Carsten Dahl (piano), Lennart Ginman (bass) and Frands Rifbjerg (drums) have played together for more than 20 years now and yet every time they play together, it still sounds completely fresh and new. The combination of the three of them is somehow a magic golden cut in terms of swing, balance, dexterity and imagination. In this particular session, the musicians just met in the studio and recorded the music. First takes, as usual - picking up some rough sketches that Carsten Dahl had composed on the spot that same day. There is a clear link to the trio’s first record Will you make my soup hot & silver from 1996 (Storyville Records, STCD4203). The inspiration from Carsten Dahl’s heroes Bud Powell, Jan Johansson, Johan Sebastian Bach and many more is also easily detected.
Carsten Dahl says: “My dear mentor jazz pianist Ed Thigpen used to say that "you've got to be able to snap your finger to it" and I always try to keep that in mind. I try to discover the magic in space and the simplicity in the music: In rhythmical progressions and in lyrical melodies. All this is what this trio’s essence is all about and we sure did exactly that.”
We hope that you’ll enjoy the 16 new compositions on the Simplicity album!
Recorded at The Village Recording, Denmark, on February 10, 2016.
Carsten Dahl (piano)
Lennart Ginman (bass)
Frands Rifbjerg (drums)
Strongly recommended by Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts
All About Jazz
"Danish pianist Carsten Dahl has made many fine albums but none finer than his latest, Simplicity."
- Chris Mosey (original article here)
"The almost pointillists way, Dahl marks the rhythm with the left hand on several of these pieces, comes from Jamal but also heard at Johansson and Powell, but from Bach and only Bach, Dahl has here his way of creating counterpoint - modest, dreamy, almost casually yet obsessively precise as with Glenn Gould."
- Peter H. Larsen
"Dahl's keystrokes, his sense of harmony and understanding of the music and the pause and space in music is a delight. Dahl can conjure up one melodious figure after another. It's like stones skipping over the surface of the water and creating beautiful rings that disappear moments after. On Simplicity, the music is cut to the bone - the listener can concentrate on appreciating Dahl's playing uinfold in beautiful formations with no barbs."
- Jakob Bækgaard, September 22, 2016. Read the full article here
The Art Music Lounge
"This is deceptively deep and expressive music. Not everything profound comes in loud, fast waves of sound. (...) What's really going on here is that Dahl is taking you, the listener, on a trip - a tour of his mind. And it's a beautiful trip because it's scenic without being disturbing."
- Lynn René Bayley (original article here)
"A piano trio of two decades is a rare thing but Danish pianist Dahl's new record has all the advantages with a tightly focused, spaciously atmospheric set of originals with nods to Ahmad Jamal, Dave Brubeck and Bud Powell."
- Selwyn Harris
Simplicity features Carsten Dahl in top form, making it obvious that he is an important jazz artist who Americans should discover.
Scott Yanow/Los Anmgeles Jazz Scene