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.
Danish jazz pianist Carsten Dahl established his Experience Quartet in 2007 with some of his most favoured jazz musicians from the Copenhagen jazz scene. Legendary Jesper Zeuthen on alto sax, high profiled Stefan Pasborg on drums and Nils “Bosse” Davidsen on bass.
The group manages to explore and challenge each other’s musicianship in their joint venture down the road of free improvisational jazz, performed and mastered in a manner never before seen or heard in a Danish group.
With ”Reveréntia” the quartet completes their Experience trilogy. Previous releases were “Humilitas” and “Metamorphosis” – also available from Storyville.
“With this CD – we wish to express our endless gratitude towards each other and the music we share – and all the inspiration of sounds in this big world.”
- Carsten Dahl