Jeremy Steig's astonishing, trailblazing debut finally gets its compact disk due, 50 years after Columbia released it on vinyl. It was also the debut of Denny Zeitlin, a Bay Area psychiatrist whose singularly imaginative jazz moonlighting has resulted in numerous fearless disks over the past five decades. Backed by veterans Ben Riley on drums and Ben Tucker on bass, the fervent Steig and the marginally less impulsive, if no less creative, Zeitlin alternate standards with classics- to-be by Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis, who, in 1963, were relatively young lions--though senior to Steig, the son of famed New ...read more
Flute Fever, the 1963 Columbia Records debut by flutist Jeremy Steig, has somehow, until now, avoided release on CD. Thanks to reissue producer Jonathan Horwich, Steig's beautifully remastered and packaged freshman recording is now available. And it's not only Steig's premier as a recording artist, it's also a recording first for pianist for pianist Denny Zeitlin, on a quartet that's rounded out by veterans Ben Riley on drums, and Ben Tucker on bass. It's a blowing session--no group rehearsal, just some brief pre-recording discussions about how to approach some familiar tunes. But man, what a blowing session.read more
With their clever combination of Latin, free jazz, rock and other musical markers, it's a wonder that Dutch percussionist Pierre Courbois and Association P.C. never received more credit. Promising Music's thoughtfully remastered CD issue of Mama Kuku, originally released in 1974 on MPS, provides an opportunity to hear this largely spontaneous group in fine form, culled from a series of 1973 performances in Germany and Switzerland that also featured guest flautist Jeremy Steig.
Freedom needn't imply lack of form, as Mama Kuku kicks off with the effervescent title track. Bassist Siggi Busch opens alone with a ...read more
Flute On The Edge is a thoroughly enjoyable, if somewhat predictable, jazz release by a flute-led jazz quartet. Jeremy Steig addresses the issue of flute as jazz instrument slightly differently than Francois Richard did on his recent album Ad Infinitum (Effendi, 2006). Most, if not all flute players seem to have the deep need to add vibrato on any note longer than an eighth note. This tick, when added to the flute's natural breathiness, can be grating, at least to these ears. Richard seemed to try to play against the stereotype and succeeded in taking attention away from the flute ...read more
For a long time, jazz musicians who played the flute as their primary instrument were fairly rare. In recent years, the number of flutists has grown tremendously including three with new albums: Jeremy Steig, Bradley Leighton and François Richard.
Jeremy Steig Flute on the Edge Steig Music 2005
Jeremy Steig has recorded somewhat sporadically as a leader since the '70s. Here, he is accompanied by bassist Cameron Brown, guitarist Vic Juris and drummer Anthony Pinciotti. Steig kicks things off with the brisk, funky original Mr. Go, building from a repeated motif into a firestorm, ...read more
Improvised, the debut duet album from super-veteran flautist Jeremy Steig and almost-as-seasoned guitarist Vic Juris, is just that: an album of almost completely improvised material. Recorded in Steig's home (don't be put off by that, by the way, because home recording has come a long, long way) in a situation where the two musicians played in separate rooms, connected only by headphones to each other, it's spontaneous musical communication of the highest order.The album consists of 22 invented-on-the-spot originals and two standards, and only one of the originals--the eerie, minor-key Two Act Play"--crosses the three-minute mark. The rest ...read more
Originally brought together in a quartet, flutist Jeremy Steig and guitarist Vic Juris had an instant flash of compatibility and decided to explore playing as a duo. Classical music often employs flute and guitar duets, and listening to Improvised, it's clear these two instruments are natural allies. Improvised is composed of 22 short improvised pieces as well as two standards, Bird's Billie's Bounce" and Monk's Friday the 13th." Despite the brevity of the songs, the recording feels cohesive, held together by the surety of Steig and Juris' voices. The pieces flow into one another easily and the ...read more