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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Mirrors Within points in the direction of the inner landscapes of music: those places in the mind where music can become sounds that bleed, infect and flourish.

When pianist Carsten Dahl went into the studio with his perennial fellow musicians, the bassist Niels Bo Davidsen and the drummer Stefan Pasborg, it was with a special dogma: Not to say a word throughout the recording.

Mirrors Within was created in a continuous sequence of first takes and everything was improvised without previous agreements or ideas, except ’Falling Down’ and ’How I Hear Beauty’ based on some chords Dahl scratched down on a piece of paper in the studio. There is a natural, fluent and electric feeling in the music. The trio creates a series of intense pieces most of them no longer than 3-4 minutes, but together they constitute a suite-like process with stimulating variation in form and expression.

‘To me Mirrors Within is the picture of the collective and the universal’, Dahl says. ‘In the music we mirror ourselves in one another. But the mirror can also break and behind it is black’. Hereby he insinuates the both bright and dark sides of his own artist life. He has spoken in public about trauma, therapy and medicine. Music, painting and poetry are his creative responses.

Dahl, Davidsen & Pasborg have developed a special musical dialect together. We are way beyond instrumental skills, which are top class, but it is about much more than that. The best way perhaps to summarize the activities is with the word: empathy. Not as a feeling, but as an ability to participate in a mutual human action which otherwise could not be realized. It´s spontaneous and straightforward just like the brush strokes by Dahl seen on the album cover. But it´s not random what goes on. The trio establish a sonic architecture as clear and vivid as a mountain source. ‘When we enter the room together, we compose instantly’, Dahl says. ‘We are playing composers. We are very close to the ability of creation. This recording is the essence of what creation is about in an improvisatory context.’ Buy here

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Helle Henning: As Long as We Both Know

Release date: November 13th 2020

Helle Henning and Nikolaj Hess have once again been in New York to record an album, this time joined in the studio by the bassist and drummer from Norah Jones’ legendary "Come Away with Me" album - Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen.

The recordings are now to be released on a new album with ten original songs. The album presents Helle Henning’s deliciously sultry, dark vocals and reveals her capacity for composing beautiful themes and writing clear lyrics using intimate and personal prose.

Helle and Nikolaj have been drawn to the challenge of fusing American jazz with Nordic folkmusic for the past ten years. They love Tony and Kenny’s unmistakable sound and unique musical connection, which with Nikolaj Hess' intricate piano playing and Helle’s Hennings intimate vocal ties it all together. A translucent atmosphere is created throughout the album, settling in the landscape between jazz, folk and pop.

Helle Henning has been called the first Jazz Singer/Songwriter in Denmark. Her music is both present and timeless, and she writes lyrics that, while being poetic and beautiful, comes across as earthed and easy to relate to. On As Long As We Both Know the lyrical content is backed by musicians who in their own way are equally

 poetic in their expression.

As Long As We Both Know is an album that you can chose to listen to carefully and immersed, or you can chose to have it running as the back drop to a beautiful and evocative evening. However you chose to listen, rest assured that you are in great hands.

”Here is a voice that does not have to exaggerate in any way, but immediately fascinates us with its personality.” (Boris Rabinowitsch/ Politiken)

"The expression is timeless, yet very contemporary. It’s Nordic, melancholic and extremely jazzy. An empathetic calling card from an intense voice that is rich in facets” (Jazznews DK)

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