Molde jazzfestival 2017. Pat Metheny Trio

Posted on sep 4, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Pat Metheny , Gard Nilssen ,Arild Andersen  ...

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Concerts Fall 2017

Posted on jul 8, 2017 in Concerts, Concerts, News | 0 comments

Upcoming Concerts July 19          Molde Jazz Festival.  Norway                  Pat Metheny , Arild Andersen, Gard Nilssen August  27.   Dracula Festival, Bran Romania.     Danielle de Bonaventura, Arild Andersen ,Paolo Vinaccia Sept 1        Hadeland Jazzclub , Brandbu ,Norway        Arild Andersen sextet Sept  2       Hr.Nilsen  Jazzclub. Oslo ,Norway.                Arild Andersen sextet Sept  4.       Hemnesberget, Norway                                Arild Andersen sextet Sept 5.       Ad Lib Jazzclub.  Bodø ,Norway                    Arild Andersen sextet Sept  6.      Arktisk Kultursenter. , Hammerfest, Norway  Arild Andersen sextet Sept  7.      Tromsø Jazzclub, Tromsø Norway                  Arild Andersen sextet Sept 9        Gjøvik Jazzforum    Gjøvik, Norway                Arild Andersen sextet Sept  18.    Haugesund   , Norway                                    Solo Sept   23.  Cafe Oto , London, England                           Solo Sept  27.   Porto , Portugal                                                 Solo Oct.   12     Saarbrucken ,Germany        Arild Andersen trio w Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia Oct.  13.     Bayreuth.        Germany.      Arild Andersen trio w Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia Oct   14.     Braunschweig  Germany.     Arild Andersen trio w Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia Oct  19     Blue Note   Sandefjord, Norway      Arild Andersen trio w/ Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia Oct  21    Dølajazz.   Lillehammer ,Norway.  Arild Andersen trio w/ Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia Oct.   26     Blue Lamp, Aberdeen ,Scotland.  Kirsten Bråten Berg , Gard Nilssen,Helge Lien Nov 15.      Cosmopolite. ,Oslo , Norway Arild Andersen Quartet  w/  Makoto Ozone,Tommy Smith,Paolo...

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Molde Jazzfestival 2017

Posted on jun 23, 2017 in Blogsidebar, News | 2 comments

 Pat Metheny /Arild Andersen/Gard Nilssen At Molde Jazzfestival 19/7- 2017  ...

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Arild Andersen /Tommy Smith/Paolo Vinaccia

Posted on feb 7, 2017 in Concerts, News | 0 comments

Coming to the legendary Montmartre club in Copenhagen   February 16-17-18  ...

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The Rose Window

Posted on des 22, 2016 in Discography, Leader | 0 comments

Arild Andersen Bass  . Helge Lien Piano  . Gard Nilsen drums Recorded Live April15 , 2016 at Theater Gütersloh,Germany . Part of a series called European Legends Rose Window Science The Day Outhouse Hyperborean Dreamhorse Interview with Arild...

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Japan tour January 2017

Posted on des 22, 2016 in Blogsidebar, Concerts | 0 comments

  Date Time                     Place Country            Venue Group Jan 12 Kanazava Japan Mokkiriya Arild Andersen trio  w/ Helge Lien,Thomas Stroenen Jan 13 Takasaki City Core Hall Japan        Takasaki Arild Andersen trio  w/ Helge Lien,Thomas Stroenen Jan 14 Atami Kiunkaku  Japan Atami Arild Andersen trio  w/ Helge Lien,Thomas Stroenen Jan 17 Shinjuku Pit inn Japan Shinjuku Arild Andersen trio w/ Helge Lien,Thomas Stroenen Jan 18 Jazz spot Inage Candy Japan         Tokyo Arild Andersen trio/w Helge Lien,Thomas Stroenen Jan 20 Sapporo Kuu Japan          Sapporo Arild Andersen trio  w/ Helge Lien,Thomas...

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2016 Some Memories

Posted on des 21, 2016 in News | 0 comments

The Year started with a tour of Latin America with my trio featuring Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia. We played the Panama Jazz Festival , and went to Guatemala for some concerts. In April I did a live recording with Helge Lien on piano and Gard Nilsen on drums for a series called European Jazz Legends . Here is a video from the mastering I was very flattered to be asked to be part of this. The record is called «The Rose Window» . Recorded for Intuition, Germany. The trio with Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia did a tour of UK in May and US/Canada tour en of June. At Rochester Jazzfestival I met an old friend, John Abercrombie…. July 2 we played at Le Poisson Rouge . This is the basement of the old Village Gate in Bleecker Street NYC Here is a link to the video of the trio concert at Le Poisson Rouge . Review in New York City Jazz Record from the concert; «Lets hope Donald Trump doesen´t start fixating on building a wall to keep out Norwegian Bass players». We played some festivals in the summer and Garana in Romania was as quartet with Helge Lien on Piano. New York Jazz Records By Tom Conrad: The greatest set of the festival came at the right time: last. In bassist Arild Andersen’s quartet (Tommy Smith, tenor saxophone; Helge Lien, piano; Paolo Vinaccia, drums), everyone fills a role, profoundly. I also did some concert as soloist with the Norwegian big band Denada . Some concerts in Scotland with SNJO playing the music of Mingus. A recording with English guitarplayer John Bailey  and ended the concert season with two shows with Marcin Wasilewski ,piano and Al Foster on drums.                               Happy New Year              ...

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Concerts Summer 2016

Posted on mai 27, 2016 in No category | 0 comments

  Date Time Place Land Venue Group June 4 2100  Luneburg Germany  Kulturforum Arild Andersen trio w/ Tommy Smith ,Paolo Vinaccia June 26  1930+2130  Rochester Jazzfestival USA  Nordic Jazz Now Seies Arild Andersen trio w/ Tommy Smith ,Paolo Vinaccia  June 27  1900  Ottawa Jazzfestival  Canada  National Arts Center Arild Andersen trio w/ Tommy Smith ,Paolo Vinaccia  June 29  20+2130 Edmonton Jazzfestival  Canada  Yardbird Suite Arild Andersen trio w/ Tommy Smith ,Paolo Vinaccia  June 30  tba  Vancouver Jazzfertival  Canada  Ironworks Arild Andersen trio w/ Tommy Smith ,Paolo Vinaccia July 2  2030  New York  USA  Le Poisson Rouge Arild Andersen trio w/ Tommy Smith ,Paolo Vinaccia  July 7  2230  Kongsberg Jazzfetival  Norway  Musikkteater Arild Andersen with Denada  July 11  tba Garania Jazzfestival Romania Garania Arild Andersen Quartet w/ Tommy Smith ,Helge Lien Paolo Vinaccia  July 17  2030  Baden Wurttemberg  Germany Wein Und Kulturtage Botwartal  Arild Andersen trio w/ Tommy Smith ,Paolo Vinaccia            ...

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Scotland/ England Trio Tour May 2016

Posted on mar 14, 2016 in News | 0 comments

In addition to these dates there is a concert  at Ronnie Scotts Club in London Saturday May 21 where Helge Lien will join us on piano. Arild Andersen Trio...

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European Jazz Legends

Posted on feb 14, 2016 in News | 0 comments

April 15, 2016 I will play a concert at Güterslo Theater, Germany   . This is a series of concerts they call European Jazz Legends and consists of 15 European musicians each doing a concert over a periode of 3 years.. I am very pleased to be asked to do this in a series that also include Miroslav Vitous and Henry Texier of european bassplayers. I will perform this evening with Helge Lien on piano and Gard Nilssen on drums . Infos at this...

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Arild Andersen trio with Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia

Posted on nov 21, 2014 in Blogsidebar, News, No category | 0 comments

An update for the Arild AndersenTrio.  

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TV show in South Korea

Posted on nov 21, 2014 in News, Video | 0 comments

From a TV show in Seoul ,South Korea October 2014  Arild Andersen trio featuring Paolo Vinaccia and Tommy Smith

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Arild Andersen Sextet plays Mingus . Oslo Jazzfestival 2014

Posted on sep 10, 2014 in News, Video | 0 comments

 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                ...

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Interview Jazz Podium ,Germany May 2014

Posted on jun 21, 2014 in Interviews | 0 comments

Interview With German Magazine Jazz Podium May 2014 Der norwegische Bassist Arild Andersen isr ein Meister des vollendeten Tons. Mit größter technischer Perfektion und akkurater lntonation fließen die Töne mit sonorer Kraft und makello- ser Eleganz scheinbar mühelos aus dem Griffbrett seines Kontrabasses. Dabei wirkt sein Spiel niemals angestrengt, sondern eher spielerisch leicht, selbst in musikalischen Situationen und Umgebungen, wo Musiker mit weniger Erfahrung eher mit zupacken  der Kraft in die Saiten greifen würden. Der sympathische Bassist ist eine der gestaltenden Säulen der europäischen Jazzlandschaft. Von 1967 bis .1973 spielte er im stilbildenden Jan Garbarek Quartett und ist auf den legendären Alben ,,Afric Pepperbird» und ,,Sart» zu hören, die den Grundstein für die bis heute andauernde weltumspannende Karriere des Saxophonisten bilden. Er spielte mit nahezu allen Größen der improvisierten Musik, mit Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Paul Bley, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Sam Rivers, Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, Phil Woods und vielen anderen mehr. Seit 1975 veröffentlicht Andersen seine Musik bei Manfred Eichers Label ECM in München. Eine Zusammenarbeit, die im nächsten Jahr seit vierzig Jahren Bestand hat und die auch das neue Trio-Album ,,Mira» mit dem Saxophonisten Tommy Smith und Schlagzeuger Paolo Vinaccia mit einschließt. The whole interview is here Arild Andersen Jazz Podium 05...

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Interview for Jazzthetik

Posted on mar 3, 2014 in Interviews | 6 comments

Interview for Jazzthetik, Gemany Full interview  ...

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Shri Sriram and Arild Andersen

Posted on mar 3, 2014 in Video | 0 comments

Two basses Meeting for the first Time. January 2014. Live at Victoria Jazzclub ,Oslo . Buggge Wesseltofts  birthday celebration. Shri Sriram and Arild Andersen

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Review Ystad Jazzfestival

Posted on feb 21, 2014 in Blogsidebar, Concert reviews | 0 comments

Arild Andersen trio is arguably one of the best European team right now. ORKESTERJOURNALEN SVERIGE Ystad Jazz Festival august 2012 Arild Andersenʼs group is arguably one of the best European teams right now. Finally, we listen to his singing, warm double bass along with a Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and Italian drummer Paolo Vinaccia.Ilama, ilama by Tommy Smith, free after a folk song from Yemen, starts and just give the concert wanting more when Arild played «Rossetti». Arild Andersen lets each note subside completely finished with his calm and charisma. Tommy Smithʼs powerful and exciting tenor saxophone has a minimalist expression, and can sound hysterical, messy and then well fit into Arilds ton coils. The Dream Horse get Smith the opportunity to show just the opposite. Lyrical and dreamy he initiates with his flute, which he should pick up more than once.No jazz festival without Alfie, and here it is in Andersenʼs fine vintage, giving the concert change of pace and dynamics. Paolo Vinaccias drumming synchronized well with the other members of the group sound. Everything fits like a glove – the trio has toured for years with these pieces of music. This is very evocative music that renews jazz and creates curiosity. Lasse...

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Press Reaction. The new cd «MIRA» ecm 2307

Posted on feb 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

“ 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 Full...

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AA Quintet in Münster

Posted on jan 7, 2014 in Blog, Blogsidebar, Concert reviews | 0 comments

We had a great evening at Theater Münster last Sunday (06/01/14) with the Quintet. Fantastic venue and audience. Münsersche Zeitung Erster unter Gleichen Mit dem Auftritt des norwegischen Bassisten Arild Andersen und seiner Band öffnet sich das Klangspektrum auf Superbreitwandformat. Andersen eröffnet das Set mit lang gezogenen, kräftigen Basslinien, die imaginäre weiträumige Fjord- und Tundra-Landschaften zu beschallen scheinen. Selbst als seine Mitspieler einsteigen, gibt Andersen kein Dezibel nach. Trompete (Tore Johansen, Norwegen), Saxofon (Tommy Smith, Schottland) und Piano (Marcin Wasilewski, Polen) müssen sich gefallen lassen, dass der Kontrabass hier Primus inter Pares ist und nicht mehr nur Bestandteil der Rhythmussektion mit Patrice Héral (Frankreich) am Schlagzeug. Emanzipiert und modern Nur wenige Bassisten haben sich in Jazzbands so deutlich emanzipiert wie Altmeister Andersen. Und nur wenige wie er sind so emanzipiert, dass sie sich technischen und musikalischen Extravaganzen gegenüber dermaßen aufgeschlossen zeigen: angefangen von Loops bis hin zum Sprechgesang und Beatboxing seines Schlagzeugers. Der absolute Höhepunkt bei den Vereinten Nationen. Westfählische Nachrichten 06.01.14: Mehr Elektronik, noch viel mehr Wumms: Die alte Schule zelebriert das Quintett des norwegischen Bassisten Arild Andersen. Die beeindruckend lang zusammenspielende Combo taucht tief ein in den elektrischen Jazz der 1970er Jahre, holt allerdings keine verstaubten Oldies aus der Kiste, sondern zelebriert ihre sehr erfrischende, ansteckende und kraftvolle Musik. Andersen bleibt mit einer durchdringenden Bass-Kulisse unüberhörbar Chef im Ring, verarbeitet seine Loops zu zauberhaften Soli. Seinen Kollegen lässt er ebenso viel Raum zum Brillieren. Pianist Martin Wasilewski passt überraschend gut in das Konzept, droht aber stellenweise unterzugehen. Mit prägnanten Bop-Elementen unterstreichen Tommy Smith (Saxofon) und Tore Johansen (Trompete) die treibende Dynamik der Kompositionen. Da ist die indische Vokalakrobatik von Drummer Patrice Héral nur der i-Punkt für ein grandioses Finale von Jazz In­between....

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MIRA

Posted on jan 3, 2014 in Discography, Leader | 0 comments

    Arild Andersen Paolo Vinaccia Tommy Smith MiraArild Andersen double bass, electronics Paolo Vinaccia drums Tommy Smith tenor saxophone, shakuhachi Bygone Blussy Alfie Rossetti Reparate Raijin Le Saleya Kangiten Mira Eight and More Stevtone Recorded December 2012 ECM 2307 Background 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. ECMPlayer Release Date: January 17th,...

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Happy New Year 2014

Posted on jan 3, 2014 in News | 0 comments

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 . Arild Andersen Paolo Vinaccia Tommy Smith    Mira Arild Andersen double bass, electronics Paolo Vinaccia drums Tommy Smith tenor saxophone, shakuhachi Bygone Blussy Alfie Rossetti Reparate Raijin Le Saleya Kangiten Mira Eight and More Stevtone Recorded December 2012 ECM 2307 Background 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. ECMPlayer      ORDER CD Release Date: January 17th, 2014...

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Church Concert Review ( Norwegian only )

Posted on jan 2, 2014 in Concert reviews | 0 comments

  Det var ikke bare en konsert. Det var et streif av stor høytid Det var høytidsstemning i domkirka i går – selv om det bare ble spilt en eneste julesang. Hvis det var julebord og løs snipp Bodø Rhythm Group arrangerte på Sinus sist onsdag, så bød de på andakt og klump i halsen da de inviterte inn i Bodø domkirke seint fredag kveld sammen med Bodø Domkor og Arild Andersen. Det er selvfølgelig lett å tenke på livet og de store mysterier når taket er skyhøyt og man sitter på en hard trebenk under krusifiks og store glassmalerier, men på fredag var det først og fremst menneskene som skapte bevegelser i sjelslivet. Og det begynte med en gang vi kom inn i kirkerommet. Det er ikke så ofte vi er så mange sammen. Det er i hvert fall ikke ofte vi er så mange og så stille sammen. Og det er like før jul, og det er alltid travelt og alltid for mye og aldri stopp. Men her satt vi; et halvt tusen mennesker i samme rom, for å lytte til en av adventstidens store begivenheter i Bodø: Nattjazzen. Hvert år knytter nemlig Bodø Domkor til seg en av landets mer markerte jazzmusikere for å lage en stor konsert, og i år var det Arild Andersen. Det er litt gåsehud bare det. Og enda mer gåsehud ble det når hele det svartkledde koret entret podiet, og Bodø Rhythm Group kom inn, og der var jammen han også; Arild Andersen. En av landets mest besnærende bassister. En mann som evner å lage direktelinje mellom instrumentet sitt og publikum. Det går egentlig ikke an å beskrive musikk som virker. Alle ord blir tafatte forsøk på å bruke språket til noe språket ikke råder over. Tonene fra kontrabassen til Andersen sniker seg forbi senter for verbal formulering, og treffer rett i kroppen. Og når han blander de tonene med Tore Johansens trompet, Finn Slettens tryllerier på trommesettet og stor korsang, ja så blir det små avtrykk på sanseapparatet. Musikken virker inn på hjertefrekvensen og smilet, endorfinproduksjonen og noen plutselige tårer i øyekroken. Det er egentlig sånn man kan måle om kunst er bra eller ikke. Du merker det i kroppen. Det ble mange sånne merker fredag kveld. Andersens komposisjon ”Electra Suite” er en del av et fantastisk verk, spesiallaget for Olympiaden i Athen i 2004. Vi fikk smake dette utdraget, og satt igjen med en intens trang til å høre resten. Men det var ikke alt som skapte like store utslag på kroppens barometer. Lars Saabye Christensens tekster ble noe kantete i munnen på koret. Poesien forsvant i den nesten liturgiske rammen de ble puttet inn i, og koret klarte heller ikke å forløse de klimaksene som musikken her bygget opp til. Sånn sett var det nettopp det non-verbale eller det fremmedspråklige som fungerte best. Det som sniker seg forbi hodets trang til å tolke. Electra Suite framføres på gammelgresk. Det er det ikke mange som kan avkode. Og kveldens avslutning: ”Det kimer nå til julefest” var en ordløs beretning for kor og kontrabass. En beretning som ga begrepet julestemning et nytt innhold. Jeg skulle gjerne hørt den en gang til.   Anki Gerhardsen Bodø 20 desember...

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CHURCH CONCERT DES.20 2013

Posted on jan 2, 2014 in Concert reviews | 0 comments

This was the last concert 2013.  Night Jazz Concert at Bodø Domkirke with Bodø Domkor  and Bodø Rythm Group. See Review (...

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London Jazzfestival AA Quintet

Posted on des 15, 2013 in Blog, Blogsidebar, Concert reviews | 0 comments

The Quintet played at Queen Elisabeth Hall on Saturday November 16. Tommy Smith , Sax. Matthiew Michel ,Trumpet. Marcin Wasilewski, Piano . Patrice Heral ,drums and Arild Andersen ,bass Here are some reviews from the concert. The Arts Desk had this concert as the only one rated 5* from the whole festival THE ARTS DESK London Jazzfestival 2013          READ MORE Matthew Wright ARILD ANDERSEN QUINTET                       ARILD ANDESEN QUINTET . LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL     READ MORE          Arild Andersen Quintet: pan-European jazz stars | That’s How The Light Gets In In the previous post I wrote of going along to the Southbank Centre to hear Arild Andersen’s star-studded Quintet perform at one of the opening events of this year’s London Jazz Festival and being blown away by the opening act –  Reisjeger/Fraanje/Sylla.  At the interval we turned to each other and said, ‘Arild Andersen’s going to have to be damn good to top that’. Well he was – the genial Andersen led his relatively new, pan-European quintet through a superb set of his own compositions  from ECM albums like Electra, Hyperborean and Sagn, plus some new material from the Quintet’s forthcoming first album (copies of which were exclusively on sale in the foyer).    READ...

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Christmas Recording with Jojje Wadenius and Jan Lundgren

Posted on des 13, 2013 in Video | 0 comments

From the cd  «Jul på Norska»

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Arild Andersen Trio at Queens Hall , Edinburgh

Posted on des 8, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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.

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The Trio in Stirling November 2013

Posted on des 6, 2013 in Concert reviews, News | 0 comments

Where The Wild Things Are – The Arild Andersen Trio live at Stirling Tolbooth AA Trio Stirling Nov 2013 .Read More   Jazz can be an intimidating environment for the uninitiated. Strange unfamiliar shapes tend to leap out at you from unexpected places, pull your hair and then disappear from whence they came. Certainly, they are mysterious and powerful, but they mean you no harm. The Arild Andersen Trio featuring Paolo Vinaccia (drums) and Tommy Smith (saxophone and Japanese flute) seemed mild-mannered enough, but it soon transpired that they have a touch of the wildness about them too. 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.    ...

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Trio In Edinburgh

Posted on nov 29, 2013 in Concert reviews | 1 comment

Jazz review: Andersen, Smith, Vinaccia, Edinburgh   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.   Andersen, Smith, Vinaccia – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh * * * * Norwegian bass maestro Arild Andersen, our own Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia, an Italian drummer long resident in Norway, have been playing together in this setting for years now, seeded by a collaboration between Andersen and Smith at the Islay Jazz Festival in 2005, and have continued to refine their beguiling interplay from an already rarified starting point. Their current concerts were intended to support the release of their second recording from ECM, originally due in October but now delayed until January. Material from the record made up a large part of the set-list, including the gorgeous title track, Miro, which Andersen prefaced with a solo introduction based on Paul Simon’s Jonah. He draws a gloriously rich sonority from his double bass, and his flowing improvisations are equally rich in invention. Smith matched the leader in both sonority and ideas, while Vinaccia’s constantly probing drumming completed what is very much a three-way musical discussion. Andersen joked that the new album is mostly ballads and might be a suitable Christmas gift for our aunts (they had advance copies for sale), but in fact most of the music they played was distinctly meaty and forceful, with strong melodies propelled on a wave of propulsive rhythmic energy. Kenny Mathieson...

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Arild Andersen / Tommy Smith / Paolo Vinaccia.

Posted on okt 7, 2013 in News, Video | 0 comments

«Science»  Played by Arild Andersen trio . Cosmopolite ,Oslo November 25 ,2012

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Arild Andersen / Tommy Smith / Paolo Vinaccia.

Posted on aug 31, 2013 in News, Video | 0 comments

This is a live recording from Oslo November 2012 . The song «Blussy» was also recorded for our new trio CD for ECM.

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