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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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The late Lee Konitz is honoured on this classic recording, recorded as part of the Jazzpar Awards. This release showcases the work of Konitz in a variety of settings all derived from the JAZZPAR All Star Nonet directed by saxophonist Jens Søndergaard. It begins with three tracks recorded by Radio Denmark during the actual final concert of the series in Copenhagen’s Falkoner Scenen. Sadly, although this reissue has been in preparation for some months, it has now turned into a memorial for Konitz, who died at the age of 92 from complications of the virus Covid_19 on April 15, 2020.

Lee Konitz was one of the most highly valued individualists of the entire field of jazz. His recordings from as early as 1947, the year he turned 20, show that the basis of his unique style was already formed, partly under the influence of fellow Chicagoan Lennie Tristano. This fact was remarkable enough, in an era when all the other saxophonists who weren’t actively clinging to the approach of Johnny Hodges, Willie Smith or Benny Carter were trying desperately to catch up with Charlie Parker. But Konitz was developing an almost pianistic process, in which his lines were not dictated by what was easy for his instrument and, in addition, were not given a deliberately emotive profile by the articulation and tonal variety of the saxophone.

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Adonis Rose: Piece of Mind

Piece of Mind is an all-star group that features some of the most talented voices in jazz today. The concept of the group was inspired by the VSOP Quintet from the late 1970s with the intention of being both a touring and recording group.

Piece of Mind is very relevant now in these turbulent times we live in. With global disease, racism, social injustice, uncertainty and death happening around the world we need the healing power of music now more than ever. This musical aggregation is about freedom and celebration, love and liberation, camaraderie, expression, empathy and change.

On his releationship with music, Adonis says: “Looking back over my music career (which has spanned over 25 years) I find myself In a place where I can create on a level I’ve only dreamed of. From my early years as a child playing the drums on the porch in the St. Bernard projects for groups of kids, to attending NOCCA, college and touring the world, I can remember one thing that was always there. Music.” During his career, Rose has worked with each member of the group at different times, as have the other members. The new collective brings together the highly regarded players who, when united onstage, deliver an exciting and fluid musical experience. This past Spring 2019, the group recorded their first album which will feature highlights from their series of live concerts at the Blue Llama in Ann Arbor, MI; it is scheduled for a Fall 2020 release.

“After many years of recording as a leader Piece of Mind is my first live recording project. This project is special to me for many reasons. Let’s just start with having the pleasure of performing with some of the best musicians in the world.At one of the best jazz clubs on the planet, and being afforded the opportunity to present music that I’ve desired to record for some years now. Piece of Mind brings these things together for me.”

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