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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading