Steinar Raknes

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Steinar Raknes
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Steinar Raknes at the Bergen Jazz Club "Sardinen", November 2012.
(Photo: Knut Andersen)
Background information
Born (1975-03-22) 22 March 1975 (age 42)
Midsund, Møre og Romsdal
Origin Norway
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Upright bass, vocals
Labels Jazzland Recordings
Jazzaway Records
Bergland Productions
Park Grammofon
Reckless Records
Associated acts Urban Connection, The Core, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra

Steinar Raknes (born 22 March 1975) is a Norwegian jazz musician (upright bass) and composer, and the younger brother of Jazz singer and pianist Eldbjørg Raknes. He is considered to be one of the most talented double bass players of his generation in Norway, and is known from collaborations with the like of Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Bobby McFerrin, Ola Kvernberg and Hallgeir Pedersen.[1][2]


Raknes was born in Midsund. He started to play bass at the age fifteen, graduated from the Music school in Kristiansund 1994, and from the "Sund Folkehøgskole" 1995. As a student on the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1995–98)[3] he established the bands The Core and Urban Connection (bouth in 1996). He played with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra featuring Chick Corea as soloist, and the quartet "BounceTones". He contributed to the cooperated broadcast NRK/EBU "Jazz jorda rundt" as the bassist within the Hallgeir Pedersen Trio 2003.

Raknes has played on releases by Jens Arne Molvær (1998) and Ole Reinlund (2003), and is also steady in the band line up with Ola Kvernberg, played in the Kirsti Huke Trio and initiated Shagma in 2004. In 2008 he debuted as solo artist with the album Tangos, Ballads & More, followed up in 2012 by the album Stillhouse. He has also worked as instrumental double bass teacher on the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium.[1][4]


Solo albums[edit]

Collaborative works[edit]

Ola Kvernberg, Erik Nylander and Steinar Raknes with the Jazzland Community at the Jazz club Sardinen, USF Verftet in November 2012.
Within Urban Connection
With Siri Gjære
  • Love Seriously Damages Health (2001, Bergland Prod.)
Within The Core
Within "Shagma»
  • 2005:Music – (Jazzaway Records)
Within Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
  • 2005: Live in Molde – (MNJ Records), feat. Chick Corea
Within Ola Kvernberg Trio
  • 2006: Night//Driver – (Jazzland Recordings)
  • 2009: Folk – (Jazzland Recordings)[7]
Within The Indian Core
With Kirsti Huke
  • 2007: Deloo – (Grappa Music)
  • 2009: Kirsti Huke – (Fairplay)
With The Bergen Big Band
  • 2007: Meditations on Coltrane – (Grappa Music), feat. The Core
With Håvard Lund
  • 2010: My Sister Said – (Turn Left Prod.)


  1. ^ a b "Steinar Raknes Biography –".  Norway (in Norwegian)
  2. ^ "Steinar Raknes & Unni Wilhelmsen". 
  3. ^ "Jazzlinja". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  4. ^ a b Furu, Svein Magnus (7 June 2012). "Bass på tvers". Music Reviews (in Norwegian). Morgenbladet. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Steinar Raknes Tangos, Ballads & More Pateslepp!". 3 December 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  6. ^ Wilkinson, Liam (3 November 2012). "Album Review: Steinar Raknes – Stillhouse (Reckless Records)". Northern Sky Music Magazine. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Ola Kvernberg Trio – Sardinen USF, Bergen Jazzforum". YouTube. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 

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