Erik Amundsen

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Erik Amundsen
Born(1937-02-01)1 February 1937
Oslo, Norway
Died22 February 2015(2015-02-22) (aged 78)
InstrumentsUpright bass

Erik Amundsen (1 February 1937 – 22 February 2015) was a Norwegian jazz bassist from Oslo.[1]


Amundsen debuted in 1954 within the trio of his brother Arvid Amundsen and within Atle Hammer Sextet. Throughout the 1950s he played within Karl Otto Hoff Trio, Eilif Holm Quartet and released an album with Mikkel Flagstad in 1956. In the 1960s he was involved in European All Stars in Berlin (1961)[2] and was awarded the Buddyprisen in 1962. Amundsen ble nærmest selvsagt på landets jazz-utgivelser, med Karin Krog, Bernt Anker Steen, Erik Andresen, Laila Dalseth, Magni Wentzel, Bjørn Johansen, Jan Berger and Bjarne Nerem. He played regularly at the Metropol Jazz Centre in Oslo, including with international greats such as Bud Powell.[3] Amundsen also played with Al Cohn and Bengt Hallberg, within bands led by Per Borthen and Totti Bergh, and the groups VSOBOP, Street Swingers, Storeslem and Jazz A Pell Oktett.

His own Erik Amundsen Sextet (2000) included Atle Hammer (trumpet), Jan Erik Ulseth (saxophone), Erling Wicklund (trombone), Roger Amundsen (guitar) and Eyvind Olsen (drums). After a stroke in 2002, he has not been able to play. In 2006 he was honored by a concert at the club Cosmopolite in Oslo). Almost forty tunes from his work can be heard on the album Portrait of a norwegian jazz artist (2005).

Amundsen died on 22 February 2015. He was 78.[4]



  • 1993: Tenderly, with Monica Borgen
  • 1995: Remember, with Totti Bergh
  • 1998: The Oslo Jazz Circle jubilee concert in the fall of 1998
  • 2005: Portrait of a Norwegian jazz artist (Gemini Records)


  1. ^ "Erik Amundsen Biography". Norsk Musikkinformasjon Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  2. ^ Kagge, Stein (23 January 2006). "I europeisk toppklasse". Aftenposten. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  3. ^ Helgheim, Roald (22 January 2006). "Portrett av en bassist". Dagsavisen. Archived from the original on 23 May 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Amundsen, Erik". Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
Preceded by
Mikkel Flagstad
Recipient of the Buddyprisen
Succeeded by
Bjørn Johansen