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Wardell Gray & Dexter GordonChase/Steeplechase ... CD
Decca (Japan), 1952. New Copy ... About December 5, 2018
A classic meeting of two powerful tenors on the west coast – Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon – locked together beautifully in this seminal recording from an early Gene Norman concert! The format is loose and free – a key bop illustration of what the tenor sax could offer, when set in the hands of giants like this – and each track runs for an entire side of the record, with mighty bold solos from both Gray and Gordon, blowing head to head in the "chase" – plus trumpet from Conte Candoli, piano from Bob Tucker, bass from Don Bagley, and drums from Chico Hamilton. The album only features two long tracks – "The Chase" and "The Steeplechase" – but both of those are more than enough! CD

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✨✧ Lee Konitz & Red MitchellI Concentrate On You – A Tribute To Cole Porter (Steeplechase) ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1974. Very Good ... $7.99
Konitz plays alto, and Mitchell plays bass and a bit of piano – on titles that include "I Love You", "Night & Day", "I Love Paris", "Love For Sale", and "It's All Right With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Jackie McLean & Dexter GordonSource Vol 2 (Steeplechase) ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A great meeting of two generations of jazz – and one that really blows the top off some of Dexter Gordon's other European sessions of the time! The setting here is definitely one that's more a Gordon-based date – long tracks with rhythm backing from a trio with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums. But unlike some of the other long-blown Gordon-heavy albums for the stretch, the presence of Jackie McLean really brings in a new sort of fire – the kind of soaring, soulful energy he brought to his own records in these immediate post-Blue Note years – almost a Coltrane influence, and a sense of spiritualism that really comes through on some of his solo moments – even in this relatively straight setting. Titles include "Half Nelson", "I Can't Get Started", "Another Hair-Do", and "Dexter Digs In". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Steeplechase pressing!)

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Tim Ries, Danny Walsh, Charles Pillow & othersSteeplechase Jam Sesssion – Vol 27 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2008. Used ... $9.99
... CD
 
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Federico Bonifazi with Philip HarperEast 74th Street ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Federico Bonifazi is great pianist, and also a hell of a writer too – one with a very fully-formed voice in jazz – able to fit complex ideas in a very tight space, while still very much letting the soloists do their thing! And yet Federico also seems to bring out a new depth in his group members too – as he did on a recent album that starred Eric Alexander on tenor, and he does this time around with Philip Harper on trumpet – sounding better than we've heard him in years! The richness of Bonifazi's writing, and his piano work, is tremendous – and gives Harper a platform from which to really soar – which he does wonderfully on some of the best tracks here. Credit should also be given to the strong bass work, which also really helps shape the sound of the set – from either John Webber or Lorenzo Sandi, depending on the track – and the group also features Billy Kaye on drums. Titles are all originals – and include "High Line", "Steps House", "Ballamorando Brando", "Crash", "Sounds Good", and "Borotalco". CD

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Joe BonnerDevotion ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1983. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Seminal work from Joe Bonner – a solo set that really lets him show off his mighty talents on the piano! Bonner's got a free, fluid groove that few other players can match in such a setting – and unlike other pianists, who might use a solo set to get intimately acquainted with some old jazz standards, Joe really brings in a new sort of freshness – mostly showcasing his own compositions, which sparkle brilliantly – and have an undeniable sense of rhythm, timing, and tone. Titles include "Devotion", "A Tale Of Two Cities", "Song For Cathy", "Getting You Off My Mind", and "Flat Top". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has waviness & staining.)

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Craig BrannLineage ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A beautifully sweet setting for guitarist Craig Brann – a player who's always been great before, but who really seems to be opening up some new modes here! The album's got this wonderfully rhythmic core – songs that swing, but in a very contemporary way – and which make use of Brann's guitar at a level that's far beyond more familiar guitar jazz material! The rhythm trio – Ethan Herr on piano, Nick Morrison on bass, and Cory Cox on drums – are really doing some amazing things here, as they snatch grooves out of the air, then reconstruct them in different building blocks of sound – a mode that must also be due to Brann's nice range of original material on the set. Some tunes begin with the leader playing these solo passages with surprising deftness – almost evoking the complexity of Spanish guitar – and trumpeter John Raymond completes the group for an added layer of color. Titles include "Dilla Daze", "Copy", "Verdict", "Good Intentions", "Reinventing Something Round", "Five Percent Of My Life Thus Far", and "Dozen The Swan's Hound". CD

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Greg BurkDetroit Songbook ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. Used ... $11.99
A beautiful love letter to the Detroit jazz scene from pianist Greg Burk – not the famous motor city jazz world of the postwar years, but a really special time in the 90s when things were a bit more underground – and when Burk spent some formative years in the city! The notes recall some amazing days of warmth and collaboration with Detroit musicians – and the music here was all composed during that time, and really sparkles with the spirit that Burk speaks of in the notes – this soulful, lyrical, immediately personal flow between his piano, the bass of Matteo Bortone, and the drums of John Arnold. The compositions are wonderful – music that will really have us paying attention to Greg's skills as a writer – and titles include "Cass & Palmer", "Jangle", "Scene Unseen", "Matins", and "Woodward Stride". CD
(Tray card has a cutout notch.)
Also available Detroit Songbook ... CD 15.99

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Greg BurkDetroit Songbook ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A beautiful love letter to the Detroit jazz scene from pianist Greg Burk – not the famous motor city jazz world of the postwar years, but a really special time in the 90s when things were a bit more underground – and when Burk spent some formative years in the city! The notes recall some amazing days of warmth and collaboration with Detroit musicians – and the music here was all composed during that time, and really sparkles with the spirit that Burk speaks of in the notes – this soulful, lyrical, immediately personal flow between his piano, the bass of Matteo Bortone, and the drums of John Arnold. The compositions are wonderful – music that will really have us paying attention to Greg's skills as a writer – and titles include "Cass & Palmer", "Jangle", "Scene Unseen", "Matins", and "Woodward Stride". CD
Also available Detroit Songbook ... CD 11.99

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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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Stanley CowellBright Passion ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ... $14.99
... CD

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Stanley CowellHear Me One ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1996. Used ... $10.99
... CD

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Stanley CowellIt's Time ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2012. Used ... $18.99
Sublime trio work from pianist Stanley Cowell – a player who's held us rapt with attention for decades – and continues to earn our faith with great records like this! The album features Cowell on piano, and a bit of kalimba – which is mighty nice – working with bassist Tom DiCarlo and drummer Chris Brown – both younger players who really seem to get Cowell's groove, especially in the more complicated moments – of which there are a few. The set begins with two great originals by Stanley – "Cosmology" and "El Space O" – then moves into the great "Asian Art Suite", which is really one of the most unusual, exotic things we've heard from Cowell in years! That music is then offset by the long "Civil Rights Suite" – which has bolder overtones to match its social message – and the set then concludes with two more standalone compositions by Cowell – "Long Vamp" and the classic "Abstrutions". CD
(Out of print.)

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Stanley Cowell with Karen FrancisMandara Blossoms ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1995. Used ... $8.99
An unusual 90s session from Stanley Cowell – but a great one too! The record features the talents of vocalist Karen Francis on most numbers – one of the first times we remember Stanley working with a singer, in a set of tunes that includes vocal readings of some great compositions from the Cowell songbook! Francis' tone is somewhat brighter than you might expect – spiritual at points, straighter at others – and the rest of the group features Bill Pierce on tenor, Jeff Halsey on bass, and Ralph Peterson on drums. Includes a wonderful reading of "Equipoise", plus "Daydream", "I Think It's Time To Say Goodbye Again", "This Life", "Mandara Blossoms", "Winter Reflections", and "Rivers Of Our Fathers". 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 DavisSwingin Till The Girls Come Home (Inner City) ... LP
Steeplechase/Inner City, 1976. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A European session, with Davis on tenor, Thomas Clausen on piano, Bo Steif on bass, and Alex Riel on drums. Titles include "Locks", "Wave", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and "Out Of Nowhere". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Olegario DiazI Remember Chet ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A tribute to the late trumpeter Chet Baker, but one that's got a rock-solid swinging feel that's quite different than most of Baker's music on record! The group here is a fantastic lineup – with Alex Sipiagin handling the trumpet parts, but in a way that's often quite un-Chet-like – alongside strong tenor from Seamus Blake, bold bass from Scott Colley, and dynamic drums from Bill Stewart – all working under the leadership of pianist Olegario Diaz, who colors the tunes with nicely vivid notes that fly from his fingers with a sparkling sense of imagination. Many numbers are from the Chet Baker songbook, but Diaz also wrote a few great songs of his own – and titles include "Everything I Love", "Star Eyes", "Just Friends", "CTA", "Rise & Fall Baker", "Bernie's Tune", and "I Remember Chet". 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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Walt Dickerson & Richard DavisTenderness ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 35.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pierre DorgeSoundscapes ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Guitarist Pierre Dorge has been giving us amazing music for many years – but he sounds especially amazing here in the company of a really great group – the excellent Kirk Knuffke on cornet, plus Stephen Riley on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums – all very dynamic players who seem to make Dorge sound even fresher than ever! There's an especially strong sense of phrasing on the record – no surprise, especially with Knuffke in the mix – and while Pierre can sometimes use his instrument in more abstract ways, that quality is really balanced by all the other members of the lineup. Anderson's bass is great – nicely pointed at the best moments, and a great contrast to Dorge's strings – and all tracks are originals, with titles that include "Lullaby For Sun Ra", "Mingus' Birthday Party", "Afrikaa Mbizo Dyani", "Sim Sim Ba", and "Alligator In Paradise". CD

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Kenny DrewLite Flite ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. Near Mint- ... $14.99
With Thad Jones on flugelhorn and cornet, Bob Berg on tenor, George Mraz on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Titles include "Bossa Mood", "Lite Flite", "Precious Lady", and "Only You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny DyaniAfrika (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 35.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Johnny Dyani With John Tchicai & Dudu PukwanaWitchdoctor's Son ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
A late 70s classic from South African bassist Johnny Dyani – and an album that reunites him with Dudu Pukwana, the saxophonist in their original group The Blue Notes! The album also features John Tchicai on both alto and soprano sax, as well as added guitar from Afredo Do Nascimento, plus some added percussion. Tunes have a nice rhythmic feel, but the solos are also quite raw and searing – really blowing open the whole thing, in the manner of some of the post-Blue Notes early 70s work by Pukwana, Dyanai, and sadly departed bandmate Mongezi Feza. Titles include "Heart With Minor's Face", "Magwaza", "Eyomzi", "Mbiza", and "Radebe". CD also features 4 bonus alternate takes! CD

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Andy FuscoTurmoil ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
No turmoil here, as saxophonist Andy Fusco is very much in charge – heading up the group with a confident tone and strong sense of voice – which maybe also allows a bit more openness in the other players! Fusco blows alto throughout, with a rich, crispy tone that almost moves more towards a tenor at points – and he shares lots of solo space with guitarist John Hart, a player with very open chromes – evoking lots of harmonic moments from his instrument, as they ring out strongly with a sense of color that it might normally take a few other players to introduce. The rest of the quartet features Bill Morning on bass and Rudy Petschauer on drums – and titles include "Turmoil", "Minor League", "The Gypsy", "Bella's Burn", "Look For The Silver Lining", and "Rhapsodia". CD

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Dexter GordonApartment ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1974. Very Good ... $4.99
A standout 70s set from Dexter Gordon – one that's a bit tighter than some of his longer-blown dates from overseas – and which almost sparkles with the same power as his 60s albums on Blue Note! The group here is nice and tight – with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Heath on drums – all grooving in a style that's sharply focused, and which really sets the stage for Dex's wonderful tone on the solos. Pedersen's bass is great too – sometimes stepping out with a presence not usually heard on a set like this – and titles include the Gordon originals "The Apartment", "Antabus", and "Candlelight Lady" – plus "Wee Dot" and "Old Folks". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a cut corner, clear tape on the top seam, some pen, and light wear.)

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Dexter GordonBillie's Bounce ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
With Tete Montoliu on piano. LP, Vinyl record album

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Dexter GordonBiting The Apple ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Dexter Gordon blows back home in the US, but still with the long, open solo style of his European work for Steeplechase! The group features Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Al Foster on drums – a great rhythm section – and titles include "Apple Jump", "A La Modal", and "I'll Remember April". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Danish pressing!)

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Dexter GordonHeartaches – Live At Montmartre Jazzhus 1965 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1965. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
Important early European work by Dexter Gordon – recorded during his successful 60s run at the legendary Cafe Montmartre, where using the new freedoms of that scene, he re-invented himself as a player, and gave a much needed boost to European-American jazz relations! The tracks on the set are all very much in the best spirit of Gordon's Montmartre years – long and open-ended, with a real focus on the tenor solo work, but also some excellent support by a rhythm trio that includes Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Alex Riel. Titles include "So What", "You've Changed", "Heartaches", and "Devilette". CD

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Dexter GordonKing Neptune – Dexter Gordon In Radioland Vol 3 ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1964. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Dexter mostly plays tenor, in this great 1964 date with Tete Montoliu on piano – but he also vocalizes a bit on a version of the Benny Green tune "I Want To Blow Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dexter GordonLullaby For A Monster ... CD
Steeplechase, 1976. Used ... $11.99
Not as striking as the word "Monster" in the title might make you think – but a nicely laidback European session, one that has Dexter blowing freely, with only bass and drum accompaniment. Tracks are mostly pretty long, and titles include "Tanya", "Born To Be Blue", "Nursery Blues", "Green Dolphin Street", and "Lullaby For A Monster". CD

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Dexter GordonSomething Different ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1975. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An unusual session for Dexter Gordon – with Philip Catherine on guitar – and no piano in the group! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Danish pressing!)

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Dexter GordonStable Mable ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1975. Near Mint- ... $14.99
With Dexter Gordon on tenor and soprano sax – plus Horace Parlan on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pederson on bass, and Tony Inzalaco on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Danish pressing.)

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Billy HarperLive On Tour In The Far East Vol 1 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1991. Used ... $9.99
Some of the best Billy Harper work of the past decade or two – a 3 volume series of live performances, all recorded in the Far East in 1991! This first volume features Billy recorded in Korea, with a group that includes Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Francesca Tanksley on piano, Louis Spears on bass, and Newman Baker on drums – stretching out on long tunes that recall the brilliance of Harper's incredible Japanese recordings of the 70s – a masterful blend of searching and soulfulness! Titles include "I Do Believe", "If One Could Only See", "Croquet Ballet", and "Insight". CD

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Buck HillNorthsea Festival (Easy To Love/Impressions) ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1981. Used 2CD ... $13.99
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by tenorist Buck Hill – a local player on the DC scene, and one who hardly ever got his due on record! We'd rank Buck right up there with Von Freeman – another local player who spent years honing his tenor sound in a local setting, yet who never got the right sort of fame because he kept away from the New York or LA scenes. And here, Hill's got an incredibly timeless sound in his horn – really deep, beautiful, and undeniably soulful – a sense of raspy tone that goes back to Lester Young or Ben Webster, but a freer, more open sense of swing too – brought out nicely by rhythm work from Reuben Brown on piano, Wilbur Little on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. This set features the the full tracks from a great live European performance from 1981 – seemingly more than was on the original albums Impressions and Easy To Love – with titles that include "Easy To Love", "Mr Barrow", "Little Face", "Spaces", "Alone Together", "Impressions", and "Penn Station". CD
(Rear tray card has a light stain in one corner but everything else is fine & booklet is clean.)

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Shirley HornAll Night Long ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1981. Used ... $11.99
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Khan Jamal TrioTraveller ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 35.99
One of a few great albums cut by vibist Khan Jamal with South African bassist Johnny Dyani! The session has Khan's vibes and Johnny's bass supported by drums from Leroy Lowe – in an open trio format that's filled with lots of rich tonal colors – and which has the players shading each other in nicely, never going for gimmick, and always enriching the overall sound of the set. There's a swirling majesty here that's like small group Bobby Hutcherson at times – but with a lighter touch overall – and titles include "Thelonious", "Unsung Heroes", "Bells Of Joy", "The Traveller" and "Bloom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Khan Jamal with Odean Pope & Byard LancasterImpressions Of Coltrane ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2008. Used ... $13.99
Khan Jamal takes on the music of John Coltrane – in a wonderful session that returns the vibist to the glory days of his 70s work! There's a soulful swing to most of the numbers here – thanks to rhythm from a trio that features Curtis Lundy on bass, Farid Barron on piano, and Edgar Bateman on drums – and on one track, the great Odean Pope joins in on tenor, bringing a very strong Coltrane-esque vibe to the group's reading of "Blues For PC". Alto saxophonist Byard Lancaster plays on a version of "Mr PC" – but honestly, our favorite tracks here are the quartet ones – as it's great to hear Jamal's vibes stretch out in some cool Coltrane modes – ringing out with rich sound that's completely sublime. Other titles include "One Down One Up", "Naima", "Impressions", "Afro Blue", "Central Park West", and "Cousin Mary". CD

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Sam JonesVisitation ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
One of the strongest statements ever recorded by bassist Sam Jones – a wickedly soulful session that cooks on all burners! The album's got a rich depth that far surpasses most of Jones' trio sessions – and is a full quintet album, with Terumasa Hino on cornet, Bob Berg on tenor, Ronnie Matthews on piano, and Al Foster on drums. Matthews' strong and soulful lines really push the whole group along – stretching out with modal energy that really seems to set the horns free. All tracks are extremely fresh, and played at a level that brings out the best we'd expect from the players – possibly more in fact – and the record's an under-appreciated gem in the Steeplechase catalog of the 70s! Titles include "Del Sasser", "Visitation", "Occurrence", "Jean Marie", and "Before You". CD also features 3 bonus alternate takes! CD

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Thad JonesThree & One ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1984. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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Clifford JordanFirm Roots ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1975. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A great little album from Jordan – one of a number of very hip sessions he cut in the mid 70s, working with his Magic Triangle group that included Cedar Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The group come together with an energy that's extremely rare – creative and experimental, yet never failing to swing, and working as one to explore a slightly cosmic approach to jazz, one that rarely shows up in Jordan's later work. The album's filled with great original tunes – including "One For Amos", "Inga", "Voices Deep Within Me", and "Scorpio" – and Jordan plays tenor and flute. CD also features a bonus unreleased version of "Bearcat". CD

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Duke JordanDuke's Artistry ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A very cool pairing of talents – the piano of Duke Jordan and the fluegelhorn of Art Farmer – in a quartet with David Friesen on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Danish pressing. Cover seams are slightly unglued, but cover looks great.)

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Duke JordanDuke's Delight ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1975. Near Mint- ... $9.99
More greatness than usual for Duke Jordan – thanks to the presence of Charlie Rouse on tenor and Richard Williams on trumpet! Titles include "Truth", "Tall Grass", "Sultry Eye", and "Undecided Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
(Danish Steeplechase pressing – in great shape!)

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Duke JordanFlight To Japan ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A killer trio date – recorded in Tokyo, with Wilbur Little on bass and Roy Haynes on drums! Titles include "Lullaby Of The Orient", "Bullet", "Love Hotel", "Bridgetown", and "Flight To Japan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Danish pressing!)

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Duke JordanGreat Session ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1981. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A trio date – with David Friesen on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums! Titles include "All The Things You Are", "Moonglow", "Night In Tunisia", and "Blues In The Closet". LP, Vinyl record album

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Duke JordanLive In Japan ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
A fantastic trio set – with Wilbur Little on bass and Roy Haynes on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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Vic Juris, Dave Stryker, Tony Purrone et alSteeple Chase Jam Session Vol 2 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2002. Used ... $9.99
... CD

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Kirk KnuffkeCherryco ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A beautifully unique take on the music of Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman – served up here by a trio that features Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums! The tunes are all classic Cherry or Coleman compositions – but the performance here is very different, with a robust quality that comes not just from the deeper range of the cornet, but also from the bold work on drum and bass – which still keeps things in that rompingly rhythmic mode of the group that Cherry and Coleman had together, but maybe both a bit more open in terms of the groove – and more focused on the one lead solo instrument. Knuffke's really opened up the sound of others in the past – but this record might well be his greatest achievement so far – as you'll hear on titles that include "Roland Alphonso", "The Sphinx", "Jayne", "Song In D", "Mind & Time", "Cherryco", "Golden Heart", "Paris Ambulance Song", and "Angel Voice". CD

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Kirk Knuffke & Jesse StackenSatie ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
A beautiful jazz-based take on the music of Erik Satie – one that really lives up to the spare spirit of the original compositions, but also opens the tunes up with a bit more soul as well! Jesse Stacken plays piano – with all the light touch and spacious presentation Satie intended for the music – while Kirk Knuffke blows cornet, often with an equally light, open touch – shading in the melodies in really gentle ways, but with a great deal of beauty – unlocking even more sentiment than is originally in the songs – and if you know the work of Satie, you know that's saying a lot! The music is beautiful – maybe one of the best extrapolations of Satie we've ever heard, on a par with some of the Nato Records experiments in the 80s – and titles include "Vexations", "Trois Gynopedies", "Six Gnossiennes", "Sarabande No 1", and "Petite Ouverture A Danser". CD

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Lee KonitzYes, Yes Nonet ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Joe MagnarelliMagic Trick ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Joe Magnarelli can be one of the most explosively colorful trumpeters we know – and that's definitely the case here, as he works some beautiful magic alongside the alto of Andy Fusco and guitar of John Hart! Both players are equally imbued with hues, and weave this fantastic array of tones and colors throughout the set – especially on the few numbers that are Magnarelli originals! Joe's a player who would have been huge in the classic years of jazz recording – when his mix of technique and humanity would have grabbed many ears right away – but maybe that's also what makes a record like this so special – as it's part of a continuing statement of individuality from a player that only the few in the know can really appreciate. The group also features Ben Wolfe on bass and Byron Landon on drums – and titles include "Magic Trick", "Theme For Ernie", "2nd Anniversary", "Vercelli", "Akira's Riff", and a nice take on "Along Came Betty". CD

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Howard McGheeJust Be There ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A nice later date from this legendary trumpeter – long tracks recorded in Copenhagen, with a lineup that features Horace Parlan on piano, Per Goldschmidt on baritone, Mads Vinding on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Ken McIntyreChasing The Sun ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Used ... $11.99
Great 70s work by reedman Ken McIntyre – a modernist from the 60s who recorded briefly with Eric Dolphy and other giants of his generation, then disappeared for a while before resurfacing on a series of records for Steeple Chase. This one's a trio session – with Hakim Jami on bass and Beaver Harris on drums – and it's kind of a loosely directed set of tracks that runs through free out material, and other tunes with a more inside spiritual vibe. We like this latter batch best, as McIntyre's real strength has always been his affinity for a Dolphy-esque mode of gentle exploration. Titles include "El Hajj Malik", "I Close My Eyes", "High Noon", and "Got My Mind Set On Freedom". CD

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Jackie McLeanLive At Montmartre ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1972. Used ... $9.99
Jackie McLean opens it up at Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen – blowing in the long, open-ended style usually associated with live dates from the club! The format here is similar to the better-known Montmartre recordings by Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin – strong rhythms from a trio that features Kenny Drew on piano, Bo Stief on bass, and Alex Riel on drums – topped with dominant solos from Jackie, who's blowing here in a boppish style that's a bit different from some of his more spiritual sessions of the 70s. Titles include "Das Dat", "Smile", "Parker's Mood", and "Confirmation". CD
Also available Live At Montmartre ... LP 19.99

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Jackie McLeanLive At Montmartre ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1972. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Jackie McLean opens it up at Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen – blowing in the long, open-ended style usually associated with live dates from the club! The format here is similar to the better-known Montmartre recordings by Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin – strong rhythms from a trio that features Kenny Drew on piano, Bo Stief on bass, and Alex Riel on drums – topped with dominant solos from Jackie, who's blowing here in a boppish style that's a bit different from some of his more spiritual sessions of the 70s. Titles include "Das Dat", "Smile", "Parker's Mood", and "Confirmation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Danish pressing, in a flipback cover with light wear and a small peeled spot on back.)
Also available Live At Montmartre ... CD 9.99

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Jackie McLean & Gary BartzOde To Super ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
A great meeting of these two alto giants – and a wonderfully soulful session that matches Gary Bartz's own great work from the same time! The overall feel of the session is quite spiritual – as Bartz and McLean seem to egg each other on, into far-reaching lines and freespirited grooves that are totally great. Rhythm is by a European trio of Thomas Clausen, Bo Steif, and Alex Riel – but the trio does more than enough of a good job to set the mood – especially on the excellent track "Great Rainstreet Blues", which sounds like some lost dark groove from the Black Jazz label! Other titles include "Watercircle", "Monk's Dance", and "Ode To Super". CD features a few bonus alternate takes, too. CD

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✨✧ Jackie McLean & Michael CarvinAntiquity ... LP
Steeplechase, 1974. Near Mint- ... $29.99
One of Jackie McLean's most avant recordings of the 70s – a set of duets with percussionist Michael Carvin, handled in a way that feels more like an AACM session than any of his other sides for Steeplechase! In addition to his usual alto, Jackie plays bells, bamboo flute, percussion, piano, and kalimba – and Carvin's not only on drums, but a range of similar instruments as well. The feel is really great, and a good reminder that McLean was still incredibly inventive at the time – nearly a decade after his best Blue Note "new thing" work! Titles include "Gong Go Lye", "Ti Ti", "Down In The Bottom", and the extended "Antiquity" suite. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City, in an orange cover, with light wear and a cut corner.)

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Tete MontoliuCatalonian Fire ... LP
Steeplechase/Inner City, 1974. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Plenty of fire here – the kind of quick-witted piano work we've really come to admire from Tete Montoliu – who really hits a new level of genius on his 70s recordings for the Steeplechase label! Montoliu has this amazing way of hitting hard, with a real edge – then laying back and just letting things flow – kind of a shift between left and right hand emphasis that really makes for some breathtaking runs on the keyboard – especially with backing here from Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and Albert Tootie Heath on drums. Tracks are nice and long, and titles include "Sweet Georgie Fame", "Blues For Perla", "Falling In Love With Love", and "Old Folks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Danish pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Brew MooreI Should Care ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1965. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Live work by Brew from his 60s Scandinavian sojourn – a time when the lesser-known American tenorist really seemed to open up in the company of appreciative European audiences! Brew's solo work here is amazing – far more than we would have expected from his late 50s American sides – and he blows the tenor with an incredible depth that really stretches out on the longer tunes. Titles include "Manny's Tune", "In A Mellotone", "Brew's Blues", and "I Should Care". LP, Vinyl record album
(Danish pressing. Cover has a small cut corner.)

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Dick OattsUse Your Imagination ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Dick Oatts has a wonderful group here – a well-chosen quintet of musicians who really seem to open up the possibilities in each others' sound, especially when it comes to tone, texture, and color! Oatts is always great – his raspy alto is deft, but always very personal too – and it's offset here by the sparkling trumpet of Joe Magnarelli, who seems to be exploring a lot of fresh territory on the mostly-original tunes provided for the album by Dick. Pianist Anthony Wonsey blocks things out strongly with his work on the keys – bringing in a soulful, stepping vibe that's mighty nice – before soaring out on his own solos too. And bassist Ugonna Okegwo rounds out the snapping rhythms provided by drummer Chris Smith – making for a pair who's sense of timing really inspires the others. Titles include "Como Uno", "Speaking Relative", "Do Da Day", "Yesteryear", "Lossofyou", and "Midwest Mideast". CD

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Jason PalmerJason Palmer At Wally's Vol 2 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Trumpeter Jason Palmer has given us some great creative projects in recent years – but this time around, he's in a wonderfully back-to-basics mode – working with an excellent combo in a small club in Boston – on long tracks that really stretch out and let us hear his imaginative skill on solos! The core group is a quintet – with the excellent Noah Preminger on tenor, and Max Light ringing out nicely on guitar – driven by rhythms from Simon Willson on bass and Lee Fish on drums – players who keep a nice sense of structure in the tunes, even while things are open enough to really let the solos expand! Chris McCarthy plays Fender Rhodes on one track on each volume – and all titles are great originals by Palmer – really showing his dynamic vision as a leader. Titles on this second volume include "Ethos", "Style", "Sunny Rain", and "The Side Eye". CD

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Mike RichmondTones For Joan's Bones ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Few folks have managed to make the cello swing in jazz over the years – a short list of giants that might include Ray Brown, Ron Carter, and Eldee Young – all company that Mike Richmond very comfortably fits next to with his work here! As all the great bassists who picked up the cello knew, there's a way to handle the instrument with the plucked dexterity of a larger acoustic bass – but with a more fluid, toneful approach that's almost between a bass and a guitar! Richmond hits that perfect sweet spot here – amidst nicely colored piano lines from Peter Zak, which really balance out the sound – and bass from Jay Anderson and drums from Billy Drummond. The song choices are nice, too – and really bring out the most in the format – as Mike performs versions of "Tones For Joan's Bones", "Soul Eyes", "Dolphin Dance", "Beautiful Friendship", and "Be My Love". CD

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✨✧ Hilton RuizPiano Man ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1975. Very Good+ ... $8.99
With Buster Williams on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – on titles that include "Straight Street", "Arrival", "One For Hakim", "Medi II", and "Misty Thursday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Danish pressing. Cover has light wear with some tape on the back, near the top seam.)

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Louis SmithJust Friends ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Used ... $14.99
A strong return to form for trumpeter Louis Smith – emerging here in the late 70s with a wonderfully fluid sound! Smith's trumpet and flugelhorn work are very much in the spirit of the recordings he and his soul jazz contemporaries made for Blue Note back in the late 50s and early 60s – but the nature of the session also brings in some more open touches to the tunes, especially in the rhythm section. Smith is joined by George Coleman on tenor, Harold Mabern on piano, Jamil Nasser on bass, and Ray Mosca on drums – and a number of the tunes on the set are originals, with titles that include "Blues For Jimmy", "Lulu", "Vaughn's Bounce", "Minor Bit", and "I Remember Clifford". CD also features a bonus track – a sweet reading of Jobim's "Quiet Nights". CD
(Out of print.)

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Louis SmithPrancin' ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1979. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Sweetly soulful work from trumpeter Louis Smith – and one of his wonderful comeback sets for the Steeplechase label! Smith was first known for his two excellent Blue Note sides of the late 50s – but then disappeared for years as a leader on the recording scene. Here, he's working with a quintet of old masters that include Junior Cook on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – all crafting a sound that's almost a 70s take on the Blue Note spirit of older years. Smith contributed a number of original tunes to the set – most of the titles, in fact – and tracks include "Rhyan's Groove", "Prancin", "Chanson De Louise", "One For Nils", and "Fats". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Gary SmulyanAlternative Contrafacts ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Fantastic work from Gary Smulyan – a baritone saxophonist who may well be one of the few really standout players on his instrument these days – working in a legacy that puts his mighty talents right up there with Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff, and a rare few others who could really make the baritone swing! Smulyan plays here in just a trio – David Wong on bass and Rodney Green on drums – and the tracks are long, flowing, and open – really illustrating Gary's strength as a soloist, and his deft imagination on an instrument that doesn't easily give itself to some players. The song list is great, too – titles by Ted Curson, Al Cohn, Mal Waldron, and Jimmy Giuffre – plus one tune by Gary too. Titles include "Ahma See Ya", "Vodka", "Deep People", "Cohn Pone", "Tale Of The Fingers", and "Hanid". CD

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Idrees SuliemanGroovin ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1986. New Copy ... $24.99
A great later moment from trumpeter Idrees Sulieman – a player that most folks know for his famous 50s appearances on Prestige Records sessions, before he left these shores and had a much more obscure later career overseas! During that time, though, Sulieman really grew as a player – especially in his phrasing, which is wonderful here – very rich and personal, with a mouthy style that's quite compelling, especially on the groovers! The group's one of those top-shelf Steeplechase combos from the time – as strong as you'd hear on an old Prestige date – and features Per Goldschmidt on tenor and baritone, Horace Parlan on piano, Mads Vinding on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. Titles include "Groovin High", "Tell Me What's Your Name", "Lipstick", "Happy Ending", and "The Center Of Copenhagen". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mickey TuckerHang In There ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1991. Used ... $11.99
... CD

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Cedar WaltonFirst Set ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. Very Good ... $11.99
A strong quartet set from Walton – with Bob Berg blowing on tenor, recalling the feel of the older Walton/Hank Mobley sides in the same manner. The set was recorded live at Club Montmartre in 1977 – and Walton is, as ever, fully in command of his soulful talents. Titles include "Off Minor", "For All We Know", and the great Walton originals "Holy Land" and "Ojos De Rojo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has some light surface marks from the old inner sleeve, but is nice and clean overall.)

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Ernie WilkinsMontreux ... LP
Steeplechase, 1983. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Larry WillisHeavy Blue ... CD
Steeplechase, 1990. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Larry WillisHow Do You Keep The Music Playing ... CD
Steeplechase, 1992. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Larry WillisUnforgettable ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1992. Used ... $6.99
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Richard WyandsGet Out Of Town ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1996. Used ... $15.99
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Eliot ZigmundTime Was ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Drummer Eliot Zigmund rose to great fame in the trio of Bill Evans in the late 70s – and after that, he also had a strong stretch with pianist Don Friedman – both artists he seems to really pay tribute to here! The date's a nicely understated one – warm sounds that are spacious, but swinging – piano from Mike Eckroth, tenor and soprano from Chris Cheek, and bass from Morrie Louden – all players whose sense of timing is strongly matched with that of Zigmund, who only seems to take a few points in the recording to really state his presence. The choice of material here is wonderfully thoughtful, too – a range of tracks by Charles Minugs, Kurt Weil, Steve Swallow, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gordon Jenkins, and others – all of which might have come out sounding a lot more hodge-podge in the hands of another leader, but which work together beautifully here. Titles include "Supposition", "Liebslied", "Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love", "Olha Maria", "Eiderdown", "Goodbye", and "Time Was". CD

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✨✧ Joe Bonner/Johnny DyaniSuburban Fantasies ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sublime pairing of Joe Bonner's piano and the bass of Johnny Dyani – a player we always love, but who seems to hit a new sort of depth in this setting! Bonner is beautiful in a stripped-down setting like this – always full of rich imagination, even in a solo mode – but this record seems to bring out some even better tones than usual, as his piano lines are a perfect match for Dyani's bass – which is handled here with a soulful sensitivity that's breathtaking! And even if you're not a fan of duo recordings, or sometimes think they're too mellow – we ask you to think again with this one – because there's a richness and full sound that goes way past any expectations you might have. Titles are mostly Bonner-penned originals, including "The Walk Street", "Copenhagen Revisited" & "Soap Opera". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stanley CowellNo Illusions ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nicely fresh setting for pianist Stanley Cowell – a record that moves past his more frequent trio format, to feature the longstanding genius in a quartet with Bruce Williams on alto and flute! Williams has a laidback, lyrical tone that seems to bring out a different side in Cowell's music – especially as the album mostly features the pianist's own compositions – a way of building up his sound slowly, with a more quiet-burning version of the spiritual energy of Stanley's youth – yet still with end results that are equally redemptive, and very beautiful overall. The rest of the group features Jay Anderson on bass and Billy Drummond on drums – and Cowell also plays a bit of thumb piano and kyma too. Titles include "Celestial Women", "No Illusions", "Miss TE & O", "Sunlight Shifting", "B Minor Folksong", and "Nostalgia For Homelands". CD

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✨✧ Stan GetzStan's Party (Live At Montmartre vols 1 & 2) ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A double slice of Stan Getz – material issued previously on two separate CDs by Steeplechase, brought together here in the price of a single set! The work here is wonderful – moody late 70s Getz, with some especially soulful moments on the mellow tracks too – that kind of spun-out blowing that we first started finding in Stan's career right around the Sweet Rain album, and which continued to show up beautifully on 70s albums like this! Joanne Brackeen plays some great piano in the quartet – including some electric keys too – and other players include Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and Billy Hart on drums. Tracks include "Infant Eyes", "Lush Life", "Stan's Blues", "Cancao Do Sol", "Lady Sings The Blues", "Blues For Dorte", and "Con Alma". CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonCheese Cake – Dexter Gordon In Radioland Vol 2 ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unusual early Danish date – with Tete Montoliu on piano! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dexter Gordon & Atli Bjorn TrioCry Me A River ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Cry Me A River", "Suite", "The Thrill Is Gone", and "I'll Remember April". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Danish pressing.)

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✨✧ Johnny GriffinBlues For Harvey (Inner City) ... LP
Steeplechase/Inner City, 1973. Used ... Temporarily 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
(Cover has a cut corner, light surface wear, and some splitting in the top seam.)

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✨✧ Shirley HornViolets For Your Furs ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great European work from Shirley Horn – recorded live, in a setting that really lets her stretch out nicely – almost as if she's finding the new sort of maturity that would mark her music in the 80s, right during the space of the concert! The format is quite spare – just Horn's piano behind her vocals, plus bass from Charles Ables and drums from Billy Hart – the last of whom is especially restrained – often keeping way off to the side, but stepping in nicely when Shirley needs him to swing. And as on some of Horn's best records, the bass is key to the whole sound – inflecting the vocals with these deep tones that are beautiful – almost a nodding response to the careful emotion she brings to her lyrics. Titles include "Lover Man", "Violets For Your Furs", "Baby Won't You Please", "My Man", "More Than You Know", and "Our Love Is Here To Stay". CD

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✨✧ Ken McIntyreHindsight ... LP
Steeplechase, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Surprisingly wonderful work from multi-reed player Ken McIntyre – one of his overlooked 70s sides for the Steeplechase label, nearly all of which are a bit more open and more together than some of his 60s modern work. By this point in his career, McIntyre's fused his earlier Dolphy-inspired approach with some of the more spiritual sides of later Coltrane – creating a sound that's immediately evocative, and which opens up and dominates the rest of the group with a tremendous amount of soul. On this set, he's backed by the Kenny Drew trio – and plays alto, flute, oboe, and bass clarinet. Titles include "Ariebil", "Naima", "Mercedes", "Bootsie", and "Sonnymoon For Two". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Danish pressing. Cover has an unglued top seam.)

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanDr Jackle ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Lamont Johnson on piano, Scotty Holt on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Titles include "Little Melonae", "Melody For Melonae", "Dr Jackle", and "Closing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has unglued seams, but is very nice otherwise.)

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✨✧ Jason PalmerJason Palmer At Wally's Vol 1 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Jason Palmer has given us some great creative projects in recent years – but this time around, he's in a wonderfully back-to-basics mode – working with an excellent combo in a small club in Boston – on long tracks that really stretch out and let us hear his imaginative skill on solos! The core group is a quintet – with the excellent Noah Preminger on tenor, and Max Light ringing out nicely on guitar – driven by rhythms from Simon Willson on bass and Lee Fish on drums – players who keep a nice sense of structure in the tunes, even while things are open enough to really let the solos expand! Chris McCarthy plays Fender Rhodes on one track on each volume – and all titles are great originals by Palmer – really showing his dynamic vision as a leader. Titles on this first volume include "Gabby", "Kemerovo", "Preservation Of The Lower 9th Ward", "Be Aware", and "Stop Drop & Roll". CD

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✨✧ Stephen RileyHold Em Joe ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
No need to hold 'em here – as tenorist Stephen Riley is warmly fluid, right out of the gate – working in a loose trio formation that gives him a huge amount of space to express himself! Riley's got this crispy tone, but one that's also down to earth – able to hit modern moments, yet never too in love with itself to forget to swing – which Stephen does nicely in the company of Jay Anderson on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums! There's a depth of tenor feeling that goes back to the early modern innovators – but the setting is also hipper than a straighter swing date, too – and without the piano, Riley really opens up tunes that include "Woody N You", "Hold Em Joe", "I Never Knew", "The Song Is You", "You've Changed", and "Three Little Words". CD

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✨✧ Gene SegalTransformation ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gene Segal's got a great musical partner here – saxophonist Adam Niewood, whose sharper tones make for a nice balance to Gene's rounder, more chromatic notes on the guitar! Niewood blows both tenor and soprano, and his contrast with Segal is wonderful – with maybe Gene providing more of a wider sense of shape and color to the record, while Adam carves out this beautiful path down the middle! Rhythm is by Ben Street on bass and Billy Hart on drums – as duo who can both swing gently, and hit this strong sense of urgency at the right moments – really keeping things interesting on titles that include "Transformation", "Exosphere", "Sandy's Dance", "The Horse You Rode In On", "Two Tired Souls", "Ugly Beauty", and "Taurus People". CD

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✨✧ Mark SoskinUpper West Side Stories ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pianist Mark Soskin has always had some wonderfully bright tones in his work – notes that ring out beautifully, almost with the ease of an electric piano, even when acoustic – and that tradition definitely continues here, as Mark works through a set of well-chosen tracks with a nicely tight trio! The song selection is quite compelling – tunes by Scott LaFaro, Tony Williams, Clare Fischer, Bud Powell, Wayne Shorter, and others – all really united by the sense of cohesion in Soskin's trio, which has some mighty deep, strong work on bass from Jay Anderson! The richness in Jay's sound seems to allow Mark to go for some brighter tones up top – really bringing this sense of sparkle to the music, but always in a thoughtfully understated way. Adam Nussbaum is on drums – and titles include "Pee Wee", "Pensativa", "Gloria's Step", "Fee Fi Fo Fum", "Soiree", "Listening Room", and "Un Poco Loco". CD

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✨✧ Frank StrozierWhat's Goin On ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
As a rule, we shouldn't like sessions that have a Marvin Gaye tune as the title – but in this case, we'll make an exception! The album's great one – filled with warmth, fire, and imagination – and key proof that Frank Strozier was still going strong in the 70s – after some early breakout work on the Chicago scene, and two brilliant early 60s albums on Riverside. The session has Strozier reunited with Memphis hometown partner Harold Mabern – a perfect accompanist to his fluid sound and soulful tone – and the rest of the group features Stafford James on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and Danny Moore on trumpet. Tracks include some great originals – like "Chelsea Drugs", "The Chief", "Ollie", and "Psalm For John Coltrane". CD also features 5 other bonus tracks – all alternates. CD

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✨✧ Monnette Sudler Quartet/QuintetTime For A Change ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really sweet groover from obscure guitarist Monette Sudler – one of the few female players of the instrument we recall in 70s jazz! The set's got a freewheeling approach that's a bit spiritual soul jazz, but also has some angular touches that put Sudler in territory of some of the freer soul exploratory players of the time – like Sonny Greenwich or Ted Dunbar. The group's a quartet with the great Oliver Collins on piano, Gerald Benson on bass, and Newman Baker on drums – and William Duke Wilson guests on percussion on a few tracks. Sudler sings a bit on the record, too, and titles include "A Love Song', "Malik Yaumi Din", "Easy Walker", "Let Us Love", and "Three In One". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ronnie CuberRonnie's Trio ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ronnie Cuber's almost got a surprised look on the cover here – as if someone snapped the camera when he wasn't ready for the shot – but maybe that surprise also comes from the wonderful way in which his baritone sax works in a trio setting! The format here is one that's been familiar for tenorists from the late 50s onward – as the leader works with help from Jay Anderson on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums – but the use of baritone in such a setting is a great change, especially when handled with the soulful depth that Cuber brings to his music! Ronnie clearly enjoys the freedom here, and definitely has a nice edge throughout – but he also never overindulges, and keeps most tunes at just the right level to maximize his creative flow. Titles include "Silver's Serenade", "Jean Marie", "The Jody Grind", "So Danco Samba", "Bernie's Tune", "All The Things You Are", and "Just Squeeze Me". CD

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✨✧ Walt Dickerson & Sun RaVisions ... CD
Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dickerson and Ra are reunited – after only playing together on the seminal 60s album Impressions Of A Patch Of Blue! The session's a very spare one, in the typical mode of Dickerson's Steeplechase work of the late 70s – and most titles have Dickerson taking the main lead on vibes, with Ra providing flourishes of color and tone to the tracks – unusually restrained, but in a way that also adds a whole new level to our understanding of his genius! Titles include "Space Dance", "Constructive Neutrons", "Astro", and "Utopia". CD also features 2 tracks recorded at the time, but never issued – "Light Years" and "Prophesy". CD

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✨✧ Kenny DrewDark Beauty ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great title for this one – as the album's got a dark edge that's quite different than some of Kenny Drew's earlier work – the start of a great run of recordings for Steeplechase Records on the European scene of the 70s – and a demonstration of Drew's real powers when he can really open up and run! The trio date has a wonderfully full sort of feel – those long flowing lines that Kenny was already doing well back in the 50s, but given a bit more of a spiritual vibe here at times – thanks in part to the sensitive rhythms of Albert Tootie Heath, and the surprisingly creative bass work of Niels Henning Orsted Pederson – even more compelling here than usual! Titles include "Run Away", "Dark Beauty", "All Blues", and "Summer Nights". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kenny DrewEverything I Love ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
Solo piano from Kenny Drew – a really beautiful album! LP, Vinyl record album
(Early Danish pressing. Cover has light tape on the spine, but is great overall.)

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✨✧ Kenny Drew & Niels Henning Orsted PedersenDuo Live In Concert ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful work – just Kenny Drew on piano – and Neils Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
(Danish pressing!)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonBouncin' With Dex ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Allegra LevyLooking At The Moon ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An album with a bit of a gimmick – songs about the moon – but one that quickly transcends that mode, thanks to the vocal strengths of Allegra Levy! Levy's definitely a singer who's working in a jazz-based style, but she's also got this very pointed, personal approach to phrasing that almost feels as if she's talking to us personally – almost a style that could be set up with more contemporary instrumentation in the backings, but which feels even warmer here in the company of Carmen Staaf on piano, Alex Goodman on guitar, an Tim Norton on bass. The lack of drums gives the trio a slightly softer (but not sleepy) vibe – one that seems to really push Allegra to the forefront, as she takes on an unusual mix of songs that includes some familiar standards, plus tunes by Nick Drake, Neil Young, and Cat Stevens. The album features a great take on "Pink Moon" – plus "Harvest Moon", "Moon Ray", "Moon River", "No Moon At All", "Polkadots & Moonbeams", "Moonshadow", and "Moonlight In Vermont". CD

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✨✧ Frank StrozierRemember Me ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A gem of a record – the kind of overlooked 70s session we really treasure! Reed player Frank Strozier was one of the all-time under-discovered greats – and this set reunites him with his old Memphis partner/MJT+3 bandmate, Harold Mabern – a perfect pairing for Strozier's warm and fluid style on alto sax and flute! The pair always worked perfectly together, and on this session of laidback modern soul jazz material, they hit a very nice groove, and play off the best of each other's warm lyrical tendencies. Other players include Danny Moore, Lisle Atkinson, and Michael Carvin – and the set's filled with great original tutnes that include "Kram Samba", "Neicy", "Sidestreet", "Hit It", and "For Our Elders". CD

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✨✧ Brian Charette with George ColemanGroovin For Big G ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Modern Hammond hero Brian Charette gets some great help here – tenor legend George Coleman, whose presence in the group makes an already-solid combo really sound great! Coleman was never a tenor player to work with an organ back in the 60s and 70s – but his work here is really wonderful, and turns that depth of soul that he can bring from the horn into a perfect match with Charette's great sense of phrasing and timing on the Hammond B3 – a pairing that might recall the match of either Booker Ervin or Sonny Stitt with organist Don Patterson back in the Prestige Records heyday. As with those sessions, there's also a great guitarist providing a whole new layer of color here – the mighty Vic Juris – and drums on the set are handled by George Coleman Jr. Titles include "Autumn Leaves", "Stella By Starlight", "On A Misty Night", "Never Let Me Go", "Father & Son", and "Maiden Voyage". CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonLady Bird ... CD
Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Excellent live work from Dexter Gordon's 60s stay at the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen – previously unissued, but easily some of Gordon's best of the time! The set varies slightly from Gordon's mostly-quartet live sides from Montmartre – in that it adds in trumpeter Donald Byrd, for a performance that's almost an extension of the One Flight Up album on Blue Note. Byrd's hard-edge sound on the trumpet really pushes the recording with a deeper feel than usual – creating some tight ensemble horn work up front, before rolling into the longer Gordon-styled solo feel of other Montmartre recordings. The rest of the quintet includes Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums – and the set features extremely long versions of "So What" and "Lady Bird" – plus the shorter "Who Can I Turn To" and "Blues By Five". CD
 
 
 



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