Photo by Gorm Valentin
|Birth name||Alex Riel|
|Born||13 September 1940|
|Genres||Jazz, hard bop, rock|
|Years active||1962 –|
|Associated acts||Alex Riel Trio|
|Website||Alex Riel Official Site|
Alex Riel (born 13 September 1940 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish jazz and rock drummer. His first group Alex Riel/Palle Mikkelborg Quintet won Montreux Grand Prix Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968 and it was published in Billboard's June 1968 edition.
Riel has recorded with, among others, Kenny Drew, Kenny Werner, Bob Brookmeyer, Thomas Clausen, Bill Evans, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Jackie McLean, and Dexter Gordon. He has also worked with a wide range of important jazz musicians, including Ray Brown, Donald Byrd, Don Cherry, Art Farmer, Stéphane Grappelli, Hank Jones, Thad Jones, and Ben Webster. He formed a renowned jazz ensemble with bass player Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Kenny Drew.
His album The Riel Deal won a Danish Grammy Award Jazz in 1996.
In September 2010, Riel reached seventy years of an age and it was celebrated at the famed Jazzhus Montmartre. The event was broadcast live with the title Celebration of a Living Jazz Legend by the Danish national television station TV2 which was also showing rare photos depicting Riel with Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Bill Evans and The Savage Rose.
- Danish Jazz Musician Award 1965 presented by Duke Ellington and Sam Woodyard (Photo)
- Ben Webster 90 Years Honorary Prize 1999 (Shared with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Olivier Antunes)
- Danish Grammy Award Jazz in 1996 for Riel's album The Riel Deal
- Life Time Achievement Award from IFPI 2007 (Photo)
- As leader
- Alex Riel Trio with Kenny Drew, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen 1965 LP FONA Cat#111
- Emergence with Jesper Lundgaard, Jerry Bergonzi 1994 RED Distribution CD Cat#123263
- The Riel Deal with Kenny Werner, Jerry Bergonzi 1996 STUNT CD Cat#19604
- Unriel with Jerry Bergonzi, Michael Brecker, Eddie Gómez, Mike Stern, Niels Lan Doky 1997 Stunt CD Cat#19707
- DSB Kino with Harry Sweets Edison, Roger Kellaway 1998 STUNT CD Cat#19811
- Rielatin with Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Stern, Kenny Werner 1999 STUNT CD Cat#19918
- Celebration 2000 STUNT CD Cat#00232
- Live at Jive Alex Riel/Luts Büchner Quartet 2001 STUNT CD Cat#0120232
- What Happened? Alex Riel Trio 2004 Cowbell Music
- The High & The Mighty Alex Riel Trio 2007 Cowbell Music
- Live at Stars Alex Riel Quartet feat. Charlie Mariano 2008 Cowbell Music
- Riel Time Alex Riel Quartet 2008 Cowbell Music
- Get Riel 2008 Cowbell Music
- As sideman
With Dexter Gordon
- Swiss Nights Vol. 1 (SteepleChase, 1975 )
- Swiss Nights Vol. 2 (SteepleChase, 1975 )
- Swiss Nights Vol. 3 (SteepleChase, 1975 )
- Lullaby for a Monster (SteepleChase, 1976 )
With Ken McIntyre
- Hindsight (SteepleChase, 1974)
With Jackie McLean
- Live at Montmartre (SteepleChase, 1972)
- Ode to Super (SteepleChase, 1973) with Gary Bartz
- A Ghetto Lullaby (SteepleChase, 1974)
- The Meeting (SteepleChase, 1974) with Dexter Gordon
- The Source (SteepleChase, 1974) with Dexter Gordon
- The House I Live In (SteepleChase, 1963 )
With Thorgeir Stubø
- Flight (Hot Club, 1985)
With Ben Webster
- My Man: Live at Montmartre 1973 (SteepleChase, 1973)
Fotos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson
- Jeg skal sgu sidde ved trommerne Af Bine Madsen. Dagbladenes Bureau, 9 Feb 2010. Same interview in Flensborg Avis, 17 February 2010, Side 18
- Alex Riel Horsens Folkeblad, 16 February 2010, 2. sektion, Side 12
- Riels' Quintet Wins Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968. Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
- Jazz at Foreign Ministry of Denmark
- Riel og rytmen. Portræt: Alex Riel Af Tove Skytte Erngaard. Jyllands-Posten, 27 July 1997, Kultur og tv, Side 1
- "Alex Riel 70 Year Celebration Danish National TV Live". Nyhederne-dyn.tv2.dk. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
- "Danish Jazz Musician Award 1965 Presented by Duke Ellington and Sam Woodyard". Drummerworld.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
- "Prizewinners". Ben Webster Foundation. Retrieved 2010-03-16.
- "Life Time Achievement Award". Drummerworld.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-24.