Arild Andersen – Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)

frontcover1Arild Andersen (born 27 October 1945) is a Norwegian jazz musician bassist, known as the most famous Norwegian bass player in the international jazz Scene.
Andersen was born in Lillestrøm, Norway. He started his musical career as jazz guitarist in the Riverside Swing Group in Lillestrøm (1961–63), started playing double bass in 1964, and soon became part of the core jazz bands in Oslo. He was a member of Roy Hellvin Trio, was in the backing band at Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 1967 and 68, was elected Best Bassist by Jazznytt in 1967, and started as bass player in the Jan Garbarek Quartet (1967–1973), including Terje Rypdal and Jon Christensen. After completing his technical education in 1968, he became a professional musician and collaborated with Karin Krog, George Russell, and Don Cherry (Berlin 1968), and with visiting American musicians Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Bill Frisell, Hampton Hawes, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Rollins, Sheila Jordan, and Chick Corea. During the same period he worked with Ferenc Snétberger and Tomasz Stańko.
In the early 1970s, Andersen collaborated with Norwegian musicians Magni Wentzel, Jon Eberson, Ketil Bjørnstad, and Terje Rypdal, before leaving for an eventful visit to the U.S. in the winter of 1973–1974, and has since 1974 led his own bands, at first a quartet (1974–79). He worked with the Radka Toneff Quintet (1975–81) and has recorded more than a dozen albums as band leader for ECM Records, founded the critically acclaimed band arildandersen01Masqualero, and appeared as side man on a series of recordings. In January 2009 he was named “Musicien Europeen 2008” by the French Academie du Jazz, In 2010, Andersen received the Ella Award at the Oslo Jazzfestival. (by Wikipedia)
This one was written by Andersen for a play based on Sigrid Undset’s Nobel Prize-winning novel. I have seen this release slandered in an on-line review as inconsequential music but I would like to argue that it actually develops the ideas from “Arv” and “Sagn” further. Not as immediately arresting as those two masterpieces, Andersen here creates a less flashy, more pastoral sound. The inspiration is drawn from medieval ballads, instrumental folk tunes and jazz. However, this all new band (Andersen and Vinaccia plus Tore Brunborg on saxophone, wooden flutes and ocarina, and Reidar Skaar on keyboards) deliver compositions where the folk element is more subtly incorporated in the music and the musicians’ roots in the European free-jazz tradition much more to the front. This is especially true for tracks like “Erlends Flukt” and “Erlend” which would not have been out of place on Andersen’s normal ECM releases.
If one approaches this record like a movie-soundtrack – not expecting the combination of breathtaking instrumental virtuosity and characteristic folk singing on the previous gabriellekillandalbums – one will find that the band actually has managed to create an even more homogenous fusion between folk music and jazz. Besides functioning as illustration to scenes in the play this music definitely can stand alone as a separate, highly evocative, piece of work. In addition to the band, the CD-version includes contributions from0 the Oslo Chamber Choir, Kjetil Bjerkestrand on organ and a string quartet.
This is one of the finest jazz Albums from the Scandinavian Jazz Scene … If you like Jan Garbarek then is this Album a must.
The booklet contains many ilustrations by Gabrielle Kielland (Born 1945), a real fine Artist from Norweg
That´s what I call a jazz & art highlight !
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Personnel:
Arild Andersen (bass)
Kjetil Bjerkestrand (organ)
Tore Brunborg (Saxophone, flute, ocarina)
Kjell Arne Jørgensen (violin)
Kari Ravnan (cello)
Reidar Skår (Keyboards)
Atle Sponberg (violin)
Nora Taksdal (viola)
Paolo Vinaccia (Percussion)
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Oslo Kammerkor (choir) conducted by Grete Helgerød
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Gabrielle Kielland (booklet illustrations)
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Tracklist:
01. Kristin Og Alvemoen (Andersen) 3.53
02. Hamarkirken (Andersen) 2.35
03. Simons Festemø (Andersen) 3.28
04. Kristin Og Erlend (Andersen) 5.32
05. Isvind (Andersen/Vinaccia/Skår/Brunborg) 2.33
06. Bryllupsmarsj (Andersen) 2.00
07. Pilgrimssang (Andersen) 4.44
08. Nidaros (Andersen) 3.21
09. Erlends Flukt (Andersen) 3.31
10. Erlend (Andersen) 3,38
11. Sunniva (Andersen/Vinaccia/Skår/Brunborg) 2.41
12. Dans (Andersen) 2.05
13. Flommen (Andersen) 4.11
14. Simons Død (Andersen) 4.37
15. Tidlig Morgen (Andersen/Vinaccia/Skår/Brunborg) 2.21
16  Kristin (Andersen) 3.51
17. Pesten (Andersen/Vinaccia/Skår/Brunborg) 2.33
18. Ved Steingjerdet (Andersen) 2.07
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