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.
It is three well established Danish jazz musicians you will hear on the new CD from Storyville. The trio plays standards from the American songbook which they interpret in a very different way. Sometimes it is a slow ballad and after that a very swinging version where you will tap your feet listening to the trio. It is world-class music played by three Danish musicians that are equal to any of the American jazz-trios. No jazz fan can live without this CD in his collection. Listen to Carsten Dahl piano, Mad Vinding bass and Alex Riel drums. The title of the CD is “In Your Own Sweet Way” which is also the first track on the CD followed by “Maria gennem torne går” (Maria walks through thorns) “It Could Happen To You” “Beautiful Friendship” “What Is This Thing Called Love” “Peace” and “Night And Day”. The cover of the CD is a painting by Danish painter Erik Rasmussen.
DK Det er tre garvede danske jazzmusikere der spiller på denne nye CD fra Storyville. Det kan blive årets bedste jazz CD. Trioen spiller en række standardmelodier der bliver fortolket på en ny og spændende måde. De tre musikere inspirerer hinanden, så det kommer til at swinge enormt. Der er ingen der kan sidde stille når de hører musikken. Det er musik i verdensklasse og trioen kan måle sig med de mest berømte piano-trioer i USA. Ingen jazzfan kan undvære denne CD i samlingen. Lyt til Carsten Dahl, Mads Vinding og Alex Riel.