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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Remembrance

Label: SteepleChase Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Conception; It's A Blue World; Good Morning Heartache; Tchau; Limehouse Blues; Remembrance; Blues For Bailey's; All American; I'm A Fool To Want You; Navan's Apple.

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Article: Album Review

Andy Fusco: Remembrance

Read "Remembrance" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Since 2016 SteepleChase Records has released five discs by alto saxophonist Andy Fusco. This impressive, often stunning body of work goes a long way in raising the profile of a man who had seldom been given the opportunity to record under his own name. While Fusco leads the sessions, he's the antithesis of a star or ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Four Masters and More

Read "Four Masters and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


After a segment of 21st century music from Andy Fusco, Matt Criscuolo, Wycliffe Gordon and Fred Hersch, we go into celebration mode--saluting Sonny Rollins (with Max Roach) because he IS Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Dave Brubeck (with some gorgeous Paul Desmond on the rarely played 'Jazz Goes To College) on their centennial, and 2020 National ...

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Vortex

Label: SteepleChase Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Vortex; Friends And Neighbors; Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most; Matador; When Lights Are Low; Desperado; In Your Own Sweet Way; All Or Nothing At All; Tailspin; Windows.

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Article: Album Review

Andy Fusco: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Vortex, Andy Fusco's fourth release on the SteepleChase imprint in as many years, is cause for celebration. Until recently, recordings by the veteran alto saxophonist as a leader have been few and far between. The date reunites Fusco with tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, who composed four of the selections and arranged nine of the ten tracks. ...

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Article: Album Review

Bill Warfield: For Lew

Read "For Lew" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “Lew" referred to on Renaissance man Bill Warfield's latest big-band album, For Lew, is the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, whom Warfield remembers in the liner notes as “my mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration." The inspiration arrived when the teen-age Warfield, who had switched from trumpet to piano after losing his front teeth in an auto ...

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Article: New York Beat

John Pizzarelli Soars at Birdland

Read "John Pizzarelli Soars at Birdland" reviewed by Nick Catalano


Wowing a late night crowd of worshipful fans at a packed Birdland, John Pizzarelli showcased his guitar mastery, vocal excitement, and hilarious patter this past Saturday night. Accompanied by his Swing Seven band of jazz all-stars, the scion of the famed New Jersey Pizzarelli clan (guitarist father Bucky will celebrate his 90th birthday this week at ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases

Read "U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


The opportunity to listen to six recently released discs on the venerable SteepleChase label (and the SteepleChase LookOut branch) is a little like reading an anthology of short stories by distinguished authors from a particular year or period. You get a hearty helping of vital, mature voices, most of whom operate somewhere in the jazz mainstream, ...


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