Storyville is presenting two new great live albums:
Take One – by Christian Sands, Thomas Fonnesbæk & Alex Riel
“Take One is an authentic live recording, complete with natural imperfections. Still, it’s hard to stop listening. Time and again you find yourself holding your breath until the trio – like a cat in free fall – twists and turns in the air and lands safely on its feet.(…) It’s simply impossible to sit still when this trio starts to groove, and you can’t help smiling when you see how much the musicians are enjoying themselves and their take-no-prisoners attitude.” – Christian Brorsen (Music director, Jazzhus Montmartre)
To begin a CD with an unaccompanied intro to a ballad indicates some confidence from the main soloist on this excellent double CD with the young talented American pianist Christian Sands in the company of the two Danes bass player Thomas Fonnesbæk who is said to be the next NHØP and a Montmartre legend the drummer Alex Riel. The music is recorded live in Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen in October 2014. The three musicians had never met before, but already on the first evening they found their common beat and developed it through the next two concerts, which naturally led to the best takes being collected for this double CD.
60 Out Of Shape – by Jesper Lundgaard, Enrico Pieranunzi & Alex Riel
”I would even go so far as to say their combined amazing individual musical talent and success in learning such a sophisticated musical language makes their music a shining example of European jazz at its best.” – Peter H. Larsen
Enrico Pieranunzi, Jesper Lundgaard and Alex Riel met at club Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen one evening in June 2014 to join forces. The expectations were high as they all three are well known in European jazz and the atmosphere was good and enhanced by the celebration of Lundgaard’s 60th birthday. This trio’s performance resulted in a masterpiece of improvisation of songs from the Great American Songbook and is now released for everyone to enjoy.