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Brian Charette: Groovin' With Big G

Read "Groovin' With Big G" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Groovin' With Big G was destined to come about. When a young Brian Charette was cutting his teeth on jazz piano gigs in his home state of Connecticut in the early '90s, he wound up working dates with drummer George Coleman Jr The two struck up a friendship, and Coleman's encouragement helped Charette make the leap ...

Craig Brann: Lineage

Read "Lineage" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The cream always rises to the top. That might sound like a trite statement (and one definitely not applicable to pop music), but is one that consistently holds true in jazz. So it follows that guitarist Craig Brann, in a discipline in which one cannot fake it to make it, would then be the crème de ...


Allegra Levy: Cities Between Us

Read "Cities Between Us" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Continua a muoversi nel solco della tradizione -tra Peggy Lee e Chris Connor-la giovane cantante e autrice newyorchese, diplomata al New England Conservatory. Dopo il debutto del 2014 (Lonely City, SteepleChase) in questo secondo disco Allegra cambia organico e clima espressivo.
Tra i nuovi partner spiccano Kirk Knuffke alla cornetta, Jay Anderson al contrabbasso ...

Federico Bonifazi: You'll See

Read "You'll See" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Federico Bonifazi is a young, unknown Italian pianist/composer who had the wherewithal and common sense to hire Jimmy Cobb as drummer on this, his second album.

The name on the cover of the last surviving member of the Miles Davis sextet that made Kind Of Blue can't help but sell records.

Freddie Redd: With Due Respect

Read "With Due Respect" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Freddie Redd is one of the last living links to the golden age of modern jazz. He started playing the piano after hearing Charlie Parker in the 1940s and made his mark on the scene in 1959 with his score for Jack Gelber's avant-garde play “The Connection."

This told the story of a ...


Peter Zak: The Disciple

Read "The Disciple" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Peter Zak has put out one strong trio affair after another, yet his work is often overlooked. Maybe it's due to the fact that he hasn't settled on one lineup for an extended period of time, preferring to try out different combinations for his trio recordings; or maybe it's because he doesn't stray far from the ...


Greg Tardy: Hope

Read "Hope" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Mantenere viva una tradizione artistica, esaltandola e rinnovandone i valori, non è così secondario rispetto a innovare.
Nato a New Orleans cinquant'anni fa, cresciuto artisticamente sotto la tutela di Ellis Marsalis, Greg Tardy è uno dei migliori sassofonisti della sua generazione e da alcuni anni s'è legato alla SteepleChase (questo è il settimo disco ...


Peter Zak: The Disciple

Read "The Disciple" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Peter Zak had a transcontinental shift from Los Angeles to Columbus and Kent Ohio and, finally, to New Your City, where he has remained since 1989. He has released critically well-received CDs for the Danish SteepleChase label: The Eternal Triangle (2012), Nordic Noon (2011) and Down East (2011). He returns with the present trio recording, ...


Pierre Dorge and New Jungle Orchestra: Tjak Tjaka Tchicai

Read "Tjak Tjaka Tchicai" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Gli appassionati del jazz orchestrale non si lasceranno certamente sfuggire questo CD, che Pierre Dorge dedica al sodale John Tchicai scomparso nel 2013. Le undici composizioni proposte non si discostano dall'estetica sino ad oggi perseguita dal chitarrista danese. Vi si scorge ancora una volta un personale ripensamento del jazz orchestrale d'avanguardia attraverso una condotta strumentale ludica ...

Andrew Rathbun: Numbers & Letters

Read "Numbers & Letters" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Toronto-born saxophonist/composer Andrew Rathbun is no stranger to pushing the boundaries. He has released a dozen superb modernistic CDs under his own name, perhaps most notable of these his nod to his fellow Canadian, writer Margaret Atwood, Sculptures (Blue Moon, 2002), and 2009's and Where We Are Now (Steeplechase Records). Rathbun, on all of his previous ...