIET DETERMINATION (Andrew Rathbun) 7:09
5 ETCETERA (Wayne Shorter) 7:10
6 THE LONG AWAKENING (Andrew Rathbun) 9:28
7 CHARACTER STUDY (Andrew Rathbun) 6:41
8 TURMOIL (Andrew Rathbun) 9:05

Total Playing Time 61:17

UPC: 716043186228

Burak Bedikyan “New Beginning” (SCCD 31861)

SCCD 31861 Burak Bedikyan “New Beginning”

Since his CD debut “Circle Of Life“(SCCD 33109) in 2013 followed by two more albums on SteepleChase LookOut label, Turkish/Armenian pianist-composer Bedikyan has been highly acclaimed by the international critics and public alike. New Beginning marks his recent relocation from Istanbul to New York where he feels blessed to be a part of the big jazz scene.

For improvisational music fans there is very little here not to like, flawless. An elegant yet diverse exploration of melodic possibilities. Burak Bedikyan is one of the finest artists on the horizon.”

(Brent Black – criticaljazz.com on 33119 Leap of Faith)

BURAK BEDIKYAN piano
JAY ANDERSON bass
ADAM NUSSBAUM drums

Recorded December 2017

NO COMPLAINTS (Burak Bedikyan) 3:53
2 SURYA (Burak Bedikyan) 9:20
3 INTERLUDE (Burak Bedikyan) 1:12
4 EPILOGUE (Burak Bedikyan) 3:51
5 AYÇA (Burak Bedikyan) 8:50
6 PRELUDE (Burak Bedikyan) 1:36
7 RUE Dauphin (Burak Bedikyan) 9:05
8 LEO (Burak Bedikyan) 2:51
9 BLUES ME UP (Burak Bedikyan) 5:06
10 THINGS WE ARE (Burak Bedikyan) 9:41
11 STELLA BY STARLIGHT (Victor Young) 7:56
12 MAGIC CARPET (Burak Bedikyan) 5:55

Total Playing Time 69:13

UPC: 716043186129

Kirk Knuffke “Witness” (SCCD 31859)

SCCD 31859 Kirk Knuffke “Witness”

Two extraordinary talents from the two totally independent discipline of art forms are meeting here to create a genuinely unique musical experience for us.

Kirk Knuffke one of the most prominent of jazz cornetist and New York’s up and coming operatic baritone singer Steven Herring present here, to quote the liner-note author Neil Tesser, “an album that juxtaposes conservatory and nightclub, improvisation and spoken word, the sacred and the secular, into one of the most unusual and inventive projects of Knuffke’s career”

Knuffke’s previous release “Cherryco” SCCD 31832 was awarded National Public Radio (USA)’s Jazz Album of the Year 2017.

KIRK KNUFFKE cornet
STEVEN HERRING baritone
BEN GOLDBERG contra alto clarinet, clarinet
RUSS LOSSING piano

Recorded December 2017

1 WITNESS (traditional) 6:34
2 LUSH LIFE (Billy Strayhorn) 9:30
3 RIDE ON, KING JESUS (traditional) 4:58
4 THE SATELLITES ARE SPINNING (Sun Ra) 4:15
5 IAGO’S CREDO (Guiseppe Verdi) 5:54
6 SUBWAY (Kirk Knuffke / Carl Sandburg) 2:34
7 ARIA MUSTAFA (Gioachino Rossini) 6:21
8 CHARADE (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer) 7:50
9 STORM (Kirk Knuffke / Kirby Congdon) 3:40
10 THE VOICE (Ellen Mandel /Thomas Hardy) 4:51
11 QUESTO AMOR (Giacomo Puccini) 5:10
12 A CITY CALLED HEAVEN (traditional) 4:50

Total Playing Time 66:23

Arranged by Kirk Knuffke

UPC: 716043185924