The Danish Radio Big Band & Eclipse




The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band visited Scandinavia a couple of times and was a sensation. Later when Mel Lewis and Thad Jones had some difficulties Thad got an offer from the Danish Radio Big Band where his first season was (1977-78). Thad Jones wanted to play his own music and played as many as ten radio broadcasts per year at the Montmartre Club. At the same time he also started up his own big band, Eclipse, with his own repertoire, based at Jazzhus Slukefter in the Tivoli Garden. On this double CD you can hear both orchestras. There are many American musicians in the bands: Idrees Sulieman (tp) and Richard Boone (tb & vo) Tim Hagans (tp) Horace Parlan (p) Ed Thigpen (dr) Sahib Shihab (saxes) Emmanuel Rahim (congas) all living in Copenhagen at the time. 

CD 1: The Danish Radio Big Band with Benny Rosenfeld, Palle Bolvig, Idrees Sulieman, Allan Botschinsky, Perry Knudsen (tp), Vincent Nilsson, Erling Kroner (tb), Richard Boone (tb & vo), Ole Kurt Jensen (b-tb), Alex Windfeld (b-tb & tuba), Jesper Thilo (ss,as & flute), Per Carsten Petersen (ss, as & flute), Flemming Madsen (bs,bcl & cl), Ole Kock Hansen (p & rhodes), Bo Sylvén (gui), Neils-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (b & el-b), Bjarne Rostvold (dr), Ethan Weisgard (congas & perc.) and Thad Jones (co & leader)

CD 2: The Eclipse Big Band with Erik Tschentscher, Tim hagans, Lars Togeby, Egon Petersen, Jan Glæsel (tp), Ture Larsen, Axel Windfeld, Bjarne Thanning , Niels Neergard, Palle Jensen, Bill Beecroft, Jens Engel, Richard boone (tb), Ole Thøger Nielsen, Jorgen Nilsson, Michael Hove, Bent Jædig, Sahib Shihab, Jesper Nehammer (sax), Horace Parlan (p), Nicolai Gromin (g), Jesper Lundgaard (b), Ed Thigpen, Bjarne Rostvold (dr), Emmanuel Khaliq Rahim (congas). Not all personnel are featured on all tracks, see cd sleeve for details. 


Recording dates:

CD 1 is a radio broadcast live from the Montmartre club with the The Danish Radio Big Band recorded March 21 & 22, 1978 

CD 2 is recorded live at the Slukefter Club, Tivoli, September 15 & 16, 1980 and a studio recording recorded September 17 & 18, 1979.

Tip Toe
New York City
Kids Are Pretty People
Day Dream
The Farewell
61’st and Rich-It
I Got Rhythm
Old Folks
A Good Time Was Had by All
Basically Yours
To you
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Honky Punk
This Bass was Made For Walking
Baby, I Can’t Get Over You
I Hope This Time Isn’t The Last
Scrapple From The Apple
La Solitude
My Centennial