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Wardell Gray & Dexter Gordon/Tony ScottChase & The Steeplechase ... CD
Decca/Membran (Germany), 1952/1953. Used ... $4.99
A classic bit of aggressive bop from the team of Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon – famous in the LA scene for their fierce playing in competitive cutting contests! The album features the classic long reading of "The Chase", cut by Gordon and Gray at a GNP concert in 1952 – backed by the similar "Steeple Chase", which grooves out in a similar format – with very long tenor solos. The rest of the group features Conte Candoli on trumpet, Chico Hamilton on drums, Bob Tucker on piano, and Don Bagley on bass. The second part of the CD features classic early work from Tony Scott – a set of clarinet tracks performed with a quartet – featuring Dick Katz on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Sid Bulkin on drums. The style's a great mix of bop and swing – in that mode that Tony always brought to his best work of the time, and which pushed an understanding of the clarinet in jazz long past the swing years. Titles include the original "Homecoming", "Sweet Loraine", "Goodbye", and "Swootie Patootie". CD

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✨✧ Johnny GriffinBlues For Harvey (Steeplechase) ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Johnny Griffin's best European recordings of the 70s! Like a number of the contemporaneous releases by older American reedmen on the Steeplechase label, this one has the leader as the main soloist in a small group setting that includes Kenny Drew on piano, Mads Vinding on bass, and Ed Thigpen on drums. The tracks are long, and Griffin plays with an intensity that recalls some of his earlier recordings on Jazzland – made all the more striking, given the freer setting of the record. Tracks include "That Party Upstairs", "Alone Again", and "Soft and Furry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early pressing – with black and white cover.)
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Bill BarronBill Barron Live At Cobi's ... CD
Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1988. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Some of the last recordings ever made by the late tenor great Bill Barron – and some of the best as well! The CD presents previously unheard live recordings from Cobi's nightclub – a late 80s New York club where Barron played often upon his return from the European scene in the years before his death – and an extremely comfortable setting that let Bill stretch out on long tenor solos, in a style that's quite different than a lot of his studio work for other labels. There's still a very modern feel to the work – especially in Barron's tone – but the tunes also have a solidly inventive solo approach, one that rivals that of classic live recordings by Dexter Gordon or Sonny Rollins. The group's a quartet with Fred Simmons on piano, Santi Debriano on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – and most tracks stretch out for quite some length, dominated by Barron's beautiful solos. Titles include Kenny Barron's "Row House" and "Voyage", and Bill's own "Until Further Notice", "This One's For Monk", and "Easy Does It". CD

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Paul BleyCaravan Suite ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1992. Used ... $11.99
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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonIn The Tradition Vol 2 ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Wonderful work from Anthony Braxton – an album that has him playing straight ahead jazz – but at a time when he was also making some of his most complex recordings of the 70s! The approach here is sublime – as Braxton's reputation has ears already anticipating some far-out playing, but then marvel at his restraint – his care for keeping alto and bass clarinet work inside a straight jazz tradition, yet always hinting at the modern inflections he can bring to his music! Tunes are almost all jazz standards, blown beautifully – with a tone that's crisp, cool, and very inviting – surprisingly soulful, and never cold at all – matched well with the rhythm trio of Tete Montoliu on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums. Titles include "Body & Soul", "Donna Lee", "My Funny Valentine" and "Half Nelson". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a cut corner and a sticker on the spine.)

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Jim Brent/Bruce KaminskyGreensleeves ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1979. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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(Cover has wide clear tape on the seams.)

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Michael CarvinCamel ... CD
Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
A real gem of an album – the kind of spiritual 70s soul jazzer that we never tire of putting on the turntable! Drummer Michael Carvin heads a great group that features Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Sonny Fortune on alto and soprano, and Ron Burton on piano – and the ensemble grooves in a way that reminds us a lot more of recordings on Strata East from the time, than some of the snoozier sides on Steeplechase. The record fits nicely in with some of the few recordings of this nature on the label – work by Billy Gault and Rene McLean – and the album's worth it alone for Fortune's incredible post-Coltrane solos. Tracks include "The Camel", "MC Blues", "Kwebena's Blues", and "Osun". CD features a few bonus alternate takes, too. CD

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Michael CochraneCutting Edge ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1997. Used ... $9.99
Features David Gross on alto, Ron McClure on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums! CD

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Michael CochraneGesture Of Faith ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1998. Used ... $9.99
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Michael CochraneMinor Matrix ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2000. Used ... $12.99
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Michael CochraneRight Now ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2007. Used ... $12.99
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Stanley CowellLive At Copenhagen Jazz House ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
A great little live record, and one that shows that pianist Stanley Cowell never had to answer to anyone else – as he's able to handle so much in such a tight setting – from classic bop numbers, to reworked standards, to the kinds of spiritual compositions that made him such a standout from the start – all performed with effortless ease, and a mindblowing level of creativity throughout! The trio's not one of Stanley's most classic, but is still quite strong – with Cheyney Thomas on bass and Wardell Thomas on drums – although Cowell seems to lead the energy at every twist and turn – showing a rhythmic pulse at some times, a lyrical flow at others, and some especially strong angles on the bop numbers. Titles include "Brilliant Circles", "Bright Passion", "Stella By Starlight", "In Walked Bud", "Prayer For Peace", "Anthropology", "Autumn Leaves", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". CD

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Harold DankoTriple Play ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Harold Danko sounds wonderful here with his long-established trio – a group so well-matched, most of the songs on this set arose from collective improvisations during the recording sessions! Yet these aren't outside, avant tunes – in which all players roam freely in space – and instead, they're melodic, rhythmic, very tuneful extrapolations that are often based on older standards – but which are so transformed, you can't really hear any roots of the originals – as the players take flight in that magical collaborative creation that marks jazz at its best! Danko plays piano, Jay Anderson is on bass, and Jeff Hirshfield is on drums – and titles include "Sky Blues", "Stream Of Tears", "Shallow Waters", "Mademoiselle Dreamy", "Total Obsession", and "Ancient & Distant". CD

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Eddie Lockjaw DavisAll Of Me ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1983. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of Eddie Davis' best no-nonsense dates from the time – recorded in a quartet with Kenny Drew on piano! LP, Vinyl record album

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Walter Davis JrScorpio Rising ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1989. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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Walt DickersonPeace ... CD
Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Great 70s work from one of the most inventive talents on the vibes – the mighty Walt Dickerson! Like some of his other sessions from the time, this album has a beautiful open feel – very sparse and free-ish, but never jumping off the deep end too far into the new thing. There are 2 side-long tracks by the trio, which includes bassist Lyle Atkinson and drummer Andrew Cyrille – and titles include "Universal Peace" and "Chant of Peace", both of which have a wonderful spiritual searching quality throughout! CD also features the bonus track "Warm Up". CD

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Walt Dickerson & Richard DavisDialogue (Divine Gemini/Tenderness) ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99 26.99
Fantastic vibes all around – a double set of work from the team of Walt Dickerson and Richard Davis! First up is the album Divine Gemini – a set that has some incredible interplay between the vibes of Walt Dickerson and bass of Richard Davis – both players who've already had a long resume of creative music by the time of this session, yet coming together here in ways that are completely new and fresh! Dickerson's often in the warmer side of his tones – still quite free at points, but never too obtuse – and always with plenty of room for the lovingly soulful sounds of Davis' bass. Titles include "Lucille", "Divine Gemini", "Always Positive", and "Her Intuition". Next up is the album Tenderness – a set recorded during the same space as the previous album from Walt Dickerson and Richard Davis – but sometimes with a slightly different feeling in the sound! There's definitely some of the tenderness promised by the title – especially at those great points when the colors of Dickerson's vibes are flowing beautifully next to Davis' mellow basslines. But there's also other points that are a bit more dynamic, too – bold notes from Walt that have this sense of texture that's really amazing – followed by equally wonderful sounds from Richard. Titles include "Tenderness", "So Thoughtful", "The Road Must End", and "Play Son Play". CD

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Johnny DyaniAfrika ... CD
Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
One of the more African-styled albums recorded by bassist Johnny Dyani – recorded with a septet that includes extra percussion and steel drums, in a groove that recalls Dyani's best work with British jazz players of the early 70s! The added percussion makes for a much greater emphasis on the rhythmic component of the set than on other Dyani albums for Steeplechase – and the group's augmented by some great work by Charles Davis on alto, and Ed Epstein on both tenor and alto. Titles include "Blame It On The Boers", "Funk Dem Dudu", "Grandmother's Teaching", and "Kalahari Lives". CD features a few bonus tracks as well! CD

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Johnny DyaniMbizo ... CD
Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
One of the last great records by legendary South African bassist Johnny Dyani – recorded here in a piano-less quartet with Dudu Pukwana and Ed Epstein on reeds, and Churchill Jolobe on drums. The overall feel of the session is quite "outside" – with some very free solos from the sax players – but there's also some rhythmic elements that hearken back to Dyani's roots, and which nicely ground the set. Titles include "Dedicated To Mingus", "Dorkay House", and "Musician's Musician". CD

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Johnny Dyani QuartetAngolian Cry ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1985. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
A strong quartet session from bassist Johnny Dyani – recorded with John Tchicai on sax, Harry Beckett on trumpet, and Billy Hart on drums! The sound on the session is quite "outside" – letting Tchicai and Beckett plenty of room to solo freely – but there's also a soulful component at the bottom of the set, with warm rolling basslines that show that Dyani's still very much in charge of the session, and some great work on drums from Billy Hart. Titles include "Blues For Moyake", "UDF", "Year Of The Child", and "Angolian Cry". CD also features the bonus track "Portrait Of Mosa Gwangwa". CD

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Johnny Dyani QuartetSong For Biko ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
Key work as a leader from Johnny Dyani – the legendary bassist from the pioneering South African combo The Blue Notes – recorded with a great quartet featuring Don Cherry, Makaya Ntshoko, and Dudu Pukwana! The album features a wonderful extended tune, running for all of side two, entitled "Jo'Burg–New York" – a musical journey that's worth the price of the album alone – and the set also features a number of great shorter tunes that include "Wish You Sunshine", "Song For Biko", and "Confession of Moods". CD also features a bonus 21 minute track – "Lonely Flower In The Village" – recorded at the original session, and never issued before! CD

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✨✧ Wayne Escoffery, Don Braden, Jimmy Greene, & StephSteeple Chase Jam Session Volume 30 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2010. Used ... $12.99
The jam session tradition is alive and well, thanks to the efforts of this excellent series from Steeplechase Records – one of the few to still continue to offer old school interplay in this format! But unlike other jam session sets, which often have the players trying to "beat" each other – these Steeplechase dates always have a wonderfully unified feel – much more of a group feel overall, which makes the records real standouts in this mode. This time around, the session's got some especially heavy tenor work – great lines from Don Braden, Wayne Escoffery, Jimmy Grene, and Stephen Riley – players all allowed to really open up in the long space of the tunes – getting some completely classic rhythm support from Andy LaVerne on piano, Steve Laspina on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums. The set features a great version of Larry Young's "Back Up" – plus LaVerne's original "Twin Towers", and takes on "Boston Bernie", "I Have A Dream", and "Darn That Dream". CD

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