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 […]

Vic Juris – Walking On Water (SCCD 31788)

SCCD 31788 Vic Juris “Walking On Water” Vic Juris’ versatile and innovative mind finds a perfect setting for his latest album here in the relatively seldom heard guitar/trumpet quartet (without piano). Vic has been collaborating in trumpeter Tim Hagans’ Norbotten Big Band for several years to lay down the ground work for this creative album. […]

Ron McClure – Concrete Canyon (SCCD 31391)

SCCD 31391 Concrete Canyon / Ron McClure Quartet Bassist and composer McClure put his dream quartet on his latest recording for SteepleChase. “.. .Being in the studio with Tim Hagans, Marc Copland and Billy Hart playing this music was glorious…The excitement of spontaneous, collective improvisation with players of this level is a high with no […]

Andy LaVerne – Serenade To Silver (SCCD 31388)

SCCD 31388 Serenade To Silver / Andy LaVerne Quintet This is the third release of Andy LaVerne’s ongoing series of tributes to jazz’s great pianists/composers. (Earlier releases: In The Mood For A Classic – dedicated to Bud Powell SCCD 31342 and to Tadd Dameron – Tadd’s Delight SCCD 31375 ) The music of Horace Silver, […]

Steve Slagle – Spread The Word (SCCD 31354)

SCCD 31354 Spread The Word / Steve Slagle Quartet “ The alto saxophonist’s quartet is pianoless. It impresses you with its clean logic and taut, substantive lines… An excellent album .”, commented JazzTimes on Steve Slagle’s debut CD ( SCCD 31323 “The Steve Slagle Quartet ”) which has also enjoyed equally enthusiastic reviews by other […]

Steve Slagle – The Steve Slagle Quartet (SCCD 31323)

SCCD 31323 The Steve Slagle Quartet / Steve Slagle Quartet “… Slagle is an exceptionally clever and erudite improviser…Slagle’s new CD richly repays careful listening .” (Cadence) “… He’s a developed soloist, with smooth phrasing and an affinity for speed…..fine record .” (Down Beat) 1. Leadbelly sez (Steve Slagle)2. Mondo (Steve Slagle)3. Dream life (Steve […]

Ron McClure – Sunburst (SCCD 31306)

SCCD 31306 Sunburst / Ron McClure Sextet “ McClure leads a crew of bright, fresh musicians through a program of bright, fresh compositions…The music sparkles throughout …The lines are not simple to start with, yet the sextet roars through them…This is very fine neo-bop, indeed .” (David Dupont, Cadence) 1. Sunburst (Ron McClure)2. Count your […]