Green Moss Black sands explores the rough, overwhelming and stark beauty of Scandinavian nature and its dark sensibilities. The album is a collaboration between icelandic saxophonist Sigudur Flosason & swedish pianist Lars Jansson Trio. It is jazz with a special bluesy and folksy Nordic sound and a characteristic mix of grandeur and minimalism.
Icelandic beauty is the weather capable of changing in the blink of an eye; it is in the stillness and in the storm; in the rain falling at a slant, sometimes almost horizontally; in the sky that has colours you see nowhere else; green when visited by the Aurora Borealis. And then there is the ever present moon, there at the end of the world. This hushed yet ferocious type of beauty is explored on Green Moss Black Sand.
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Christina Dahl is one of Denmark’s most prominent saxophonists, educated from The Royal Danish Conservatory of Rhythmic Music in composition and saxophone. She has been awarded The Ben Webster Award, the Bent Jædig Prize, the Walter Klæbel Mindelegat among others. With her personal and lyrical sound she expresses a wide range from explosive virility to dimmed melancholy.
On her new album she brings the unique quartet consisting of one of our very best guitarists, Niclas Knudsen, the internationally acclaimed bassist Jesper Lundgaard and a great talent on the drums, Esben Laub von Liljenskjold. Together, the four musicians have developed a playful and free language, where everyone has a leading role as soloists.
This can be heard on seven compositions all written by Dahl. We meet a broad spectrum of musical temperaments. The language is free, but with a heightened sense of melody and a strong Nordic expression. Enjoy Scandinavian jazz with soul, depth and intensity.
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We’re very proud to present a never before released Duke Ellington solo piano session from 1972 and three bonus tracks from 1969.
The scene is 311 West 57 Street, New York, Mediasounds Studio A, Friday August 25th,1972. Duke Ellington was having an engagement with a smaller group at The Rainbow Grill, as he had had several times before, finishing the gig on the following night. But on the 25th, he chose also to go to the recording studio, just himself at the piano together with his two band singers Anita Moore and Tony Watkins, to record some pieces which were not played so often. The recordings remained in his ”stockpile” until now, this being the first commercial issue of these beautiful pieces. The late Sjef Hoefsmit wrote about the session when he heard it back in 1994: ”It is difficult to understand why these magnificent recordings never have been issued”. Well, here they are at last – for all to enjoy!
Check out this new video by Unseen Recordings in which Carsten Dahl talks about his sources of inspiration: The musicality in nature and the the combination of chaos and order that is the essence of jazz.
He also plays a terrific solo piece on piano…
Definitely worth a watch!
We’re happy to present two new jazz releases by coveted Danish artists Heine Hansen Trio & Carsten Dahl Trio!
Check them out below…
Heine Hansen Trio: Signature
Heine Hansen’s piano is playful, even bubbling and almost singing, like an early bird in the first days of spring. On his long awaited debut album, Hansen unfolds his signature sound on eleven new compositions of his own.
A signature is something so personal it can’t be replicated; Heine Hansen plays the piano with a unique sense for applying rhythm and melody. With Thomas Fonnesbæk on bass and Alex Riel on drums, a truly beautiful symbiosis of eloquent melodies and precise playfulness emerges like rays of sunshine finding their way through green leaves.
This spring, Heine was awarded the prestigious Ben Webster Award of 2016.
Carsten Dahl Trio: Simplicity
Carsten Dahl (piano), Lennart Ginman (bass) and Frands Rifbjerg (drums) have played together for more than 20 years now and yet every time they play together, it still sounds completely fresh and new. The combination of the three of them is somehow a magic golden cut in terms of swing, balance, dexterity and imagination.
Carsten Dahl says: “My dear mentor jazz pianist Ed Thigpen used to say that “you’ve got to be able to snap your finger to it” and I always try to keep that in mind. I try to discover the magic in space and the simplicity in the music: In rhythmical progressions and in lyrical melodies. All this is what this trio’s essence is all about and we sure did exactly that.”
Storyville wishes all a sunny summer with loads of jazz music.
We’re proud to present three important additions to the recording of Danish Avant-garde Jazz History. Two never before released gems from the archives and one brand new recording are ready for discovery:
Cadentia Nova Danica
Saxophonist John Tchicai returned home to Denmark in 1966 after four years in New York and then formed the Cadentia Nova Danica ensemble with young Danish musicians who were already playing together: On this live recording, they all prove themselves worthy as conceptual and creative equals of their most advanced contemporaries in other European countries.
The music they played on this first public appearance radiates passionate honesty and intense humanity. Richard Williams’ liner notes explain: “Although in some respects very characteristic of its era, [the music] communicates its raw and heartfelt beauty across the decades with undimmed strength, still reaching out in hope to an unknown future”. Cadentia Nova Danica’s 1966 concert is a wonderful gem and, finally, no longer a hidden one.
Finn von Eyben plays Finn von Eyben
From a leading exponent of the fertile Danish free jazz movement of the 1960s comes these never before released live and studio recordings pointing back to traditional jazz, swing and bop and forwards to future forms of jazz mixed with folk, funk, soul and rock.
The first half of the record features studio recordings from von Eyben’s “Workshop”, en ensemble that created a free-flowing and spontaneous feel. The musicians were trained classical musicians and composers, and this foundation of skill ensures an uncompromised high quality of play and a basis from which they can improvise masterfully. The second half of CD is a recording of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s “Radiojazzgruppen” playing compositions by Finn von Eyben. Von Eyben himself is featured on bass and accompanied by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen.
Last, but not least: Check out the brand new record Cry! by Karsten Vogel and Per Aage Brandt!
In the year of the 50th anniversary of Per Aage Brandt and Karsten Vogel’s joint record debut in 1966, ten freshly recorded pieces of music are issued on Storyville Records. They represent Danish avant-garde jazz in its original form. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Per Aage Brandt and Karsten Vogel were high profile musicians in the avant-garde jazz environment that ha found a growth centre in Copenhagen, a movement whose likes were only found and practiced in New York at the time.
The outcome of their resumed collaboration is 50 minutes of ecstatic jazz, beautiful passages and lots of original piano, convincing saxophone and an iconic style frame.
We’ve been looking very much forward to this release, and now it’s finally here: Svend Asmussen celebrates his 100th birthday and we celebrate the legendary Danish jazz violinist with a 5 CD + DVD box set.
The box set is an exciting collection of highlights from Asmussen’s career: The first CD features early 1937-1944 recordings, where Asmussen finally decided on music as his occupation for life and began gaining international recognition with his elegant swing and refined arrangements. The second CD features 1953 and 1958 recordings from Hamburg, where Asmussen’s profound musicality and jazz skillfulness shine. On CD3, Asmussen collaborates with violinist colleague Stephane Grappelli, and their different phrasings compliment each other. We also find previously unreleased tracks from a 1985 Paris session with the Georges Arvanitas Trio, a complement to the critically acclaimed “Embraceable” concert CD from the same occasion. On CD4, Asmussen and American legend Stuff Smith play a concert together in Copenhagen, the two clearly enjoying each other’s company. CD5 features the renowned 1996 concert “Fit as a Fiddle”, where Asmussen masterfully combines the insistent energy of his youth with the experience and musical grandeur he has gained from a lifetime of playing.
On the DVD, Asmussen plays a lively 1986 concert in Copenhagen’s famous Jazzhus Montmartre with prominent musicians such as bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and pianist Kenny Drew.
Asmussen’s recognition as one of the world’s best jazz violinists is definitely well-merited – our new box set is yet another proof. Asmussen’s biographer Kjeld Frandsen writes: ”In short, Svend Asmussen is a phenomenon. Not just because he has lived for a hundred years, but primarily for the intense and variegated way he has filled these many years.”
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For Danish customers, buy here instead.
Storyville Records is proud to present a box of seven CDs and one DVD with the great Earl “Fatha” Hines (1903-1983). The collection represents a truly invaluable cross-section of his output from 1928 through 1974 and is an opportunity to experience an indispensable piece of jazz history.
Earl Hines is often named the “Father of Modern Jazz Piano” and not without good reason. He was a piano pioneer, not only in excelling and exercising his mastery of harmony and rhythm in solos, but in establishing the piano as an important member of any jazz ensemble. The trumpet-style phrasing Hines formed a close creative unit with Louis Armstrong all the while being a band leader and extravagant reformer: Never afraid to go beyond known borders and challenge the listener’s ear, Hines resembled a “Houdini of jazz piano for his ability to extricate himself form trap of his own devising” (Leonard Feather, jazz pianist).
The box features solo sessions from Hines’ early days in 1928 and up to 1974 in New York and Chicago, 1948 radio broadcasts from Blue Note in Chicago with Louis Armstrong and his All Stars, a series of 1954 through 1955 live recordings from the infamous Club Hangover in San Francisco, 1954 collaborations with the Muggsy Spanier All Stars, numerous 1959 recordings with the Earl Hines Quartet from London House in Chicago and on the DVD, a 1970 take of Earl Hines solo on piano and vocal.
“He was one of the chosen few who created the vocabulary of jazz – a language that is still flourishing and expanding its vocabulary. Whether they know it or not, every pianist attempting to play jazz is using something created by Earl Hines” writes jazz critic Dan Morgenstern in the meticulously detailed liner notes and adds: “Hines endures, and this collection is a fine representation of his art and craft”. We are excited to let you in on yet another aspect of Earl Hines’ imaginative and rhythmic universe!
Duke Ellington’s status as a legend is well-merited. This new release presents the star and his whole orchestra in full vigor at a 1969 Rotterdam concert.
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra toured Europe in November 1969, a time when Duke was still at the top of his powers. It is a pleasure to be able to issue the whole of an excellent concert recorded in De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam—a venue famous for its splendid acoustics. The ambience is remarkable on this live recording: The audience is audibly enthusiastic and these high spirits influence the band: Duke Ellington and the orchestra gave two concerts on November 7th, and even though this is the second one, the musicians sound nothing but lively and fresh.
The repertoire includes classics such as “Take the A Train” and “Don’t Get Around Much More” rarely heard as swinging as on this day, vigorous and fresh versions of “Kinda Dukish” and “Rockin’ In Rhythm” and the newer 1966 composition “La Plus Belle Africaine”, the centerpiece of the concert.
Among the soloists we find Johnny Hodges playing as beautifully as ever on “Black Butterfly”, only half a year before his death. Other prominent band members such as Cootie Williams, Lawrence Brown, Harry Carney and Paul Gonsalves are also featured.
The never before released 1969 Rotterdam concert exhibits Duke Ellington & His Orchestra on one of their most intense and enthusiastic nights. Still in a brilliant mood after two concerts, Duke Ellington even played an after-party concert with a quartet—Storyville Records hopes to issue these recordings in the future.