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New album from Scandinavian jazz stars

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Green Moss webs

Green Moss Black sands explores the rough, overwhelming and stark beauty of Scandinavian nature and its dark sensibilities. The album is a collaboration between icelandic saxophonist Sigudur Flosason & swedish pianist Lars Jansson Trio. It is jazz with a special bluesy and folksy Nordic sound and a characteristic mix of grandeur and minimalism.

Icelandic beauty is the weather capable of changing in the blink of an eye; it is in the stillness and in the storm; in the rain falling at a slant, sometimes almost horizontally; in the sky that has colours you see nowhere else; green when visited by the Aurora Borealis. And then there is the ever present moon, there at the end of the world. This hushed yet ferocious type of beauty is explored on Green Moss Black Sand.

Buy the album here

A very special Intimate Piano Session with The Duke

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

We’re very proud to present a never before released Duke Ellington solo piano session from 1972 and three bonus tracks from 1969.

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The scene is 311 West 57 Street, New York, Mediasounds Studio A, Friday August 25th,1972. Duke Ellington was having an engagement with a smaller group at The Rainbow Grill, as he had had several times before, finishing the gig on the following night. But on the 25th, he chose also to go to the recording studio, just himself at the piano together with his two band singers Anita Moore and Tony Watkins, to record some pieces which were not played so often. The recordings remained in his ”stockpile” until now, this being the first commercial issue of these beautiful pieces. The late Sjef Hoefsmit wrote about the session when he heard it back in 1994: ”It is difficult to understand why these magnificent recordings never have been issued”. Well, here they are at last – for all to enjoy!

Read more and order here!

News from Storyville: Danish Avant-garde Jazz

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

We’re proud to present three important additions to the recording of Danish Avant-garde Jazz History. Two never before released gems from the archives and one brand new recording are ready for discovery:

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Cadentia Nova Danica
Saxophonist John Tchicai returned home to Denmark in 1966 after four years in New York and then formed the Cadentia Nova Danica ensemble with young Danish musicians who were already playing together: On this live recording, they all prove themselves worthy as conceptual and creative equals of their most advanced contemporaries in other European countries.

The music they played on this first public appearance radiates passionate honesty and intense humanity. Richard Williams’ liner notes explain: “Although in some respects very characteristic of its era, [the music] communicates its raw and heartfelt beauty across the decades with undimmed strength, still reaching out in hope to an unknown future”. Cadentia Nova Danica’s 1966 concert is a wonderful gem and, finally, no longer a hidden one.

Check it out here!

 

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Finn von Eyben plays Finn von Eyben

From a leading exponent of the fertile Danish free jazz movement of the 1960s comes these never before released live and studio recordings pointing back to traditional jazz, swing and bop and forwards to future forms of jazz mixed with folk, funk, soul and rock.

The first half of the record features studio recordings from von Eyben’s “Workshop”, en ensemble that created a free-flowing and spontaneous feel. The musicians were trained classical musicians and composers, and this foundation of skill ensures an uncompromised high quality of play and a basis from which they can improvise masterfully. The second half of CD is a recording of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s “Radiojazzgruppen” playing compositions by Finn von Eyben. Von Eyben himself is featured on bass and accompanied by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen.

Listen to excerpts from the tracks here!

 

 

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Cry!
Last, but not least: Check out the brand new record Cry! by Karsten Vogel and Per Aage Brandt!
In the year of the 50th anniversary of Per Aage Brandt and Karsten Vogel’s joint record debut in 1966, ten freshly recorded pieces of music are issued on Storyville Records. They represent Danish avant-garde jazz in its original form. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Per Aage Brandt and Karsten Vogel were high profile musicians in the avant-garde jazz environment that ha found a growth centre in Copenhagen, a movement whose likes were only found and practiced in New York at the time.

The outcome of their resumed collaboration is 50 minutes of ecstatic jazz, beautiful passages and lots of original piano, convincing saxophone and an iconic style frame.

Read more about the record here!