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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: Jazzpar 2000 Quintet

This CD will begin to bring him the world-recognition that he so richly deserves. This live album was recorded in Denmark in the Spring, 2000, featuring pianist Carsten Dahl, that year’s winner of the Danish portion of the highly prestigious international jazz award, the JAZZPAR Prize. Dahl is accompanied by four other highly respected European musicians, including British saxophonist Tony Coe, who won the JAZZPAR Prize in 1995. The CD consists of six original compositions – three of which are by Carsten Dahl. The music contains elements of mainstream and avant-garde jazz, plus folk music influences (especially Nordic) and a little funk. Dahl is already one of the best musicians to appear on the richly fertile Danish jazz scene in recent times, and day by day continues developing his personal musical voice and piano mastery. Hopefully.

Recorded March, 2000