Review Ystad Jazzfestival

Posted by 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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Reviews: Mira (2014)

Posted by on jan 23, 2014 in Record Reviews | 0 comments

ÅRETS SKIVE?    Record of the Year ? Tor Hammerø  Side 2 Det er nok i tidligste laget å utrope årets skive allerede nå, men jeg er ganske så sikker på at “Mira” blir med i tetfeltet når vi nærmer oss slutten av året. Read more All About Jazz .  John Kelman A long overdue and equally impressive follow-up—albeit for different reasons—Mira presents this trio in a different light to its 2008 debut; still, it’s no surprise that Andersen, Vinaccia and Smith prove as capable of darker intents as they do more energetic exchanges. Read More INSTRUMENTAL  Michael S. Clarck A Personal Space: MIRA by Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinaccia and Tommy Smith Mira A is a red giant in the constellation of Ceti and can be seen from Earth, often with the naked eye. It is a variable star whose luminescence fluctuates over time, and its name is derived from the Latin for “wonderful” or “astonishing”. There is much on this Mira that is wonderful, with more than a few astonishing moments. Read More Jazz Echo Die Ruhe nach dem Sturm: Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinaccia und Tommy Smith mit neuem Album “Mira” Read More  Jazzcamera  John Watson When I first heard this trio in concert some years ago I was hugely impressed. Like many reviewers, I had been familiar with the work of bassist Arild Andersen and saxophonist Tommy Smith for a very long time, though drummer Vinaccia was new to me at the time of that first concert. Read More BlogPost Tim Niland This particular group had a wonderful performance on the album Live At Belleville from 2009 where the group of Arild Andersen on bass, Tommy Smith on tenor saxophone and shakuhachi, and Paolo Vinaccia on drums where they gave an explosive performance that made my top ten for that particular year. Read More GUSTO    TheBuffaloNews.com Discs: Young the Giant, Arild Andersen, Barbara Levy Daniels and Donna Vivino Mira  [ECM] Funny thing about Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen. At age 68, his international profile has been raised to the highest point it has probably ever been. And that’s despite his near ubiquity in European jazz over the decades and frequent appearances on ECM. Read More...

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AA Quintet in Münster

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

AA Quintet in Münster

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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Church Concert Review ( Norwegian only )

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

Church Concert Review   ( Norwegian only )

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

CHURCH CONCERT DES.20 2013

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

London Jazzfestival  AA Quintet

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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The Trio in Stirling November 2013

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

The Trio in Stirling November 2013

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

Trio In Edinburgh

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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