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SteepleChase Jam Session, Vol. 1


  • 1. Change Up - Jay Anderson/Larry Schneider/Andy LaVerne/Rick Margitza/Billy Hart
    2. Triplicate - Jay Anderson/Larry Schneider/Andy LaVerne/Rick Margitza/Billy Hart
    3. Old Folks - Jay Anderson/Larry Schneider/Andy LaVerne/Rick Margitza/Billy Hart
    4. Lush Life - Jay Anderson/Larry Schneider/Andy LaVerne/Rick Margitza/Billy Hart
    5. I'm Old Fashioned - Jay Anderson/Larry Schneider/Andy LaVerne/Rick Margitza/Billy Hart
    6. Sticks Up - Jay Anderson/Larry Schneider/Andy LaVerne/Rick Margitza/Billy Hart
    7. Go Tenor - Jay Anderson/Larry Schneider/Andy LaVerne/Rick Margitza/Billy Hart
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31522

  • Credits
    ProducerNils Winther
    EngineerJosiah Gluck

    Performers: Rick Margitza, Chris Potter, Larry Schneider, Andy LaVerne, Jay Anderson, Billy Hart.
    Recorded in March 1996.
    Personnel: Larry Schneider, Rick Margitza (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Andy LaVerne (piano); Billy Hart (drums).
    Recording information: 03/1996.
    Photographer: Nils Winther.
    The first in what was destined to be a series of small group jam sessions for Steeplechase, producer Nils Winther conceived these recordings as a way to produce a few surprises in the studio by bringing together musicians who weren't overly familiar with one another's playing and also to encourage a few originals in addition to standards. Three tenor saxophonists, Larry Schneider, Rick Margitza, and Chris Potter, all of whom double on a second reed, are accompanied by pianist Andy LaVerne, bassist Jay Anderson, and drummer Billy Hart. The results are even better than what Winther may have envisioned. Margitza's scorching modal blues "Change Up" gets things off to a lively start, while Potter switches to bass clarinet and Margitza to soprano sax for the pianist's delightful "Triplicate," a tune that ended up being called on again for later recordings in this series. Schneider penned the rousing "Sticks Up," which is a wailing post-bop vehicle featuring the composer on soprano sax. Potter's "Go Tenor" is another demanding up-tempo blues, with all three reedmen back on tenors. Finally, a ballad medley spotlights each of the three sax soloists individually. There's never a dull moment on this valuable date. ~ Ken Dryden

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