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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Arild Andersen Quintet Oslo Jazz Festival

Posted on aug 29, 2012 in Blogsidebar, Concert reviews, News | 0 comments

      GREAT EVENING WITH A GREAT BAND Arild Andersen’s International Quintet debut was with his current crew at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival last summer, when the Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski replaced Danish Carsten Dahl in about the time it takes to pack a bag and get from Warsaw to Kongsberg in the quickest manner. Now he is in the band, along with Andersen’s three partners for many years, the Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith, the German trumpeter Markus Stockhausen and the French drummer Patrice Héral.Saturday night the band ended the Oslo Jazz Festival in front of a packed national jazz scene, Victoria. High-level It was a quality conclusion in the style of Tony Bennett, the festival’s opening act: high-level music-making that in spite of the unimpeachable authority seems effortless, playful and at times lit up by the initial glee and pure joy of playing. Without comparison, in general, Tony Bennett and Arild Andersen carry several common qualities, most strikingly the ability to maintain the inherent melodic qualities of their instruments for a life-long process that will never get in the way of the music.In that sense, Andersen – proudly presented his brand new bass with an awesome lion head – among his like-minded musicians Saturday evening. Lush Neither Wasilewski is a man of large, shade-throwing gestures as he takes the music out of the soft tone their density, and Stockhausen, with and without electronics and mute, played vigorously and less academic than I can remember having heard him. His soli was a great listening pleasure, and the same can be said of Smith’s expressive explosiveness, controlled with tastefulness and sense of dynamic whole. When Héral confirmed that he is an immensely charming virtuoso of a drummer / percussionist / abrupt humorist, it would only be a great concert of it, with, inter alia, «Lucia,» «Saturday» and «The Fox» as old friends, plus compositions (presumably Andersen?) who, at least to my ears were new. Among them were «Rosetti», named after a place in the old town of Nice and began solo by Andersen with one of the minuet from Bach’s first cello suite. As appropriate to a band that embraces so much of Europe and European music in its essentially American-founded expression. Terje Mosnes...

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Arild Andersen Quintet

Posted on aug 22, 2011 in No category | 0 comments

  The quintet started out as an idea to connect the musicians I have been working with the last 10 years . It comes from three trios.   Carsten Dahl, Patrice Heral, Arild Andersen Markus Stockhausen,Patrice Heral, Arild Andersen Arild Andersen,Tommy Smith, Paolo Vinaccia   Patrice has also subbed for Paolo  in my trio several times. This is all some of my favorite musicians  and from this I wanted to form a New  Quintet Marcin Wasilewski , who I worked with this winter came in on piano. I did not work with a Jazz Quintet  like this since my band “ Masqualero” 1982-92 The quintet started with a concert at Kongsberg Jazzfestival 2011     The quintet is now   Arild Andersen               Norway, Bass Patrice Heral                 France, Drums Marcin Wasilewski        Poland, piano Tommy Smith                Scotland,saxophone Markus Stockhausen    Germany, trumpet     These are all very busy musicians so there will be some alterations now and then. The music we play is my compositions  picked from recordings like » Electra» , «Hyperborean» , » Sagn » , » Aero»,  » The Triangle»  and new material will be added as we go.                          ...

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