1959: MINGUS AH UM // Charles Mingus’ iconic album performed live front to back
Niels Lan Doky International Jazz Collective
Sat 28 May 23.30 - Sun 29 May 15.00
BRASSERIE 1861 at MARIENLYST STRANDHOTEL Nordre Strandvej 2 3000 Helsingør
SOUND DUES presents - in association with the NLD International Jazz Collective
NOTE: NEW VENUE & NEW TIME NOW A JAZZ BRUNCH CONCERT @ BRASSERIE 1861 (MARIENLYST STRANDHOTEL) 1959: MINGUS AH UM Charles Mingus’ iconic album performed live front to back
We’re celebrating 1959 - one of the greatest years in jazz history. That year, three of the most popular, acclaimed and enduring albums in jazz were released.
On August 17th trumpeter Miles Davis released what would become known as one of the ultimate masterpieces of the genre and the best selling instrumental jazz album of all time - the groundbreaking album “Kind Of Blue”. A few months later, on October 5th, the innovative bassist and composer Charles Mingus released “Ah Um”, the album that yielded his arguably best and most famous compositions. Finally, on December 14th, Dave Brubeck released “Time Out”, an experimental record exploring odd time signatures, which against all odds and expectations became one of the biggest commercial successes in jazz, largely driven by the hit single “Take Five”.
Join us as curated casts of jazz musicians from the Niels Lan Doky International Jazz Collective live perform and do their modern reinterpretations of each of these three iconic albums, playing the exact same pieces as on the original recording and in the exact same order: Time Out (May 26), Kind Of Blue (May 27) and Ah Um (May 28).
Today’s show features a live performance of the CHARLES MINGUS “AH UM” album.
For this project, which explores the famously compelling compositions of Charles Mingus from what is arguably his most acclaimed album, a larger than usual array of our favorite horn players are gathered alongside a solid rhythm section that is ideal for this repertoire. We are particularly excited to welcome back the incredible Swedish alto saxophonist FREDRIK KRONKVIST who has been a part of some of our greatest highlights of the past two years, including our Jazz/Take projects at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art led by drummers Lenny White (80s New Wave) and Greg Hutchinson (French Electronic). Powerful virtuosity and elegant lyricism are only a few of the qualities that makes him one of the most exciting players on the today's jazz scene. Sweden's rising star BJÖRN INGELSTAM is featured on trumpet. He was a part of Albert "Tootie" Heath's Quartet at our press launch last September where he blew everyone's mind, not least our guest of honor Monica Getz who took action with our music director Niels Lan Doky to initiate a recording project with him that hopefully will see the light of day in the near future. The amazing GABOR BOLLA from Budapest, Hungary joins on tenor saxophone and trombonist STEEN HANSEN completes the horn section. The latter is a prior long-time member of the Danish Radio Big Band (1986-2017) and remains one of the most demanded musicians in Denmark today. Our rhythm section is led by Niels Lan Doky's oldest son, pianist KEN LINH DOKY who is from Paris, where he works with French-Malian singer Aya Nakamura, the No.1 pop star in France. Both he and Gabor Bolla were featured on our very popular Jazz Christmas pop-up run at The Standard in Copenhagen last December, which was completely sold out night after night. Rounding up the line-up are two great musicians who were featured at our press launch last September, including Danish bassist KASPER TAGEL who played with American saxophone legend Gary Bartz on our Jazz/Take on 90s New York Hip Hop at the the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art last August, and who is also a professor at the Danish National Academy of Music that runs the most prominent jazz program in the country - and drummer RADEK WOSKO from Poland, who was a part of our United Nations International Jazz Day broadcast last April (2021) in an international quartet led by Niels Lan Doky that also featured Sweden's Fredrik Kronkvist and Canada's Greg Earle.
1) "Better Git It in Your Soul" (Charles Mingus) 2)"Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" (Charles Mingus) 3)"Boogie Stop Shuffle" (Charles Mingus) 4)"Self-Portrait in Three Colors" (Charles Mingus) 5)"Open Letter to Duke" (Charles Mingus) 6)"Bird Calls" (Sunny Clapp) 7)"Fables of Faubus" (Charles Mingus) 8)"Pussy Cat Dues" (Charles Mingus) 9)"Jelly Roll" (Charles Mingus)
Fredrik Kronkvist (alto sax/SE) Björn Ingelstam (trumpet/SE) Gabor Bolla (tenor sax/HU) Steen Hansen (trombone/DK) Ken Linh Doky (piano/FR) Kasper Tagel (bass/DK) Radek Wosko (drums/PL)