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.

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Christina Dahl Quartet ready to release new album “Quintesse”

Christina Dahl Quartet is ready to release a new album on Storyville Records named “Quintesse”.

Christina Dahl Quartet consists of some of the most exciting and respected musicians in Denmark. The guitarist Niclas Knudsen, who has his own unique expression, embraces the music with magic and creates inner images. Nils Bosse Davidsen, who is an extremely creative and playful bassist & cellist, manages to give a touching & sensuous experience, Espen Laub von Lillienskjold, who is super creative and varies the sounds on the drums, adds a great dynamic & energy to the music.

The quartet appears as an original group with its very own personal musical expression. Based on Christina’s compositions, all reflecting life and its wealth of dynamics and colors, the Quartet tells stories. The music is organic with a spiritual and sensual openness and brought out into the edges of life with a clear lyrical sense. It is beautiful and strong interplay that creates a present sound illustration. The quartet plays with a dedicated fervor and heartfelt interaction, where the instruments talk to each other, giving an impression of a common vision and direction.

Christina Dahl is a bandleader and composes music for small & larger ensembles. She is one of the most respected saxophonists in Denmark, and has appeared in a myriad of contexts, and is characterized by her unique tone and lyrical interpretations. She masters the ability to maintain an intensity and vicinity in her music. Her playing varies from the most intimate and understated to the abstract and the wild. Christina Dahl received Bent Jædig Price 2010 & Honorary Award by the composer association DJBFA 2011 and Walther Klæbels Mindelegat 2012. Christina has also received the Ben Webster Prize in 1994.

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Thomas Hass Quartet release new album

Alongside Lars Jansson, Lennart Ginman and Thomas Blachman, Thomas Hass has recorded the album “WEST”


The album was recorded on 10 and 11 December 2018 in The Village Recording in Copenhagen. The music consists entirely of compositions by Thomas Hass, most of whom, as the cover of the photo of Malibou Pier suggests, were written during a three-month stint in Los Angeles in the spring of 2018.

Lars Jansson expresses himself virtually and melodiously in Thomas Hass’s compositions and, with his rhythmic surplus and congenial flair, creates a superb space for Thomas Hass’s mature and intense saxophone playing, which with this exquisite album may hit one of his 30-year career’s preliminary artistic highlights.

While Thomas Hass’s long-awaited collaboration with the Swedish super pianist is of a completely new date, the three other musicians have worked together on several occasions. in the award-winning jazz group “Page One”. The music is therefore also composed with a look at the very special dynamic and plastic playing that are found between Thomas Blachman and Lennart Ginman. An ensemble that creates unique conditions for Thomas Hass’s characterful sound and helps to give the album a very special sound. The music ranges from poetic minimalist passages to fast-paced and virtuoso temporid.

Heine Hansen Trio – New album “Fingertips”

As a young man, Heine Hansen applied for admission to the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, but was told that they couldn’t teach him anything that he hadn’t already mastered.

The music speaks for itself. Rarely will you have heard a more exuberant trio. With Thomas Fonnesbæk’s powerful bass front and centre, Heine Hansen and Alex Riel are unleashed. Chances are taken and musical quotes are made from the great songbook of jazz, all while the music flows through Heine Hansen’s light Scandinavian vein. Entirely exciting, wholly unpredictable and utterly creative. As arranger, composer and pianist, it is to Heine Hansen’s credit that this recording is so accomplished.

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Zier Romme is ready to release debut album.

Zier Romme is ready with his debut album. The album will be released around the time that Zier will be a father for the first time – double up! Romme is accompanied by the talented, young musicians Pelle von Bülow, Rune Fog-Nielsen and Rodney Green.

Zier Romme represents the fresh and most dedicated reinvention of music from the 60’s and 70’s, where jazz was swinging in trios and quartets. The new generation of jazz musicians are serious in their reinvention and Zier Rommes new album ‘Stories’ is a great example of that. Romme has always been inspired by Oscar Peterson and about the inspiration he says; “I grew up with him and now I’m listening to him again. I idolized him as a kid, where I was completely spellbound by his music. It’s funny listening to the records again, they are amazing, but now I’m also listening to other pianists. But back then Oscar Peterson was the only one for me.”

Not only does Zier Romme, Pelle von Bülow, Rune Fog-Nielsen and Rodney Green play together. They are also friends, and that had a massive impact on the progress of the album. Romme says: We did a testrecording half a year ago, but we weren’t satisfied. But then Rodney sent us some new songs, and that really started something great. Rodney worked both as a musician and as a kind of producer, and I think that pretty much all the recordings were one-takes. Rune Fog-Nielsen is my best friend. We often meet and hang out – he’s my bassplayer, and he’s great! Pelle plays the melodies and I do the harmonies and it is as much his record as it is mine. I want Pelle to be on everything I am.

The album will be release in Denmark 12th of April 2019 and the 17th of May 2019 worldwide.

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Ben Webster’s First Concert In Copenhagen

The music on this album could be called ’a prelude to a love affair’. Why? Because it was the great tenor saxophonist Ben Webster’s first encounter with the country and city he decided to spend the rest of his life in, living, playing and loving. It was also his first day on the continent after a successful time in London, mostly at Ronnie Scotts famous club.

The day in January 1965 when he entered the Danish Radio Concert hall, a wonderful, wooden acoustic architecture from the thirties, began with a short band rehearsal and sound check for the live concert on the Sunday afternoon on the FM radio wave. One hour. His backing would be his new friends, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen, Alex Riel… the bass player would from then on be called only Niels by Webster.. and the producer, Børge Roger Henrichsen, a well estimated pianist, bandleader and radio editor, wanted to ‘time’ the concert… thus is Webster playing one chorus of ‘In A Mellowtone’ in two tempi at the Steinway for Roger to get his stopwatch in sync. Of course the concert stretched over time with applause from the full house and since it was live, we only get to hear the first chorus of ‘Cottontail’ at the end. The News had to break in.

Kristin Korb releases That Time of Year

Known for her exuberant spirit and contagious optimism, it is only fitting that bassist and vocalist Kristin Korb has recorded a Christmas project to celebrate her 10th CD and first with Storyville Records.

“I wanted to assemble a program that creates a feeling of “hygge” and joy without being overly sweet or boring. I carefully selected songs from my childhood, songs reflecting long-standing friendships, and songs that are just fun and wintery. This is a soundtrack for tree trimming, lighting candles, and hanging out with those you love.”

On board for this project are Korb’s long-standing trio mates Magnus Hjorth, piano, and Snorre Kirk, drums. As a holiday bonus, the trio is joined by Mathias Heise on harmonica. The sound of Heise’s harmonica fits the voice beautifully and adds and extra sparkle to the entire project.

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Christina von Bülow releases new album

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The Danish alto saxophonist Christina von Bülow has created a very special trio with two jazz masters in their own right: The Swedish bassist Palle Danielsson and the American drummer Eliot Zigmund. Together, they pick up standards from the great songbooks of jazz and make them their unique own creations; like birds singing, never quite repeating the same sound. The music is very inspired by Lee Konitz with a focus on improvisation, intuition and interplay. Quite a few of the tracks on the album is Christinas take on new themes for old standards.
Thomas Clausen, writer of the liner notes, explains: “The present CD is all about this element of variation. But also about being natural, playing melodically. And it’s an album about interplay! Every bar these musicians play breathe this truth. Some tunes are straight standards. And the presentation of the melody is sometimes straight, as we know it. But it is varied all the time and never feels repetitive.”
What makes the new album special is a feeling of a collective spirit throughout. Christina is the main soloist, but she is always giving herself time to breathe and making pauses in her solos and thus room for the other instruments.”

 

 

New album from Scandinavian jazz stars

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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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Childish – a new album from Christina Dahl Quartet

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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.

But the album here.