SCCD 31856 Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 2”

SCCD 31856 Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 2” With this sequel volume to SCCD 31855 SteepleChase is proud to make the first live recordings from Wally’s commercially available. Boston’s historical (it celebrated its70th anniversary last year) live spot is where Jason Palmer and his working band have been performing weekly for the past 12 years. Wally’s is, to quote Fred Bouchard of Downbeat, “…is the world’s oldest black owned continuously operation jazz club. Founded in 1947 by Joseph L. Walcott. Wally’s Café Jazz Club is located in Boston’s historic Jazz Corner…. Barbados-born Walcott built Wally’s as an oasis where the black community could socialize and listen to bands….” JASON PALMER … Continue reading

SCCD 31852 Allegra Levy “Looking At The Moon”

SCCD 31852 Allegra Levy “Looking At The Moon” “Fresh…exotic…and far beyond the ordinary” (The New York Times) is one of the numerous praises the world press bestowed upon Allegra since her debut album “Lonely City” (SCCD 33118) a few years ago. While Allegra Levy’s second album “Cities Between Us” (SCCD 31827) cemented her strong talent as a singer/songwriter, here on this her third album Allegra the singer steps up to the front interpreting time-tested as well as newer moon–themed songs. “Levy is a gifted lyricist and she writes often light thoughts and observations but from a personal point of view. Vocal fans should seek this out as Levy fills a … Continue reading

Mark Soskin “Upper West Side Stories” (SCCD 31858)

SCCD 31858 Mark Soskin “Upper West Side Stories” New York-based pianist/composer Mark Soskin, following the successful previous (his first SteepleChase release) trio album “Hearts And Minds”, returns to the studio with his dream rhythm section in pursuit of perfecting the art of piano trio jazz. “…Here he is on his own ballgame as the leader of a vital, fine interacting trio … Soskin has a beautiful touch, a lyrical temper with unfailing ease. The music feels timeless and fresh as it often does when the recording session starts with the first take in house and completes in three and half hours,” (Ole Matthiessen – Jazz Special on SCCD 31834 “Hearts … Continue reading

Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 1” (SCCD 31855)

SCCD 31855 Jason Palmer “At Wally’s Volume 1” Wally’s, Boston’s historical (est. 1947) live jazz spot, is where the award-winning trumpeter/composer Jason Palmer started to hone his chops some 20 years ago while a student at New England Conservatory. Jason and his Boston-based quintet has been performing there every weekend to the loyal and enthusiastic crowd since 2006. This CD is the first of two documentary live recordings from those electrifying nights in 2016. “Over the past decade, trumpeter Jason Palmer has proven to be one of the most compelling artists of his generation. With each new volume in a series of CDs for SteepleChase, Palmer reveals a different aspect … Continue reading

Pierre Dørge “Soundscapes” (SCCD 31846)

SCCD 31846 Pierre Dørge “Soundscapes” To say “Pierre Dørge” and not to follow it with “& New Jungle Orchestra” is almost impossible. Dørge created that small big band in 1980, which became a successful and stable vehicle for his adventurous music. They toured all over the world and built an impressive discography along the way. The guitarist/composer/bandleader, however, has never neglected to seek new palette to draw his music in smaller ensembles. Following highly acclaimed quartet release “Blui” of 2016, Dørge surrounds himself with all American colleagues who have deep understanding of Pierre Dørge’s unique soundscapes. “It’s an inspired collection of musicians and all serve the material well, eight songs … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber “Ronnie’s Trio” (SCCD 31848)

SCCD 31848 Ronnie Cuber “Ronnie’s Trio” Ronnie Cuber (b. Dec. 25, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York), recognized as one og the most important baritone saxophonists in jazz today, has been composing, arranging and leading his own groups since 1959. His powerful command of the instrument led him to perform and record with amazing array of influential artists in almost all thinkable range of musical spectrum. Yet, this is the very first of basic jazz trio album by Ronnie Cuber, which should have a special place in his discography. “There is not one of his records that contains any half-hearted playing or musical skating. When he plays, it’s serious creative business … Continue reading

Craig Brann “Lineage” (SCCD 31847)

SCCD 31847 Craig Brann “Lineage” Since his arrival in NYC in 1996 guitarist Craig Brann has quietly and steadily established himself as one of the elite players of his generation. In this new release, his fourth album on SteepleChase, Craig unfolds his expansive musical dimension. “There’s something for everyone here – and that’s just a way of describing New York guitarist Brann’s versatility. With invention and wit, he remodels the classic guitar trio to suit multi-sourced inspiration … It’s a veritable treasure shed of homage, freewheeling and compositional flair.” (Nigel Jarrett – Jazz Journal on SCCD 31814 Conversation between Brothers) “A Beautiful album from guitarist Craig Brann – and maybe … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading