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Svend Asmussen 100 Years: New 5 CD + DVD box set Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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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.”

 

Buy here! (international customers)

For Danish customers, buy here instead.

 

Embraceable – Previously unreleased recordings from Svend Asmussen Monday, February 23rd, 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.

Get the album here: http://bit.ly/embraceable