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Palle Mikkelborg


Palle Mikkelborg is a Danish jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and record producer. Mikkelborg is a fine trumpeter who is best-known stateside for his Aura suite, which Miles Davis recorded in 1984. Self-taught on trumpet, Mikkelborg started working professionally in 1960. He joined the Danish Radio Jazz Group in 1963 and led it during 1967-1972. Mikkelborg performed at the 1968 Newport Jazz Festival in a quintet and has since been a dominant figure on the Danish and international progressive jazz scene. He has released several solo records, and records with various co-founded groups, as well as appearing as sideman or arranger on numerous international records



Label: ECM Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Gefion; Oktober; Returnings; Strands; Youth; Lyskaster.


Article: Album Review

Palle Mikkelborg / Jakob Bro / Marilyn Mazur: Strands

Read "Strands" reviewed by Chris May

Like a door that keeps revolving in a half-forgotten dream, or the ripples from a pebble someone tosses in a stream... like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel... and so on. There are more déjà vu moments in Strands than Marcel Proust could have waved a madeleine at. ...


Article: Year in Review

Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music Of 2023

Read "Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music Of 2023" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

2023 was an exceptional year for pushing envelopes. The music took leaps backward and forwards in time, espousing social consciousness while embracing fundamentals laid down by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. What distinguishes this year from the pre-pandemic era is the palpable feeling that artists vented in the form of fresh enthusiasm that ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Mikkelborg, Haynes, Wharton, And More

Read "New Releases From Mikkelborg, Haynes, Wharton, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new releases from Palle Mikkelborg with Jakob Bro and Marilyn Mazur, Phil Haynes, Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm, Kevin Sun, Caroline Davis, Tani Tabbal, Mendoza Hoff Revels, Lafayette Gilchrist, Michael Dease, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Nick Steed, and Sam Ross. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Palle Mikkelborg, Jakob Bro, Marilyn Mazur “Gefion" from Strands--Live ...


Article: Album Review

Palle Mikkelborg / Jakob Bro / Marilyn Mazur: Strands

Read "Strands" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Strands brings together three of Denmark's finest artists, in their ancestral home. Palle Mikkelborg and Marilyn Mazur have a substantial history together, as does Jakob Bro but to a lesser extent. Bro penned five of the six compositions, one with Mikkelborg, who also contributed one of his pieces. In a storied career which dates to the ...


Article: Big Band in the Sky

George Russell Remembered

Read "George Russell Remembered" reviewed by Duncan Heining

How is it that one of the most significant figures in modern jazz is so often overlooked when histories of the music are written? And how come one of its most important composers is not immediately acknowledged when jazz is discussed? Therein hang a number of tangled tales. The centenary of composer, musician, bandleader, ...


Article: Album Review

Bill Evans: Treasures: Solo, Trio and Orchestra Recordings from Denmark (1965-1969)

Read "Treasures: Solo, Trio and Orchestra Recordings from Denmark (1965-1969)" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

At first one might wonder how long good fortune can last so that previously unheard and unreleased Bill Evans sets such as Treasures: Solo, Trio and Orchestra Recordings from Denmark (1965-1969) seemingly fall from the heavens on a regular basis. Is it not fact that all good things must come to an end is the cruelest ...


Article: Liner Notes

Arve Henriksen: Solidification

Read "Arve Henriksen: Solidification" reviewed by John Kelman

Constellations and the Something of Discovery Music as a chosen profession may suggest occupying the minds of its makers far beyond the 9-to-5 hours of your average job, but for some it goes further still. Transcending mere preoccupation, trumpeter Arve Henriksen seems to eat, drink, sleep and dream music, 24/7, 365 days a year. “I was ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Bill Evans / Chet Baker / Sonny Stitt: Cold Case Investigations Strike Gold

Read "Bill Evans / Chet Baker / Sonny Stitt: Cold Case Investigations Strike Gold" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz detective Zev Feldman and Elemental Records have notched up more cold-case discoveries with albums by Bill Evans, Chet Baker and Sonny Stitt. The discs are scheduled for release in late April 2023, round about Record Store Day. None of the material has previously been available. All three albums are more than good and the Evans ...


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