Storyville Records

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Storyville Records is Europe’s oldest independent jazz label. It releases a rich variety of jazz, blues and related musical genres, often accompanied by authoritative notes and rare extras. This iconic label was founded in 1952 in Denmark and today continues to augment its unique historic catalogue of recordings made by visiting American jazz and blues legends with new releases from contemporary jazz artists.

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Previously only released as a promo for Hifi brand B&O, these recordings are now finally available to everybody.

In 1999, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Mulgrew Miller came together in a unique and unlikely pairing to pay tribute to Duke Ellington on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The result was a passionate and long-lived musical partnership between two masters of their respective instruments, but the original recordings were never released. For the first time ever, more than 20 years after its recording, this lost treasure is finally made available to the public.

The duo was initially brought together by Bang & Olufsen and set out to celebrate Ellington and his partnership with bassist Jimmy Blanton. With the help of Per Arnoldi, who is also credited with the album’s artwork, NHØP was approached to take part and tapped Mulgrew Miller to tackle a series of Ellington’s classic themes and a couple of their own. He saw the opportunity to work with Mulgrew Miller, a pianist whom he admired and had not yet had the opportunity to work with, and this decision paid off greatly for both of them. A great musical and personal partnership was born, and the duo’s captivating chemistry is obvious from the first notes.

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen is widely celebrated as one of the greatest to ever grace the upright bass and had a long and fruitful career among the greats of jazz. He is arguably jazz's most virtuosic bassist, and his long career saw collaborations with legends like Oscar Peterson, Kenny Drew, Michel Petrucciani, Tania Maria, Philippe Catherine and Joe Pass. In the duo with Miller in particular, Niels-Henning’s unique sense of harmony and his impeccable timing stand out. Meanwhile, Mulgrew Miller, one of the most accomplished jazz pianists of the 80s and 90s delivers Ellington’s themes with grace and admiration. His playing is marked by versatility, skillful soloing and tasteful restraint. With NHØP on bass and MIller on piano, the talents of both are given plenty of space to explore Ellington’s themes and to form a musical dynamic that rivals that of Ellington and Blanton. The entire Duo-album will hit streaming services on june 12th. The first single C Jam Blues can be found

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Sonny Terry: Wizard of the Harmonica - Remastered

New vinyl remaster of

Wizard of the Harmonica

The enthusiasm and captivating energy of Sonny Terry on

Wizard of the Harmonica

is as tangible and undeniable as his impact on the blues harmonica and its role in the blues.

The technical mastery of the blues harmonica and energetic vocal stylings of Sonny Terry come together on

Wizard of the Harmonica

to form a captivating portrait of one of the instrument’s all time greats and a legend in the Piedmont blues genre. Terry’s instrumental mastery is accompanied by his idiosyncratic and captivating vocal stylings which move from falsetto whoops to dense spoken word passages in unrestricted yet precise ways to form an expansive and nuanced impression of one of the most characteristic and charismatic performers of the style.

Recorded in Copenhagen in 1971,

Wizard of the Harmonica

captures Sonny Terry at a time in his life where his previous musical experiences and relationships form a foundation on which his uncompromising style unfolds with as few restrictions as ever.

On I’m Crazy About Your Pie

, Terry delivers an exuberant take on Blind Boy Fuller’s

Custard Pie

, and the album’s version of

Easy Rider

seems to harken back to how Lead Belly, another old friend and collaborator of Terry’s, would perform it. Recorded in the later part of his career,

Wizard of the Harmonica

depicts a 60-year-old Sonny Terry as vivid as ever but with a strong sense of the roots of his life and musical career.

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