The charismatic tenor saxophonist and composer Jan Harbeck has put his name on several of Denmark’s best selling instrumental jazz records in recent years.
The characteristic laid-back soulful ease of his three Stunt releases have enthused audiences. With deep roots in the Swing tradition, his personal touch refreshes and renews this music.
Now Harbeck has delved into other aspects of his talent. While still retaining his acoustic quartet, he has put together a new, funky band – Live Jive Jungle. This band emerged from an urge to play music based on hard-swinging drumbeats – like Gene Krupa in a Benny Goodman classic like Sing Sing Sing! These charming, riff-based compositions, beats and grooves, aim to get jazz audiences (back) on the dance floor. If you are among those who have experienced Live Jive Jungle’s extroverted and intense late-night shows at the Copenhagen jazz nightclub La Fontaine, you know that it is for real – and with a solid foundation in the great tenor tradition of jazz.
ELEVATE was recorded “live in the studio” by legendary Flemming Rasmussen, who helps the sound jump out of the speakers. As producer and sound engineer on early Metallica albums, he knows what he is doing! All music on the album is by Jan Harbeck, and the interplay with electric guitarist Thor Madsen, bass guitarist Jeppe Skovbakke and drummer Peter Leth sparks and ignites
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