Arild Andersen

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Arild Andersen
Andersen performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival at Rotterdam in 2007
Andersen performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival at Rotterdam in 2007
Background information
Born (1945-10-27) 27 October 1945 (age 78)
Strømmen, Akershus, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Upright bass, bass guitar
Years active1960s–present

Arild Andersen (born 27 October 1945) is a Norwegian jazz musician bassist, known as the most famous Norwegian bass player in the international jazz scene.[1][2]


Andersen was born at Strømmen, Norway. He started his musical career as jazz guitarist in the Riverside Swing Group in Lillestrøm (1961–63), started playing double bass in 1964, and soon became part of the core jazz bands in Oslo. He was a member of Roy Hellvin Trio, was in the backing band at Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 1967 and 1968, was elected Best Bassist by Jazznytt in 1967, and started as bass player in the Jan Garbarek Quartet (1967–1973), including Terje Rypdal and Jon Christensen.[3] After completing his technical education in 1968, he became a professional musician and collaborated with Karin Krog, George Russell, and Don Cherry (Berlin 1968), and with visiting American musicians Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Bill Frisell, Hampton Hawes, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Rollins, Sheila Jordan, and Chick Corea.[3] During the same period he worked with Ferenc Snétberger and Tomasz Stańko.[1]

In the early 1970s, Andersen collaborated with Norwegian musicians Magni Wentzel, Jon Eberson, Ketil Bjørnstad, and Terje Rypdal, before leaving for an eventful visit to the U.S. in the winter of 1973–1974, and has since 1974 led his own bands, at first a quartet (1974–79).[3] He worked with the Radka Toneff Quintet (1975–81) and has recorded more than a dozen albums as band leader for ECM Records, founded the critically acclaimed band Masqualero, and appeared as side man on a series of recordings.[3] In January 2009, he was named "Musicien Europeen 2008" by the French Academie du Jazz,[4] In 2010, Andersen received the Ella Award at the Oslo Jazzfestival.[1]

In 2022, he recorded a trio album with the American drummer Bob Moses and Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon entitled Pure and Simple.


In a review, All About Jazz critic John Kelman said, "Live at Belleville is Andersen's most exciting release to date. Even more, balanced with its lyrical and, at times, near-orchestral tendencies, it's the best disc of Andersen's long and varied career."[5]



As leader/co-leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Don Cherry
With Terje Rypdal
With Bobo Stenson
With Jan Garbarek
With Roswell Rudd
With George Russell
With Pål Thowsen, Jon Christensen & Terje Rypdal
  • 1977: No Time for Time (Zarepta)
With Sheila Jordan
With David Darling
With Bill Frisell
Within Masqualero
  • 1983: Masqualero (Odin)
  • 1986: Bande a Part (ECM)
  • 1988: Aero (ECM)
  • 1991: Re-Enter (ECM)
With Vassilis Tsabropoulos
With Markus Stockhausen
  • 2000: Kartā (ECM)
  • 2002: Joyosa (Enja)
  • 2008: Electric Treasures (Aktivraum)
With Carsten Dahl
With Ferenc Snétberger & Paolo Vinaccia
  • 2004: Nomad (Enja)
With Andy Sheppard

With Chris Dundas

  • 2014: Oslo Odyssey (BLM)
With Ketil Bjørnstad
With Yelena Eckemoff
  • 2013: Glass Song (L&H Production)
  • 2015: Lions (L&H Production)
  • 2015: Everblue (L&H Production)
  • 2018: Desert (L&H Production)
  • 2020: Nocturnal Animals (L&H Production)
With Samo Salamon & Bob Moses
  • 2022: Pure and Simple (Samo Records)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Arild Andersen Biography". Listen to Norway. 2010-09-29. Archived from the original on 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
  2. ^ Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London: Penguin Books. p. 13. ISBN 0-141-00646-3.
  3. ^ a b c d e Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 12/13. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  4. ^ "Norwegian jazz musician honoured". The Norway Post. Vårt Land. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
  5. ^ "All About Jazz Review of Live at Belleville". 18 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  6. ^ Kelman, John (2005-10-03). "Arild Andersen Group: Electra (2005) Track Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  7. ^ Fordham, John (December 2023 – January 2024). "Arild Andersen: Affirmation". Jazzwise. No. 291. p. 34.

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Preceded by Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Preceded by Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
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