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Take Five With Thomas Winther Andersen

By Published: July 2, 2013
Up to the age of 20, I was extremely nervous about my ability to become a musician. I developed more confidence during the first years of my music education by playing countless informal gigs and sessions in clubs around Amsterdam. My bass teacher, Arnold Dooyeweerd, always emphasized that I needed to come to terms with my talent and discover its natural force to be able to sustain my development. He said that a personal style will then evolve naturally. While I don't know the exact words, that was approximately how I summed it up.

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
Lennie Tristano
Lennie Tristano
1919 - 1978
piano
, The New Tristano (Atlantic);

Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
b.1930
trumpet
, Gnu High (ECM);

Warne Marsh
Warne Marsh
Warne Marsh
1927 - 1987
sax, tenor
, A Ballad Album (Criss Cross);

Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
b.1945
piano
, Live At The Blue Note (ECM);

John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, Crescent (Impulse);

Chick Corea
Chick Corea
Chick Corea
b.1941
piano
, Live In Europe (ECM);

Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
, You Must Believe In Spring (Rhino);

Art Tatum
Art Tatum
Art Tatum
1909 - 1956
piano
, 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?

"Lennie's Pennies."

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.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of Thomas Winther Andersen
Thomas Winther Andersen
Thomas Winther Andersen
b.1969
bass, acoustic
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