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Tor E Bekken

Pianist Tor E 'Dr' Bekken is a musician who is interested in the whole history of jazz. A lifelong dedication to the art of traditional blues driven piano has given him a mastery of that idiom which few players can grasp, much less deliver. He has a monster left hand which is the mandatory driving force for this type of piano playing, and his right hand soloing and clean technical dexterity present the whole package. At the same time, Bekken works within the field of modern, free improvisation, citing pianists like Don Pullen, Bobby Few and Charles Gayle as central sources of inspiration. Tor E Bekken was born in Drammen, Norway.He has played jazz and blues piano since childhood, and has absorbed all the nuances in the process. He completed a Master's degree in music in 1996, with a thesis on James Booker (shows in his approach) and New Orleans piano traditions. Bekken has worked for US artists such as Eddie Bo, Marva Wright, Benny Turner, Big Al Carson,etc

Blues

Label: Blue Mood Records/Grappa
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blues Spirit; Blues for Spann; Blues De Lux; Blues Melancholy; Blues in Stride.

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Dr Bekken: Blues

Read "Blues" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Tor E Bekken is also known in the music world as Dr Bekken. As well, he is known as a distinctive pianist who unearths the blues like a bloodhound on a case. Over the past several years, he has unrooted blues from their deep origins and, consequently, replanted them in fertile ground with even more room ...

Help Us In The Hour of Need

Label: DrB Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Way Down Deep; Dark Night Descending; Help Us In The Hour of Need; Richwood; Still Way Down Deep.

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Tor Einar Bekken: Help Us In The Hour of Need

Read "Help Us In The Hour of Need" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Every once in a while, an artist throws a curveball. Blues and jazz pianist Tor E Bekken, renowned for his historical knowledge and authenticity, also has nothing short of a monster left hand. The talented Norwegian has released over a dozen records, including his dynamic upright piano assault Live at Bar Moskus (Blue Mood Records/Grappa, 2017) ...

Spell

Label: Blue Moon Grappa
Released: 2018
Track listing: Come On Down To My House; Black Coffee; Livet i Finnskogarna; Midisjollin; Jealus Kind; St. Pete; I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water; Internasjonalen; The Entertainer; The Inch Worm; Winin' Boy Blues; Louisiana 1927.

Upright Piano - Live At Bar Moskus

Label: Blue Mood Records/Grappa
Released: 2017
Track listing: Red is in the House; Give Me the Single Life; Moskin's Blues; Ingo/Yellow House; Monsieur Touson; Rosetta; Valley of Tears; I've Got the Feeling I'm Falling; The Conspirator Boogie; I'll Be Home; Hound Dog; I'm Confessin' That I Love You.

Take Five With Tor E Bekken

Read "Take Five With Tor E Bekken" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Tor E Bekken:Born 1964 in Norway. Played piano since childhood. Professional musician since the late 1980s. Works with blues-based material, as well as free form solo piano improvisation and Norwegian folk music. Played with New Orleans artists such as Marva Wright, Benny Turner, Big Al Carson and the late Eddie Bo. Lives in ...


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