Lee Konitz – Leewise (2020 Remaster)

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.

Available for streaming on your favorite streaming service here.

Available on CD here.

 

Helle Henning – As Long As We Both Know

NORAH JONES’ RENOWNED MUSICIANS RECORD NEW ALBUM IN NEW YORK WITH DANISH SINGER.

The new album from Helle Henning entitled As Long As We Both Know is set to come out via Storyville Records on November 13th.

Helle Henning and Nikolaj Hess have once again been in New York to record an album, this time joined in the studio by the bassist and drummer from Norah Jones’ legendary “Come Away with Me” album – Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen. 
The recordings are now to be released on a new album with ten original songs. The album presents Helle Henning’s deliciously sultry, dark vocals and reveals her capacity for composing beautiful themes and writing clear lyrics using intimate and personal prose.
Helle and Nikolaj have been drawn to the challenge of fusing American jazz with Nordic folk-music for the past ten years. They love Tony and Kenny’s unmistakable sound and unique musical connection, which with Nikolaj Hess’ intricate piano playing and Helle’s Hennings intimate vocal ties it all together. A translucent atmosphere is created throughout the album, settling in the landscape between jazz, folk and pop.

Helle Henning has been called the first Jazz Singer/Songwriter in Denmark. Her music is both present and timeless, and she writes lyrics that, while being poetic and beautiful, comes across as earthed and easy to relate to. On As Long As We Both Know the lyrical content is backed by musicians who in their own way are equally poetic in their expression. 

As Long As We Both Know is an album that you can chose to listen to carefully and immersed, or you can chose to have it running as the back drop to a beautiful and evocative evening. However you chose to listen, rest assured that you are in great hands.

”Here is a voice that does not have to exaggerate in any way, but immediately fascinates us with its personality.”(Boris Rabinowitsch/ Politiken)

“The expression is timeless, yet very contemporary. It’s Nordic, melancholic and extremely jazzy. An empathetic calling card from an intense voice that is rich in facets” 
(Jazznews DK)





Listen to the two first singles here.

Order the CD here.

Summer has ended, fall has begun! Thus we would to like to wrap up the season in style and draw focus to some of the fantastic releases we have had the pleasure of releasing.

The Duo – Duke Ellington 100
Mulgrew Miller & Niels Henning- Ørsted Pedersen

This is one of those releases that is really close to our hearts here at the office. It has taken so many years for it to come into realization, and the music these two legends produce is so beautiful!

Stream it right here.

Enrico Pieranunzi – The Copenhagen Concert
Feat. Marc Johnson & Paul Motian

This is another release that has been many many years underway. The recording from 1996 in the legendary, and now closed, Copenhagen venue Jazzhouse sees Pieranunzi let all his virtuosic energies flow freely in a high tempo alongside Marc Johnson & Paul Motian.

Stream it right here.

Thomas Fonnesbæk & Justin Kauflin
Standards

A Danish bass legend alongside an American piano legend jamming a set of classic tracks as part of their warm up routine during the recording of a fantastic album! What’s not to like? Laidback and the same time tightly performed interpretations of Bud Powell, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson and more…

Stream it right here.

Storyville Records release two albums with Mette Juul

Storyville Records has just released two albums with singer and guitarist Mette Juul – Change from 2019 and New York – Copenhagen from 2020.

“Change” was recorded partly in Juul’s own home and partly in New York and Sweden. With a focus on her voice and guitar, the music was captured live with the musicians in the studio. On “Change”, Juul creates a new space around her songs as well as music from Brazil and the United States.

Mette Juul is joined by an impressive line-up; bassist and cellist Lars Danielsson, guitarists Ulf Wakenius (SE), Gilad Hekselman (USA) and Per Møllehøj (DK) who emphasize Juul’s great joy with the guitar. Heine Hansen, who has been part of Juul’s career for many years, is the consistent pianist and is also heard on celeste, rhodes and harmonica.

 

 

 

 

Stream Change here.

“New York – Copenhagen” is the sequel to “Change”. The recordings are from the same period, and they capture the movement between New York’s pulsating, vibrating energy personified by Mike Moreno, and the Nordic calm and simplicity personified by Lars Danielsson and Ulf Wakenius.

The span between the two environments has been inspiring for Mette Juul. The interpretations of the 5 jazz melodies emerged live in the studio with the musicians in the studio.

“New York – Copenhagen” is based on songs like Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone’s For Jan, Jimmy Rowles’ and Norma Winstone’s The Peacocks and Leonard Bernstein’s Some Other Time.

Mette Juul is joined by guitarists Mike Moreno (US), Per Møllehøj (DK) and Ulf Wakenius (SE) and bassist Lars Danielsson (SE) New York – Copenhagen.

Stream New York – Copenhagen here.

The Duo is out now!

The new album from Mulgrew Miller and Niels-Henning ørsted Pedersen containing classic Duke Ellington compositions is finally out!

In 1999, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Mulgrew Miller came together in a unique and unlikely pairing to pay tribute to Duke Ellington on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The result was a passionate and long-lived musical partnership between two masters of their respective instruments, but the original recordings were never released. For the first time ever, more than 20 years after its recording, this lost treasure is finally made available to the public.

Read more here.

And stream the album here.

Storyville Records set to release classic duo-album with Mulgrew Miller & NHØP

Previously only released as a promo for Hifi brand B&O, these recordings are now finally available to everybody.

In 1999, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Mulgrew Miller came together in a unique and unlikely pairing to pay tribute to Duke Ellington on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The result was a passionate and long-lived musical partnership between two masters of their respective instruments, but the original recordings were never released. For the first time ever, more than 20 years after its recording, this lost treasure is finally made available to the public.

The duo was initially brought together by Bang & Olufsen and set out to celebrate Ellington and his partnership with bassist Jimmy Blanton. With the help of Per Arnoldi, who is also credited with the album’s artwork, NHØP was approached to take part and tapped Mulgrew Miller to tackle a series of Ellington’s classic themes and a couple of their own. He saw the opportunity to work with Mulgrew Miller, a pianist whom he admired and had not yet had the opportunity to work with, and this decision paid off greatly for both of them. A great musical and personal partnership was born, and the duo’s captivating chemistry is obvious from the first notes.

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen is widely celebrated as one of the greatest to ever grace the upright bass and had a long and fruitful career among the greats of jazz. He is arguably jazz’s most virtuosic bassist, and his long career saw collaborations with legends like Oscar Peterson, Kenny Drew, Michel Petrucciani, Tania Maria, Philippe Catherine and Joe Pass. In the duo with Miller in particular, Niels-Henning’s unique sense of harmony and his impeccable timing stand out. Meanwhile, Mulgrew Miller, one of the most accomplished jazz pianists of the 80s and 90s delivers Ellington’s themes with grace and admiration. His playing is marked by versatility, skillful soloing and tasteful restraint. With NHØP on bass and MIller on piano, the talents of both are given plenty of space to explore Ellington’s themes and to form a musical dynamic that rivals that of Ellington and Blanton.

The entire Duo-album will hit streaming services on june 12th. The first single C Jam Blues can be found here.

New vinyl remasters ready for release.

Storyville Records are ready to release four LP’s from the archives, representing four classic artists.

Wizard of the harmonica from Sonny Terry displays an extraordinary talent with a unique technique. Archie Shepp & The New York Contemporary Five is a great recording of a true legend and his band. Teddy Wilson Trio – Revisits the Goodman Years sees Teddy Wilson re-portray the Benny Goodman small-group repertoire that Wilson had played with Goodman many decades before this Copenhagen session in 1980. Benny Carter Quartet Summer Serenade, recorded in 1980, sees Benny Carter in the latter part of a pioneering and exceptionally long career return to Copenhagen for a session that documents his accumulated relationship with the alto saxophone and why he is remembered as one of the instrument’s defining players.

All four records each represent the great story of Storyville records, each in their own unique way.

Hank Jones Trio – Live at Jazzhus Slukefter Vol. 2

Storyville now releases Hank Jones Live at Slukefter vol. 2 – the follow up to 2019’s vol. 1. Whereas vol. 1 was recorded at the legendary Copenhagen Jazz Club Slukefter on June 6th 1983, this recording is from the day after, June 7th. As on vol. 1 Jones is joined by Mads Vinding who worked with the Jones on several other visits to Europe, and recorded with him on at least one other occasion when in 1991 Jones was an invited guest to the JazzPar concerts (Hank Jones Trio, Storyville 1018416) and Shelly Manne, a close contemporary of Hank’s who was also associated with studio work in Los Angeles, even making a cameo appearance as a studio musician in the movie The Man With The Golden Arm.

Hank Jones was a consummate musician. As is so often the case, that description carries the implication that such a person is unflamboyant, somewhat reserved, and that their artistry is more appreciated by fellow workers than by the public. A Musicians musician.

Pre-order the album right here on our Bandcamp site.

Jacob Artved releases first single “Nelia” from forthcoming album.

Jacob Artved is the youngest of a very talented new generation of Danish jazz guitar players.

At the age of 20 he has already been a working musician for years, being introduced on the scene by Danish guitar legend Jacob Fischer at the age of 15. He was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music as the youngest student ever, but chose to drop out, move to New York and spent the long nights jamming instead.

On Friday February 7th  Jacob Artved and his Quartet featuring Louis Hayes will release the first single entitled Nelia from the forthcoming album Live from Montmartre.

Find the single on your preferred service here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Artved Feat. Louis Hayes – Live from Montmartre is out on Feb. 21st.
Read more right here.

Storyville on Spotify

At storyville we have a huge and everlasting back catalogue that has continuously grown ever since we started releasing music in 1952. So we understand that it can be a daunting task to know where to start. This is why we have created the official Storyville Spotify Playlist, to give you, the listerner, a taste of the various styles and genres within Jazz and Blues we can offer.

 

So head right over to Spotify, and follow the list. We continuously update it.