From a TV show in Seoul ,South Korea October 2014
Arild Andersen trio featuring Paolo Vinaccia and Tommy Smith
Oslo Jazzfestival presents
«Mingus i Aulaen»
Arild Andersen Sextet
Mathias Eick trumpet
Petter Wettre ten sax, bassclarinet
Klaus Ellerhusen Holm altsax,bassclarinet
Bugge Wesseltoft piano
Arild Andersen bass
Gard Nilssen drums
“ the sheer depth and lustre of this trio’s sound can invite you to start purring in grateful imitation.»
GUARDIAN 2014 John Fordham
«with Mira, the possibilities possess an evolved simpatico, greater attention to space and more expansive, expressive vernacular.»
ALL ABOUT JAZZ 2014 John Kelman
«It is Andersenʼs skill as a composer of ballads that provides itʼs strongest cornerstone.»
INSTRUMENTAL 2014 Michael S.Clark
“Sounding much greater than the sum of its parts, the trio establish a degree of empathy that is quite astonishing.”
JAZZ VIEWS Nick Lea
“Record of the year already in January ?”
SIDE 2 Tor Hammeø
“Smith’s saxophone, with its rich and vibrant tone, snakes smoothly around the muscular melodic bass lines of the masterful Andersen, while Vinaccia’s drumming is always just perfect for each evolving musical moment. “
JAZZCAMERA .UK John Watson
“ They sustain the more reflective atmosphere in compelling fashion. The Norwegian bass player is a master on his instrument, and his rich sonority, harmonic ingenuity and flowing improvisations lie at the heart of the trio’s intricate three-way conversation. “
SCOTSMAN Kenny Mathieson
The new trio record «MIRA» with Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia is finally ready for release. It will be out worldwide January 17 .
I always wanted to do a studio ballad record .
After the eruptive excitement of their Live At Belleville album, which was widely praised around the world (and secured for leader Arild Andersen the Prix du Musicien Européen 2008 from the Academie du Jazz in France), the trio now delivers a studio album. In Oslo’s Rainbow, bassist Andersen, tenorist Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia rechanneled their music’s energies into a programme of soulful ballads and mid-tempo free-floating sound explorations. The pairing of Anderson’s muscular bass and Smith’s vaulting tenor is exceptionally compelling (as the recent “Celebration” album also confirmed). Most of the tunes on “Mira” are from Arild’s pen, though his cohorts also contribute material, and there is an unexpected interpretation of Burt Bacharach’s “Alfie”, beautifully played by Tommy Smith here.
Release Date: January 17th, 2014
Rewiew Opportunities to hear major international jazz artists outside of a festival context have become rather rare in Scotland, which made this week’s visits from this stellar European trio all the more welcome.
Where The Wild Things Are – The Arild Andersen Trio live at Stirling Tolbooth
The upright bass is something of a beast itself but it is safe enough in the firm grasp of Andersen’s strong grip. Nevertheless, the ECM veteran chose to open first with a tender touch, as if to placate the instrument and reassure the audience of the group’s intentions. Reperate began with a slow-bow cetaceous song played over a self-sampled loop. I once heard the naturalist Gerald Durrell describe the humpback whale as “An Underwater Cathedral”. I don’t think he was much into jazz, but I think he would have been fascinated to hear his description paraphrased by Arild Andersen.