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Vinterjazz Copenhagen: Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson at Jazzhus Montmartre

Vinterjazz Copenhagen: Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers and Greg Hutchinson at Jazzhus Montmartre
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Carsten Dahl Trio w/ Reuben Rogers
Vinterjazz 2014
Jazzhus Montmartre
Copenhagen, Denmark
February 20-21, 2014

Vinterjazz

Vinterjazz has the same setup as the Jazzfestival Copenhagen in the summer. It is spread over the whole city but on a smaller scale. During the ten days in February about 400 concerts take place, while the summer festival has more than 1,000. Vinterjazz has a couple of headliners and foreign guests but that is also on a smaller scale.

+ This year: Bobo Stenson Trio, Tim Berne
Tim Berne
Tim Berne
b.1954
saxophone
/Jim Black
Jim Black
Jim Black

drums
/Nels Cline
Nels Cline
Nels Cline
b.1956
guitar, electric
(US), Enrico Pieranunzi
Enrico Pieranunzi
Enrico Pieranunzi
b.1949
piano
(ITAL) with the Danish Radio Big Band, The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra with Dennis Mackrel (US) en Jesper Thilo
Jesper Thilo
Jesper Thilo
b.1941
(DK), Fenika featuring Zea and Terrie Ex (ETH/NL), guitarist Mikkel Ploug
Mikkel Ploug
Mikkel Ploug
b.1978
guitar
featruing Loren Stillman
Loren Stillman
Loren Stillman
b.1980
sax, alto
and Tommy Crane (US), Jakob Bro
Jakob Bro
Jakob Bro
b.1978
guitar
Tentet w/ Chris Speed
Chris Speed
Chris Speed

saxophone
, Andrew D'Angelo
Andrew D'Angelo
Andrew D'Angelo

saxophone
, Thomas Morgan, Sinne Eeg with Martin Schack and Larry Koonse (US). This entails that the whole scene is busily involved in concert-related activities in various combinations at various venues in town which the visitor can navigate with an excellent app.
This report is confined to the series of concerts of the trio of pianist Carsten Dahl, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson at the world-famous venue Jazzhus Montmartre. Maybe by coincidence, this seems the place for piano trios. My first visit three months ago was a concert by the Bobo Stenson Trio, maybe the best (in the family of) current piano trios.

The Montmartre spirit

The Copenhagen jazz club Montmartre was at the center of exciting new things happening about 50 years ago in the music called jazz. It was a tumultuous period with complex interactions which have to be indicated briefly here to understand the Montmartre context.

Founded in 1959, the very beginning of the 1960s, it served as a permanent school for a young generation of Danish musicians playing with North American expats who came to live in Copenhagen. Among them were big names like the saxophonists Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
(1956-1961), Sahib Shihab
Sahib Shihab
Sahib Shihab
1925 - 1989
reeds
(1959- 1973), Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
(1962-1975) and Ben Webster
Ben Webster
Ben Webster
1909 - 1973
sax, tenor
(from 1969), as well as bassist Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
1922 - 1960
bass
(from 1958), violinist Stuff Smith
Stuff Smith
Stuff Smith
1909 - 1967
violin
(from 1966) and pianist Kenny Drew
Kenny Drew
Kenny Drew
1928 - 1993
piano
(from 1964)—who attracted more traveling American musicians to visit or even stay and settle in Copenhagen. Those (very) young Danish musicians were the likes of drummer Alex Riel
Alex Riel
Alex Riel
b.1940
drums
, bassists Niels- Henning Ørsted Pedersen (NHØP), Bo Stief
Bo Stief
Bo Stief
b.1946
and Jesper Lundgaard
Jesper Lundgaard
Jesper Lundgaard
b.1954
bass
, saxophonist Bent Jaedig
Bent Jaedig
b.1935
and trumpet player Palle Mikkelborg
Palle Mikkelborg
Palle Mikkelborg
b.1941
trumpet
. It was happy coincidence based on an even happier coincidence of drug-related problems, extraordinary young musical talent, curiosity and a remarkable proactive role of Danish women. This laid a solid foundation where the Danish jazz scene is thriving on to this day.

Radical innovators came in quite early like Cecil Taylor
Cecil Taylor
Cecil Taylor
b.1929
piano
who played there in November 1962 for a whole month (!) with Jimmy Lyons
Jimmy Lyons
Jimmy Lyons
1933 - 1986
sax, alto
and Sunny Murray
Sunny Murray
Sunny Murray
b.1937
drums
, and somewhat later even had a concert appearance together with Albert Ayler elsewhere in Copenhagen. Also Paul Bley
Paul Bley
Paul Bley
b.1932
piano
appeared quite early in the sixties on the Montmartre stage and established a long-term relationship with NHØP and Danish labels. The activities went on during the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s when the wave of radical musical innovators of North-American and Scandinavian origin gathered and played at the meanwhile famous small club (like Don Cherry
Don Cherry
Don Cherry
1936 - 1995
trumpet
, Aldo Romano
Aldo Romano
Aldo Romano
b.1941
drums
, Gato Barbieri
Gato Barbieri
Gato Barbieri
b.1934
saxophone
, George Russell
George Russell
George Russell
1923 - 2009
piano
or Steve Lacy
Steve Lacy
Steve Lacy
1934 - 2004
sax, soprano
).

Another migrational infusion of those days were the musicians who had fled the apartheid conflict in South Africa, like the pianists Abdullah Ibrahim
Abdullah Ibrahim
Abdullah Ibrahim
b.1934
piano
(Dollar Brand) and Chris McGregor, bassist Johnny Dyani
Johnny Dyani
b.1945
and the drummers Louis Mohollo and Makaya Ntshko. Makaya Ntshko became the house drummer for a while and Johnny Dyani settled in Denmark and played in Pierre Dorge
Pierre Dorge
Pierre Dorge
b.1946
's Jungle Orchestra. Abdullah Ibrahim's influential 2001 album African Piano, re-released in 2014 on vinyl by ECM, was recorded at Montmartre. Also the1970s brought a lot of North American musicians as residents to Copenhagen, among them Horace Parlan
Horace Parlan
Horace Parlan
b.1931
piano
(1973), Ed Thigpen
Ed Thigpen
Ed Thigpen
1930 - 2010
drums
(1974), Thad Jones
Thad Jones
Thad Jones
1923 - 1986
trumpet
(1977), Duke Jordan
Duke Jordan
Duke Jordan
1922 - 2006
piano
(1978) and Ernie Wilkins
Ernie Wilkins
Ernie Wilkins
1922 - 1999
arranger
(1979). In 1976 the glorious period of the club came to an end but in 2010 Montmartre rose from the ashes as a jazz club on the original location.


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