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.
«Science» Played by Arild Andersen trio . Cosmopolite ,Oslo November 25 ,2012
This is a live recording from Oslo November 2012 . The song «Blussy» was also recorded for our new trio CD for ECM.
By Arild Andersen recorded August 18, 2012 at Oslo jazzfestival. Tommy Smith ,Markus Stockhausen,Marcin Wasilewski, Arild Andersen,Patrice Heral
Mira By Arild Andersen recorded November 2012 with Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia