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Steeplechase recommendations?

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I haven't been a member of eMusic for many years now, but notice that they now have a substantial portion of the Steeplechase catalog for download at reasonable prices.  Which titles are favorites of board members here?  Stanley Cowell, Walt Dickerson, Frank Foster...a lot of interesting looking albums: http://www.emusic.com/browse/album/jazz/label:1320687/page/1/

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SteepleChase is my favorite contemporary jazz label. So many fine titles to recommend. Here's just a few:

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Anything featuring Kirk Knuffke.

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Richard Davis/Walt Dickerson - Dialogue

Johnny Dyani Quartet - Song For Biko

Kirk Knuffke - Little Cross, the strength of which leads me to want to follow jlhoots advice above

 

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Many good records on that label. A few favorites of mine:

Walt Dickerson: Peace

Dexter: I Want More

Kenny Drew: Everything I Love

Archie Shepp/NHOP: Looking at Bird

Chet Baker: The Touch of Your Lips

Boulou & Elios Ferré: Pour Django

Jimmy and Doug Raney: Stolen Moments

Archie Shepp/Horace Parlan: Goin' Home

Chet Baker/Duke Jordan: No Problem

I could name many more, but that's a start.

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Lotsa great Paul Bley recordings

bebopbebopbebop & the Ornette one are both great trio records 

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FWIW I purchased a huge amount of Steeplechase discs recently and some are going to be offered here soon. So anyone who prefers physical discs, stay tuned.

In keeping with the purpose of the thread, off the top of my head I'd include every Dexter release and Blue Parlan.

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There's so many great albums on Steeplechase!

Some of my absolute favourites:

Johnny Dyani - Song for Biko, Witchdoctor's Son, Angolian Cry

Shirley Horn - Lazy Afternoon (this album is a complete masterpiece, easily Horn's greatest work and v under recognised)

Lee Konitz & Paul Bley - Out of Nowhere (lots more great Konitz and Bley seperately too)

Also loads of great Dexter Gordon, Walt Dickerson, Buck Hill, Kahn Jamal, Rich Perry...  I need to get more of the Walt Dickersons, some great looking lineups

 

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SteepleChase is a great label!  A few of my favorites:

Kenny Drew Trio - Dark Beauty

Jackie McLean & the Cosmic Brotherhood - New York Calling

Onaje Allan Gumbs - Onaje

Jim McNeely Quintet - Rain's Dance 

Johnny Dyani Quartet - Song for Biko

Dexter Gordon - Something Different

Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra - Very Hot: Even the Moon Is Dancing

Clifford Jordan - The Highest Mountain

Lee Konitz - Yes, Yes, Nonet

Lee Konitz & Red Mitchell - I Concentrate on You

Mary Lou Williams - Free Spirits

 

 

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2 hours ago, HutchFan said:

Lee Konitz & Red Mitchell - I Concentrate on You

 

 

 

Yes! Can't believe I forgot that one

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On 28.1.2017 at 1:18 PM, paul secor said:

Many good records on that label. A few favorites of mine:

Walt Dickerson: Peace

Archie Shepp/NHOP: Looking at Bird

Archie Shepp/Horace Parlan: Goin' Home

:tup:tup:tup!!!

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6 hours ago, HutchFan said:

SteepleChase is a great label!  A few of my favorites:

Clifford Jordan - The Highest Mountain

Lee Konitz - Yes, Yes, Nonet

Mary Lou Williams - Free Spirits

 

 

:tup:tup:tup!!!

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7 hours ago, Olie Brice said:

There's so many great albums on Steeplechase!

Shirley Horn - Lazy Afternoon (this album is a complete masterpiece, easily Horn's greatest work and v under recognised)

 

:tup:tup:tup!!!

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Beneath the forementioned these are other unconditional faves of mine .... :

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A showcase for the talents of Arild Andersen ....

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Probably N-H Orsted Pedersen`s finest hour ....

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Worth the ticket of entry alone for Archie Shepp`s solo on "Contracts" ....

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Marvellous ....

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Dexter, Walt Dickerson, Khan Jamal, the Hal Galper Reach Out, Clifford Jordan/Cedar Walton related titles.

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Here is a listing of just some of the Steeplechase recordings I can recommend.

These are selections that, as best I can recall, were not already mentioned above.

 

George Cables Trio - Cables Fables

Clifford Jordan - Magic in Munich

Richard Wyands Trio - Get Out Of Town

Louis Smith - Prancin'

Horace Parlan Quintet - Glad I Found You

Jimmy Knepper Quintet - Cunningbird

Duke Jordan Trio - Two Loves

Buck Hill Quartet - This Is Buck Hill

Dexter Gordon Quartet - Swiss Nights, Vol.1

Kenny Drew Trio - Ruby My Dear

Junior Cook Quartet - On a Misty Night

Doug Raney - I'll Close My Eyes

Bertha Hope - Elmo's Fire

 

 

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I count around 421 SteepleChase CDs in my collection, which doesn't include the LPs. All of Joe Locke's sessions are great,

as are those by Lee Konitz, Andy LaVerne, Richie Beirach, Bent Axen George Cables, etc. The label has a high standard.

Listening to Gregory Tardy's new SteepleChase CD Chasing After the Wind as I found this discussion.

 

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2 hours ago, Ken Dryden said:

I count around 421 SteepleChase CDs in my collection, which doesn't include the LPs. All of Joe Locke's sessions are great,

as are those by Lee Konitz, Andy LaVerne, Richie Beirach, Bent Axen George Cables, etc. The label has a high standard.

Listening to Gregory Tardy's new SteepleChase CD Chasing After the Wind as I found this discussion.

 

So you`re not missing too manny :D .... but again, a very interesting label which (still) would deserve wider recognition (aka outside Europe) ....

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The first couple of Ari Ambrose records, I kinda dug. The more there were, the more they all started sounding alike, but the first few were fun, and I do hope he's doing well.

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2 hours ago, soulpope said:

So you`re not missing too manny :D .... but again, a very interesting label which (still) would deserve wider recognition (aka outside Europe) ....

There are hundreds more I want!

 

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On 1/31/2017 at 8:18 AM, Ken Dryden said:

I count around 421 SteepleChase CDs in my collection, which doesn't include the LPs. All of Joe Locke's sessions are great,

as are those by Lee Konitz, Andy LaVerne, Richie Beirach, Bent Axen George Cables, etc. The label has a high standard.

Listening to Gregory Tardy's new SteepleChase CD Chasing After the Wind as I found this discussion.

 

Ken, you are far ahead of me. Your post took me to the shelf to determine how many Steeplechase Cd's are in my collection. My total is roughly 300. I had  more, but disposed of those I did not care for all that much. I have the ones (already released) that I want. Of course as new Steeplechase CDs are issued, there may be some I want to add to my collection.

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Listening right now to:

• Walter Davis: Scorpio Rising (highly recommended!) — Santi Debriano on bass adds a lot to this session.

Also recommend:

• Sadik Hakim: Witches, Goblins, etc.
• Paul Bley: Questions
• Chris Byars Octet: Lucky Strikes Again (an excellent homage to Thompson)

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5 hours ago, Late said:

Listening right now to:

• Walter Davis: Scorpio Rising (highly recommended!) — Santi Debriano on bass adds a lot to this session.

A good one ....

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Better late than never : The first two releases by Buck Hill aka "This Is Buck Hill" + "Scope" both are terrific ....

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