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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

Webster, Ben / Danish Radio Big Band, The: No Fool No Fun

For once the record buying public will be able to share the insight of making jazz. Gone are the studio restrictions and the frequent commercialism of live recordings. Here we are close to the creation, as we will ever come. Close to the warm genius of Ben Webster. The last six tracks on this CD are a mystery to everybody. Where and when are they recorded and who is playing with Ben? All we know is that the tape is left in Webster’s belongings marked 'Faberge'! Storyville Records and The Webster Foundation