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.
Carsten Dahl Experience
’s new CD “
” was recorded in Oslo immediately after their concert at Molde Jazz Festival in July 2011. The pianist Carsten Dahl, saxophonist Jesper Zeuthen, bassist Nils “Bosse” Davidson and drummer Stefan Pasborg have once again created a unique musical work that is relevant across, and beyond musical genres. The listener is invited into a universe, where the sound of silence opens itself up into a colorful spectrum of explosive improvisational pieces - performed and mastered in a manner never before seen or heard in a Danish group. The group manages to explore and challenge each other’s musicianship in their joint venture down the road of free improvisational jazz. This CD marks the group’s second release, and features music that contains elements of chaos and harmony performed by Dahl with his solid improvisations, Zeuthen’s balkanized sax and Pasborg’s and Davidsen’s consistent and rhythmic playing. Improvisational Jazz at its very best.