Jay Anderson “Deepscape” (SCCD 31870)

SCCD 31870 Jay Anderson “Deepscape” Bassist/Composer/Educator Jay Anderson (b. in California) is so much in demand that it is difficult to come up with any distinguished musicians who have not had Jay in their band for gigs and/or recordings. Here on his 92nd appearance on SteepleChase the label has the pleasure of showcasing Jay Anderson […]

Craig Brann “A Conversation Between Brothers” (SCCD 31814)

SCCD 31814 Craig Brann “A Conversation Between Brothers” Guitarist/composer Craig Brann’s new album here finds the leader in a classic guitar trio format, a change of pace from the two previous sextet releases, bringing his rich tone and blazing chops to the fore. “Brann’s solos are tastefully muscular, his accompaniment invariably melodic; he even punctuates […]

Kirk Knuffke, Ted Brown – Pound Cake (SCCD 31749)

SCCD 31749 Kirk Knuffke & Ted Brown “Pound Case” Cornettist Kirk Knuffke whose previous release “Like A Tree” (SCCD 31739) with his duo collaborator Jesse Stachen prompted Peter Margasak of DownBeat to write, “… Its performances are pitch-perfect, displaying an intuitive understanding that rings something deeply personal to the project.” For his SteepleChase recording #4 […]

Ari Ambrose, Stephen Riley – Tenor Treats 2 (SCCD 31676)

The collaboration between the two dynamic tenor saxophonists Ambrose and Riley on Tenor Treats (SCCD 31656) session, packed with stimulating performances gave us a bonus of enough material for this sequel. “The instantaneous rapport achieved by Riley and Ambrose is indicative of the flexibility of these two accomplished players, who know the value of complementing, […]

Eric Rasmussen – School Of Tristano 3 (SCCD 31663)

“… This final volume, completing a remarkable trilogy, included further musical milestones from the pens of Tristano, Konitz and March plus further contributions by Eric and Nate….Job well done …” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Sax Of A Kind (Lee Konitz)2. Leave Me Alone (Eric Rasmussen)3. Playa Del Ray (Warne Marsh)4. Requiem (Lennie […]

Ari Ambrose, Stephen Riley – Tenor Treats (SCCD 31656)

Though Ambrose and Riley, two of the elite tenorists of younger generation have known each other for several years and are both SteepleChase recording artists, this is the first time they went into a studio to cut co-led albums. Both of them share a deep respect of the jazz’s tradition but their expressions distinctly bear […]

Steve Davis, Conrad Herwig, Rich Perry – Jam Session Vol. 28 (SCCD 31660)

“ In the jazz tradition, the jam session played and continues to play a vital role in the musical community. In that spirit, Steeplechase, a label built on tradition, has come up with a jam session series, pairing veteran players with up-and-comers as a way of spreading the word about musicians on the label .” […]

Eric Rasmussen – School Of Tristano 2 (SCCD 31644)

Forrest Dylan Bryan of JazzTimes commented on the successful first volume SCCD 31623 “School of Tristano 1” , “… Alto saxophonist Rasmussen …. pays tribute with an airy set of tunes written by Tristano, Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz. …..Rasmussen’s quartet updates and personalizes the sound, keeping the proceedings intimate as well as respectful .” […]

Eric Rasmussen – School Of Tristano (SCCD 31623)

SteepleChase’ new recording artist Eric Rasmussen is among the young elites of New York jazz scene. His debut album here casts refreshing light on the special music evolved through the teachings of pianist Lennie Tristano and turns its inspirational source into deeply personal and emotional music of his own. . 1. Friendlee (Lee Konitz)2. I […]

Ryan Kisor, John McNeil, Brad Goode – Jam Session Vol. 17 (SCCD 31593)

“ The choice of trumpeters proved to be inspired because Ryan Kisor, John McNeil and Brad Goode worked together beautifully and formed a clarion-clear brass choir on the ensembles. Each does his own thing and they are different enough to ensure a constant flow of surprises. They obviously had a ball, and there is no […]