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 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.