Jesper Thilo (born 28 November 1941) is a Danish jazz musician, mainly known as a tenor saxophonist, alto saxophonist and clarinetist. He is considered to be one of the top European straight-ahead jazz musicians of the post-1970 period. Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins were early influences while he later develioed a highly personly sound reminiscent of Zoot Sims.Thilo first recorded as a leader for Storyville Records in 1973 and in the 1980s on Storyville his sidemen at various times included Kenny Drew, Clark Terry and Harry "Sweets" Edison. In the 1980s he also played in the Ernie Wilkins's Almost Big Band. Thilo also appears on the Miles Davis album Aura recorded in 1985. In 1991 he worked with Hank Jones in a quintet.
It is with great pleasure, that we at Storyville Records salute and celebrate Jesper Thilo on his upcoming 70
birthday (b. 11.28.1941), by releasing a 3 CD box set featuring a string of his recordings with great American and Danish jazz musicians.
Jesper Thilo is Denmark’s leading tenor saxophonist, and the recordings on these Cds are some of his own favorites, including the terrific and fun "Mumbles" with Clark Terry and Richard Boone.
The collection consists of 3 CDs, one of which has not been out on CD before. On these CDs Jesper excels his brilliant and lyrical playing on various tunes with Kenny Drew, Jesper Lundgaard, Svend Erik Nørregaard, Ole Kock Hansen, Ole Ousen, Sir Roland Hanna, Mads Vinding, Aage Tanggaard, Al Grey, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Billy Hart, Hugo Rasmussen, Alex Riel etc.
In Short-3 fine CDs that warrant Jesper Thilo's position as Denmark’s tenor saxophonist No. 1