Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado - "BEST OF" RUF Records

Produced by Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado, Lars Skjaerbaek, Billy Cross, Marc Tee, Peter Iversen, Soren Bojgaard, Joachim Svensmark; Executive Producer - Thomas Ruf


Horn Arrangements - Kasper Wagner and Peter W. Kehl; Thorbjorn Risager - Guitar, Vocals / Emil Balsgaard-Piano, Organ, Wurlitzer, Synthesizer / Joachim Svensmark - Guitar, Synthesizer, BG Vocal / Kasper Wagner - Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax / Hans Nybo - Tenor Sax / Peter W. Kehl - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Sousaphone / Soren Bojgaard - Bass, Moog Bass, Synthesizer / Martin Seidelin - Drums, Percussion;


For some 20 years now Thorbjorn Risager and the incredible Black Tornado have cut an award-winning, critically applauded, and loyal fan following across Europe and the United States. From the humble beginnings of Danish pub-crawling on the Copenhagen club circuit, with the original Blue 7 band, Thorbjorn has had a meteoric rise to fame, now as a bandleader of The Black Tornado.

" Best Of " is comprised of two volumes and 25 songs, which represent the best of Thorbjorn Risager's 11 studio and live albums to date, an invitation to discover the career of a fascinating, modern bluesman. " I can't believe that it's been 20 years since we started on this great journey”, says Thorbjorn whose career has taken him and his bandmates to over 20 countries, shared stages with blues luminaries like Buddy Guy, and received several well-deserved European and British Blues Awards. " We're thrilled to celebrate our anniversary with this collection of songs from the last two decades".

BluesWax has praised Thorbjorn Risager’s voice which " forces you to listen....one part Ray Charles, one part Bob Seeger, one part Joe Cocker".

Thorbjorn Risager has the ability to paint music in every color. He has fused Southern soul, roots rock, and Chicago blues with jump jazz and swing. Every recording is a uniquely original experience - from swampy, hard-driving blues-rock; horn-soaked funk; boogie woogie; rock n' roll; and even elements of psychedelia taken from the influences of J J Cale. Thorbjorn is a celebrated guitarist, acclaimed bandleader, and a renowned songwriter. From some of Europe's largest festivals to intimate blues and jazz clubs around the world Thorbjorn and The Black Tornado pull in audiences across generations. Their exciting live shows have ignited audiences and become must-see events, oftentimes sold out, fascinating testaments to an addictive, fiery, full-throttle " the next big name in blues " (BluesWax).


"Thanks to everybody who participated in bringing this album together," says Thorbjorn, " and to all our wonderful fans out there. We hope you enjoy the album, and we'll be seeing you somewhere down the line”.

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