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Alex Riel

Alex Riel was born September 1940 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has since the sixties remained firmly established as one of the most significant and influential jazz drummers in Europe. His career began in the early sixties where he was the house drummer at the legendary jazz club "Montmartre" in Copenhagen. The rhythm section also included bass player Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and alternately pianists Tete Montuliu and Kenny Drew. During this time Alex Riel got to accompany a vast number of visiting international stars as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Dorham, Don Byas, Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef and many more. This experience led to Alex Riel being chosen as the “Danish Jazz Musician Of the Year” in 1965, and shortly hereafter he released his first recording as a bandleader

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Mette Juul: Finding the Musical Sanctuary of Change

Read "Mette Juul: Finding the Musical Sanctuary of Change" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Since she released her debut Coming in from the Dark in 2010, Danish jazz singer and songwriter, Mette Juul, has been on a path of discovery that has seen her in collaborations with many prominent musicians, including drummers Alex Riel and Rodney Green, bassist Jesper Lundgaard and trailblazing trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Her latest albums Change (2019) ...

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Mette Juul: Change

Read "Change" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Change is an inevitable part of life and music. The very essence of being a jazz musician involves catching a musical moment that never comes back again, but occasionally, a record shows up that is both a document of change and the sum of a lifetime. With Change, Danish jazz singer, guitarist and songwriter, Mette Juul, ...

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Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest in Copenhagen

Read "Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest in Copenhagen" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest Various Venues Copenhagen and Valby, Denmark July 6-8, 2018 This year, Copenhagen Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. It's a lot of years with a lot of music and the tendency has been unequivocal. The festival has been growing with new venues ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Stunt Records in the Spotlight: Enrico Pieranunzi and Sinne Eeg

Read "Stunt Records in the Spotlight: Enrico Pieranunzi and Sinne Eeg" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

For a long time, Stunt Records has released high quality music from the Danish jazz scene, some albums have gone on to become classics while others have just pleased those in the know. In terms of genres, Stunt is a curious label with an ear for many genres, including avant-garde, world music, funk and fusion, but ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

C’è del mood in Danimarca! Viaggio nella Copenhagen del jazz, tra tradizione e nuovi collettivi

Read "C’è del mood in Danimarca! Viaggio nella Copenhagen del jazz, tra tradizione e nuovi collettivi" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

La città di Copenhagen è stata tra le prime e più attive capitali europee ad accogliere, sin dagli anni Cinquanta, alcuni dei migliori jazzisti americani che trovavano in Europa condizioni di lavoro e di rispetto artistico maggiori che in patria. Musicisti come Oscar Pettiford, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Duke Jordan, Kenny Drew ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Vossa Jazz 2015

Read "Vossa Jazz 2015" reviewed by Henning Bolte

VOSSA JAZZ Voss March 28 -29, 2015 Vossa Jazz, founded in 1973, an annual three-day event with a great variety of groups and acts, is a highly prestigious jazz festival in Norway. Thanks especially to its commissions and awards, it has an important national and international function. In 1983 the ...

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Bill Evans on Video: 1965-66

Bill Evans on Video: 1965-66

My favorite years for Bill Evans were 1965 and '66. There's a maturity, elegance and confidence in his playing that reached a peak then, as well as an innocence and humility that makes the music endearing. Songs were chosen well and explored with swinging depth at each playing. Yesterday I came across three new Bill Evans ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Hans Ulrik: Still Searching

Read "Hans Ulrik: Still Searching" reviewed by Robin Arends

It is not easy to classify Danish saxophonist Hans Ulrik. He dedicates himself as easily to movie soundtracks and jingles as to an album of Latin or Christmas music. At the same time it is not difficult to recognize Ulrik's dreamy, Nordic voice. Like other European jazz musicians Ulrik started his career in the United States. ...

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A Bill Evans Rehearsal

A Bill Evans Rehearsal

Rifftides reader Mike Harris (more about him later) alerts us to a little-known piece of video catching Bill Evans in rehearsal for a 1966 Danish television broadcast. The 21-minute sequence lets us see and hear Evans and his trio preparing pieces he frequently included in his playlists: “Very Early,” “Who Can I Turn To,” “If You ...


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