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Alex Riel

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: September 13, 1940    

Alex Riel

Alex Riel was born September 1940 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has since the sixties remained firmly established as one of the most significant and influential jazz drummers in Europe. His career began in the early sixties where he was the house drummer at the legendary jazz club “Montmartre” in Copenhagen. The rhythm section also included bass player Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and alternately pianists Tete Montuliu and Kenny Drew. During this time Alex Riel got to accompany a vast number of visiting international stars as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Dorham, Don Byas, Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef and many more....
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”Riel, the Great Dane of European jazz drummers, joins the realm of the New York neo-bop crowd for his fourth disc as a leader. Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, bassist Eddie Gomez, and either guitarist Mike Stern or pianist Niels Lan Doky, are more than equal partners, while Michael Brecker joins Gonz on the front line for two tracks. Riel is an exceptional timekeeper and unique in that he is able to create improvisations within a steady rhythmic framework that is intense and frenetic.” [... ] “It's clear these are experts in their field, and Riel is comfortably in their league. Further evidence is included in an extensive, perhaps complete, amazing discography printed in the booklet of this CD. It's proof positive that Europe has at least one precious percussive jazz commodity America lacks.” (AllMusic about UNRIEL)

“Just check out the personnel on this fantastic recording .. “ [...] “The music is tight, well composed and funky. All done in one takes, these guys really show how to do it, into the studio and we're off! On Bruce, Mike Stern sets off with a weird, thrilling guitar theme, that sends chills down your spine and when Gomez adds his bass line to the thing, MAN.” (JazzReview about UNRIEL)

”There's an abundance of swing, simpatico, and sheer virtuosity to be heard.” (AllAboutJazz about CELEBRATION)

“A thoughtfully planned, beautifully recorded, generously timed and wonderfully played trio session led by drummer Alex Riel and showcasing the prodigious talents of pianist Kenny Werner and bassist Jesper Lundgaard, so exhilarating that this reviewer was reminded from time to time of the classic Marian McPartland Hickory House trio from the '50s with bassist Bill Crow and drummer Joe Morello.” [...] “As for Riel and Lundgaard, they are twin pillars of tastefulness and talent, thoroughly at ease in every situation and always ready to maximize the trio's rhythmic impact. Listen, for example, to their understated mastery on “Green Dolphin Street” ” or anywhere else, for that matter” (AllAboutJazz about CELEBRATION)

“Few live albums keep the listener rapt, feeling as if he were actually in the room. This is one of those, a five-star record.” [...] “Celebration” is a program of oft-heard songs and exceptional performances. It echoes the message of Keith Jarrett's trio: Standards are relevant to today's music. To jazz musicians, they are both catalysts and aphrodisiacs, sparking conversation amongst beautiful melody and captivating harmonies. “Celebration” epitomizes this potential; and appropriately Riel, on his 60th birthday, is reminded that some things are timeless.” (Amazon review of CELEBRATION)

”After a 25-year hiatus, one of Europe’s premier fusion bands, Santa Cruz, reunited at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 2005 and demonstrated to the enthusiastic crowd that its music was still as energetic as ever. The Danish quartet, led by drummer Alex Riel, delivered the retro sounds of '70s and '80s fusion, comprised of equal parts harmony, arrangements and heady improvisation. At a concise 41 minutes, the recording still packs a huge punch, with stimulating performances and well-developed selections that showcase the bandmembers' life-giving connections with each other and the crowd. “ [...] “Santa Cruz gives listeners a bounty of good music on this memorable reunion. Encore!” (AllAboutJazz about CRUZING by fusion band SANTA CRUZ)

  • Live At Stars

    ITM Records
    2008
  • Rielatin'

    ITM Records
    2000
  • Unriel!

    ITM Records
    1997
  • Emergence! Live At Fashing

    ITM Records
    1994

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