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.

Hank Jones Trio – Live at Jazzhus Slukefter Vol. 2

Storyville now releases Hank Jones Live at Slukefter vol. 2 – the follow up to 2019’s vol. 1. Whereas vol. 1 was recorded at the legendary Copenhagen Jazz Club Slukefter on June 6th 1983, this recording is from the day after, June 7th. As on vol. 1 Jones is joined by Mads Vinding who worked with the Jones on several other visits to Europe, and recorded with him on at least one other occasion when in 1991 Jones was an invited guest to the JazzPar concerts (Hank Jones Trio, Storyville 1018416) and Shelly Manne, a close contemporary of Hank’s who was also associated with studio work in Los Angeles, even making a cameo appearance as a studio musician in the movie The Man With The Golden Arm.

Hank Jones was a consummate musician. As is so often the case, that description carries the implication that such a person is unflamboyant, somewhat reserved, and that their artistry is more appreciated by fellow workers than by the public. A Musicians musician.

Pre-order the album right here on our Bandcamp site.

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.

Storyville Christmas Playlist

Are you in need of something a little soothing in the midst of the stressful times that is December?

Head over to Spotify and have a listen to our newly created Christmas-themed playlist.

Containing Storyville’s own Joe Stilgoe, Kristin Korb, Niels Jørgen Steen Quartet among others, as well as a few additions from friends around the world, this playlist will surely keep you relaxed and warm during Christmas.

Find the playlist here.

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.

Enrico Pieranunzi Trio release “New Visions”

With New Visions, Enrico Pieranunzi demonstrates that at the age of 69 he is at the peak of his career. This recording bears witness to his greatness as a musician, and also how open he is in his musical approach. Chances are taken. It is a delight to hear this trio as it sets the standard for how jazz can be played, here and now.

Pieranunzi is an exceptional pianist, whether he’s playing solo, duo or trio. Melodically, harmonically, and not least of all rhythmically, he is “out of this world”. He has something you simply don’t hear with other musicians. Part of the explanation is likely due to a unique combination of influences, from his deep roots in classical and Italian music to his collaboration with iconic film composer Ennio Morricone and jazz giants like Chet Baker and Art Farmer. The rest – and most importantly – is due to Enrico himself.

Yet, Enrico Pieranunzi is totally his own man. He knows what he’s looking for, and for that reason alone one must be cautious in suggesting with whom he should play. So when in the winter of 2017 I asked Enrico if he would like to play in a trio with Thomas and American drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., it didn’t come as a complete surprise when he said “no, thanks”. Still, I couldn’t help asking about Ulysses one more time because I had the feeling he was precisely the drummer whose playing would inspire both Enrico and Thomas. I was convinced that Ulysses would be a good counterpart, and that the match-up had to be tried out.

Ulysses in fact belongs to a great new generation of drummers who play on a level of energy and technical proficiency rarely found outside the United States and which isn’t always compatible with European musical norms. But this doesn’t apply to Ulysses Owens, Jr., whose incredible sensitivity and attentiveness allow him to fit into the European context. He is one of the warmest, most smiling individuals I’ve ever met. At the same time, beneath his affable exterior lurks the classic drive and strength of an American drummer – an essential cultural ingredient that jazz cannot do without.

Buy or stream the album here.