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VariousSpiritual Jazz Vol 11 – Esoteric, Modal, & Progressive Jazz From The SteepleChase Label 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Steeplechase/Jazzman (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
A massive collection of music from the Steeplechase label – spiritual sounds from back in the day, and a side of the label's legacy that's only gotten the right sort of appreciation in more recent years! Steeplechase was a European company, and their biggest claim to fame was recordings of American musicians overseas – especially Dexter Gordon – but the label also had a fantastic ear for more soulful currents on the American underground, and not only managed to capture some less-recorded artists, but also give some bigger names a freer space to express the more spiritual side of their styles! The set is a sublime set of work from the post-Coltrane years – tunes that are modal, soulful, and occasionally slightly funky – served up in a set of completely uplifting music, all supported by the usual excellent Jazzman attention to detail and thorough liner notes. Titles include "The Time Of This World Is At Hand" by Billy Gault, "Tipe Tizwe" by Jim McNeely, "Aida" by Rene McLean, "Dark Warrior" by Khan Jamal, "Naima" by Michael Carvin, "Magwaza" by Johnny Dyani with John Tchicai & Dudu Pukwana, "Ode To St Cecile" by Mary Lou Williams, "Jean Marie" by Sam Jones, "Miss Priss" by Ken McIntyre, and "De I Comahlee Ah" by Jackie McLean & Michael Carvin. CD
 
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✨✧ George CablesCables' Fables ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1991. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A sweet trio session featuring Peter Washington on bass, Kenny Washington on drums, and George Cables on piano. Tracks include "In Walked Bud", "Just Friends", "Waltz For Debby", "Con Alma", and the Cables originals "Lullaby", "Helen's Song", and "Sweet Rita Suite". CD

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✨✧ George CablesPerson To Person ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1995. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Titles include "My Funny Valentine", "Sweet Rita Suite", "Blue Nights", "In Walked Bud", "Polkadots And Moonbeams", and "Love Song" – 12 tracks in all! CD

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Brian CharettePower From The Air ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Brian Charette wields the Hammond B3 here in a really wonderful way – sometimes using the instrument with a full force that really drives the rest of the group, other times hitting more spacious lines that bring in all these great colors from the horn players on the set – a lineup that includes Itai Kriss on flute, Mike DiRubbo on alto, Kenny Brooks on tenor, and Karel Ruzicka on bass clarinet! Alongside the drums of Brian Fishler, the horns are used almost like a mini-ensemble – filling in next to the organ in the way you might hear on some of the hipper charts used with Jack McDuff at the end of the 60s – although Brian's approach is very much his own. The set includes lots of tasty original tunes – including "Silver Lining", "As If To Say", "Fried Birds", "Elephant Memory", "Power From The Air", "Want", and "Frenzy". CD

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Stanley CowellLive At Keystone Korner Baltimore ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
A real standout set from pianist Stanley Cowell – one of his few dates in recent years to feature more than a trio lineup – and recorded in a live setting that really seems to ignite some old school fires in Stanley's music! Make no mistake – Cowell is always wonderful – but there's a nice edge to his compositions here, as Stanley hits a bit harder, and drives things along to match the energy from the trumpet of Freddie Hendrix and alto of Bruce Williams – who play in a lineup that also features Tom DiCarlo on bass and Vince Ector on drums. Sunny Cowell performs a beautiful vocal version of the classic "Equipoise" – maybe worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include "Cal Massey", "Montage For Toledo", "This Life", "Banana Pudding", "No Illusions", and a take on the Max Roach tune "It's Time". CD

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✨✧ Ronnie Cuber & Gary SmulyanTough Baritones ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Two of the greatest contemporary baritone saxophonists – going head to head on a date that would have made older giants like Pepper Adams or Serge Chaloff very proud! There's a no-nonsense boppish vibe to the date – and although both players get lots of room to solo, the tracks aren't handled in some extended "battle" mode – and are instead nicely compact, usually around the 6 minute mark – with romping rhythm from Gary Versace on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Jason Tiemann on drums! Titles include four Horace Silver tunes, plus more from Red Prysock, Freddie Hubbard, and Cuber himself – cuts that include "Nica's Dream", "Little Sunflower", "Intervals", "Split Kick", "Lover", "Damn Right Blues", and "That's The Groovy Thing". CD

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Harold DankoAfter The Rain ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1994. Used ... $13.99
A solo piano take on the music of John Coltrane! Tracks include "Syreeda's Song Flute", "Like Sonny", "Exotica", "After The Rain", "Wise One", "Dahomey Dance", and "Spiral". CD

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✨✧ Harold DankoSpring Garden ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
An album with an evocative title, but one that really fits the music – as the piano work of Harold Danko is very open and organic – seeded in space in a really nice way, and then blossoming beautifully as the tunes move on! The group has the rhythm duo of Jay Anderson on bass and Jeff Hirshfield at the core – both players who match the open, almost speculative energy of Danko's piano at points – but the group also features the tenor of Rich Perry, which provides a more firm grounding at all the right moments – a sonic element that really lets things grow. Titles include the Danko originals "Spring Winds", "Envisage", "Address Unknown", "The Chosen", "Mysterious Ancestors", and "Nevele". CD

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Harold DankoUnriched ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2012. Used ... $9.99
Harold Danko on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. CD

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Pierre Dorge & New Jungle Orchestra with Stephen RileyBluu Afroo ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
There's a really great pairing going on here – the always-amazing sound of Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra, and the tenor of Stephen Riley – a guest who's brought into the fold after a successful European tour with the group, and a perfect match for their ever-inventive sound! Dorge's guitar sets the scene and colors the music right from the start – with plenty of the blue elements you might expect in the title – and Riley seems as if he's challenging all the other group members to do their best with the strength of his own tenor – a lineup that includes Tobias Wiklund on trumpet, Kennet Agerlhom on trombone, Jakob Mygind on tenor and soprano, Anders Banke on tenor and bass clarinet, and Irene Becker on piano and keyboards. The tracks are mostly originals by Dorge, plus a few by Becker – and they've got that angular, shape-heavy vibe that marks the work of the NJO – on titles that include "Dancing In The Jungle", "Aburu Kuwa", "Mingus' Birthday Party", "Witchdoctor In The Burial Mound", "Fulani", and "Blue Afriki". CD

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Michael FeinbergFrom Where We Came ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. Used ... $9.99
Bassist Michael Feinberg has a round, rich tone on this record, right from the start – a great way of setting up a superb lineup that features Dave Liebman on soprano sax, Noah Preminger on tenor, Gary Versace on piano, and Ian Froman on drums! Liebman's sharpness is balanced wonderfully by the depth of Preminger – a twin-reed pairing that really makes the album sound like something special, and different – very much living up to the spirit of the strong original material by Feinberg, which comprises the entire set. The quality of the record is a bit hard to describe in words, but if you know the players, the meeting is even better on record than it is on paper – on titles that include "Louisville", "Cairo", "Nogales", "Tokyo", "East St Louis", and "Pontiac". CD

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✨✧ Anthony FerraraEarly Spring ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Spring has come early, and maybe Christmas too – as this set from tenorist Anthony Ferrara is quite a musical present – filled with wonderful original tunes composed by the leader, all graced with these very personal lines and inflections on tenor sax! Ferrara's got a way of spacing out his notes that's really unique, and sometimes can twist things right on the edge – balanced nicely with the more lyrical piano work of Gary Versace, who plays here alongside bass from Jay Anderson and drums from Billy Drummond. The set's full of all original tunes from Ferrara – including "Wind Up Blues", "Belle Daze", "Mind Stutter", "Sitting In Karma", "Slither In Slither Out", "Old York Maze", and "Early Spring" – and the set also features a great long take on "Emily" too. CD

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Karen FrancisWhere Is Love? ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1996. Used ... $8.99
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Von FreemanDedicated To You ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ... $16.99
Von Freeman blows it bold and beautifully here – with just the right sort of sound we first fell in love with when seeing him in small club gigs in Chicago! There's an easygoing soulfulness to Freeman that grabs us right away – but there's also an edge, too – a quality that marks his lineage on a tenor scene that goes back to Johnny Griffin and John Gilmore – and the days when you could play things straight, but still always be inventing as well – never needing to go to the farther reaches, just always working out new feelings, new emotions on the familiar canvas of tunes that gave you plenty of solo space. Of Freeman's few studio recordings, this is one that really gets the sound of his soul just right – that tender feeling and slightly offbeat edge that always made us sit up and take notice. Rhythm is from the comfortable trio of Jodie Christian on piano, Eddie DeHaas on bass, and Wilbur Campbell on drums – and titles include "Four", "There Goes My Heart", "Song For My Father", "There Is No Greater Love", "Dedicated To You", and "My Foolish Heart". CD
(Out of print.)

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Von FreemanLester Leaps In ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1992. Used ... $14.99
A fitting title, as there's plenty of Lester Young nestled down there deeply in the horn of Von Freeman – yet given that the album was recorded during Von's 70th year on this planet, there's also a hell of a lot of his own sound there too! Freeman's one of those talents that we're especially happy to have grown up with – a musician who taught us plenty on the inside that we thought could only happen on the outside – subtle sounds, twists, and turns in his music that always kept us listening, even when the setting might seem familiar. And here, the tunes are all ones you've heard, but Freeman delivers them in a deeply personal way – blowing tenor with a gutbuckety depth, yet none of the gutbuckety cliches that always make us hate the word "gutbuckety" so much. No too-hard Texas tenor, no bop retro rehash, just clear Chicago soul – handled by Von in ways that nobody else can touch. Players include Jodie Christian on piano, Eddie DeHaas on bass, and Wilbur Campbell on drums – and titles include "All About Ronnie", "I Love You", "A Nightingale Sang In Berkely Square", "Lester Leaps In", and "Scrapple From The Apple". CD

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Don FriedmanMy Foolish Heart ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2003. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Don Friedman on piano, Jed Levy on tenor saxophone, Tim Ferguson on bass, and Tony Jefferson on drums. CD

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Don FriedmanMy Romance ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1996. Used ... $11.99
A solo piano date – tracks include "How Deep Is The Ocean", "My Foolish Heart", "Angel Eyes", "Darn That Dream", and "In Your Own Sweet Way". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonKing Neptune – Dexter Gordon In Radioland Vol 3 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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". CD

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✨✧ Dexter GordonSwiss Nights Vol 1 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1975. Used ... $13.99
With Kenny Drew on piano – and titles that include "Tenor Madness", "Wave", "You've Changed", and "Days Of Wine & Roses". CD

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Eddie HarrisSteps Up ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
With Eddie on tenor, reed trumpet, and the "Eddie Harris Attachment" – alongside Tete Montoliu on piano, Bo Stief on bass, and Norman Fearrington on drums. Titles include "Encirclement", "Freedom Jazz Dance", "Misty Thursday", "Scandia Skies", and "Steps Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a name in marker and light wear.)

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John HartCheckmate ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
John Hart has a crystal clear sense of tone on his guitar – one that almost hearkens back to some of the key jazz players of the postwar years, but which also has a nice edge too – coming across with a very personal, individual quality that's supported by a fair bit of original material on the date too! The group's a quartet – with David Wong on bass and Andy Watson on drums – and Gary Smulyan contributes some wonderful lines on baritone sax, deepening the sound past the tones of Hart's guitar – creating a really great counterbalance in tone! Titles include the originals "Power Of Three", "Right To Lie", "Bittersweet", "Checkmate", "Miniature", and "123 Blues". CD

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✨✧ Andrew HillInvitation ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1974. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Andrew's come back inside for this 70s set – working in a trio format, still quite exploratory, but with less of the hard-pressed avant gardism of his Blue Note years. If anything, Andrew's moving about the keyboard more freely – especially on the longer flowing tunes, which have him working in a mode that's still quite melodic, yet in that "genius alone at the piano" mode of European and Japanese sessions at the time. Backing is by Chris White bass and Art Lewis drums – and titles include "Catfish", "Lost No More", "Invitation", and "Little John". CD

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Shirley HornViolets For Your Furs ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1981. Used ... $11.99
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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Martin JacobsenStraight Off ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Martin Jacobsen's got a great touch on the tenor here – a style that's light, but crisp at the same time – almost as if you're hearing an alto in action, but with a deeper tonal range overall! There's a voice here that's very much his own, and which will certainly have us paying more attention to Jacobsen in the future – although right now, we're enjoying this album more than enough to keep us happy! Some of the best tracks here are Jacobsen's own compositions, which really emphasize his strengths – and get a nice sort of swing from quartet members who include Hiroshi Murayama on piano, Gilles Naturel on bass, and Mark Taylor on drums. Titles include "Headway", "The End Of A Love Affair", "Nightfall", "West Coast Blues", "Groovy Samba", and "Straight Off". CD

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Steve LaSpinaChange In The Weather ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
The bass of Steve LaSpina is in great company here – wrapped up all around these warm piano lines from Luis Perdomo, punctuated in the right way by the drums of Eric McPherson, and given all these sharper edges from the tenor and soprano sax of Joe Frahm! All tunes are LaSpina originals, and are a great showcase for his ear for music – that sometimes-special way that a bassist can have for composing for a group – something that's very clear from Steve's role here in shaping the sound of most tunes from the very first note. A nice little record that reminds us that bristles with a nice spirit of surprise – on titles that include "Serenity", "So Dance", "When It's Time Again", "A Change In The Weather", "The Road Ahead", and "Life In The Cove". CD

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✨✧ Andy LaVerneI Want To Hold Your Hand – At The Kitano Vol 3 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2007. Used ... $11.99
Andy LaVerne on piano, Gary Versace on Hammond B3 organ, and Anthony Pinciotti on drums. Includes four orginals by LaVerne, plus "Watermelon Man" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". CD
(Booklet has a cut corner.)

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Allegra LevyLooking At The Moon ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. Used ... $9.99
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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Allegra LevyLose My Number – Allegra Levy Sings John McNeil ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. Used ... $11.99
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✨✧ Peter McEachernCode 2 ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A really wonderful album from trombonist Peter McEachern – and a set that maybe has a bit more of an edge than some of the other records on the Steeplechase label! McEachern has this nicely raspy sound to his horn, and it's matched here by some bold tenor work from Noah Preminger – as the duo work in a piano-less quartet that features very dynamic rhythms from Mario Pavone on bass and Michael Sarin on drums – players who sometimes romp around strongly, other times open things up – and really give this great sense of space to both horn interplay, and solo moments. Titles include "Lament For The Future", "Mounds", "Bronzini", "Cobalt", "Dewey's Tune", "Bit Shoe", and "Conic". CD

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Jackie McLean & Michael CarvinAntiquity (Inner City) ... LP
Steeplechase/Inner City, 1974. Very Good ... $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
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✨✧ Alex NorrisFleet From The Heat ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Trumpeter Alex Norris has a way of making this record sparkle right out of the box – served up with all original tunes that follow a classic sense of structure, but which have this great energy on the solos that makes the album bristle with a sense of personality on every single track! Norris' phrasing is great on both trumpet and flugelhorn, and the group also features wonderful work from Ari Ambrose on tenor – both soaring together over these bold, soulful rhythms from Jeremy Manasia on piano, Paul Gill on bass, and Brian Floody on drums. The set's maybe one of the strongest we've heard on the Steeplechase label in recent years – certainly from one of its less-famous leaders – and titles include "What Normal", "No Fair It's Mine", "Fleet From The Heat", "Grapple With A Snapple", "The Untamed Land", and "Holiday Blues". CD

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✨✧ Rich PerryHappy Destiny ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Darkly moody sounds from Rich Perry – a tenorist who's got a great way of sliding from note to note, often with energy that almost feels effortless, but which also has a nice sort of tension along the way! This quality is never too overstated – as it might have been in saxophonists from a decade or two back – and instead, it's maybe this sort of secret voice that comes from the way that Perry puts things together, and which seems to hint at an even deeper current his work, one that bears plenty of repeated listenings to discern. The rest of the group is very well-matched too – Gary Versace on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and John Riley on drums – working their way through original Perry compositions that include "Iron Buddha", "Everything Hurts", "Plant Based", "Happy Destiny", "Luft", "Recoleta", "Rebellion Dawgs", and "Long Dark Spring". CD

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✨✧ Rich PerryMood ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. Used ... $12.99
Features Rich Perry on tenor sax, Harold Danko on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. CD
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✨✧ Bud Powell1962 Copenhagen ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1962. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Great late life recordings from the legendary Bud Powell – recorded in Copenhagen, the Danish city that really helped Bud gain control of his life and his skills on the keys – presented here in a mixture of broadcast recordings and live material too! The core trio features Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and Jorn Elniff on drums – and the group is joined by the twin tenors of Brew Moore and Don Byas on an especially nice take on "Round Midnight". Yet the trio tracks are the main attraction here, and there's a new sense of space and mature timing that really marks this period of Powell's career – as you'll hear on "Blues In The Closet", "Hackensack", "I Remember Clifford", "Like Someone In Love", "Straight No Chaser", "52nd Street Theme", and two takes of "Anthropology". CD

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Noah PremingerContemptment ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
There's an intensity here that we're not sure we've heard on other records from tenorist Noah Preminger as a leader – a sense of burn that comes up from the bottom, and which comes through even on some of the mellower tracks on the set – hard to peg in words, but definitely there from the very first note! Most tracks are originals, and very well-penned – so that they allow for a lot of creative interplay between Preminger's tenor, the guitar of Max Light, bass of Kim Cass, and drums of Dan Weiss – who often has this way of bringing a bit of bristle to the sound! Titles include "Hygge", "The Late 90s", "Contemptment", "Hey J", and "Kamaguchi" – plus a version of "Promises Kept". CD

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✨✧ Stephen RileyI Remember You ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
One of the last recordings to ever feature the guitar of Vic Juris – a really wonderful player who always seemed to bring something special to a session – maybe even more when he was a sideman than when he was a leader! Here, his tone does something really special for the tenor of Stephen Riley – as Vic's warm chromes seem to start out most tunes, really illuminating things in this warm way that is then counterbalanced by Riley's raspier tone – as Stephen blows with this laidback charm and easygoing fluidity that's maybe somewhere in the old school territory of Stan Getz – even though Juris' approach to guitar is very different than that of Johnny Smith or Jimmy Raney! Other group members include Jay Anderson on bass and Jason Tiemann – and titles include versions of "Equinox", "My Ideal", "I'll Remember April", "Wild Flower", "I Remember You", and "God Bless The Child". CD

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Gene SegalDouble Rainbow ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Gene Segal's got this nicely raspy tone on his guitar here – one that's got more edge than you might guess from the title and cover – almost a chromatic fuzz that really makes the album stand out! Segal's got a really strong sense of tone on his instrument – one that's never overstated, but very distinct – almost as if he's shifting around blocks of color and sound while he plays, given just a slight bit of rhythmic help from Jay Anderson on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums! Segal is definitely the driving force on the record, and turns in a number of great originals that are really well-suited to his approach – titles that include "Coded Message", "What If", "Art Deco Blues", "Home With You", and "Dream States" – in addition to the nice title version of the Jobim tune "Double Rainbow". CD

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Mark SoskinBallad For A Rainy Afternoon ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Mark Soskin has always been a pianist with a wonderful sense of tone – sometimes gentle, sometimes more bright – but always with this special sort of sparkle that seems to pull his other bandmates into this distinct sonic space that's really wonderful! That's definitely the case here, as Soskin's piano brings out all these great qualities in the tenor of Rich Perry – warming him up a bit, but also making the best use of his raspy edge – in the company of Jay Anderson on bass and Matt Wilson on drums! The tunes often have a subtle sort of dynamism, a quality that might also come from the Soskin compositions that dominate the set – titles that include "Floating", "Lefty", "Ballad For A Rainy Afternoon", "One Hopeful Day", "Throwing Caution To The Wind", and "Man Behind The Curtain". CD

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Mark SoskinEverything Old Is New Again ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. Used ... $12.99
A beautiful set of mostly original music from pianist Mark Soskin, and a set that draws equal strengths from the soprano sax and bass clarinet of Billy Drewes – who plays with a great style that mixes lyrical modes with more of an edge – a mode that's a really wonderful complement to Soskin's piano! There's a slow-building sense of growth to most tunes – tracks that have a nice way of building up, finding their sound, then really flowering once the time is right – as the Soskin/Drewes pairing is given just the right sort of rhythmic pulse from Jay Anderson on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. Titles include the originals "Chutes & Ladders", "Tribute", "Once More", "Elvin's Tune", "Stretching", and "Hymn For Her" – plus versions of "Pretending To Care", "Happy House", and "Guinnevere". CD
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Monnette SudlerBrighter Days For You (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 29.98
One of the few albums cut by guitarist Monnette Sudler – a quick-paced single-note player with a really soulful feel! The album's got a much more righteous sound than you'd expect from the usual Steeplechase outing of the time – and Monnette's working here with a group that includes Khan Jamal on marimba, Newman Baker on drums, Oliver Collins on piano, and William Duke Wilson on percussion. The tunes have a fresh rhythmic approach that pushes past jazz guitar standards of the time – frenetic at times, but never out of control – and Monnette also sings on the one of the album's gentler moments, a nice tune entitled "Moments Of Love". Other tracks include "Family", "Brighter Days For You", "Natural Accurrance", and "Congo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gregory TardyTruth ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2005. Used ... $11.99
Features Gregory Tardy on saxophone, Marcus Printup on trumpet, Helen Sung on piano, Sean Conly on bass, and Jaimeo Brown on drums. CD

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✨✧ Gary BartzMonsoon ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great 80s date – with Bartz on alto, Butch Lacy on piano, Clint Houston on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – a really great rhythm trio who help Gary soar on tunes that include "Samuel", "Never Never Land", "Monsoon", and "Uncle Bubba". CD

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonIn The Tradition Vol 1 (Inner City) ... LP
Steeplechase/Inner City, 1976. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "Ornithology", and "Marshmallow". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Paul BrusgerWaiting For The Next Trane ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bassist Paul Brusger heads up this quartet, but the group's got strong contributions on all its four corners – tremendous baritone work from Gary Smulyan, who's becoming one of our favorite contemporary players on the instrument – plus soulful piano from Mike Ledonne, and just the right sort of swing from the great Louis Hayes! The players come together with a freshness that's noteworthy – really standing apart from even their other recent recordings – quite possibly due to the fact that every tune on the set (save one) is an original composition by Brusger, a writer with a really old school way of balancing lyricism and soul – a compositional strength that almost takes us back to Horace Silver or Duke Pearson. Titles include "In A Minor Funk", "When Will You Ever Learn", "All But One", "Bringin Home The Silver", "Waiting For The Next Trane", and "Andrea's Delight". CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Brian Charette with George ColemanGroovin For Big G ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018. Used ... Temporarily 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
(Cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamShort Story ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1963. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great live work from Kenny Dorham – wonderfully recorded by Danish Radio from an early 60s performance in Copehagen – one that also features flugelhorn from Allan Botschinsky as well! The mix of trumpet and flugelhorn is totally great – a shifting, shimmering palette of colors and sound that steps right out with a bold, righteous energy – that sense of force that Dorham was beginning to show in some of his American recordings too – before his studio appearances were cut down all too quickly. Rhythms are extremely tight too – with Tete Montoliu on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums – and the tracks are nice and long, with versions of "Short Story", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Manha De Carnival", and "The Touch of Your Lips". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has some light marks from the old inner sleeve, and a short click in one spot – but plays well overall.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonBiting The Apple ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Rich Perry & Harold DankoRhapsody ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rich Perry on tenor saxophone and Harold Danko on piano. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw DavisSwingin Till The Girls Come Home ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
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". CD

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✨✧ Brad Goode QuartetBy Myself ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Brad Good on trumpet, Ted Rosenthal on piano, Steve LaSpina on bass, and Matt Wilson on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Stephen RileyFriday The 13th ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great pairing on this set – a record that sparkles not just from the rich tenor sound of Stephen Riley, but also from the very distinct cornet work of Kirk Knuffke! Knuffke's got this breathy, almost mouthy style on the instrument – which makes both a balance to the depth of Riley's reedwork, and also a contrast with his sharpness – so that the pair together work this kind of wide-voiced magic that's really wonderful – before each breaks off into solos of their own! There's no piano in the group, either – just the bass of Jay Anderson and drums of Billy Drummond – which means that you really get to hear plenty of horn interplay on the longish tracks on the set. Titles include "Four", "Love For Sale", "Gingerbread Boy", "Hoe Down", "Round Midnight", "Willisee", and "Freedom Jazz Dance". CD

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✨✧ NorgardWorks For Solo Piano –Sonata No 2/Grooving/Turn/Achilles & The Tortoise – Per Salo ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Dave ScottAmbiguity ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Dave Scott has a sense of urgency here that we may never have heard before – a real edge in his horn, with a quality that comes through right from the very first note – and which continues to grow and shift in a set of all original compositions that definitely has us listening to Scott with a new sense of attention! The group is very well-suited to his shifting musical moods here – sometimes swinging, but sometimes more tentative and moody – served well by the quintet lineup of Rich Perry on tenor, Gary Versace on piano, John Hebert on bass, and Billy Mintz on drums. Titles include "Special Sauce", "Song For Janie", "Ambiguity", "Diligence", and "Obscurity". CD

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✨✧ Mark SoskinEverything Old Is New Again ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful set of mostly original music from pianist Mark Soskin, and a set that draws equal strengths from the soprano sax and bass clarinet of Billy Drewes – who plays with a great style that mixes lyrical modes with more of an edge – a mode that's a really wonderful complement to Soskin's piano! There's a slow-building sense of growth to most tunes – tracks that have a nice way of building up, finding their sound, then really flowering once the time is right – as the Soskin/Drewes pairing is given just the right sort of rhythmic pulse from Jay Anderson on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. Titles include the originals "Chutes & Ladders", "Tribute", "Once More", "Elvin's Tune", "Stretching", and "Hymn For Her" – plus versions of "Pretending To Care", "Happy House", and "Guinnevere". CD
Also available Everything Old Is New Again ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Gregory TardyChasing After The Wind ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. Used ... Out Of Stock
Gregory Tardy's turned into a reedman with a great ability for complex soundshapes – these beautiful phrasings and passages from his tenor sax – yet always delivered in a way that never fails to swing with soul! On this excellent set, Tardy and his musical associates paint these lovely pictures in sound – but also find a way to groove in the process – stepping off especially well on Gregory's own original compositions, which are taken in very long, vivid performances! The whole lineup is great – and includes Alex Norris on trumpet and Sam Sadigursky on flute – both players whose lines with Tardy really give the album a lot of color and life – plus Bruce Barth on piano, Sean Conly on bass, and Jaimeo Brown on drums. As always with the Steeplechase label these days, there's a real "something extra" to the record – a special quality to the whole thing that continues to make the label one of the most important indies in jazz. Titles include "Gabriel's Groove", "Chasing After The Wind", "The Evidence Of Things Not Seen", "Companion Of My First Heartbeat", "Dance For Marie Do", and "Ashes". CD
(Still sealed. Spine has a cutout notch.)
 
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Johnny Dyani & Okay TemizWitchdoctor's Son ... LP
Yonca/Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99
One of the hippest albums we've ever heard from bassist Johnny Dyani – and that's saying a lot, given his tremendous records of the 70s! The album's different than the album that Johnny recorded with fellow Blue Notes members on the Steeplechase label – and instead, the group here is led by percussionist Okay Temiz, and mixes Johnny's round, bold lines on acoustic bass with additional electric bass, plus clarinet and saxes too! The tunes are heavily rhythmic – still jazz, but with very strong global currents too – an even rootsier vibe than most jazz of the South African scene from whence Dyani came – in a mode that really seems to set him free. Johnny also plays a bit of piano, too – and the tracks are a mix of Dyani originals, plus Temiz arrangements of traditional Turkish tunes. Titles include "Gece", "Yesl Fener", "Ben Muslumanim", "Moriva", "Hepimiz Icin", "Elhamdulillah Marimba", and "Doktur". LP, Vinyl record album

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Martial SolalComplete Vogue Recordings Vol 3 (Escale A Paris/Quelle Huere Est-Il) ... CD
Vogue/BMG (France), 1956. Used ... $16.99
2 very rare slices of work from Martial Solal's postwar years – one 10" and one 7" EP session, both recorded in Paris in 1956, each with a different twist! The first half of the set features "Martial Solal & Les Kentonians" – a group that's not exactly all members of Stan Kenton's group, but plays in a very similar mode! Players include Solal on piano, Curtis Counce on bass, Mel Lewis on drums, Carl Fontana on trombone, and Don Rendell on tenor sax – plus a bit of trumpet from Vinnie Tano – and the tunes have a well-composed, chamber jazz sort of mode – a bit more like some of the small group mid 50s work on RCA by members of larger orchestras of the time, than any of Stan's original sides for Capitol. Oddly, the second half of the album's actually by a larger group – "Martial Solal & Son Grand Orchestre" – an ensemble with 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, and 5 saxes – all directed through short, tight original tracks that are heavy on the head arrangements, and played with a lot of dynamic modern energy. CD features 11 tracks in all – with titles that include "Blues Martial", "Steeplechase", "Jive At Five", "Why Not", "Au 4eme Top", "Midi 1/4", and "Derniere Minute". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, & Harry EdisonTour De Force – The Trumpets Of Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, & Harry Edison ... CD
Verve/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A triple-trumpet session with a really wonderful sound – the kind of all-star date that only a label like Verve could have done so well! As you'll guess from the title, the record's a showcase for the three trumpeters in the lead – and the tracks are long, with plenty of space for each player to state their case in a very distinct solo voice. Rhythm is by a familiar quartet that features Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums – and the use of guitar in a set like this creates an especially ringing tone at the bottom, one that often seems echoed by the brighter notes of the trumpet over the top. The album's got a great extended "Ballad Medley", plus long takes on "Tour De Force" and "Steeplechase". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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