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

Jon Gordon, Rich Perry, Dave Schnitter – Jam Session Vol. 24 (SCCD 31625)

” The Danish Steeplechase imprint has long recognized the fertile dynamics of jam sessions, fronting the resources for many in its roster of players to convene in just such supportive surroundings .” (Derek Taylor – allaboutjazz) 1. Lazy Bird (John Coltrane)2. Epistophy (Thelonious Monk)3. Skylark (Goady Carmichal)4. You're My Everything (Warren, Harry)5. Round About Midnight (Monk, Thelonious)6. Bluebird (Parker, Charlie)7. Fungii Mama (Blue Mitchell)8. Locomotion (Monk, Thelonious) UPC/EAN: 716043162529 … Continue reading

Louis Smith – The Bopsmith (SCCD 31489)

SCCD 31489 The Bopsmith / Louis Smith Quintet Trumpeter Louis Smith’s formative period as a jazz performer some 50 years ago was in the midst of developing/establishing stage of Bebop. Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown are the greatest influence on Louis Smith’s trumpet style. Here on his first release in the new millennium Louis is joined by some of the best bebop players of the younger generation. 1. Val's blues (Louis Smith)2. For heaven's sake (Meyer/Brown/Edwards)3. The way you look tonight (Young/Washington)4. I love you (Cole Porter)5. Ed's love (Louis Smith)6. A ghost of a change (Young/Washington)7. Sweet Clifford (Clifford Brown) UPC/EAN: 716043148929 … Continue reading

Michael Weiss – Milestones (SCCD 31449)

1. Milestones (John Lewis)2. Wave (Antonio Carlos Jobim)3. Walter Davis ascending (Jackie McLean)4. Just one of those things (Cole Porter)5. Little Melonae (Jackie McLean)6. Buffalo (Kenny Dorham)7. Like someone in love (Jimmy Van Heusen)8. Love for sale (Cole Porter)9. Stella by starlight (Victor Young) UPC/EAN: 716043144921 … Continue reading

Junior Cook – You Leave Me Breathless (SCCD 31304)

SCCD 31304 You Leave Me Breathless / Junior Cook Quintet “ On this his last date, Junior Cook goes out as he came in and as he’s spent his entire career, blowing deeply felt hard bop. …Everything fits what you’d expect, and the formula results in high quality, though not flashy, music….Cook will be missed, but lovers of solid bop saxophones shouldn’t miss this disk .” (David Dupont, Cadence) 1. Junior's cook (Junior Cook)2. Envoy (Valery Ponomarev)3. Warm valley (Duke Ellington)4. Sweet Lotus lips (Mickey Tucker)5. Vierd blues (Miles Davis)6. You leave me breathless (Frederick Hollander)7. Fiesta español (Cedar Walton)8. Mr P.C. (John Coltrane) UPC/EAN: 716043130429 … Continue reading