Biography

Benjamin Koppel, Danish Jazz saxophonist and composer, is one of the most award-winning musicians of his generation, renowned for his versatility and virtuosity.

With Benjamin, the story begins with family. Grandson of the famous Danish classic composer Herman D. Koppel, and son of the beat musician and composer Anders Koppel (Savage Rose, Bazaar), Koppel has always been amongst music. This lineage of classical, jazz and pop is evident in Benjamin’s agile ability to cross genres.

He formed his first band at 15 years old, and has since appeared on more than 50 recordings. Highly sought after internationally as a collaborator, the variety of his work is wide reaching. As a soloist and bandleader he has performed and/or recorded with Phil Woods, Daniel Humair, Palle Danielsson, Sheryl Crow, Alex Riel, Miroslav Vitous, Anders Koppel, Inger Dam Jensen, Michala Petri, Adam Nussbaum, Randy Brecker, Chano Dominguez, Phil Woods, Charlie Mariano, Portinho, David Sanchez, Kenny Werner and more.

In 2001 Benjamin formed his own independent record label, Cowbell Music, releasing exceptional jazz as well as classical, crossover and pop. Cowbell Music also produces big music events, like the Valby Summer Jazz festival – described by international jazz magazine All About Jazz, “...a labor of love that has become so prominent it almost outshines its big brother, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.”

This artists albums

Heritage

Breaking Borders #4

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'Heritage' is the fourth album in the series 'Breaking Borders'.

Renowned Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel takes a trip back in time for inspiration from his grandfather, composer Herman D. Koppel, as well as Johannes Brahms and Jewish folk songs. Recorded in New York with the outstanding American pianist Uri Caine, the album also features the beautiful sound of Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh and the creativity of percussionist John Hadfield. And most importantly, the album is a tribute to the idea that we all stand on each other's shoulders and will always draw inspiration from our common heritage.

When you download this album, you'll get all 12 tracks.

OneTwoThreeFour

Breaking Borders #5

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'OneTwoThreeFour' is the fifth album in the series 'Breaking Borders'.

OneTwoThreeFour is an intriguing meeting between Nordic and North American jazz. Renowned Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel teams up with legendary American drummer Peter Erskine to examine the anticipation of the musicians’ one-two-three-four count-off, from which time, groove and pulse evolve. The result is a joyous affair and a beautiful jazz adventure played by four amazing musicians in the classic jazz quartet formation.

When you download this album, you'll get all 9 tracks.

Ballads

Breaking Borders #3

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'Ballads' is the third album in the series 'Breaking Borders'.

What happens when four of the best Nordic jazz musicians interpret classics by The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Michel Legrand and Cat Stevens? Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel and the excellent rhythm section take these well-known songs into their own musical space. The result is as fascinating as it is poetic and represents the very aim of the Breaking Borders series. The beautiful evergreens come to new life alongside four equally breathtaking melodies composed by Benjamin Koppel.

When you download this album, you'll get all 11 tracks.

The Kyoto Protocol & Other Climate Considerations

Breaking Borders #2

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Jazz
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The Kyoto Protocol is one of the most important papers on human behaviour in relation to climate change issues - but who has read it? This was the question Benjamin Koppel put to the UN COP15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009, with Benjamin offering his own unique response. With the help of soprano Gitta-Maria Sjöberg, soul diva Marie Carmen Koppel, solo cellist Henrik Dam Thomsen, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Kenny Werner, percussionist Jacob Andersen and Koppel’s father, Hammond organist Anders Koppel (of Savage Rose fame) the Protocol texts have been given a new artistic life in the borderland between jazz and classical music through Benjamin Koppel compositions.

When you download this album, you'll get all 9 tracks.

Koppel & Søn

Living Room Recordings #3

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Jazz
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Back in 1967 at the Newport Jazz Festival in the US Anders Koppel was making his name as Hammond organist with world famous rock band Savage Rose. Years later, Anders Koppel’s playing style is one of the most legendary yet personal in contemporary Danish music history. Now he’s releasing a CD with his son and saxophone virtuoso, Benjamin Koppel, recorded in Benjamin’s living room. Here, Koppel & Son blend soul and blues-inspired riffs of an almost classical character with Calypso and Balkan atmospheres, bringing to mind film scores and soundtracks at their best.

When you download this album, you'll get all 14 tracks.

Anders Koppel & Kenny Werner

Breaking Borders #1

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Jazz
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'Anders Koppel & Kenny Werner' is the first album in the series 'Breaking Borders'.

A meditative and experimental jazz release with hammond organ conqueror Anders Koppel (formerly Savage Rose and Bazaar) and the American Grammy-nominated super pianist Kenny Werner. The music is improvised and meditative and offers room for contemplation and reflection. This is an exceptional combination of hammond organ and piano played by these two musical giants, and the music is supported by the long-standing friendship of the two musicians which culminates with this CD.

Anders Koppel talks about recording this album:
“Valby Summer Jazz Festival 2012 was cooking. That evening, Kenny and I were going to play with Miroslav Vitous, Benjamin Koppel and Peter Nilsson. We were both a little early for the rehearsal, warming up our instrument: Kenny the piano, me the body. Benjamin turned up, started unpacking his saxophones whilst listening to the sound of the keyboards, doodling together. As the music stopped, Kenny and I repeated what we had said so many times before: ‘Some day we really should make a duo recordings’ – the problem was knowing we would probably never find the time. With his usual vitality and energy, my son Benjamin Koppel immediately mentioned that he’d booked a studio for next Wednesday. We could do a couple of hours of recording... So, we met at the studio Wednesday morning, had a short sound check - and recorded the improvisation on this CD in the peaceful surroundings of the Village Recording Studio. Meditations on a friendship. By noon, it was all done. "

When you download this album, you'll get all 9 tracks.

The Lost Musicians

Living Room Recordings #2

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Jazz
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'The Lost Musicians' is the second album in the series 'Living Room Recordings'.

The Lost Musicians is a long time dream come true. A group of the four best, most versatile and creative voices on the Nordic jazz scene, gathered together to bring life to a series of new compositions drawn from select masterpieces of modernist Nordic literature.
All of the compositions have been written with that special Nordic tone, taking the uniquely Nordic way of language and poetry as inspiration.

”The great impact that the following authors have had on me as well as generations of others, turnd out to be both an inspiring as well as unifying factor when I began composing for this new group…[we] decided to search for a new Nordic sound, a Nordic approach to the thoroughly well-researched format of the standard jazz quartet, sax, piano, bass drums…I sincerely hope that you, the audience, will feel invited, intrigued and as entertained as we did, recording this music.”

William Heinesen, The Lost Musicians / De fortabte spillemænd (1950)
Hans Scherfig, The Disorder of Nature / Naturens uorden (1966)
Selma Lagerlööf, Invisible Links / Osynliga länkar (1894)
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Beyond Powers / Over ævne (1883)
Karen Blixen, The Immortal Story / Den udødelige historie (1953)
Haldor Laxness, The Atom Station / Atomstödin (1948)
Edith Södergran, The Shadow of the Future / Framtidans skugga (1920)
Astrid Lindgren, The Children of Noisy Village / Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn (1947)

When you download this album, you'll get all 9 tracks.

Illuminations

Living Room Recordings #1

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Jazz
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'Illuminations' is the first album in the series 'Living Room Recordings'.

Inspired by the visionary French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s unfinished poetry collection Illuminations (1874), this is an elegant, animated collaboration between two brilliant musicians.

The compositions are written and played by Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel, with the great Frenchman Jean-Michel Pilc on piano, and are rich with celebration of French culture and philosophy, its sophistication and history.

The French are special to Ben, and he to them. In 2011 Benjamin Koppel was awarded the prestigious L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand, for his work with French and International culture (the same year as Kylie Minogue and George Clooney received the same).

As part of the award, Koppel was invited to join prominent French musicians (Jean-Michel included) at a concert at the French Embassy in Copenhagen. This collaboration with Jean-Michel Pilc was the beginning of Illuminations the record.

Arthur Rimbaud’s unfinished collection, Illuminations, was a striving to achieve poetic transcendence and second sight through art. Likewise, through intuitive improvisations, Benjamin and Jean-Michel sought to achieve a kind of transcendence in their interactions and musical collaboration. Taking Rimbaud’s text as a starting point, there is in each composition a clear, basic idea that carries the music, unfolding and evolving over time.

Also included are a new interpretation of classic jazz standard Summertime, and a bonus track written by Benjamin’s 10 year old daughter, Astrid (“La Nuit d’Or”, The Golden Night) – marking her debut as a recorded composer.

When you download this album, you'll get all 16 tracks.

The Final Word

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #10

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Jazz
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The Final Word is the tenth CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On this album:
- Thommy Andersson (bass),
- Pierre Boussaguet (bass)
- Palle Danielsson (bass)
- Jonas Westergaard (bass)
- Daniel Humair (drums)
- Alex Riel (drums)
- Frands Rifbjerg (drums)
- Anders Koppel (Hammond organ)
- Jacob Andersen (percussion)
- Eythor Gunnarsson (piano)
- Steen Rasmussen (piano)
- Kenny Werner (piano)
- Benjamin Koppel (sax)
- Bobby Watson (sax)

When you download this album, you'll get all 9 tracks.

The Man Who Looked for Peace

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #9

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The Man Who Looked For Peace is the ninth CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. The Final Word is the tenth CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On this album:
- Thommy Andersson (bass)
- Pierre Boussaguet (bass)
- Palle Danielsson (bass)
- Daniel Humair (drums)
- Alex Riel (drums)
- Anders Koppel (Hammon organ)
- Jacob Andersen (percussion)
- Eythor Gunnarsson (piano)
- Cedirc Piromalli (piano)
- Kenny Werner (piano)
- Benjamin Koppel (sax)
- Bobby Watson (sax)
- Gueorgui Kornazov (trombone)

When you download this album, you'll get all 8 tracks.

Delightful Laziness

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #8

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Benjamin Koppel

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Delightful Laziness is the eighth CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On this album:
- Århus Brass Band
- Scott Colley (bass)
- Mads Vinding (bass)
- Johnathan Blake (drums)
- Jesper Mechlenburg (drums)
- Alex Riel (drums)
- Dan Hemmer (Hammond organ)
- Jacob Andersen (percussion)
- Heine Hansen (piano)
- Kenny Werner (piano)
- Benjamin Koppel (sax)
- Phil Woods (sax)
- Marie Carmen Koppel (vocals)

When you download this album, you'll get all 8 tracks.

Adventures Around The Corners

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #7

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Jazz
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Benjamin Koppel

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Adventures Around The Corner is the seventh CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On this album:
- Thommy Andersson (bass)
- Scott Colley (bass)
- Jonas Westergaard (bass)
- Jonathan Blake (drums)
- Frands Rifbjerg (drums)
- Anders Koppel (Hammond organ)
- Jacob Andersen (percussion)
- Eythor Gunnarsson (piano)
- Steen Rasmussen (piano)
- Kenny Werner (piano)
- Benjamin Koppel (sax)
- Marie Carmen Koppel (vocal)

When you download this album, you'll get all 8 tracks.

What Is This Thing Called Love?

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #6

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Jazz
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Benjamin Koppel

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What Is This Thing Called Love? is the sixth CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On this album:
- Thommy Andersson (bass)
- Jesper Lundgaard (bass)
- Jonas Westergaard (bass)
- Daniel Humair (drums)
- Alex Riel (drums)
- Frands Rifbjerg (drums)
- Anders Koppel (Hammond organ)
- Eythor Gunnarsson (piano)
- Heine Hansen (piano)
- Cedric Piromalli (piano)
- Steen Rasmussen (piano)
- Kenny Werner (piano)
- Jacob Andersen (percussion)
- Benjamin Koppel (sax)
- Gueorgui Kornasov (trombone)
- Marie Carmen Koppel (vocal).

When you download this album, you'll get all 9 tracks.

Breakfast At Union Square

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #5

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Jazz
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Breakfast At Union Square is the fifth CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On this album:
- Thommy Andersson (bass)
- Peter Bastian (bassoon)
- Alex Riel (drums)
- Finn Gustafsson (guitar)
- Anders Koppel (Hammond organ)
- Jacob Andersen (percussion)
- Flemming Quist Møller (percussion)
- Eythor Gunnarsson (piano)
- Kenny Werner (piano)
- Benjamin Koppel (sax)

When you download this album, you'll get all 9 tracks.

En Vivo!

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #4

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Jazz
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Benjamin Koppel

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A Dream is the fourth album in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On this album:
- Benjamin Koppel (alto sax)
- Jonas Westergaard (bass)
- Frands Rifbjerg (drums)
- Bill Stewart (drums)
- Larry Goldings (Hammond organ)
- Jacob Andersson (percussion)
- Chano Dominguez (piano)
- Steen Rasmussen (piano)
- Lis Wesberg (trombone)

When you download this album, you'll get all 7 tracks.

Riverside Drive

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #3

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Jazz
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Benjamin Koppel

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Riverside Drive is a revised edition of the third CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On this album:
- Benjamin Koppel (alto sax)
- Charlie Mariano (alto sax)
- Phil Woods (alto sax)
- Thommy Andersson (bass)
- Scott Colley (bass)
- Palle Danielsson (bass)
- Jesper Lundgaard (bass)
- Mads Vinding (bass)
- Johnathan Blake (drums)
- Daniel Humair (drums)
- Alex Riel (drums)
- Heine Hansen (piano)
- Jacob Kartzon (piano)
- Kenny Werner (piano)
- Marie Carmen Koppel (vocal).

When you download this album, you'll get all 8 tracks.

Farewell My Heart, My House

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #2

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Jazz
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Benjamin Koppel

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Farewell My Heart,My House is a revised edition of the second CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On this album:
- Benjamin Koppel (alto sax/soprano)
- Charlie Mariano (alto sax)
- Thommy Andersson (bass)
- Jesper Lundgaard (bass)
- Miroslav Vitous (bass)
- Alex Riel (drums)
- Jacob Andersen (percussion)
- Eythor Gunnarsson (piano)
- Jacob Karlzon (piano)

When you download this album, you'll get all 8 tracks.

The Eloquence Of...

The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey #1

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Jazz
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Benjamin Koppel

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The Eloquence Of... is the first CD in the series The Benjamin Koppel Jazz Journey. This compilation album contains various styles and songs from Cowbell Music's back catalog.

On the album:
- Benjamin Koppel (alto sax)
- Charlie Mariano (alto sax)
- Bobby Watson (alto sax)
- Thommy Andersson (bass)
- Pierre Boussaguet (bass)
- Jesper Lundgaard (bass)
- Alex Riel (drums)
- Jacob Karlzon (piano)
- Kenny Werner (piano)

When you download this album, you'll get all 6 tracks.

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