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Lars Danielsson/Paolo Fresu: Summerwind

Read "Summerwind" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

ACT Music brings together a pair of virtuosos in Lars Danielsson and Paolo Fresu, for the duo outing Summerwind. Both are well-known for their melodic and expressive playing as well as an innate gift for spontaneity. Recorded in the Swedish seaport city of Gothenburg, in early 2018, the album incorporates elements of folk, classical and jazz music in a relaxed setting. Bassist and cellist Lars Danielsson has been a staple of the ACT label for more than ten ...

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Lars Danielsson: Liberetto

Read "Liberetto" reviewed by John Kelman

With Tarantella (ACT, 2009)--his last studio recording excluding the career-spanning Signature Edition 3 (ACT, 2010) compilation-- Lars Danielsson raised the bar on a string of recordings demonstrating increased evolution on all fronts. If Liberetto doesn't exhibit the same degree of incremental stylistic growth that Tarantella did over previous albums including Pasodoble (ACT, 2007) and Mélange Bleu (ACT, 2007), it does represent its own milestone, one where Danielsson's astute choice of players becomes as important as the music they play.

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Lars Danielsson: Love is the Message

Read "Lars Danielsson: Love is the Message" reviewed by James Pearse

Saturday night in an unusually mild December 2011 at Stockholm's premier jazz venue, Fasching, could only mean one thing: the place was heaving. As well as the unseasonable weather and the looming Christmas period, the reason so many festive Swedes were crammed in like tinned herring was to catch a rare glimpse of national hero Nils Landgren and his quartet in a club setting. Landgren allowed ample opportunity for his other musicians to show off their breadth and depth. Bassist ...

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Lars Danielsson: Signature Edition 3

Read "Signature Edition 3" reviewed by John Kelman

That Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson is a pliant, flexible player who's worked with American artists including John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, and David Liebman, and notable European names such as Eivind Aarset, Ulf Wakenius, and Nils Petter Molvær isn't much of a secret--at least, not to audiences on the east side of the Atlantic. In North America he's less of a proven entity, a status that deserves to change on the basis of Signature Edition 3, the third in ACT's series ...

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Lars Danielsson: Tarantella

Read "Tarantella" reviewed by John Kelman

Choosing the right players can be the decision that makes or breaks a project. For years, now--as far back as his longstanding (and outstanding) quartet with saxophonist Dave Liebman, pianist Bobo Stenson and drummer Jon Christensen, through to the Norwegian posse on the electronica-centric Mélange Bleu and his intimate duet recording with Polish pianist Leszek Możdżer, Pasodoble (ACT, 2007)--Swedish bassist/cellist/pianist Lars Danielsson has made consistently astute choices. Tarantella continues the winning streak, bringing Możdżer back for another album of romantic ...

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Lars Danielsson & Leszek Mozdzer: Pasodoble

Read "Pasodoble" reviewed by John Kelman

In direct contrast to the ambitious musical scope of his Nu Jazz-ish Melange Bleu (ACT, 2006), Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson teams up with Polish rising-star pianist Leszek Możdżer for Pasodoble, an intimate series of duets that reflects both musicians' penchant for haunting lyricism and deceptive simplicity. While improvisation is a fundamental part of these fourteen miniatures (most under four minutes and only one in excess of six), so too is form. Generally subdued in nature, the romantic ...

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Lars Danielsson: Melange Bleu

Read "Melange Bleu" reviewed by John Kelman

Music--improvised or scored--is inextricably linked with how it's arranged or orchestrated, a point made crystal clear by Lars Danielsson's Mélange Bleu. The bonus track on the Swedish bassist/cellist/ pianist's Libera Me (ACT, 2004) hinted at the direction Danielsson would take on Mélange Blue--a blending of acoustic instruments, concert orchestra and technology to create a lush new mix (or Mélange) that retains Danielsson's innate lyricism, but places it in the sonic realm of Nu Jazz.

With some of the most intrepid ...

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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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