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Mads Tolling Quartet - Celebrating Svend Asmussen (2016)

16-02-2016, 21:32

Title: Celebrating Svend Asmussen (2016)
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Gateway Music
Genre: Jazz
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 64:32
Total Size: 150 MB

1. After You're Gone (3:00)
2. Libertango (6:57)
3. Take Off Blues (5:50)
4. Someone To Watch Over Me (6:12)
5. Latino (6:15)
6. June Night (6:46)
7. Honeysuckle Rose (6:11)
8. I Got Rhythm (5:52)
9. Hambo Om Bakfoten (4:55)
10. Nadja (8:02)
11. Scandinavian Shuffle (4:27)

Jazz violinist Svend Asmussen will celebrate his 100th birthday on 28 February and a tribute will be paid him at this concert featuring Mads Tolling and his Danish quartet – as well as the solo vocalist Sinne Eg.

The 99-year-old Asmussen has stopped making public appearances, but who is Mads Tolling?

For over 40 years, Mads Tolling has lived in USA and was educated at Berklee College of Music in Boston. His many years abroad have so far led to two Grammy Awards and several years’ collaboration with Turtle Island Quartet and the bass player Stanley Clarke. In San Francisco he leads his own group, the Mads Tolling Quartet, and their CD “The Playmaker” received fine reviews in, among others, Downbeat Magazine and Washington Post.

“Since at the age of 15 I had this burning desire to play jazz on a violin, I contacted Svend Asmussen; he was fortunately in the telephone directory. He told me that he did not teach, but that I should simply listen to Stuff Smith. Which I did, and Svend and I have kept in contact ever since. A few years ago, he gave me a large part of his collection of sheet music – included a lot of handwritten stuff – a fine gesture, I felt. He also wanted to pass on something of what he has stood for to the younger generation. Since that gesture, I have felt like paying a tribute to him and his wonderful music, Mads Tolling says.

When Mads at the age of 14 listened for the first time to Svend Asmussen at a concert in Hørsholm, the young guitarist Jacob Fisher was a part of Asmussen’s quartet. Now, almost twenty years later, Mads and Jacob have come together again and tour northern Europe in honour of their mentor.

The programme is a mix of Svend Asmussen’s collaboration with Ulrik Neumann and his recent quartet, and it naturally includes some of Svend’s signature tunes, such as ‘June Night’ and ‘Scandinavian Shuffle’. Also featured are a couple of Tolling’s and Fischer’s own compositions.

Mads Tolling Quartet:
Mads Tolling, violin
Jakob Fischer, guitar
Kasper Tagel, bass
Snorre Kirk, drums

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