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.
This is Carsten's first recording as a leader. The choice of material is excellent; mostly selected from the classic jazz repertoire, but given a surprisingly fresh treatment. Although the influences of the great masters Ahmad Jamal and Bill Evans are visible in his playing, Carsten's own voice with its uncluttered, thoughtful linear approach is the dominate factor on this CD. He has a unique style of his own. There is the feeling of simplicity in the motifs and statements that are both soothing and catching to the ear. One can sense something personal is being offered. There is a definitive continuity throughout this recording with genuine creativity being applied to classic songs as well as two fresh original compositions. The swinging time and different rhythmic patterns supplied by the imaginative drum and percussion work of Frands Rifbjerg and his section partner Lennart Ginman, laying down a carpet of beautiful time, and choice bass notes. - No pretence, just wonderful music played with good taste!!! Enjoy!