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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We’re very proud to present a never before released Duke Ellington solo piano session from 1972 and three bonus tracks from 1969.
The scene is 311 West 57 Street, New York, Mediasounds Studio A, Friday August 25th,1972. Duke Ellington was having an engagement with a smaller group at The Rainbow Grill, as he had had several times before, finishing the gig on the following night. But on the 25th, he chose also to go to the recording studio, just himself at the piano together with his two band singers Anita Moore and Tony Watkins, to record some pieces which were not played so often. The recordings remained in his ”stockpile” until now, this being the first commercial issue of these beautiful pieces. The late Sjef Hoefsmit wrote about the session when he heard it back in 1994: ”It is difficult to understand why these magnificent recordings never have been issued”. Well, here they are at last – for all to enjoy!
Check out this new video by Unseen Recordings in which Carsten Dahl talks about his sources of inspiration: The musicality in nature and the the combination of chaos and order that is the essence of jazz.
He also plays a terrific solo piece on piano…
Definitely worth a watch!
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.
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!
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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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.
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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.
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