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Dahl, Carsten

Biography

Carsten Dahl (October 3, 1967) is a Danish Jazz pianist. "Dahl is a truly great pianist" Chris Mosey said, in his All About Jazz review of Dahl's CD In Our Own Sweet Way released in 2009 with Alex Riel and Mads Vinding.Dahl, nine years old, started to play drums. He studied at the Copenhagen Jazz Conservatory for two years before he turned his eyes on piano in which he never had any previous training. He wanted to be a Jazz musician who could play Bebop. His role models, at the time, were two of Jazz greats, namely Bud Powell and Wynton Kelly while he also had an interest in Classical music. Dahl ones said: "For me, it is only the music that is interesting. And Bach's music has it all at once. That fascinates me. Plus, the fact that it doesn't do any harm to play his music, nevertheless you become a better pianist." As a leader, he played and recorded with his own Carsten Dahl trio and Carsten Dahl Experience. He is also one of the most sought-after Jazz pianists as a sideman who worked/recorded with Ed Thigpen, Lars Danielsson, Arild Andersen, Ulf Wakenius, Bent Jædig, Miroslav Vitous, John Tchicai, Marc Ducret, Ray Anderson and Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Hugo Rasmussen and Bob Rockwell were among others. Dahl won Ben Webster Prize in 1997. The Ben Webster Prize is an annual Jazz Award set up by the Ben Webster Foundation to honour Danish and American Jazz musicians as well as other professionals active in the promotion of Jazz in those countries. Dahl signed up with the music publishing house Edition Wilhelm Hansen in 2008.

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Dahl, Carsten: Message From Bud

"It's always exciting when I meet with Lennart and Frands, whether it's on a job or in the studio. To be honest, I have no idea what we are going to play when we meet. Everything we play is based on intuition and musical trust but we know which "feeling" and sound we are after. The title number "Message from Bud" appeared in a dream where I sat and drank whisky with Bud Powell. Behind us a band was playing the tune and I woke up and remembered it. In many ways this recording is a dedication to all the pianists who have meant so much to me. Names such as Bud Powell, Erroll Garner, Wynton Kelly, Sonny Clark, Monk, Ahmad Jamal and Bill Evans are unquestionable. I hope you will enjoy the music!" Carsten Dahl