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Naxos of America to Release Rare Recordings of Bird, Armstrong

Naxos of America will release two CDs and a DVD on April 29th consisting of rare European recordings of Charlie Parker (pictured), Louis Armstrong and Sahib Shihab and The Danish Radio Jazz Group. The CDs capture Parker in performance in Sweden in 1950 and Shihab in Copenhagen in 1965. The DVD finds Armstrong working out in front of an Australian audience in 1964. Complete details follow.

Charlie Parker and Arne Domnerus in Sweden (Oktav Music CD)

Recorded on November 22, 1950, this album presents Charlie Parker and Arne Domnerus performing separate sets with a solid group of accomplished musicians. In the liner notes for the original vinyl release of this recording, much was made of the comparisons between the two stars of this performance. At the time, the Swedish jazz critics noted that Domnerus was possibly the most faithful Parker disciple of all. Domnerus was a player working firmly in the style of Parker but that does not negate the fact that he was a fine musician. His unique phrasing is clearly in evidence on this recording in which both musicians, as well as the group supporting them, turn in exemplary performances. While it is a shame that Arne and Charlie did not perform any numbers together at this concert, trumpeter Rolf Ericson was a featured member of both sets. In fact, some would say that Ericson’s playing was one of the true highlights of the concert. This recording is a truly historic document of an incredible night in Malmo, Sweden when Charlie Parker shared a stage with five of Sweden’s finest jazz musicians. (Taken from the CD liner notes, translated from Swedish.)

Louis Armstrong: Live in Australia (1964) (NTSC) (Medici Arts DVD)

Live in Australia is one of the few complete concert performances of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, this recording features the legendary jazz trumpeter and singer on an Australian tour in 1964, when he had already become an international superstar and a living symbol of 20th-century American culture. The band: Louis Armstrong, vocals, trumpet; Jewel Brown, vocals; Joe Darensbourg, clarinet, percussion; Trummy Young, trombone, vocals, percussion; Billy Kyle, piano; Arvell Shaw, bass; Danny Barcelona, drums. Running time: 56 mins.

Sahib Shihab and the Danish Radio Jazz Group (Oktav Music CD)

The Danish Radio Jazz Group was founded in October 1961 when ten jazz musicians were granted permission to make one monthly broadcast. The next season the broadcasts were doubled, and by 1964, the band was increased to 12 musicians, including frequent guest musicians such as saxophonist Sahib Shihab. Shihab visited Copenhagen for the first time in autumn of 1962. He grew fond of the city, moved there shortly thereafter, and in 1963 joined the Danish Radio Jazz Group. These tunes were recorded at a pair of 1965 sessions. Besides the baritone sax and flute playing of Shihab (who also wrote, arranged, and conducted the music) the Group featured talents such as Palle Mikkelborg (trumpet), Bent Jædig (tenor sax), Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), Ben Axen (piano), and Alex Riel (drums), et. al.

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