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Mads Vinding

Bassplayer, born on Dec. 7 1948 in Copenhagen. An itinerant example of Danish jazz in world class. One of the absolute 'aces of basses' with more than 600 recordings behind him. Professional at age 16 and house-bassplayer at the legendary, original jazzclub Montmartre, Copenhagen, and the holder of an impressive list of engagements with jazzmasters such as Herbie Hancock - Wayne Shorter - Stan Getz - Gary Burton - Hank Jones - Tony Williams - Dexter Gordon - Ben Webster - Joanne Brackeen - Sonny Stitt - Sir Roland Hanna - Benny Goodman - Dizzy Gillespie - Dollar Brand - Clark Terry - Chet Baker - Art Farmer - Woody Shaw - Benny Bailey - Dusko Goykovich - Ed Thigpen - Alvin Queen - Billy Hart - Bruno Castelucci - John Engels - Daniel Humair - Sangoma Everett - Enrico Pieranunzi - Roger Kellaway - Tete Montoliu - Horace Parlan - Fred Hersch - Martial Solal - Renee Rosnes - Gordon Beck - Dee Dee Bridgewater - Meredith d'Ambrosio - Deborah Brown - Mark Murphy - Etta Cameron - Toots Thielemans - Lee Konitz - Johnny Griffin - Sahib Shihab - Stuff Smith - Don Byas - Charlie Mariano - Ernie Wilkins - Philip Catherine - Bob Brookmeyer - Monty Alexander - Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis - Peter Herbolzheimer - Janne Schaffer - Quincy Jones - Svend Asmussen - Istanbul Express - Thomas Clausen - Alex Riel - Kim Sjogren - Finn Savery - The Danish Radio Big Band - etc, etc..

Mads Vinding has performed all over the world, produced several records, written filmscores and is recipient of several distinguished jazzawards - 1978 awarded first prize as best soloist in the International Radiocontest NORDRING, The Ben Webster Prize in 1982 and Pale Jazz Prize in 1997. Winner of Jazzspecial's Readers Poll 1997 + 2000. Recieved 3 Grammy's for Best Album 2000 in the jazz and folk category and another Grammy for best folk-album 2003. Denmark


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Yelena Eckemoff: Cold Sun

Read "Cold Sun" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Cold Sun could readily be considered as a concept album, if that term hadn't been so abused over the years. Pianist Yelena Eckemoff has taken her inspiration for these ten original tunes from the winter season--perhaps in her native Russia, perhaps from her adopted homeland of North Carolina--and conjures up many different images of winter in her sparse and delicate trio arrangements. The starkly beautiful photographs on the CD cover give a clear indication of the music within, while the ...

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Yelena Eckemoff: Cold Sun

Read "Cold Sun" reviewed by Warren Allen

Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff works in that rarified area between modern classical chamber music and progressive jazz. Born and raised in Russia, Eckemoff attended the Moscow State Conservatory, where she studied concert piano and grew up in a strong classical foundation. She came to the United States before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and continues to compose and perform. While many of her albums have tended towards a classical vein, Cold Sun provides an exploration of improvisation ...

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Mads Vinding: Bubbles & Ballads / Bass & Bones

Read "Mads Vinding: Bubbles & Ballads / Bass & Bones" reviewed by Chris Mosey

With the death of Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen in 2005, the keys to the kingdom of double bass playing in Denmark passed at long last to Mads Vinding. Only two years separated the two men--Pedersen was born in 1946, Vinding in 1948--but “young" Vinding always found himself in the giant shadow cast by Pedersen. Both men were at different times house bassist at Copenhagen's renowned Montmartre jazz club, accompanying some of the best instrumentalists in the world. Both ...

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The Mads Vinding Trio: Six Hands, Three Minds, One Heart

Read "Six Hands, Three Minds, One Heart" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the album’s title indicates, any member of this near–clairvoyant trio could be its nominal leader, as the three work together like a well–oiled machine throughout this marvelous session, recorded live in June ’99 at the Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark. But bassist Vinding has worked before in trio settings with award–winning drummer Riel (in fact, they’ve been playing together for about thirty–five years, or roughly as long as pianist Carsten Dahl has been breathing) so it’s his name that appears ...

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Mads Vinding Trio: Six Hands Three Minds One Heart

Read "Six Hands Three Minds One Heart" reviewed by David Adler

This Danish trio, led by veteran bassist Mads Vinding, also features the veteran drummer Alex Riel and the younger, up-and-coming pianist Carsten Dahl. Recorded on a single evening in June 1999 at Copenhagen’s Jazzhouse, the disc unfolds like a well-crafted story. The trio takes “I Hear a Rhapsody," “All Blues," and “Autumn Leaves" all at a nice gallop, showcasing Dahl’s monstrous chops and angular harmonic sense. But this is more than mere blowing. Not only is there highly sensitive communication ...

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Mads Vinding Trio / Bob Brookmeyer & Mads Vinding: Daddio Don / Together

Read "Daddio Don / Together" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Close Spaces. These two recordings find Scandinavian bassist Mads Vinding operating in the relatively close spaces of the jazz trio and duo. Vinding is a kind of Nordic George Mraz, playing with a rare full-throated and confident tone capable of providing the environment of a full rhythm section while in the absence of such. Vinding is comfortable in these small settings, a comfort reflected on these two recordings.

Trio Theory. Daddio Don is a serene collection of standards driven by ...

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Mads Vinding: The Kingdom

Read "The Kingdom" reviewed by Jim Santella

If this session were to be described in just one word, that would be “Power." Hard-bop specialists Mads Vinding and Alex Riel have both recorded with Dexter Gordon and have each played powerful, yet straight-ahead jazz for over thirty years. Drummer Riel has worked with hard bop leaders such as Jackie McLean, Michael Brecker, Kenny Drew, and Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis. Bassist Vinding, similarly, has worked with Johnny Griffin, Ed Thigpen, the Ernie Wilkins big band, and Duke ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Grass Catching The...

L & H Productions


Cold Sun

L & H Production


Bubbles & Ballads

Self Produced


Bubbles and Ballads

Phone Plus Incredible Jazz Jam


Over The Rainbow

Touché Music


Six Hands Three Minds...

Stunt Records/Sundance Music




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