Dexter Gordon – Satin Doll (SCCD 36038)

SCCD 36038 Dexter Gordon Quartet “Satin Doll” Another magical summer night of 1967 from the Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen finds Dexter Gordon in company of drummer Art Taylor who heats up the evening’s temperature. “ Dex's idiosyncratic spoken intros to tunes like "I Should Care" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" are charming, and the gritty soulfulness of his playing reminds us just how much we miss the greats of his generation. They don't make 'em like this anymore .” (JazzTimes’ Chris Kelsey on Loose Walk SCCD 36032) “ …a welcome program that finds Gordon in a limber and exploratory mode. Foibles in fidelity aside, Dex aficionados will be sold … Continue reading

Ken McIntyre – Hindsight (SCCD 31014)

SCCD 31014 Hindsight / Ken McIntyre Quartet Ken McIntyre (b. Sept. 7, 1931 in Boston) is one of the many artists whom producer Nils Winther has successfully persuaded to come out of their recording hiatus. This McIntyre’s first release on SteepleChase is his first recording in 10 years and the long-awaited one. “ … it is, quite simply, classic .” (The Village Voice) “ Bringing Ken McIntyre back to the recording studios is the kind of move that makes listeners value European producers .” (Coda) 1. Bootsie (Ken McIntyre)2. Lush life (Billy Strayhorn)3. Mercedes (Ken McIntyre)4. Body and soul (Johnny Green)5. Airebil (Ken McIntyre)6. Naima (John Coltrane)7. Round about midnight … Continue reading

Eddie Harris – Steps Up (SCCD 31151)

SCCD 31151 Steps Up / Eddie Harris Quartet Tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris (b. October 20, 1934 in Chicago) started his professional career as a pianist in the Gene Ammons band. His first recording as saxophonist, the theme from the film Exodus in 1961 became a million-seller hit. Though Harris’ innovative treatment of his instrument and commercial approach enabled him to reach larger audiences, here in his first recording for SteepleChase Eddie Harris is in his element as jazzman. “Freedom Jazz Dance” is his most famous composition which became a standard number after Miles Davis recorded. 1. Steps up (Eddie Harris)2. Scandia skies (Kenny Dorham)3. Misty Thursday (Duke Jordan)4. Freedom jazz … Continue reading

Jackie McLean, Gary Bartz – Ode To Super (SCCD 31009)

SCCD 31009 Ode To Super / Jackie McLean Quintet Jackie McLean is direct from “Parker-era” and Gary Bartz from the following generation. Both of them are needless to say strongly influenced by Charlie Parker. When the two alto players got together in Copenhagen in the summer of 1973 to record, it was quite natural that the album turned out to be this “ affectionate and moving tribute ” (Melody Maker) to the master. 1. Monk's dance (Gary Bartz)2. Ode to super (Billy Gault)3. Great Rainstreet blues (Jackie McLean)4. Watercircle (Thomas Clausen)5. Watercircle (Thomas Clausen)6. Red cross (Charlie Parker)7. Red cross (Charlie Parker) UPC/EAN: 716043100927 … Continue reading

Ben Webster – My Man (SCCD 31008)

SCCD 31008 My Man / Ben Webster Quartet Live at Montmartre 1973 The indisputable tenor giant Ben Webster spent his last years in Copenhagen. His appearances at the famed Jazzhus Montmartre in those days greeted by faithful and appreciative audience were the historical moments filled with unique quality of beauty ignited by the last spark of a truly great man. Canadian Coda magazine wrote reviewing this recording in 1975: “ Webster, as always, plays with passion throughout the album. But one title goes well beyond that. Old Folks is an exquisitely deep performance, the kind that even a great artist gets to play only once in his lifetime .” SteepleChase … Continue reading

Jackie McLean – Live At Montmartre (SCCD 31001)

SCCD 31001 Live At Montmartre / Jackie McLean Quartet So here it is…the corner stone of SteepleChase label! The very first release which then a university student Nils Winther financed with his scholarship money turned out to be a commercial success. “ What a treat to have a new Jackie McLean album after six years’ silence! And to find him playing with such power, vigour and gusto ..” (Jazz Journal) 1. Smile (Charlie Chaplin)2. Das dat (Jackie McLean)3. Parker's mood (Charlie Parker)4. Confirmation (Charlie Parker)5. Closing (Jackie McLean) UPC/EAN: 716043100125 … Continue reading

Eddie Lockjaw Davis – Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home (SCCD 31058)

SCCD 31058 Swingin' Till The Girls Come Home / Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Quartet One of the best assets of the Count Basie Big Band in the 50s, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis was a frequent guest player in Europe in the 70s. In the Spring of 76 Lockjaw went into a studio in Copenhagen with “ the excellent Danish rhythm section ” which “ manage to coax some of the best playing from the tenor saxophonist since his days with Basie” (Gramophone). “.. .The mood, as always with Davis, is a happy one. With the help of the fine, supportive rhythm section it becomes contagious, and …it is an awful lot of … Continue reading