Storyville Records

Best in Jazz Since 1952

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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The Danish alto saxophonist Christina von Bülow has created a very special trio with two jazz masters in their own right: The Swedish bassist Palle Danielsson and the American drummer Eliot Zigmund. Together, they pick up standards from the great songbooks of jazz and make them their unique own creations; like birds singing, never quite repeating the same sound. The music is very inspired by Lee Konitz with a focus on improvisation, intuition and interplay. Quite a few of the tracks on the album is Christinas take on new themes for old standards.

Thomas Clausen, writer of the liner notes, explains: “The present CD is all about this element of variation. But also about being natural, playing melodically. And it’s an album about interplay! Every bar these musicians play breathe this truth. Some tunes are straight standards. And the presentation of the melody is sometimes straight, as we know it. But it is varied all the time and never feels repetitive.”

What makes the new album special is a feeling of a collective spirit throughout. Christina is the main soloist, but she is always giving herself time to breathe and making pauses in her solos and thus room for the other instruments."

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Clara Vuust: Before You Walk Away

The Danish jazz singer Clara Vuust is releasing her third studio album "Before You Walk Away" - a jazz album that combines a Nordic, lyrical vocal tradition with the Mediterranean warmth in the musical arrangements by composer and arranger Francesco Calì.

The album reflects Vuust's love for the beautiful melodies in  "The great American Songbook", but at the same time it carries a European tone that with the distinctive sound of the accordion brings to mind Italian summer nights and French chanson. 

The European tone is set by British trumpet player Gerard Presencer and Italian pianist and accordionist Francesco Calì,  and through the almost chamber music like arrangements runs a somewhat melancholic vein that together with Clara Vuust's warm and alluring voice create a romantic and thoughtful atmosphere.

The songs on "Before You Walk Away" are inspired by Vuust’s fondness for the American Jazz standard repertoire, but also by her  love for Italian evergreens and French Jazz by the composer Michel Legrand among others. Her voice and interpretations draw on inspiration from great singers such as Irene Kral, the Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund and Barbra Streisand.

The title of the album  "Before You Walk Away" is a line from the song "I Wish You Love". About the choice of title Clara says: “All the songs on this album are in some way or another based on the theme of saying goodbye and parting with the ones you love. The title "Before you walk away" is a reflection upon that moment where we go our separate ways – the bittersweet sorrow, but also the love, that lies in the departure..."

Clara Vuust was born in the outskirts of Aarhus – the second biggest town in Denmark. Her childhood was all about children's choir and classical piano until, at the age of 11, she discovered jazz music. For her eleventh birthday she got a Real Book filled with jazz standards and a new world opened: Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley and Ella Fitzgerald were put on repeat on the stereo. Clara Vuust grew up in a family where music was part of everyday life. Her brother is the recognized jazz-saxophone player Christian Vuust and her cousin is double-bass player and music/brain researcher Peter Vuust. Clara Vuust has her musical education as a singer from RMC – the Rhythmic Music Conservatory – in Copenhagen.

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