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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra in Rotterdam 1969 January 20th, 2016

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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.

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Timme’s Treasures October 22nd, 2015

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What set him aside from the rest of us,” Rosenkrantz’ friend Doug Dobell, a London record store owner and jazz producer, recalls, “was that he LIVED the music as no other non-musician has – in fact as few musicians ever have”.

Rosenkrantz charmed his way into the American music business, was an early advocate of African-American jazz musicians, and a hopeless businessmann. He soon fell in love with singer Inez Cavanaugh, and the couple ventured opening many short-lived jazz clubs. Timme’s force was rather his passion and character: He was personal friends with Duke Ellington, became a respected record producer, journalist and radio broadcaster in Denmark as well as New York and captured now historic photographs that eradiate the vibrant essence of New York’s 1940s Jazz scene.

Carefully selected from the archives at the Music Library of the University of Southern Denmark by experts, the old tracks have been digitally cleaned and remastered, providing us an array of interesting material. Timme’s Treasures features extraordinary gems from a riveting epoch of jazz, and the CD is an unexpectedly recovered treasure chest, teaching us an important history lesson on musicality.

On the album, we find exclusive recordings of some of the grand musicians such as Stuff Smith, Thelonious Monk, Don Byas and pianist Erroll Garner, whom Timme Rosenkrantz is actually credited for discovering and being the first to record. Most of it is recorded in Timme Rosenkrantz’s private Manhattan apartment, where the jazz society came to party and play. The CD is the first ever release of these private recordings from the mid-1940s.

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The Treasury Shows Vol. 20 with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra is out now! October 1st, 2015

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Storyville Records is proud to present volume 20 in the Duke Ellington Treasury Shows series. In April 1945, to promote the sale of war bonds, the Treasury Department contacted Duke Ellington to do a series of 55 min public broadcasts. This double CD contains a series of recordings from Paramount Theatre and the famous Hurricane Club complete with radio speaks and encouragements to buy bonds + bonus material and extensive liner notes.

“Big bands were dying off like the dinosaurs, but Ellington transcended Swing and its era. Television was in its developmental stage and by the 1950s would supersede radio. Duke Ellington would outlive the reign of the medium that he so well mastered”, writes Ken Steiner, author of the extensive liner notes, and concludes: ”The band must have been saving its best for this broadcast, which finds them in top form”.

It is also worth noting that 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer and pianist William “Billy” Strayhorn. His contribution to the Ellington organization can hardly be overstated and is evident on this CD, which also serves as a tribute to his genius. Not just artistically was he influential —Ellington described Strayhorn as “the eyes in the back of his head”

CD 1 contains a radio broadcast from The Rehearsal Hall at Paramount Theatre, New York, June 1, 1946 plus bonus tracks from The Hurricane Club in New York, September 10, 1943.

CD 2 features a broadcast from WEEU Studios, Reading, P.A., June 8, 1946. The last tracks are again from The Hurricane Club but from September 7, 1943.

The whole Duke Ellington Treasury Shows series will be 24 double CDs. This release is volume 20 and the rest is on the way!

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Two new ‘Live at Montmartre’ albums September 3rd, 2015

 

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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.

 

Storyville’s Artists at Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015 June 25th, 2015

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Every single summer since 1979 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been taking over Copenhagen as one of Europe’s most important international music events based on eminent artistic quality and a sharp focus on new departures in both Danish and international jazz. For 10 days you can enjoy live jazz on the city’s streets, in its clubs, cafés and concert halls, and at open-air night venues – all in the very heart of historical Copenhagen.

The festival starts the 3rd of July and several of Storyville’s artist are playing during the ten days of jazz. You can see who, when and where at this schedule. Us at Storyville will be participating as well and we hope to see you out there!

Read more about the festival and check out the whole program here.

COMPOSING – A new album from Vinding, Mazur & Pilc May 28th, 2015

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Storyville is presenting Composing. A new album by Jean-Michel Pilc, Mads Vinding og Marilyn Mazur.

JEAN-MICHEL PILC is a self-taught pianist, who has performed with numerous giants in the music field. He is born in Paris, but is now an American citizen. The Danish bass player MADS VINDING, has performed all over the world, produced records, written movie soundtracks and received several awards. MARILYN MAZUR, who was born in New York but has lived in Denmark since her early childhood, is active as a composer, a bandleader and as a percussionist. She has been a member of the orchestras of i.e. Miles Davis (1985-89), Wayne Shorter (1987) and Jan Garbarek (1991-2005).

Mads Vinding says about the album:

“Wayne Shorter once said “To hell with the rules, I’m going for the unknown”.  This is what we did on this recording. No talks about tunes, keys, solos, tempos—as a matter of fact Jean-Michel and Marilyn hadn’t even played together before. We just started playing to see where the music would take us – and as you can hear it was quite a trip. We did two long sets and occasionally a tune would emerge – but most of the time we where in unchartered waters, taking us to places we haven’t been before. This is the ultimate way of improvising.

Why then is the album called COMPOSING? Well – Arnold Schoenberg also once said “Composing is improvisation slowed down”. This album is compositions in realtime.”

Release date: May 18. 2015

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Spirit – New Album from Glostrup Trioen April 13th, 2015

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The story of Glostrup Trioen is about three boys, Torben Kjær, Henrik Dhyrbye & Ole Streenberg from Glostrup (a suburb to Copenhagen) who at the age of 12 began to play jazz and who today in their mid sixties are still playing with the same intuition which a long life with music as a pivoting point has given them. Three boys who in spite of different musical careers still manage to find a common sound. Glostrup Trioen has through their career played with great musicians such as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Stuff Smith, Brew Moore, Bud Powell, Idrees Sulieman, NHØP, Kenny Drew, Palle Mikkelborg, Bent Jædig, Per Carsten and many more.

SPIRIT is a musical palette presented by a trio with their roots back in the 1960’ies. It is also a spiritual journey into a kind of music, which has become timeless. An array of tones from Swedish folk music, American musicals, French existentialism, Italian pop and the music, which Duke Ellington named American Music, in short: jazz. On its journey the trio is accompanied by the singer Alice Carreri and the tenor sax player Tomas Franck.

Release date: April 23. 2015.

Get the album here: http://bit.ly/SpiritAlbum

Embraceable – Previously unreleased recordings from Svend Asmussen February 23rd, 2015

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”I had never thought that this September Parisian night would be released and scrutinized, but honestly I think it is the best music I’ve ever recorded!” said Asmussen when he was interviewed about the new release.

‘Embraceable’ was recorded in Paris 1985 and now 30 years later Asmussen has found this recording in his home and is now released on the occasion of his 99th birthday the 28th of February.

In a tiny club in Paris with 26 guests he played a set with ’Singin’ in the Rain’ as his first tune. He played with three musicians he had never played with before and there was no rehearsal, only a few notes scribbled down. Just as they were about to play the radio man casually told them the concert would be broadcasted live on French radio and that Asmussen should present the set in French. This performance turned into Asmussen’s favourite recording as he enjoys the atmosphere and the spontaneity of this live recording.

Get the album here: http://bit.ly/embraceable

Daybreak: New Release from Storyville January 27th, 2015

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“Enjoy this music with a Sunday morning cup of coffee, a late night whisky or, who knows, at Daybreak.”

Storyville Records presents “Daybreak” by the Icelandic saxophone player Sigurdur Flosasan and Danish Hammond B3 player Kjeld Lauritsen. The album is a follow-up to their previous success “Nightfall”. On both albums musicians embrace the ballad repertoire in collaboration with internationally renowned guitarist Jacob Fischer and swing drummer Kristian Leth.

Daybreak consists of beautiful jazz ballads with a Scandinavian sound, inspired by the unique feeling of when night turns into day. The music depicts the atmosphere of musicians playing together after a late night gig and the relaxed mood of the scene gives a special feeling that connects the people who are left. Sigurdur Flosason explains this feeling as:

“The morning’s music has nothing to prove. It simply is, neither old nor new, complex nor simple. In a way it is the core and the essence of all music.”

On this album the musicians has taken the idea even further, explicitly choosing songs such as “Morning Glory” and “The Night We Called it a Day” – songs that all relate to daybreak.

 

 

Get the album here: http://bit.ly/str-daybreak

Presenting the Storyville Vinyl Remasters December 1st, 2014

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A number of Storyville Records’ iconic jazz and blues albums are now  available in a new series of remastered high quality vinyl releases. Featuring some of the best artists from the vast Storyville catalogue, the “Storyville Vinyl Remasters” series presents great music on deluxe vinyl.

Each release is limited edition, pressed onto 180 gram virgin vinyl with the original covers and sleeve notes preserved. Updated notes have been added to the inner sleeves and a free download of the album is included. The audio has been remastered specifically for vinyl to secure the best sound that these great releases deserve. Five releases in the series are now available:

An Evening With Big Bill Broonzy (Cat. # 6017001)
Big-voiced Big Bill Broonzy recorded this definitive album in Denmark, fully exploiting his sudden freedom to sing political songs that were frowned upon back in the US.
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Magic Slim: Born On A Bad Sign (Cat. # 6017002)
This album made Magic Slim and The Teardrops famous. It was recorded live in 1976 in Ma Bea’s Club, Chicago, for the French MCM label run by Marcelle Morgantini.
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The Blues Of Sonny Boy Williamson (Cat. # 6017003)
This album offers a rich example of Sonny Boy’s range of musical emotion, from rage through tenderness to sometimes unexpected humour.
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Archie Shepp & The New York Contemporary Five (Cat. # 6017004)
This historic live album presented the “new thing” in jazz at the Jazzhus Montmartre in 1962.
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Bud Powell Trio: Bouncing With Bud (Cat. # 6017005)
Bud Powell was a jazz pianist of rare talent, unique in his ability to inject vocal inflections into his improvisational playing. One of his performances were immortalized on this recording from Jazzhus Montmartre in 1962.
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