Navigation Blues Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado
Subgenre: Electric Blues
Album including Album cover
- 1Navigation Blues04:56
- 2Watch The Sun Go Down03:47
- 3The Way You Make Me Feel04:22
- 4Fire Inside05:02
- 5Blue Lullaby03:40
- 6Taking The Good With The Bad02:59
- 7Whatever Price04:19
- 9Something To Hold On To03:11
- 10Hoodoo Lover03:35
- 11Headed For The Stars03:56
- 12Heart Crash04:25
Info for Navigation Blues
Denmark's premier roots-rockers Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado have announced they have signed to Provogue / Mascot Label Group; home to Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout and more.
The multi-award-winning band will release their brand-new album Navigation Blues on September 30. It's filled with songs ranging from sepia-tinged pre-war blues stomps to a soundtrack to a glorious dusk desert sunset, all sprinkled with a fizzing coolness that puts its foot on the pedal and rides off into a Tarantino horizon.
The septet has been blazing a trail across Scandinavia, wider Europe, Canada, the US and Asia for the past 20 years. They've been captivating crowds with their dynamic stage presence and a sound that fuses soul, Chicago blues, boogie and rock 'n' roll with a voice where Ray Charles, Van Morrison and Billy Gibbons meet in the middle. They've brought dancing shoes to Europe's largest festival stages, low-light noir-ish blues to Jazz clubs around the globe and shared stages with the likes of Buddy Guy and Tedeschi Trucks.
Thorbjørn Risager, Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Emil Balsgaard, Piano, Organ, Wurlitzer, Clavinet, Farfisa
Joachim Svensmark, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano, Viola, Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Mandolin
Kasper Wagner, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Flutes, Clarinet
Hans Nybo, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Peter W Kehl, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Percussion
Søren Bøjgaard, Bass, Moog Bass, Baritone Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano, Percussion
Martin Seidelin, Drums, Percussion
In the blues world, a big voice is often accompanied by a big ego (or at least a medium sized one…)
But the Danish singer Thorbjørn Risager, praised for his rough and strong voice by an unanimous choir of critics from a growing number of countries – 15 the last time we counted them – is a soft-spoken gentleman off stage. He is the leader of his seven-piece band mainly for practical reasons – to bring any little issue into a group discussion can be quite time-consuming. He is also composing most of the band’s music, and during the performance he is the obvious center of attention, even if the band has a charming way of passing round the task of introducing the songs between them, so that each musician gets his word in.
And this is a real smooth organization, who has divided all practical tasks such as web master, CD sales on gigs etc between themselves. Which makes life easier in the midst of their heavy touring schedule. Since the start, they have played in 15 countries, and only from Feb – Aug 2010 they have concerts booked in 11 European countries.
But the 38-year-old Dane had other plans for his life. He studied to be a school teacher, and worked in this profession for some years, before he decided to let the music take over. He studied at the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, a quite unique education where many of the teachers are jazz- or rock musicians, and where the emphasis is on Rhythmic music of all genres. In 2003 he started his band, selected musicians he liked both musically and personally, and the fact that up until today only one of them left and was replaced, at an early stage of the band’s career, proves that the choice was excellent.
But of course Thorbjørn’s musical interest started long before this. He played the saxophone from the age of 12, then guitar – but the singing was more of a coincidence at first. He was exposed to the blues through a neighbour, a middle-aged gentleman who was friends with his parents, and who started playing blues records to the young Thorbjørn. That’s how his life-long love story with the blues started, with B B King as his biggest hero. Ray Charles is one of his other obvious influences, but today, with almost 40 recorded songs from his own pen, he has definitely defined his own sound and style.
His mixture of genres is something that is sometimes mentioned by critics, who are looking for something of more homogenity. But this is Thorbjørn’s deliberate choice. To hear a band that plays one shuffle after another, or only jump blues through an entire CD or concert, might please some critics but there’s definitely a risk that the audience will get bored.
And this is why Thorbjørn and his band have created their specific sound by other means, especially his characteristic raunchy voice and the band’s typical sound, with its horns, solo performances and rolling, almost big-band-like grooves. So he weaves threads of soul, gospel, rock, R&B and funk into his music, to create a variety and keep the audience interested, something that the band succeeds with on each single gig.
This album contains no booklet.