| Jesper Thilo, b. Nov. 28, 1941 - JAZZPAR Artist
1990 - performed with his JAZZPAR Combo 1991 - Jesper Thilo (ts), Hugo
Rasmussen (b), and Svend-Erik Nørregård (d) - featuring
guitarist Doug Raney and pianist Hank Jones as special international soloist.
Thilo is a Danish tenor, alto, and soprano saxophonist,
clarinetist, bass clarinetist, flutist, and bandleader with an international
reputation. He is in brilliant command of all reed instruments but prefers
Having played with leading Danish mainstream combos,
he became a member of Denmark's Radio Big Band in 1966, being immediately
one of its most featured soloists. Still a key member, Thilo left to concentrate
on small group playing. He has also worked with a long list of visiting
Influenced by most of the swing greats, the obvious
qualities in Thilo's playing are his formidable versatility and instrumental
abilities, his warm jazz enthusiasm and sincere admiration for his inspirators
and mentors. His zest for playing seems inexhaustible. Listening to him,
you get the feeling that he knows and is prepared to do everything. Thilo
is a true eclectic who through the years easily has picked up, digested,
and mastered the tradition from Armstrong to Coltrane. He has shaped his
musical language into a more and more personal way of expression. Today,
traces of Zoot Sims, Lockjaw Davis, and others, are merging with his own
maturing originality. Jesper Thilo is a Danish jazz cornerstone.
At The JAZZPAR 1991 Concerts Thilo presented a group
of old friends and partners, all of them stalwarts within Danish jazz.
Doug Raney is son of the famous American guitar player Jimmy Raney, who
together with Jim Hall has been the model for the younger player's subdued
lyrical style. Working with many established stars, Raney is known from
a number of records and from tours all over Europe.