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Only available as Vinyl-LP

Jonas Johansen - Adventure Trio (ALBUM)

Zack’s MUSIC LP JJAT2401 LP

Line up:

Thor Madsen: Guitar
Lennart Ginman: Bass
Jonas Johansen: Drums

Recorded March 2022 and November 2023. Mixed by Thor Madsen at Mazza Mansion, Copenhagen Denmark. Cover art by Julie Kyhl. Cover graphics by Morten Agergaard and photos by Søren Solkær.

This release was made possible thanks to support from Danish Conductors Association and Danish Soloist Union.
Jonas Johansen plays Istanbul Agop Cymbals exclusively

Jonas Johansen Adventure Trio, Johansen’s new group, is a guitar trio with music built on catchy lines and grooves integral to the compositions. The spacey and airy vibe in the music presents Johansen’s most melodic side as a composer. And the group reflects mature musicians wanting to tell a story as directly and clearly as possible. Jonas’s ability to fluently incorporate inspiration from his travels all over the world, becomes the backbone of the groove in the band. It’s a global vibe, as Jonas has a passion, in live and music, for everything that’s global. The music is jazz with a bit of a “spy” vibe, with a cool groove. A bit spooky, yet relaxed and almost loose “indie rock” sometimes, if not a bolero or a ballad. With this rare combination of melancholy and happiness that you also find in some South American music. Some songs even with a Ray Charles inspired ¾ groove. But all the way – all grooves are born from the melodic material. And all songs reflect a special moment in Johansens traveling life.

The trio presents three absolute top names on the European jazz scene

Thor Madsen is a Chicago born Danish guitarist, composer and producer residing in Copenhagen. He plays with a direct no-nonsense captivating attitude, that really makes his guitar sing. Thor has toured and recorded all over Europe, Brazil, India, and USA. Bands include Jazz Explorer Trio (also with Johansen), Jan Harbecks Live Jive Jungle, Copenhagen Jazz Orchestra, Camille Jones and Abdullah S. Star names includes Norah Jones, Donny McCaslin, Eddie Henderson The Nublu Orchestra and Matt Penman. Thor’s current band Thor De Force, has two albums out on the New York based label Ropeadope Records.

Lennart Ginman is a Grammy Winning Danish bass player, composer and producer who has built a reputation as one of the leading voices on the instrument in his generation. Band collaborations include Ginman/Blackman/Dahl, Sinne Eeg Group, Page One and Tomas Franck Quartet (also an album with Johansen). Star names include Lee Konitz, Kirk Lightsey, Johnny Griffin, Palle Mikkelborg, Chris Cheek, Scott Hamilton Kenny Werner, Doug Raney, Cæcilie Nordby and of cause Gainman/Jørgensen and Ginman/Eivør.

Jonas Johansen is a true orchestral drummer, with a universal sound developed through 40 years of top-level performances and more than 200 albums, including 16 albums under his own name. Jonas was the drummer in DR Big Band 1990 – 1999, and NHØP Trio 1996-2005. Currently he works with a.o. Copenhagen Jazz Orchestra, Lars Møller in various settings, Rosalia De Souza Quarteto 55° as well as own groups Blanco y Negro, Divisions Trio and Jazz Explorer Trio. Jonas has performed with a.o. McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Egberto Gismonti, Maria Schneider, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Toninho Horta, Tom Harrell, Steve Swallow and Mike Stern.

Skies (SINGLE)

Jonas Johansen Adventure Trio

Line up:

Thor Madsen: Guitar
Lennart Ginman: Bass
Jonas Johansen: Drums

Recorded November 17, 2023 and mixed by Thor Madsen at Mazza Mansion, Copenhagen Denmark. Cover art by Julie Kyhl. Cover graphics by Morten Agergaard.

This release was made possible thanks to support from Danish Conductors Association and Danish Soloist Union.
Jonas Johansen plays Istanbul Agop Cymbals exclusively

Skies is the newest single from Jonas Johansen Adventure Trio. Skies are really fascinating. And yes, there is only one sky. The plural in the title refers to the fact that the same sky looks entirely different, at different places in the world. – Yes – the look changes if you are in the countryside as opposed to in a big city. But even if you compare the sky, in the countryside of Denmark, to the sky in the countryside in India or North America, it looks so different, that you start wondering if it is really the same sky.

City Women (SINGLE)

Jonas Johansen Adventure Trio

Line up:

Thor Madsen: Guitar
Lennart Ginman: Bass
Jonas Johansen: Drums

Recorded November 12, 2023 and mixed by Thor Madsen at Mazza Mansion, Copenhagen Denmark. Cover art by Julie Kyhl. Cover graphics by Morten Agergaard.

This release was made possible thanks to support from Danish Conductors Association and Danish Soloist Union.
Jonas Johansen plays Istanbul Agop Cymbals exclusively

City Women is released in connection with the release of the Adventure Trio LP Vinyl, on February 29, 2024. The song is a Cadeau to city women, in any city – any place in the world. Living with three women, Johansen learned that a woman going into town is something. The mood, the style, the vibe, the whole thing around her is another thing than the same woman going somewhere else… The trio features master guitarist Thor Madsen and renowned star bassist Lennart Ginman.

Travels (EP)

Jonas Johansen Adventure Trio

Line up:

Thor Madsen: Guitar
Lennart Ginman: Bass
Jonas Johansen: Drums

Recorded March 28, 2022 and mixed by Thor Madsen at Mazza Mansion, Copenhagen Denmark. Cover art by Julie Kyhl. Cover graphics by Morten Agergaard.

This release was made possible thanks to support from Danish Conductors Association.
Jonas Johansen plays Istanbul Agop Cymbals exclusively

Travels completes the first EP from the new trio of drummer/bandleader Jonas Johansen, joined by Lennart Ginman (double bass) and Thor Madsen (electric guitar). Jonas Johansen is a traveler of the world, who recently became a member of the “Adventurers Club Denmark”. He sees his traveling life in a poetically contemplative way… Life is traveling – traveling is life…

Sweet Nose (SINGLE)

Jonas Johansen Adventure Trio

Line up:

Thor Madsen: Guitar
Lennart Ginman: Bass
Jonas Johansen: Drums

Recorded March 28, 2022 and mixed by Thor Madsen at Mazza Mansion, Copenhagen Denmark. Cover art by Julie Kyhl. Cover graphics by Morten Agergaard.

This release was made possible thanks to support from Danish Conductors Association.
Jonas Johansen plays Istanbul Agop Cymbals exclusively

Sweet Nose is another celebration of Danish drummer/bandleader Jonas Johansen’s wife. Since it’s impossible to cover all his woman’s assets in one song, the celebration is split up in parts – this tune celebrating her nose, since she has such an immensely sweet nose. The song is also a celebration of all sweet noses on all living creatures on the planet. Jonas is supported by Thor Madsen (electric guitar) and award-winning Lennart Ginman (double bass).

Afternoons (SINGLE)

Jonas Johansen Adventure Trio

Line up:

Thor Madsen: Guitar
Lennart Ginman: Bass
Jonas Johansen: Drums

Recorded March 28, 2022 and mixed by Thor Madsen at Mazza Mansion, Copenhagen Denmark. Cover art by Julie Kyhl. Cover graphics by Morten Agergaard.

This release was made possible thanks to support from Danish Conductors Association.
Jonas Johansen plays Istanbul Agop Cymbals exclusively

Afternoons is the 3rd single from Jonas Johansen and his new trio with Lennart Ginman (double bass) and Thor Madsen (electric guitar). This tune describes the traveler’s afternoons. The touring musician often has wonderful afternoons. After traveling from early morning, and before concert sound check, there is often this little period during the day with time to breathe, time for a tea, a coffee or glass of wine on a café overlooking a small square in the city of the concert.

Soulmate (SINGLE)

Jonas Johansen Adventure Trio

Line up:

Thor Madsen: Guitar
Lennart Ginman: Bass
Jonas Johansen: Drums

Recorded March 28, 2022 and mixed by Thor Madsen at Mazza Mansion, Copenhagen Denmark. Cover art by Julie Kyhl. Cover graphics by Morten Agergaard.

This release was made possible thanks to support from Danish Conductors Association.
Jonas Johansen plays Istanbul Agop Cymbals exclusively

Soulmate is the second single from the new trio of Danish drummer/bandleader Jonas Johansen. To have a true soulmate, is one the finest things a human being can achieve. It is also scientifically proven to be healthy. Jonas wrote this to his highly beloved wife. It has a strong groove and a fine melody, for the trio to elaborate strongly within, on top – and around. Jonas Johansen is joined by Lennart Ginman (acoustic bass) and Thor Madsen (electric guitar).

Windows (SINGLE)

Jonas Johansen Adventure Trio

Line up:

Thor Madsen: Guitar
Lennart Ginman: Bass
Jonas Johansen: Drums

Recorded March 28, 2022 and mixed by Thor Madsen at Mazza Mansion, Copenhagen Denmark. Cover art by Julie Kyhl. Cover graphics by Morten Agergaard.

This release was made possible thanks to support from Danish Conductors Association.
Jonas Johansen plays Istanbul Agop Cymbals exclusively

Windows is the first single from the Danish drummer Jonas Johansen and his new trio. In new trio Jonas is supported by the Danish multi-award winning bassist Lennart Ginman and American born, European guitar virtuoso Thor Madsen. Jonas is a traveler of the world, and the title signifies “opening your windows to the world”. Its pretty simple melodic material, performed with an almost minimalistic groove, by three grand musicians from the European scene.

Timbero

Blanco y Negro

Label: Stunt Records (c) 2017
CD: STUCD 17142
LP: STULP 17141

Line up:

Karl-Martin Almqvist (Saxophones)
Abel Marcel (Piano)
Yasser Morejón (Bass)
Eliel Lazo (Percussion, Vocals & Drums)
Jonas Johansen (Drums & Percussion)

  1. Timbero Blanco y Negro 7:05
  2. The Munch Blanco y Negro 7:16
  3. The Caretaker Blanco y Negro 6:30

Jazz Explorer Trio

Lars Møller, Thor Madsen, Jonas Johansen

Label: Global Jazz Explorer Records 2017
GJE 001

Line up:
Lars Møller: Tenor Saxophone
Thor Madsen: Guitar
Jonas Johansen: Drums

  1. Mosse Lars Møller, Thor Madsen, Jonas Johansen 4:22
  2. Okinok Lars Møller, Thor Madsen, Jonas Johansen 4:45
  3. A Woman's Purse Lars Møller, Thor Madsen, Jonas Johansen 4:21

Charmcatcher

Jonas Johansen

Label: Hurra Records 001(c)2017
CD DME-11101
LP DMELP-11101

Line up:
Jonas Johansen – Drums, percussion
Kuba Wiecek – Alto and soprano saxophones
Peter Sabroe – Piano
Tobias Pfeil – Guitars
Anders Fjeldsted – Bass

Special appearances by
Abhijit Banarjee – Tablas
Jacob Andersen – Bongos

  1. On the Banks of the Ganges Jonas Johansen 2:24
  2. Taa-Daa Jonas Johansen 3:01
  3. Mirabai Bhajan Jonas Johansen 1:55

Divisions

Jonas Johansen / Lars Møller / Ronan Guilfoyle

Label: Calibrated Music 2013
CD CALI118

Line up:
Jonas Johansen – Drums, percussion
Lars Møller – Saxophone
Ronan Guilfoyle – Bass

  1. Tangvik The Trio, Jonas Johansen / Lars Møller / Ronan Guilfoyle 8:23
  2. Sucking Stones The Trio, Jonas Johansen / Lars Møller / Ronan Guilfoyle 8:26
  3. Tower Of Hopes The Trio, Jonas Johansen / Lars Møller / Ronan Guilfoyle 8:16

Move This

Jonas Johansen

Label: Stunt Records 2011
STUCD 11072

Line up:
Fredrik Lundin – Saxophone
Jacob Christoffersen – Piano
Daniel Franck – Bass
Jonas Johansen – Drums

  1. The Perfect Day Jonas Johansen Move 5:59
  2. The Hat Jonas Johansen Move 5:37
  3. Cara Mananera Jonas Johansen Move 4:13

Believe In Spring

Hans Ulrik / Steve Swallow / Jonas Johansen

Feat. Bobo Stenson & Ulf Wakenius

Label: Stunt Records 2007
STUCD 07182

Line up:
Hans Ulrik – Saxophone
Steve Swallow – Bass
Jonas Johansen – Drums
Bobo Stenson – Piano
Ulf Wakenius – Guitar

  1. August 1972 The Hans Ulrik / Steve Swallow / Jonas Johansen Trio Featuring Bobo Stenson And Ulf Wakenius 4:34
  2. Get Happy The Hans Ulrik / Steve Swallow / Jonas Johansen Trio Featuring Bobo Stenson And Ulf Wakenius 5:01
  3. O Que Será The Hans Ulrik / Steve Swallow / Jonas Johansen Trio Featuring Bobo Stenson And Ulf Wakenius 5:39

Spoiled Child

Henrik Sveidahl / Nikolaj Hess / Jens Skou Olsen / Jonas Johansen

Label: RMC Records 2006
RMC 003

Line up:
Henrik Sveidahl – Saxophone
Nikolaj Hess – Piano
Jens Skou Olsen – Bass
Jonas Johansen – Drums

Blanco Y Negro

Eliel Lazo / Jonas Johansen / Yasser Morejón

Label: Stunt Records 2006
STUCD 06062

Line up:
Eliel Lazo – Percussion and vocals
Jonas Johansen – Drums
Yasser Morejón Pino – Bass and vocals
With:
Jacob Dinesen – Saxophone
Tony Rodriguez – Piano
Miguelito Valdés – Trumpet

  1. One The Sidewalk Eliel Lazo / Jonas Johansen / Yasser Morejón 4:36
  2. The Smile Of Winston Eliel Lazo / Jonas Johansen / Yasser Morejón 7:38
  3. Cromason Eliel Lazo / Jonas Johansen / Yasser Morejón 6:45

Move Up!

Jonas Johansen

Label: Stunt Records 2005
STUCD 03151, STULP 03151

Line up:
Fredrik Lundin – Saxophone
Ben Besiakow – Piano
Anders Christensen – Bass
Jonas Johansen – Drums

  1. Tak Jonas Johansen Move 9:34
  2. Love Jonas Johansen Move 6:45
  3. Bolero Jonas Johansen Move 5:22

Tin Pan Aliens

Hans Ulrik / Steve Swallow / Jonas Johansen

Label: Stunt Records 2005
– STUCD 05022

Line up:
Hans Ulrik – Saxophone
Steve Swallow – Bass
Jonas Johansen – Drums

  1. Willow Hans Ulrik, Steve Swallow, Jonas Johansen 3:20
  2. Mosse Hans Ulrik, Steve Swallow, Jonas Johansen 4:22
  3. Sleeping Mistakes Hans Ulrik, Steve Swallow, Jonas Johansen 5:23

TRIO

Hans Ulrik / Steve Swallow / Jonas Johansen

Label: Stunt Records 2002
STUCD 02122

Line up:
Hans Ulrik – Saxophone
Steve Swallow – Bass
Jonas Johansen – Drums

  1. Brother J Hans Ulrik / Steve Swallow / Jonas Johansen 7:22
  2. Gung Krrr Hans Ulrik / Steve Swallow / Jonas Johansen 6:00
  3. I Fall Asleep Too Easily Hans Ulrik / Steve Swallow / Jonas Johansen 4:07

Cuts

Band Mrazem

Emil de Waal / Gustaf Ljundggren / Jonas Johansen & friends

Label: Hvad hvis det bliver et hit records 2002
BMCD1

Line up:
Gustaf Ljunggren – Keyboards, guitars, saxophone, trumpet, bass, voice
Henrik Lindstrand – Keyboards
Jonas Berg – Keyboards
Andreas Unge – Bass
Emil de Waal – Drums, bottle, programming
Jonas Johansen – Drums, percussion, programming

  1. Hugo's Taxi Band Mrazem 4:55
  2. Rana Band Mrazem 3:16
  3. Sprats Band Mrazem 3:59

Band Mrazem

Emil de Waal / Jonas Johansen & friends

Label: Stunt Records – 2000
STUCD 00212

Line up:
Gustaf Ljunggren – Keyboards, guitars, saxophone, trumpet, bass, voice
Jesper Nordenström – Keyboards
Jacob Christoffersen – Fender Rhodes
Anders P. Jensen – Keyboards
Henrik SP Schou Poulsen – Bass
Erik Sanko – Bass
Fredrik Lundin – Saxophone, flute
Hans Ulrik – Saxophone
Mikkel Nordsø – Guitar
Jonas Krag – Guitars
Per Gade – Guitar
Susanne Ørum – Vocal
Emil de Waal – Drums
Jonas Johansen – Drums

  1. Gigi Emil de Waal / Jonas Johansen & friends 4:25
  2. Rhééééh Emil de Waal / Jonas Johansen & friends 3:01
  3. Elastikotita Emil de Waal / Jonas Johansen & friends 4:22

Please move

Jonas Johansen

Label: Stunt Records 1999
STUCD 19905

Line up:
Fredrik Lundin – Saxophone
Ben Besiakow – Piano
Lars Danielsson – Bass
Jonas Johansen – Drums
With:
Jacob Andersen – Percussion
Søren Lee – Guitar

  1. Bush Beat Jonas Johansen 6:55
  2. Dancing Time Jonas Johansen 6:33
  3. Good Day New Life Jonas Johansen 7:54

Move

Jonas Johansen

Label: Music Mecca 1995
CD 1057-2

Line up:
Fredrik Lundin – Saxophone
Ben Besiakow – Piano
Lars Danielsson – Bass
Jonas Johansen – Drums, percussion

  1. Seven Steps To Heaven Jonas Johansen Move 3:55
  2. Fanfare Jonas Johansen Move 1:02
  3. Freja & Cis Jonas Johansen Move 7:24

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