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Danish Radio Big Band, The

Biography

The Danish Radio Big Band (DR Big Band), often referred to as the Radioens Big Band is a jazz big band founded in Copenhagen in 1964, when the Copenhagen jazz scene was particularly active, and the city was regularly visited by prominent jazz artists from the USA. Originally called The New Radio Dance Orchestra, in the early years the band was led by Ib Glindemann. But over the next few decades many new faces joined – a succession of striking bandleaders, musicians and guest soloists such as Chris Potter - all of whom helped to develop the band into the experienced ensemble whose record releases and concerts have a devoted following all over the world. Leaders like Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely, and guest soloists like Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Joe Henderson – along with numerous Danish jazz musicians – were able to make the DR Big Band the institution that Ernie Wilkins said was “probably the best band in Europe.”




Recordings

Danish Radio Big Band, The / Nilsson, Vincent: Spirituals

This new recording from Storyville Records celebrates Vincent
Nilsson’s 40 years anniversary as a prominent member of The Danish Radio Big Band, and he describes it as a “dream-project”. It combines Vincent’s skills as a long time arranger for the big band with his close relationship to spirituals and gospels.

Vincent grew up with the music through church and this is his third release on Storyville Records (see Storyville 1014240 and 1014258). The previous releases featured spirituals in smaller groups - this is the first time with arrangements for the Big Band format.

The tracklist contains well-known and lesser-known spirituals in new and jazzy arrangements with songs like Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Go Down Moses, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho and more.

Vincent salutes The Danish Radio Big Band’s 50th anniversary in 2014 - an ensemble famous for “that big, fat, Danish sound.” Since it was established in 1964 the band ha...