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Carsten Dahl Experience: The Ultimate Experience

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Danish pianist Carsten Dahl wears many musical hats. The one worn with the band he calls The Carsten Dahl Experience is that of Free Jazz. This was a movement that began in the 1950s and continued into the following decade. Musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler sought greater freedom of expression by jettisoning fixed chord changes and tempos. The genre received a massive boost when John Coltrane, last truly great saxophonist of the ...

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Torhild Ostad / Carsten Dahl: Jeg roper til deg

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Back in 1982, the Norwegian singer, Radka Toneff, released a very special duo album with the American pianist, Steve Dobrogosz, called Fairytales. Since then, the fate of the music has also become something of a fairytale, with the album being chosen as one of the best Norwegian albums of all time. It seems almost impossible that someone would once again reach the heights of that iconic Norwegian album, but out of nowhere comes Jeg roper til deg, ...

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Carsten Dahl Trio: Simplicity

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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 ...

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Carsten Dahl Trio: A Good Time

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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. ...

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

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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 ...


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