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 finest instrumentalists have once again joined forces. With their new release “Space is the Place” (Storyville Records), the musicians explore their new found haven. A haven in which the music on this CD was created. Not as “classical” free jazz, but more as subtle tonal art that is original, spontaneous, natural and free. All 11 tracks on the CD were recorded at The Village Recoridng Studio in Copenhagen on June 5th 2011 immediately after the trio’s concerts at Jazzhus Montmartre. Carsten Dahl- one of Scandinavia’s leading pianists has played with Ed Thigpen, Benny Golson, Eddie Gomez etc. Arild Andersen (bass) and Jon Christensen (drums) have both played a number of years, as members of the Jan Garbarek’s quartet, and are some of Europe’s most sought after sidemen. The music on this CD is improvisational music in it’s purest form. Music that gives the listener the opportunity to enjoy the open SPACE, in which the music was created.