Arild Andersen

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This article is about the Norwegian bass player. For the Norwegian footballer, see Arild Andersen (footballer). For the Norwegian cyclist, see Arild Andersen (cyclist).
Arild Andersen
Arild Andersen.jpg
Background information
Born (1945-10-27)October 27, 1945
Lillestrøm, Akershus, Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Upright bass, bass guitar
Years active 1960s–present
Labels ECM
Associated acts Jan Garbarek, Masqualero
Website www.arildandersen.com

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

Career[edit]

Andersen 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 68, 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. 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. 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). 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. In January 2009 he was named "Musicien Europeen 2008" by the French Academie du Jazz,[3] In 2010, Andersen received the Ella Award at the Oslo Jazzfestival.[1]

Reception[edit]

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."[4]

Honors[edit]

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Yelena Eckemoff

With Ketil Bjørnstad

With Don Cherry

With Chris Dundas

With Jan Garbarek
With George Russell
With Terje Rypdal
With Bobo Stenson
With Ketil Bjørnstad
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 Yelena Eckemoff

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Arild Andersen Biography". Listen to Norway. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London: Penguin Books. p. 13. ISBN 0-141-00646-3. 
  3. ^ "Norwegian jazz musician honoured". The Norway Post. Vårt Land. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "All About Jazz Review of Live at Belleville". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  5. ^ Kelman, John (2005-10-03). "Arild Andersen Group: Electra (2005) Track Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Jan Garbarek
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
1969
Succeeded by
Frode Thingnæs
Preceded by
Karin Krog
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
1984
Succeeded by
Egil Kapstad