THOMAS CLAUSEN PIANO MUSIC
1. WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE 4’33
2. YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC 3’59
3. I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY 5’23
4. NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT 3’32
5. MY FUNNY VALENTINE 4’50
6. BALLAD IN G-MAJOR 2’57
7. SOUS LES PONTS DE PARIS 1’44
8. WHERE AM I GOING 2’58
9. LULLABY 3’48
10. LIZA 2’29
11. DANKESCHOEN 3’06
12. POMONA 5’17
13. STELLA BY STARLIGHT 5’59
14. HYMN TO A BETTER WORLD 4’10
Danish pianist Thomas Clausen, one of the leading figures in the European Jazz Scene, in his first solo recording presents a selection of the world’s finest standards as well as original compositions. These sensitive and intelligent interpretations are distinguished by Clausen’s astonishing technique and an awareness which spans over 400 years of musical thinking.
Produced by ALLAN BOTSCHINSKY and MARION KAEMPFERT
© 1989 by M.A Music International, Weg beim Jaeger 151, D-2000 Hamburg 61 Made & Printed in W. Germany
Born in 1949, Clausen grew up in a musical family. Like other musicians of his generation, he found early inspiration at the legendary Copenhagen jazz club-Montmartre. During the later part of the 50s, Stan Getz and Oscar Pettiford lived and worked in Copenhagen. In the 60s it was Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Kenny Drew and Tete Montoliu who exerted such a strong influence on the Danish capitol’s music scene, of which Clausen is today a pivotal figure.
In the early 1970’s, Thomas Clausen sat in for Kenny Drew in the “House Band” at the Montmartre, accompanying many of the visiting American stars. He recorded and played with the likes of Miles Davis and was Dexter Gordon’s pianist of choice. During that time, he became a member of the Danish Radio Jazz Group and began composing and arranging for various bands, including the “Crème Fraiche” Big Band and the Radio Big Band. In his work for large symphony orchestra, “Prism” (1976), he demonstrated his capabilities in composing in the classical tradition of Schoeberg and Berg. Through his active interest in styles of music, Clausen has become one of the key figures in the cooperation between Danish composers of “serious” music and rock musicians.
During the 80s Thomas Clausen has concentrated much of his time on work with his trio, touring throughout Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. “She Touched Me”, the first recording of the Thomas Clausen Trio for M.A Music, was hailed as “Jazz Album of the Year 1988” in Denmark. In 1989, Clausen was awarded the prestigious Ben Webster Prize.
Recorded at PUK Studios
and Mixed at WERNER Studios, Denmark
Sound Engineer: MADS NIELSSON
Mastered by JOHN HUDSON at MAYFAIR Studios, London
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