Take Five With Thomas Winther Andersen
CDs you are listening to now:
If I am not working myself, I try to go to as many live jazz concerts as possible. Hearing great artists in concert usually inspires me more than records. I don't fall in love with recordings as powerfully as I did when I started out. If I buy a record I tend to listen to it two or three times through at the most. There are exceptions and sometimes I need to listen many times to learn something new. I also enjoy hearing local musicians and bands that are serious about their music and develop their skills and styles in the local clubs and bars around Amsterdam.
Desert Island picks:
Lennie Tristano, The New Tristano (Atlantic);
Kenny Wheeler, Gnu High (ECM);
Warne Marsh, A Ballad Album (Criss Cross);
Keith Jarrett, Live At The Blue Note (ECM);
John Coltrane, Crescent (Impulse);
Chick Corea, Live In Europe (ECM);
Bill Evans, You Must Believe In Spring (Rhino);
Art Tatum, The Best of Art Tatum (Pablo).
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Venues, music education, and exposure to a wide range of styles of music from a young age. Audiences still have to hear live music and listen to real musicians play and communicate. Get out from in front of the TV and PC and listen to live jazz! I believe in music as a human activity. No matter how perfect and interesting computer-generated music can be, I prefer it as a supplement and tool. For me, music should be handmade and interactive with all its wonderful imperfectness.
What is in the near future?
My band, Winther-Storm, won in the jazz category at the 12th Independent Music Award for the album Spinnaker. The band will be touring in Europe next year.
In September, 2013 Shadows, with alto player Olaf Zwetsloot, will be released. I regularly play with his group around Amsterdam.
In March 2013 I recorded a new CD with the Robert Rook Trio, which will be released in the autumn of 2013.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
If someone ever wonders, these pieces hold special meaning for me:
"Vocalise," by Sergei Rachmaninoff (anchored in my childhood);
"Myako," by Wayne Shorter;
"Scene and Variations," by Lennie Tristano.
What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower?
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
Sometimes I want to be better at school subjects such as writing and math. I am attracted to science, in particular brain research and human behavior in the broadest sense. I recently read Daniel Levitin's This is Your Brain On Music and found it brilliantly entertaining and very informative. As a child I wanted to be an athlete and run cross-country. Maybe I developed my discipline from the serious training I did with a ten-to-fifteen-hour training scheme weekly from about age nine until fifteen. Then music took over completely. Summing up all the things I wanted to do but never did could be long or short. The short version is the closest to reality. The long list never happened because it consisted of things I didn't really want to do.
Courtesy of Thomas Winther Andersen.