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True North

True North

Morten Ramsbøl

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917346923
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Catalog number: CR 73469
Releasedate: 11-01-19

- Morten Ramsbøl's debut on Challenge Records
- Produced by Morten Ramsbøl. Recorded by acclaimed soundengineer Stefano Amerio
- Morten Ramsbøl has since 1998 played, toured and recorded with stellar artists such as Sinne Eeg, Niels Lan Doky, The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Claire Martin, Benny Golson, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Bill Stewart, Peter Bernstein, Joey Baron, Jeff Ballard, Hans Ulrik and many more.

Morten Ramsbøl:
"Returning to my home in Denmark in the summer of 2017 inspired me to write new music that would feature some of my favorite musicians and a string quartet. Each morning for two weeks I sat at my piano without an agenda, expectations or plan, apart from allowing myself to "receive" whatever would come to me and document it on my phone. 

After a few months I sent some finished melodies, chords and sketches to my friend, Austrian drummer, composer and band leader, Reini Schmölzer, whom I met in 2013 when I started working as professor for double bass at the Kunst Uni Graz, Austria. Reini was given the freedom to arrange, orchestrate, interpret my music and write for the string quartet.

In May 2018, Julian Argüelles, Jacob Karlzon, Reini Schmölzer and myself plus the Igmar Jenner String Quartet met for the first time as a band, rehearsed one day, played a concert in Graz and went to Italy the next morning to record the music. 
The freshness and vitality can be heard on the recording and I humbly feel that the stars were aligned in our favor.”
Morten Toftgaard Ramsbøl Born 1970 in Aarhus, Denmark. 

Professor of Jazz Double Bass, Kunst Uni Graz, Austria 

Morten has a BA teaching degree from the Royal Academy Of Music in Aarhus and a Pedagogical Diploma degree.  He has since 1998 played, toured and recorded with stellar artists such as Sinne Eeg, Niels Lan Doky, The Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Elling, John Scofield, Claire Martin, Benny Golson, Kristian Leth, Kenneth Knudsen, Renato Chicco, Randy Brecker, Ulf Wakenius, Lars Jansson, Morten Lund , Adam Nussbaum, Peter Erskine, Bill Stewart, Peter Bernstein, Joey Baron, Jeff Ballard, Hans Ulrik, Veronica Mortensen,  Jesper Thilo, Mulgrew Miller, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Lovano, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Didier Lockwood, Jim Rotondi, Dena DeRose, Herwig Gradischnig, Karlheinz Miklin, Jacob Karlzon, Julian Argüelles and many more.

Morten has composed music for television, commission work and numerous tours / projects. His first album “Short Stay feat. Joey Baron” (Music Mecca, 2002)  and secondly the first album with all original compositions “Same Story, Different Place” (Gateway Music, 2014) and thirdly “How Far Is The Moon” (Natango Music, 2016) have been praised in and outside of Denmark being called “a timeless master piece”. 

His latest album “TRUE NORTH” (Challenge Records, 2019) once again showcase new compositions by Morten in a stellar lineup with some of the finest jazz musicians in Europe:  “Several listenings to this music, only solidify the obvious, that Morten Ramsbøl is clearly his own musical spirit . Highly original, a payer of homage to the totality of jazz performance and the unique position that the bass occupies within it…one foot firmly placed in that history, the other constantly exploring new directions within the path less traveled” 

Thomas Howard Curtis III 

Morten resides with his family in Denmark and Austria.