AA Quintet in Münster

Posted by 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.


London Jazzfestival AA Quintet

Posted by 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


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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 ElectraHyperborean and Sagn, plus some new material from the Quintet’s forthcoming first album (copies of which were exclusively on sale in the foyer).    READ MORE

» JazzViews» Celebration

Posted by on nov 2, 2012 in Blog, Blogsidebar, Record Reviews | 1 comment





ECM 2259/279 0947
Martin Kershaw (cl, ss, as); Paul Towndrow (as); Tommy Smith (fl, ts); Konrad Wiszniewski (ts); Bill Fleming (bcl, bs); Ryan Quigley, Cameron Jay, Richard Iles, Tom MacNiven (t, fl-h); Chris Grieve, Phil O’Malley, Michael Owers (tb); Lorna MacDonald (b-tb); Steve Hamilton (p); Calum, Gourlay (b); Alyn Cosker (d)
Recorded October 2010
What better way to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of ECM Records than with an album of compositions that are indelibly linked to the label and the artists who record for it; and who better to perform it than one of the label’s longest serving musicians, Arild Anderson as the soloist with arguably Europe’s leading big band.
Anderson needs no introduction. One of Scandinavia’s finest bass players, who has worked in numerous aggregations as leader and sideman for ECM, and a soloist who is more than up for the challenges that this project was to throw at him.
The selection of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, however, would not have been a foregone conclusion but even the most casual listen to the music endorses whole heartedly that the right decision was made. The last few years has seen the SNJO develop into a world class orchestra, able to handle material from the classic big band era and composers to contemporary commissions and works from the leading musicians around the globe.
The compositions on this live recording features newly commissioned arrangements from six arrangers  from the UK, Europe and America that cast new light on such familiar material as Chick Corea’s ‘Crystal Silence’, and ‘My Song’ by fellow pianist Keith Jarrett (arranged by Makota Ozone and Geoffrey Keezer respectively); but it as a complete entity that this project is realised so successfully.
With superlative arrangements, a master soloist in bassist Andersen, and an ensemble as flexible as the SNJO the album is captivating from start to finish, and in an era of overlong CDs one has to lament the fact that this is not a double album. In an hour long programme it is impossible to single out individual tracks as the main event of the night. From the opening ‘May Dance’ (featuring the orchestra’s director, Tommy Smith’s tenor solo), Mike Gibb’s arrangements of Anderson’s composition ‘Independency, Part 4’ to the beautifully structured and dynamic ‘Ulrikas Dans’ by Trygve Seim (incidental y the only composer who has a hand in re-arranging his own composition for the orchestra) Arild Andersen and the SNJO provide a truly fitting celebration for the music of ECM.

Ystad Jazzfestival Orkesterjournalen Sweedwn

Posted by on aug 29, 2012 in Blog, Concert reviews | 0 comments

Ystad Jazz Festival august 2012

Arild Andersen’s 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 Smith’s 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 Andersen’s 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 Seger


Posted by on apr 2, 2012 in Blog, Blogsidebar, Concert reviews | 0 comments

The trio   Carsten Dahl,Arild Andersen,Jon Christensen opened the festival on Friday March 30  .
The audience really loved it and here is a 6 star review ….only in Norwegian, sorry.





Trio-topp på Vossa Jazz

VOSSA JAZZ Artist: Carsten Dahl/Arild Andersen/Jon Christensen

Hvor: Vossasalen, Park Hotel, Voss Tilskuere: 630  FOTO: TERJE MOSNES KONSERT:

VOSS (Dagbladet): Innledningsvis holdt festivalsjef Trude Storheim en kort, verdig minnetale om sambygdingen Ivar Kvåle, mannen bak neverlurhymnen som alltid åpner festivalen. Deretter framførte forfatter-for-anledningen-festivalåpner Ragnar Hovland, også kjent som «Dr. Jazz», en sedvanlig underfundig og morsom-absurd tekst om hvordan gud, med mild motstand fra St. Peter og fortumlet assistanse fra Buddy Bolden, skapte både jazzen og Vossa Jazz. Endelig sørget trioen Carsten Dahl (piano), Arild Andersen (kontrabass) og Jon Christensen (trommer) for en herlig musikalsk start på festivalen med en konsert som rommet det meste innenfor en raus forståelse av begrepet «moderne jazz». RAMMEN(E) for konserten var hentet fra trioens ferske album «Space is the Place» (terningkast 6 her i avisa denne uka), og de tre musikerne fylte dem ikke mindre vitalt, lekent og dynamisk på scenen enn i studio. Annerledes, ja vel, med flere partier av fri improvisasjon og noen færre rene melodiske forløp — denne gang oftere med Andersens store basstone som melodiforteller – men uansett hvor nært eller fjernt fra akkordskjemaene denne trioen måtte befinne seg, kommer det interessant og forfriskende musikk ut av det. DET gjelder hva enn Dahl måtte plassere oppå flygelstrengene i sin personlige preparering av lyden, hvordan enn Christensen måtte trekke klanger og rytmiske markører ut av trommesettet og hvordan enn Andersen måtte prege helheten med alt fra pastorvennlig mildhet til tonemitraljøsekaskader. Tenk deg tre tannhjul der alt — størrelse, antall tenner, fasong og tempo – synes å være ulikt, men som likevel på besynderlig vis passer perfekt sammen og inngår i et knirkefritt samarbeid: Sånn fortoner trioen Dahl/Andersen/Christensen seg i disse dager.

Recording in Los Angeles

Posted by on mar 23, 2012 in Blog, Blogsidebar, News | 0 comments

I just got back from Los Angeles where I recorded with Yelena Eckemoff and Peter Erskine at the fabulous  The Bridge Studios with engineer Rich Breen.

The Trio : 6 star Review from Tønsberg ( Norwegian Only)

Posted by on feb 14, 2012 in Blog, Blogsidebar, Concert reviews | 0 comments

A unik concert . A rare musical experience. 6/6  Stars

Sam Rivers

Posted by on jan 28, 2012 in Blog, Blogsidebar | 0 comments

Here is a Japanese site where some musician tell their story and admiration for Sam Rivers.
I played with him at Rivbea studio in New York a lot and my story is included here.
The photo is fro Molde International Jazzfestival 1973


Japan site

Posted by on jan 20, 2012 in Blog, Blogsidebar | 0 comments

For my friends in Japan
Here is a site that might be interesting. I do not know what it says , but since I have been a good boy last year it can´t be too bad.

Japan Site  DrillSpin

New Year 2012

Posted by on jan 20, 2012 in Blog, Blogsidebar, News | 1 comment

The new year started with the  good news that the CD  Rheomusi  with Fabiano Araujo trio  was voted among the 10 best records of Brazil 2011.






I will be doing some concerts with my new Quintet this year, and I am writing some new material for the Quintet.

The trio with Paolo Vinaccia and Tommy Smith will be busy this year as well,

I am looking forward to a creative year  .