SteepleChase Jam Session, Vol. 29

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Steeplechase remains one of the few labels dedicated to recording studio jam sessions and this 29th volume in the series shows that it is hardly a dying tradition. Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero, Dave Pietro, and Mike DiRubbo make up the front line, with the rhythm section headed by label favorite Andy LaVerne on piano, bassist Steve LaSpina, and drummer Billy Drummond. Unlike many record dates, Steeplechase makes the effort to identify the soloists in order on each track, which is helpful with three players of the same instrument. Grant Green's snappy bop vehicle "Matador" proves to be a stimulating opener, while Bobby Hutcherson's light, sauntering "Little B's Poem" has lush...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Steeplechase remains one of the few labels dedicated to recording studio jam sessions and this 29th volume in the series shows that it is hardly a dying tradition. Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero, Dave Pietro, and Mike DiRubbo make up the front line, with the rhythm section headed by label favorite Andy LaVerne on piano, bassist Steve LaSpina, and drummer Billy Drummond. Unlike many record dates, Steeplechase makes the effort to identify the soloists in order on each track, which is helpful with three players of the same instrument. Grant Green's snappy bop vehicle "Matador" proves to be a stimulating opener, while Bobby Hutcherson's light, sauntering "Little B's Poem" has lush ensemble work and a sparkling opening solo by LaVerne. Neither of these tunes has been recorded frequently, though they are familiar to seasoned jazz fans. The prolific LaVerne always has a host of his compositions available for blowing sessions, and this one is no exception. The percolating bop tune "Whispering High," the intricate post-bop "Firewire," and an infectious blues, "Desolate Share," all prove to be perfect pieces for extended workouts. As usual, the centerpiece of the date is a ballad medley showcasing each saxophonist individually, Snidero in an emotional take of "It's Easy to Remember," Pietro in a gorgeous take of Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes," and DiRubbo in a heartfelt take of Frank Lacy's "Samba de Stacy."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Steeplechase
  • UPC: 716043168521
  • Catalog Number: 13685
  • Sales rank: 344,078

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Matador - Mike DiRubbo (9:31)
  2. 2 Whispering High - Mike DiRubbo (10:34)
  3. 3 Desolate Shore - Mike DiRubbo (11:54)
  4. 4 It's Easy To Remember - Mike DiRubbo (2:02)
  5. 5 Soul Eyes - Mike DiRubbo (2:11)
  6. 6 Theme For Ernie - Mike DiRubbo (2:50)
  7. 7 Little B's Poem - Mike DiRubbo (10:06)
  8. 8 Samba De Stacy - Mike DiRubbo (6:01)
  9. 9 Firewire - Mike DiRubbo (10:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andy LaVerne Primary Artist, Piano
Jim Snidero Alto Saxophone
Billy Drummond Drums
Steve LaSpina Bass
Dave Pietro Alto Saxophone
Mike DiRubbo Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Grant Green Composer
Andy LaVerne Composer
Mal Waldron Composer
Mark Gardner Liner Notes
Bobby Hutcherson Composer
Nils Winther Producer
Manfred Knoop Engineer
Fred Lacey Composer
William Boone Composer
Poul Jupont Cover Art
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