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 Danish Jazz Vol. 2 - Leo Mathisen 1944-48 — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen Danish Jazz Vol. 2 - Leo Mathisen 1944-48 (Comp) Storyville SLP 411 UK & Europe 1977 Sell This Version
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DDC 882012 Take It Easy — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen Take It Easy(CD, Album) Disky DDC 882012 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
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LBR CD 06001 Song of Souvenirs 1928-38 — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen Song of Souvenirs 1928-38(CD, Album) Little Beat Records LBR CD 06001 Scandinavia 2006 Sell This Version
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LBR CD 06003 Leo's Idea  1938-40 — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen Leo's Idea 1938-40(CD, Album) Little Beat Records LBR CD 06003 Denmark 2006 Sell This Version
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102 5542 1944-1948 — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen 1944-1948(CD, Album) Storyville 102 5542 Denmark 2007 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

ND-3881, 290385 Meditation / A Wee Bit Of Swing — Leo Mathisen 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
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Compilations

MOCK 1003 Take It Easy — Leo Mathisen Leo "The Lion" Mathisen* Take It Easy (Comp) Odeon MOCK 1003 Denmark 1970 Sell This Version
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7489722 How-How — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen How-How (Comp) Odeon 7489722 Denmark 1988 Sell This Version
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7489712 Take It Easy. Vol 1 — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen Take It Easy. Vol 1(CD, Comp) EMI 7489712 Denmark 1988 Sell This Version
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8.120646 Greatest Hits, Original Recordings 1941-1944 — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen Greatest Hits, Original Recordings 1941-1944(CD, Comp) Naxos Jazz Legends 8.120646 2002 Sell This Version
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CM 03001 Take It Easy — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen Take It Easy(CD, Comp) Casa (4) CM 03001 Denmark 2003 Sell This Version
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EMI 4571112 Leo Leo Mathisen Leo "The Lion"(CD, Comp) Odeon EMI 4571112 Denmark 2009 Sell This Version
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J 7-8, MOCK 1003, MOCK 1005 Take It Easy / How How — Leo Mathisen Leo Mathisen Take It Easy / How How (Comp) EMI, Odeon, Odeon J 7-8, MOCK 1003, MOCK 1005 Denmark Unknown Sell This Version
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LPM 30007 Den Gyldne Swingtid — Leo Mathisen 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
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LPB 31051 Swingtime — Leo Mathisen 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
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MOCK 1012, 6E 062-37043M Leo Leo Mathisen Leo "The Lion"(LP, Comp) Odeon, EMI MOCK 1012, 6E 062-37043M Denmark Unknown Sell This Version