Sunday, October 7, 2012

1950's Jazz LP Covers - A Retrospective of Jazz in Denmark

The following video affords a look back at the vibrant mid-20th century Jazz scene in Denmark courtesy of a montage of LP covers. The music is provided by trumpeter Jorgen Ryg's quartet with Jorgen Lausen on piano, Erik Moseholm on bass and William Schiopffe on drums. The tune is I Didn't Know. Moseholm and Schiopffe would go on to become the rhythm section of choice for many ex-patriot American Jazz musicians who lived and worked in Denmark in the 1960s and beyond including Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Duke Jordan and Brew Moore. Quite remarkably given how well he plays the instrument, Jazz trumpet was only a side-line for Jorgen Ryg who was best known in Denmark as a comedian and as an actor. He appeared in 37 films before his death in 1981 at the age of 54.