But there are other new stars from the old continent like Jamie Cullum, Nils-Petter Molvaer, Silje Nergaard, or Tomasz Stanko who are known and revered all over the world. This box-set shows that these artists are not only the tip of the iceberg but also, like they say, „standing on the shoulders of giants“: the ten-CD wallet-set „European Jazz“ presents the impressive beginnings of a unique Modern Jazz from the continent.
Already in the 1950s Jazz-musicians from across Europe reached not only instrumental mastery, but also found original sounds and styles between Bebop and Hardbop, Cool Jazz and national (Folk-)traditions. Innovators from Scandinavia (e.g. Lars Gullin, Ake Persson), Italy (ECM-Star Enrico Rava, for instance), Poland (the legendary Krzystof Komeda, who also wrote many a soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s movies), Belgium and the Netherlands (Harmonica- virtuoso Toots Thielemans or Bobby Jaspar), France (Michel Legrand, Sacha Distel, and many more), Great Britain (sax-players Ronnie cott, Wilton Gaynair, or Tubby Hayes) or Germany (Jutta Hipp, Michael Naura et al) created a Jazz-music that was as groundbreaking back then as it is fascinating today.
The more than 150 recordings on this box-set – many of which are presented for the first time on CD and most of which are only available in this collection today – present some of the most important and most exciting recordings from the creative beginnings of “European Jazz”. A thrilling experience between improvisation and composition (not only for European Jazz-fans), a great sounding Continental trip through the coolest sounds of the Fifties, and a treasure trove for collectors.