Leo Mathisen

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Leo "The Lion" Mathisen (10 October 1906 in Copenhagen, Denmark – 16 December 1969 in Copenhagen, Denmark) was a Danish jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and bandleader. He was a leading figure of the thriving Danish scene during the years around World War II—a period which has been labeled the Golden Age of Danish Jazz—and he is considered to be one of most significant and original jazz musicians of his day.

Mathisen's main source of inspiration was Fats Waller, both for his piano playing and singing, but the later years of his career saw some Bebop influence. His nickname is a reference to his first name as well as MGM's mascot Leo the Lion. He is also remembered for his characteristic appearance with his flat, centrally parted hair, his thin mustache and, most notably, his fondness for large cigars.
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Albums

SLP 411 Leo Mathisen - Danish Jazz Vol. 2 - Leo Mathisen 1944-45 album art Leo Mathisen Danish Jazz Vol. 2 - Leo Mathisen 1944-45(LP, Mono) Storyville SLP 411 UK & Europe 1977 Sell This Version
LBRCD 06001 Leo Mathisen - Song of Souvenirs 1928-38 album art Leo Mathisen Song of Souvenirs 1928-38(Minimax, Album, Mono) Little Beat Records LBRCD 06001 Scandinavia 2006 Sell This Version
LBRCD06003 Leo Mathisen - Leo's Idea  1938-40 album art Leo Mathisen Leo's Idea 1938-40(CD, Album, Mono) Little Beat records, Little Beat records LBRCD06003 Denmark 2006 Sell This Version
102 5542 Leo Mathisen - 1944-1948 album art Leo Mathisen 1944-1948(CD, Album) Storyville 102 5542 Denmark 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ND-3881, 290385 Leo Mathisen - Meditation / A Wee Bit Of Swing album art Thore Ehrlings Orkester / Leo Mathisen Thore Ehrlings Orkester / Leo Mathisen - Meditation / A Wee Bit Of Swing(Shellac, 10") Odeon, Odeon ND-3881, 290385 Norway Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

MOCK 1003 Leo Mathisen - Take It Easy album art Leo "The Lion" Mathisen* Take It Easy (Comp) Odeon MOCK 1003 Denmark 1970 Sell This Version
MOCK 1003 Leo Mathisen - Take It Easy album art Leo "The Lion" Mathisen* Take It Easy(LP, Comp) Odeon MOCK 1003 Denmark 1970 Sell This Version
7489722 Leo Mathisen - How-How album art Leo Mathisen How-How (Comp) Odeon 7489722 Denmark 1988 Sell This Version
7489712 Leo Mathisen - Take It Easy. Vol 1 album art Leo Mathisen Take It Easy. Vol 1(CD, Comp) EMI 7489712 Denmark 1988 Sell This Version
8.120646 Leo Mathisen - Greatest hits, Original Recordings 1941-1944 album art Leo Mathisen Greatest hits, Original Recordings 1941-1944(CD, Comp) Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120646 2002 Sell This Version
CM 03001 Leo Mathisen - Take It Easy album art Leo Mathisen Take It Easy(CD, Comp) Casa (4) CM 03001 Denmark 2003 Sell This Version
J 7-8, MOCK 1003, MOCK 1005 Leo Mathisen - Take It Easy / How How album art Leo Mathisen Take It Easy / How How (Comp) EMI, Odeon, Odeon J 7-8, MOCK 1003, MOCK 1005 Denmark Unknown Sell This Version
LPM 30007 Leo Mathisen - Den Gyldne Swingtid album art Leo Mathisen, Kai Ewans, Peter Rasmussen, Svend Asmussen Leo Mathisen, Kai Ewans, Peter Rasmussen, Svend Asmussen - Den Gyldne Swingtid(LP, Comp) Tono LPM 30007 Denmark Unknown Sell This Version
LPB 31051 Leo Mathisen - Swingtime album art Kai Ewans / Leo Mathisen / Svend Asmussen / Peter Rasmussen Kai Ewans / Leo Mathisen / Svend Asmussen / Peter Rasmussen - Swingtime(10", Comp) Tono LPB 31051 Denmark Unknown Sell This Version
MOCK 1012, 6E 062-37043M Leo Mathisen - Leo "The Lion" album art Leo Mathisen Leo "The Lion"(LP, Comp) Odeon, EMI MOCK 1012, 6E 062-37043M Denmark Unknown Sell This Version