Alex Riel, (13 September 1940 in Copenhagen, Denmark), is a Danish jazz and rock drummer. His first group Alex Riel/Palle Mikkelborg Quintet won Montreux Grand Prix Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968 and it was published in Billboards June 1968 edition. Riel has recorded with, among others, Kenny Drew, Kenny Werner, Bob Brookmeyer, Thomas Clausen, Bill Evans, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Jackie McLean, and Dexter Gordon. He has also worked with a wide range of important jazz musicians, including Ray Brown, Donald Byrd, Don Cherry, Art Farmer, Stéphane Grappelli, Hank Jones, Thad Jones, and Ben Webster. He formed a renowned jazz ensemble with bass player Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Kenny Drew.
He was also a founding member in 1968 of the popular Danish rock group The Savage Rose. His album The Riel Deal won a Danish Grammy Award Jazz in 1996. In September 2010, Riel reached seventy years of an age and it was celebrated at the famed Jazzhus Montmartre. The event was broadcast live with the title Celebration Of A Living Jazz-Legend by the Danish national television, which also showed rare photos, depicting Riel with Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Bill Evans and acclaimed rock group The Savage Rose.
It is three well established Danish jazz musicians you will hear on the new CD from Storyville. The trio plays standards from the American songbook which they interpret in a very different way. Sometimes it is a slow ballad and after that a very swinging version where you will tap your feet listening to the trio. It is world-class music played by three Danish musicians that are equal to any of the American jazz-trios. No jazz fan can live without this CD in his collection. Listen to Carsten Dahl piano, Mad Vinding bass and Alex Riel drums. The title of the CD is “In Your Own Sweet Way” which is also the first track on the CD followed by “Maria gennem torne går” (Maria walks through thorns) “It Could Happen To You” “Beautiful Friendship” “What Is This Thing Called Love” “Peace” and “Night And Day”. The cover of the CD is a painting by Danish painter Erik Rasmussen.
DK Det er tre garvede danske jazzmusikere der spiller på denne nye CD fra Storyville. Det kan blive årets bedste jazz CD. Trioen spiller en række standardmelodier der bliver fortolket på en ny og spændende måde. De tre musikere inspirerer hinanden, så det kommer til at swinge enormt. Der er ingen der kan sidde stille når de hører musikken. Det er musik i verdensklasse og trioen kan måle sig med de mest berømte piano-trioer i USA. Ingen jazzfan kan undvære denne CD i samlingen. Lyt til Carsten Dahl, Mads Vinding og Alex Riel.