This new recording from Storyville Records celebrates Vincent
Nilsson’s 40 years anniversary as a prominent member of The Danish Radio Big Band, and he describes it as a “dream-project”. It combines Vincent’s skills as a long time arranger for the big band with his close relationship to spirituals and gospels.
Vincent grew up with the music through church and this is his third release on Storyville Records (see Storyville 1014240 and 1014258). The previous releases featured spirituals in smaller groups - this is the first time with arrangements for the Big Band format.
The tracklist contains well-known and lesser-known spirituals in new and jazzy arrangements with songs like Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Go Down Moses, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho and more.
Vincent salutes The Danish Radio Big Band’s 50th anniversary in 2014 - an ensemble famous for “that big, fat, Danish sound.” Since it was established in 1964 the band has always aimed at a high level of artistic quality.
Vocals: Eliel Lazo (1, 3, 6, 10, 12), Jacob Munck (3, 7), the Band Choir (1, 3, 13)
Trombone: Vincent Nilsson (2, 3, 5, 7, 11)
Trumpet & flugelhorn: Anders Gustafsson (lead), Michael Mølhede, Thomas Kjærgaard, Mads la Cour, Gerard Presencer
Trombone & baritone: Steen Hansen (lead)
Trombone: Peter Jensen
Trombone, Bass trombone & euphonium: Annette Huseby Saxe
Bass trombone & tuba: Jakob Munck (1, 2, 4, 5, 11, 12), Kim Aagaard (3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13)
Alto saxophone, flute & piccolo: Nikolai Schultz (lead)
Alto Saxophone, clarinet & flute: Peter Fuglsang
Tenor saxophone & soprano saxophone: Hans Ulrik
Tenor saxophone: Claus Waidtløw
Baritone saxophone: Anders Gaardmand
Guitars & banjo: Per Gade
Piano, electric piano, organ & celesta: Henrik Gunde
Bass & el. bass: Kaspar Vadsholt
Congas & percussion: Eliel Lazo
Drums: Søren Frost
Recorded March 12-14, 2014 at the Danish Radio Studio 3
"it is not only a recommendable record with the Danish Radio Big Band - it is simply a recommendable jazzrecord. Maybe one of the band's five best releases." - Niels Overgård
Full review here: (Jazznyt.blogspot.com)
. You really can’t understand American music, particularly jazz, if you don’t understand the music from the church, and this collection hits it right on chapter and verse.
Geroge Harris, Jazz Weekly