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SteepleChase Turns 30

Nearly 30 years ago, on January 15, 1973, SteepleChase Records released its first LP, Jackie McLean’s Live At Montmartre. Since then the Denmark-based label has steadily cranked out many albums each year, some by well-known artists, some by the artists that may never get widespread recognition, but whose music they feel must be documented. Good for them, and good for you, if you’re a die-hard jazz archivist.

SteepleChase heads Mihoko and Nils Winther wrote in a recent press release that they would not be

“spending a lot of money throwing parties and getting drunk” in order to celebrate their label’s 30th birthday, but rather they’d be using their saved-up cash to release a limited-edition, 8-CD set: Dexter Gordon-The Complete Trio and Quartet Recordings. Gordon (pictured) recorded a bunch of albums for the label in the ’60s and ’70s, which is presumably where a lot of the content for the box set will come from, along with 28 previously unreleased tracks, all remastered in 24 bit/96 KHz, as is customary these days. The set has no official release date yet, but is expected out this month.

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