Bent Jædig (28 September 1935 - 9 June 2004) was a Danish jazz musician. He played tenor saxophone and flute. Born and raised in Copenhagen, Bent Jædig first studied clarinette before playing saxophone. Late 1950s he went to Germany and led a band with trombonist Rudi Fuesers, later joint another band with trombonist Peter Herbolzheimer in Munich. In the 60s he was back to Denmark and worked with Danish trumpet player Allan Botschinsky and pianist Bent Axen, with whom he recorded for Debut Records. Jædig recorded his first album Danish Jazzman in 1967 with Axen, Botschinsky, Dusko Goykovich, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Alex Riel. In following years he played with the Dollar Brand Quintet which included Don Cherry. As a side-man, Jædig was always in demand. He joint the bands such as Tete Montoliu, Jimmy Woode, Philly Joe Jones/Dizzy Reece, and Louis Hjulmond. He later formed his own trio included bass player Hugo Rasmussen and drummer Kresten Osgood. In a duo with pianist Carsten Dahl, Jædig recorded live shows in 2002 which later became part of a compilation release from Timeless Records. In the 70s and 80s Jædig worked with Wild Bill Davison, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, in the Thad Jones Big Band (Live at Montmartre, 1978), also with Duke Jordan, Horace Parlan (Arrival, 1973), Sahib Shihab (Orgy in Rhythm), and in Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band. In the 80ern he was also member of the Erling Kroner Tentet; he played th Danish radio big band (conducted by Palle Mikkelborg), recording the Miles Davis album Aura. In 1987 Jædig was a member of Pierre Dørge's New Jungle Orchestra. End of the 90s Jædig played in a quintet with Dennis Drud, Erling Kroner, Jørgen Emborg, and Peter Hansen. After Jædig's death in 2004 saxophonist Charles Davis recorded the album Charles Davis Plays the Music of Bent Jædig (2006). In 2008 in the Jazzhus Montmartre was held a Bent Jædig Memorial Award Celebration. Kjeld Frandsen, a veteran music critique and journalist from Berlingske Tidende Denmark mentioned about Bent Jædig's influence on Danish Jazz scene for years, in an article published in DanishMusic.Info in January 2008.
This 67-minute CD (10 tracks) is comprised of portions of six different live and studio sessions recorded between 1966 and 1982. The repertoire consists of some of Bent Jædig’s favorite tunes and composers, including compositions by Rogers & Hart, the Gershwin Bros., Duke Ellington, Ahmad Jamal, and Jimmy Heath, among others – a great diversity of genres, yet all performed in Jædig’s unmistakable be-bop style. Accompanying Jædig on this CD are some of Europe’s premier musicians, including Tete Montoliu, Allan Botschinsky, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Mads Vinding. Bent Jædig is Denmark’s ”original be-bopper”, the first Danish jazz musician to completely embrace this style of jazz (in the early 50’s), and is still going strong, anno 2003. Jædig’s style is completely his own – very personal, soulful and straightforward, and drenched in be-bop.