Arild Andersen (born 27 October 1945 in Lillestrøm, Norway) is a Norwegian bass player. Andersen started out as a member of the Jan Garbarek Quartet (1967–1973), with Terje Rypdal and Jon Christensen. In the same period he also worked with the Norwegian singer Karin Krog and played in the rhythm section for visiting American musicians including Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Bill Frisell, Hampton Hawes, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Rollins, Sheila Jordan, and Chick Corea. During this time, he also worked with Don Cherry, George Russell, Ferenc Snétberger and Tomasz Stańko. Andersen has recorded over a dozen albums for ECM Records as band leader and with Masqualero, and appeared on many others as side man. In January 2009 Andersen was named Musicien Europeen 2008 by the French Academie du Jazz.
Three of Europe’s best improvisers meet yet again: Carsten Dahl (piano), Arild Andersen (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums) have recorded a new album featuring state-of-the-art jazz improvisations. “Under the Rainbow” is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Space is the Place” recorded in 2011. An album described as:
“a modern jazz album that meets the standards of Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and a small handful of other trios”
-Terje Mosnes, Dagbladet, Norway
2 years later in April 2013 the trio met again in the legendary Rainbow Studios working Jan Erik Kongshaug’s versatile skills as recording engineer. It is not unreasonable to expect the sound quality to be perfect. All tracks are by the group, except “Koloni på yderkanten” and “Two geese in the sky” which are written by Carsten Dahl. The music on this CD is improvisational music in its purest form.
“Here - under the rainbow it is for us – so easy it to interplay and fly together. Down and up there.”
- Carsten Dahl
Carsten Dahl is one of Scandinavia’s leading pianists and has played with Ed Thigpen, Benny Golson, Eddie Gomez etc. Arild Andersen is one of Europe’s leading bass players since the early seventies. Jon Christensen is an active drummer, and a member of the legendary Keith Jarrett "European Quartet” in the seventies. Both Andersen and Christensen appear on several recordings on the legendary ECM label.