Autor: Chris Mosey

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington on Storyville Records

The legend of Duke Ellington–one of very few jazzmen worthy of the overworked accolade “genius”–continues to unfold four decades after his death. In large part this is thanks to the efforts of Ellington himself. From 1950 to 1974, he kept a private “stockpile” of recordings made for his …

Popa Chubby: The Catfish

Popa Chubby sees life like this: “Everything is breaking down. The lines are being redefined.” With his shaven head and tattooed arms, Chubby–born Ted Horowitz in New York City–may seem an unlikely commentator on the way the world is going, still less someone warranting inclusion on a jazz …

Elisabeth Melander: Reflections Of A Voice

Elisabeth Melander was born in Boden, a military town in the cold and desolate north of Sweden. She used her vocal abilities and knowledge of music to escape and is now based in the southern cities of Lund and MalmA , travelling all over the Nordic Area, teaching, …

Duke Elllington And His Orchestra: The Duke Box 2

This box set of seven CDs, one DVD and an illustrated booklet celebrates the latter part of Duke Ellington’s monumental career. It opens with the so-called “Silver Jubilee” 1952 coast-to-coast broadcasts from Birdland in New York City by NBC. They were held to mark the 25th anniversary of …

Danish Radio Big Band: Jazzin' Around Christmas

Despite the fact that m: Louis Armstrong, m: Ella Fitzgerald and m: Dave Brubeck have all successfully recorded Yuletide songs, jazz still enjoys a problematic relationship with the so-called festive season. The trouble no doubt is that Christmas is so quintessential… Source: Album Reviews

Jesper Lundgaard Trio: 2016

Danish bassist Jesper Lundgaard likens the making of the latest album with his trio to cooking a successful meal: “Eight new songs, two standards, sax, bass, guitar, three microphones, the recording machine, 12 hours playing, 12 hours mixing, 12 hours design stuff, 12 hours practical stuff, four wee… …

US4: My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute To Horace Parlan

In the year of his birth Horace Parlan suffered an attack of polio that left him with a partially crippled right hand. He developed his own style of playing (involving a percussive left hand) and went on to become one of the most prolific and soulful pianists of …

Oscar Pettiford and Jan Johansson: In Denmark 1959-1960

Oscar Pettiford was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, in 1922, of a Choctaw Indian mother and a half Cherokee, half African American father. He became one of the most influential bass players in the history of jazz, building on the innovations of Jimmie Blanton to make the bass a …

Lars Jansson: Satori

Satori means “sudden enlightenment” in the Japanese Bhuddist discipline known as Zen. It’s something you might be wise not to claim you had experienced for fear of the head priest fetching you a whack across the shoulders with his wooden staff while shouting something deep and meaningful such …