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Storyville is now presenting previously unreleased material from world famous jazz violinist Svend Asmussen. ‘Embraceable’ was recorded in Paris 1985 and now 30 years later Asmussen has found this recording in his home and is now released on the occasion of his 99th birthday the 28th of February.

I had never thought that this September Parisian night would be released and scrutinized, but honestly I think it is the best music I’ve ever recorded!” said Asmussen when he was interviewed about the new release.

In a tiny club in Paris with 26 guests he played a set with ’Singin’ in the Rain’ as his first tune. He played with three musicians he had never played with before and there was no rehearsal, only a few notes scribbled down. Just as they were about to play the radio man casually told them the concert would be broadcasted live on French radio and that Asmussen should present the set in French. This performance turned into Asmussen’s favourite recording as he enjoys the atmosphere and the spontaneity of this live recording.

"Asmussen's playing is firmly based in the pre-bebop jazz tradition but, unlike some players of his generation, his personal style didn't stop developing. […] For never having played together before, incidentally, this foursome has remarkable drive and unity og purpose. It is magnificent this recording – originally done for radio broadcast – finally sees the light of day in CD form".
(The New York Jazz Record, issue 166, p. 31. February 2016)


Svend Asmussen (vn), Georges Arvanitas (p), Patrice Caratini (b) & Charles Saudrais (dr)

Singin’ in the rain
Sophisticated Lady
Prelude in C-minor
Things ain’t what they used to be
Waltz for sonny
Just a gigolo
There will never be another you
Embraceable you
Pent-up house
June night