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Album Review

Carsten Dahl: Painting Music

Read "Painting Music" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Danish pianist Carsten Dahl uses the liner notes for Painting Music to try to explain the process of creation. “The universe has a sound and rhythm," he says. “Everything moves forward, either powerful and explosive or modest and like slow shadows in a landscape." The words accompany a picture of Dahl with paint-stained fingers, grinning impishly. “The energy which urges me into an artistic unfolding is the power of the universe," he says, “I am painted or ...

Album Review

Carsten Dahl Trio: Simplicity

Read "Simplicity" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Danish pianist Carsten Dahl has made many fine albums but none finer than his latest, Simplicity. He describes in a video posted on his record company Storyville's website, how it felt to create it: “I don't have any thoughts about what I play when I play. I focus a lot on not being the one playing, not having any thoughts, not having an expectation of a certain result or a certain sound." Looking a ...

Multiple Reviews

Live at SMK / Bach Goldberg Variations

Read "Live at SMK / Bach Goldberg Variations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

I due CD in esame, entrambi del 2014, vedono protagonista il pianista danese Carsten Dahl e, sebbene piuttosto diversi tra loro, sono accomunati da un approccio libero da vincoli e mirato a promuovere una musica personale e innovativa. Stefan Pasborg -Carsten Dahl Live at SMK ILK Music 2014 Valutazione: * * * ½ Il primo è registrato dal vivo l'8 luglio 2012 presso lo Statens Museum for Kunst di ...

Album Review

Carsten Dahl Trio: A Good Time

Read "A Good Time" reviewed by Chris Mosey

With this album, Denmark's premier jazz pianist Carsten Dahl throws into doubt the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt. First, there's the line-up: he's played with Lennart Ginman (bass) and Frands Rifbjerg (drums) many times before, most notably on two previous albums for Storyville, Will You Make My Soup Hot & Silver from 1996 and Message From Bud, recorded two years later. Fine albums, both, but eclipsed by this one. Secondly, there's the content. ...

Album Review

Carsten Dahl / Mads Vinding / Alex Riel: In Our Own Sweet Way

Read "In Our Own Sweet Way" reviewed by Chris Mosey

After Paris, Copenhagen was the European refuge for American jazz musicians fleeing racial and sometimes political oppression in their homeland in the postwar years. Ben Webster is buried there (in the same cemetery as Søren Kierkegaard), Dexter Gordon and Johnny Griffin locked horns there. Such greats created a solid local scene, which continues to produce some exceedingly fine musicians. Carsten Dahl, a truly great pianist, started out modeling his playing on that of Bud Powell, active in ...

Album Review

Lars Danielsson: Libera Me

Read "Libera Me" reviewed by John Kelman

When the bonus track on an album is the most adventurous piece, you know there might be trouble. And that's not to say that bassist Lars Danielsson's latest album, Libera Me , is bad; it isn't. In a year where we've seen other artists mesh jazz improvisation with an orchestra, most notably pianist Steve Kuhn with Promises Kept (ECM) and Charlie Mariano with Not Quite a Ballad (Intuition), it has come to pass that these two disparate concepts--the obvious demand ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Painting Music

ACT Music



Storyville Records


A Good Time

Storyville Records


Space Is The Place

Carsten Lindholm


In Our Own Sweet Way

Storyville Records


Short Fairytales

Carsten Lindholm



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