Sahib Shihab and the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • UPC: 880491211112
  • Catalog Number: 1111


Disc 1
  1. 1 Di-Da (5:10)
  2. 2 Dance of the Fakowees (4:12)
  3. 3 Not Yet (3:25)
  4. 4 Tenth Lament (6:19)
  5. 5 Mai Ding (4:49)
  6. 6 Harvey's Tune (3:08)
  7. 7 No Time for Cries (3:52)
  8. 8 The Crosseyed Cat (3:36)
  9. 9 Little French Girl (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Palle Mikkelborg Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bent Axen Piano
Palle Bolvig Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Allan Botschinsky Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Bass
Louis Hjulmand Vibes
Alex Riel Drums
Sahib Shihab Flute, Conductor, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals, cowbell
Bent Juul Nielsen Clarinet, Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Niels Husum Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Torolf Mølgård Trombone, Euphonium
Bent Jadig Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Erik Moseholm Liner Notes
Sahib Shihab Composer
Birger Swan Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Groovin' High

    The versatile saxophonist/flautist Sahib Shihab resisted easy categorization during his lifetime. A unique musician, he was comfortable in any musical style, from the experimentalism of Thelonious Monk to the more straightforward hard bop of Art Blakey. Shihab’s own sound was rooted in his cool modernist compositions and arrangements, complemented by an intense, soulful playing style. Through no fault of his own, Shihab tended to be overshadowed by his more famous contemporaries, despite his profound and influential contributions to jazz. He really came into his own musically during his self- imposed exile in Scandinavia in the 1960s, during which he lived in Copenhagen and played with the Danish Radio Jazz Group. That association resulted in the authoritative performances on this recording, which provides ample proof of Shihab’s ability to groove with the best of them. All the tunes were written by Shihab and are characterized by intriguing, minor key melodies that provide great jumping off points for the soloists. His arrangements for the sizeable Radio Jazz Group often veer off into unexpected tangents, courtesy of sudden tempo changes, unusual instrumental combinations and surprising rhythmic patterns. There’s something almost Mingus-like in the big, brassy sound and angular contours of Shihab’s charts. Each cut establishes a solid rolling groove that just won’t quit, and the collective improvisation of the musicians maintains a consistently high level. Shihab is particularly effective on baritone, his off-center but always swinging phrases showing the influence of Monk without detracting from the individuality of Sahib. Trumpeters Palle Mikkelborg, Palle Bolvig and Allan Botschinsky also shine, as do vibist Louis Hjulmand, bassist Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, drummer Alex Riel, and the rest of the Danish ensemble. This superb disc makes one wish Shihab had recorded more albums as a leader. Sadly, most of his output is now out of print, which makes the release of this CD all the more reason to celebrate.

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