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.
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.