Hugo Rasmussen

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Hugo Rasmussen
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Hugo Rasmussen in Vanløse Church, May 2010
Background information
Birth name Hugo Rasmussen
Born 22 March 1941
Origin Denmark
Genres Jazz, Hard Bop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Double-bass, electric bass
Years active 1962–
Associated acts Hugo Rasmussen AllStarz

Hugo Rasmussen (born 22 March 1941 in Bagsværd) is a Danish bassist. Rasmussen is best known for his 1978 album Sweets to the Sweet.[1][2] Sweets To the Sweet was re-released in 2001 on Danish label Music Mecca.[3]


He has worked with, among others, Teddy Wilson, Ralph Sutton[4] Horace Parlan, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Oliver Nelson, Tom Waits, Al Grey, Wild Bill Davison, Harry Sweets Edison,[5] Doug Raney, Ole Kock Hansen, Svend Asmussen, and Jesper Thilo.[6] He is one of the most sought-after bass players in the world.[7] He participated in 800 albums.[8]

Rasmussen is currently the acoustic bassist for Norbert Susemihl's New Orleans All Stars and for his own band, Hugo Rasmussen AllStarz which he formed in 1999 with Jakob Dinesen (tenor sax), Kasper Trandberg (cornet), Andrew Hyhne (trombone), Heine Hansen (piano) and Kresten Osgood (drums) .[9]


In 2009 he was awarded the title Ærespris (Honour-Prize in English) (Danish Music Award Jazz 2009) by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.[10]

Selected Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Sweets to the Sweet (1978) Re-released 2001 Music Mecca CD 3046-2 Denmark

As side man[edit]


Photos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson


  1. ^ Billboard 14 Jul 1979
  2. ^ Walter Bruyninckx "Jazz: modern jazz, be-bop, hard bop, West Coast, Volume 5" – Page 1756
  3. ^ "Sweets to the Sweet". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  4. ^ Ralph Sutton – In Copenhagen Album Review by Tony Augarde
  5. ^ Rasmussun's Recording List at
  6. ^ Frandsen, Kjeld. Politikens Jazzleksikon, Politikens Forlag, 1987, s.v.
  7. ^ Rasmussen's Recording List at Allmusic
  8. ^ Rasmussen Participated in 800 recordings An article from Danish National Radio
  9. ^ Utterslev Jazzcafe Review
  10. ^ Rasmussen Wins Danish Music Award Jazz 2009 By the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
  11. ^ "The Jeep Is Jumping". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  12. ^ "Ben Webster Plays Ballads". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  13. ^ "Swiss Suite Oliver Nelson". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  14. ^ "Swiss Suite Horace Parlan". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  15. ^ "Harry Sweets Edison-Eddie Lockjaw Davis&Richard Boone". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  16. ^ "Together Again Wild Bill Davison". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  17. ^ "Introducing Doug Raney". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  18. ^ "The Ralph Sutton Quartet". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  19. ^ "Al Grey and Jesper Thilo Quintet". Retrieved 2010-10-20.