Ariel

Ariel was a Danish jazz-rock band that released a self-titled album in early 1980. Later that same year, they released Solens Børn with an expanded, multi-national lineup. Both albums appeared on the specialty label Pick Up Records.

Members: Lei Moe (vocals), Klavs Hovman (bass), Per Goldschmidt (vocals, tenor saxophone), Anders Müller (keyboards), Atilla Engin (percussion), Lars Beijbom (drums), Nicolai Gromin (guitar)


Ariel coalesced in 1979 around three Copenhagen jazz musicians: bassist Klavs Hovman (b. Oct. 27, 1957), keyboardist Anders Müller (b. Feb. 2, 1955), and saxophonist Per Goldschmidt (March 11, 1943 — Sept. 17, 2013). Hovman cut an album that year with Swedish Latin/jazz-rockers Mamba. Goldschmidt had fronted his own quartet on the 1976 Hookfarm release Saxophoria. Hawaiian vocalist Lei Aloha Moe rounded out the band, having sung with various folk and funk artists on the Scandinavian scene (Sebastian, Clausen Og Petersen, Skunk Funk).

Ariel recorded their self-titled debut album in February 1980 at Easy Sound Studio in Copenhagen. It features eight songs, including “The Girl with Three Faces,” “From Dusk Towards Dawn,” “Black Wing,” and “Circles In the Air.” Half the tracks are credited to Müller; Goldschmidt and Hovman each wrote two. Moe sings on two cuts; Goldschmidt on one. Percussion work is handled by Brazilian Luiz Carlos “Chuim” De Siqueira, whose prior credits include albums by Amado Maita and Johnny Dyani.

That fall, the band entered Hookfarm Studio to lay tracks for Solens Børn. It features nine songs, half of them co-written between Goldschmidt and non-performing lyricist Martin Riel. Ariel are augmented here by Turkish percussionist Atilla Engin (Matao), Swedish drummer Lars Beijbom (Janne Schaffer, Roger Bellon, Urban Hansson), and Russian guitarist Nicolai Gromin.

Both albums were co-produced between the band and engineer Dave Rideau and released on the short-lived Pick Up Records label (Gary Boyle, Burnin Red Ivanhoe, Kornet, Jukka Tolonen Band).

The Danish core of Ariel each played with assorted jazz combos during the ensuing decades. Lei Moe released two pop solo albums on Danish EMI between 1984 and 1986.


Discography:

  • Ariel (1980)
  • Solens Børn (1980)

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