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.

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.

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.

Joe Stilgoe releases new album!

“I have always thought of Christmas time, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.”

 

Internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe is set to release a classic Christmas album this Winter, complete with star-studded line up, big band songs, Christmas choirs and fireside yuletide lullabies.

 

 

Stilgoe is joined by a host of special guests for a feast of Christmas classics, including Grammy nominated saxophonist Amy Dickson on ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, the Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir on ‘Rest in Peace’, iconic Jazz musician and son of Roy- Ben Castle on ‘Little White Berry’ and legendary comedian and actor Rob Brydon on ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’.

 

Stilgoe introduces two original songs to the festive collection- sure to become seasonal favourites for years to come. Uptempo festive party tune ‘The Night Before’ showcases his versatile vocals and outstanding collection of musicians, whilst the powerful festive ballad ‘December Lights’ conjures the magical Christmas spirit.

 

On the subject of Christmas, Stilgoe says “I’ve wanted to make a Christmas album ever since I became a musician, and probably even before that. Christmas was always my favourite time of year, and though my beliefs have changed over the years and I don’t consider getting a Spiderman costume the pinnacle of my life anymore, I still look forward to it with the same excitement as I did when I was 5 years old. I love how people change at Christmas time- it’s a time for thinking about others and for generosity of time and energy, and this is reflected in the rising of spirits and the desire to share time with friends and family. This, from ‘A Christmas Carol’, sums it up perfectly.

 

Son of songwriter and TV personality Richard Stilgoe and opera singer Annabel Hunt, Joe Stilgoe has become a true modern-day entertainer, a performer of wit, style and a level of musicianship which has seen him recognised as one of the best singer-pianists in the world. Regular star of BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night and his own shows as presenter and performer, Joe Stilgoe has worked with some of the finest orchestras and bands in the world and regularly appears at renowned jazz club Ronnie Scotts.

Kira Martini – Warm Valley

“Like lying down in a warm valley, feeling safe, surrounded by love, guidance, and still a sense of wonder, that is how I feel about this band “ -Kira Martini

In the course of the past few years, Kira Martini, has become a strong and well-known character on the danish jazzscene. With her positive energy and frank ways; her warm, true voice; and a broad repertoire of different styles, she is unlike any other singer on the scene. Kira Martini is both a jazz singer and a songwriter, and up until now she has released 4 albums in total, with the 5th, entitled Warm Valley, ready for release. The album is a mix of great songs from the history of Jazz, but also draws on Folk and Bossa nova inspirations for its diverse expressions.

“I am so grateful for this collection of fine people. Each skilled musicians with heart and soul, that manage to bring their personalities into their playing. The combination of our very different backgrounds, ages, experience, musical references, and persons, brings a certain chemistry. Each time I get on stage with these guys, I feel I’m a part of something real special. I feel a flow of happiness, love and gratitude. I feel challenged, connected, playful, free, and above all, heard and understood.”

Throughout, Warm Valley is full of great musicianship, due to its experienced players. It’s the type of album that sounds laid back and easy going and yet very focused.

Buy or stream the album here.