Greg Burk “The Detroit Songbook” (SCCD 31854)

SCCD 31854 Greg Burk “The Detroit Songbook”

Pianist Greg Burk’s striking solo album “Clean Spring” (SCCD 33124) was recorded in Italy and released in March of 2016 to critical and public acclaim.

“… Clean Spring will only further burnish his reputation as a deep player and thinker …. Burk’s musical mind is extremely rich and deep, with many crossing currents flowing through it …” (Budd Kopman – AAJ)

“… the sustained complementary independence of Burk’s limbs borders on the preternatural. Piano recitals are a near quotidian exercise these days in the crowded jazz arena. Burk’s latest sortie in the idiom boldly stands out.” (Derek Taylor – Dusted Magazine)

Here on this new trio album Michigan native Greg Burk pays musical homage to the city where he spent his formative years as a professional musician.

GREG BURK piano
MATTEO BORTONE
bass
JOHN B. ARNOLD
drums

Recorded May 2017

1 JANGLE 5:35
2 THE CHILD RETURNS 6:01
3 WHEN AUTUMN LEAVES 5:07
4 CASS AND PALMER 5:51
5 C AND C AGAIN 6:54
6 WOODWARD STRIDE 7:05
7 MATINS 5:38
8 BELLE ISLE BREEZE 7:41
9 SCENE UNSEEN 5:14

Total Playing Time 55:06
Composed by Greg Burk

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Brian Charette “Groovin’ With Big G” (SCCD 31857)

SCCD 31857 Brian Charette “Groovin’ With Big G”

Big G as in George Coleman, Sr.

The legendary tenor saxophonist is the featured artist here on Brian Charette’s new album. George Coleman is the recipient of 2015 NEA (The National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Masters Awards, the highest honor USA gives to jazz musician.

For B-3’s most adventurous and talented practitioner Brian Charette who has known the Coleman father and son for more than a couple of decades, this recording materialized as a musical homecoming.

Both B-3 stylist and student, serious jazz scholar and glitzy entertainer, Charette is a burning soloist who understands the tradition of the Hammond B-3 as well its future—just as certainly as he understands his place in that lineage.” (Ken Micallef Downbeat Magazine)

BRIAN CHARETTE Hammond B3 organ
GEORGE COLEMAN
tenor saxophone
VIC JURIS
guitar
GEORGE COLEMAN JR.
drums

Recorded December 2017

1 Stella By Starlight (Victor Young) 8:18
2 Body And Soul (Johnny Green) 6:22
3 On A Misty Night (Tadd Dameron) 7:34
4 Alligator Boogaloo (Lou Donaldson) 8:31
5 Maiden Voyage (Herbie Hancock) 8:24
6 Father And Son (Brian Charette) 7.06
7 Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma)10:03
8 Never Let Me Go (Jay Livingston / Ray Evans) 8:49
9 Tenor Madness (Sonny Rollins) 4:32

Total Playing Time 69:33

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Joe Magnarelli “Magic Trick” (SCCD 31845)

SCCD 31845 Joe Magnarelli “Magic Trick”

When trumpeter Joe Magnarelli (known to most people as Mags) moved to New York City in 1986, he was already fully cultivated and nurtured in the rich jazz environment of upstate New York, especially around Syracuse where he was born.

In NYC Joe Magnarelli has rapidly found his own voice and established himself as one of the most-in-demand artists. This is Mags’s first album as a leader on SteepleChase label.

“The bop-based trumpeter Joe Magnarelli has it all: a warm, friendly sound, a splendid melodic imagination, a knack for writing memorable themes and for picking the best works by others, and a no-nonsense swing feel.” (The Star-Ledger)

“… Joe Magnarelli has all the essentials one looks for in the best jazz musicians. There’s his unshakeable time feel that makes his work vigorous and forward moving …. he crafts captivating, propulsive improvisations …” (Los Angeles Times)

JOE MAGNARELLI trumpet
ANDY FUSCO
alto saxophone
JOHN HART guitar
BEN WOLFE
bass
BYRON LANDON
drums

Recorded April 2017

1 AKIRA’S RIFF (Joe Magnarelli) 5:55
2 2ND ANNIVERSARY (Joe Magnarelli) 5:27
3 VERCELLI (Joe Magnarelli) 6:08
4 POLKADOTS AND MOONBEAMS (Jimmy Van Heusen) 6:48
5 IF I LOVE AGAIN (Ben Oakland) 6:18
6 REMEMBER (Irving Berlin) 7:58
7 THEME FOR ERNIE (Fred Lacey) 5:26
8 MAGIC TRICK (Joe Magnarelli) 6:52
9 L.O.V.E. (Bert Kaempfer) 6:36
10 ALONG CAME BETTY (Benny Golson) 9:32

Total Playing Time 67:00

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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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