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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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Recordings

Vinding, Mads / Grarup, Margrete / Dahl, Carsten: Walk with Me

Storyville Records presents a new record featuring prominent Danish jazz musicians Mads Vinding (bass) and Carsten Dahl (piano) with Margrete Grarup (vocal) and Marilyn Mazur (percussion).

This CD is a continuous journey through a landscape constantly changing. Along the way, your ears will encounter simplicity,  fragility, ferocity, sensitivity and a special sense of greatness in the smallest of details. From beautiful ballads of stormy moods to swinging jazz - everything beautifully executed by Margrete Grarup’s unique and expressive voice. Each track has an identity of its own - still, they all come together and make a whole.

Walk with Me includes new, wondrous takes on classics such as “Georgia on My Mind”, “Strange Fruit” and “My Funny Valentine” along with some of the musician’s own compositions which in combination creates a soulfully meditative and with every turn delightfully unknown journey to be experienced. Margrete Grarup is an educated soloist from Nordjysk Musikkonservatorium and knows how to balance the power of her voice with deli...