Ole Matthiessen - Social Distancing Blues - CD

Ole Matthiessen - Social Distancing Blues - CD

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Social Distancing Blues, the new release from Danish pianist and composer Ole Matthiessen, highlights the seminal jazzman's own compositions that came together during a period marked by conditions determined by the prevailing pandemic.
Ole Matthiessen is a living legend in Danish jazz. The now 75 year old producer and full-time employee at the iconic DR (Denmark's Radio) Jazz Department has influenced generations of musicians and listeners with his significant and multifaceted contributions to the genre. Through the years he has overseen the creation of an abundance of recordings with both Danish and forieign musicians, authoured several books, hosted and produced radio programmes, taught and lectured at the revered Rhythmic Music Conservatory...and his endless insight and infectious affinity for jazz still benefits the readers of Jazz Special magazine.
The music herein is rooted in the legacies of traditional Danish songs and jazz, interpreted by leading instrumentalists. A variety of singable melodies on steadfast harmonic structures make way for creation in the present moment - the very essence of jazz. The material ranges from recent compositions, along with some from as far back as 1967, including tracks inspired by the likes of Yusef Lateef, Eddie Harris and Dollar Brand.
In the timeless nature of Ole Matthiesen and his generous spirit as an educator and historian, this album contains a gift to those who find inspiration in the songs: PDF files that anyone can download and print from the CD, to create arrangements and read along with the melodies as part of their own musical journeys.
Ole Matthiessen - piano; Henrik Bolberg - trumpet, flugelhorn; Jan Zum Vohrde - alto sax; Bob Rockwell - tenor sax; Lis Wessberg - trombone; Rune Fog-Nielsen - bass; Ole Streenberg - drums; Eliel Lazo - congas, percussion.