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
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Background information
Born (1945-10-27) 27 October 1945 (age 70)
Lillestrøm, Akershus
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Jazz musician, composer
Instruments Upright bass, bass guitar and guitar
Labels ECM Records
Associated acts Jan Garbarek

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


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, og 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 a number of the best known musicians next Garbarek, like the Norwegian Jazz singer Karin Krog, George Russell and Don Cherry (Berlin 1968), and was in the line up (rhythm section) for visiting American musicians like Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Bill Frisell, Hampton Hawes, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Rollins, Sheila Jordan and Chick Corea. In the same period he also worked with Don Cherry, George Russell, Ferenc Snétberger and Tomasz Stańko.[1]

Andersen collaborated in the early 1970s with Norwegian musicians like Magni Wentzel, Jon Eberson, Ketil Bjørnstad and Terje Rypdal, before leaving for an eventful visit to the U.S. in the winter 1973-1974, and has since 1974 led his own bands, at first a Quartet (1974–79). He was in the line up for the astonishing Radka Toneff Quintet (1975–81), and has more than a dozen album releases as a band leader on the label ECM, initiated 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] and in 2010 Andersen received yet another prestigious award, the Ella Award presented at the Oslo Jazzfestival.[1]

All*About*Jazz critique John Kelman, in his review of Andersen's live recorded release Live at Belleville 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]



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
  • 1978: Sheila (SteepleChase)
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]


  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. ^ "AllAboutJazz Review of Live at Belleville". 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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Preceded by
Jan Garbarek
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Frode Thingnæs
Preceded by
Karin Krog
Recipient of the Jazz Gammleng-prisen
Succeeded by
Egil Kapstad