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Dahl, Carsten

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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: Effata

CARSTEN DAHL EFFATA SOLO PIANO Carsten Dahl er en meget alsidig pianist og er en af de bedste hvis ikke den bedste og mest kreative pianist I Europa. For ti år siden (2000) Indspillede han sin første solo CD for Storyville: The Butterfly Dream. Der var 14 titler på denne CD som han kaldte 1,2,3 osv bortset fra nr. 13 der hed The Butterfly Dream. Han har med denne nye CD 10 år efter gentaget ideen og denne gang indspillet 15 titler som han kalder EFFATA 1, 2, 3, osv bortset fra track 15 han kalder GLORIE som er dedikeret til hans kone saxofonisten Christina Dahl. Ordet det aramæiske EFFATA betyder “luk dig op” kommer kunstneren i møde. Når man lytter til cd’en kommer man til at tænke på Keith Jarret og Cecil Taylor og deres frie improvisationer eller Mary Lou Williams som havde de samme tanker med sin Zodiac Suite. Noter af Suzanne Brøgger