Criss Cross Jazz new releases September 2015

Criss Cross JazzHere are the three new Criss Cross Jazz releases for September 2015, which will be available around September 15. All details, including sound samples, can be found on the website:


Danny Grissett - The In-BetweenPianist Danny Grissett decided to name his fifth Criss Cross recording THE IN-BETWEEN to evoke the experience of flying back and forth between New York, where he is a first-call sideman for, among others, Jeremy Pelt and Tom Harrell, and Vienna, Austria, where he has lived with his wife and small son for several years.

Joined by tenor saxophonist Walter Smith, an acquaintance since both attended the Thelonious Monk Institute in the early aughts, bassist Vicente Archer, a partner of long-standing, and great drummer Bill Stewart, Grissett offers a mix of five originals, four personalized standards, and a lovely ballad by his wife.

Throughout the proceedings, he plays with the understated authority and melodic thrust that have garnered him an ever-increasing fan base.


Opus 5 - TickleDespite busy schedules, the five co-leaders of OPUS 5 return once again with a fourth album, TICKLE, a statement of great virtuosity, melodic integrity and rhythmic focus.

Taking its place alongside Introducing Opus 5 (Criss 1339), Pentasonic (Criss 1351) and Progression (Criss 1369), this session finds the band in peak form, interpreting compositions by all the band's members.

From the shifting funk-to-swing of drummer Donald Edwards-penned title track, to the singable purity of tenorist Seamus Blake's opening Silver Pockets, to the poetic bass cadenza and plaintive mood of bassist Boris Kozlov's closing ballad Murzake, Tickle secures Opus 5's place as one of the most compelling and long-lived collectives in recent years. Pianist David Kikoski composed the beautiful New Old Ballad, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin wrote Equilibrium.