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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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!