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Label: ACT Music
Quality: FLAC 16 bits 44.1kHz
mp3 and booklet included
Track length:3:59
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602020
Track length:5:33
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602021
Track length:4:50
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602022
Track length:7:43
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602023
Track length:19:53
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602024
Track length:3:56
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602025
Track length:10:33
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602026
Track length:5:31
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602027
Track length:4:09
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602028
Track length:4:17
Artist: Lars Danielsson
Performer: Bugge Wesseltoft – piano
Nils Petter Molvaer – trumpet
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Jon Christensen – drums, percussion
Anders Engen - drums
Jan Bang – samples, livesampling
Pål ''Strangefruit'' Nyhus – vinyl channeling
Vytas & Mario Basanov – beats & samples
Cæcilie Norby - voices
Gustaf Ljunggren – steel guitar, syntheziser
Xavier Desandre Navarre - percussion
Copenhagen Concert Orchestra directed by Henrik Vagn Christensen
Producer: Lars Danielsson
Genre: Jazz - Crossover
Studio: Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway by Jan Erik Kongshaug. Additional recording at: Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden by Lars Nilsspn & Bo Savik / at Danish Radio, Copenhagen , Danmark, by Lars Bruun / at Pantin Plage studio by Suzanne Desandre Navarre / at 7Etage, Oslo, Norway by Reidar Skar
Mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Except #4 & #10 mixed by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg / #1, #2, #9 mixed by Lars Danielsson at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke.
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Arranger: Lars Danielsson
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA890602029
Digital booklet Album only

The gentle attraction of beauty
“Mélange Bleu” by bass player, cellist and composer Lars Danielsson - the art of subtly blended colours

Lars Danielsson ACT-debut “Libera me“ (ACTSACD 9800-2) left no doubts about his creative versatility. And yet: the bass player, cellist and composer continues to surprise. His latest ACT-release “Mélange Bleu” (ACT 9604-2) shows up a completely new dimension to this musician with enormous potential. Danielsson has surrounded himself with partners like pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer und guitarist Eivind Aarset, all of them specialists for mood music that often develops in before a backdrop of ambient inspired sounds, samples and programmed beats. Danielsson takes the same route on this recording, but adds a very personal touch, blending the electronic parts subtly with acoustic instruments and orchestral arrangements. Each musical ingredient is quietly and subtly integrated into a thoughtful and carefully crafted composition, Danielsson’s “Mélange Bleu” develops a gentle attraction through its lyrical beauty and finely honed details.

Lars Danielsson has mastered the art of carefully developing even the finest nuances into a coherent whole. Born in 1958 and trained in classical cello at the conservatory of his hometown Gothenburg before he turned to the bass and jazz music, Danielsson is a musician who has developed a new quality of beauty in sound. He has cultivated an uncommonly tangible, mellow and soft tone that is at once round and gentle. No matter which of the little solo parts (Tracks 5,7,8 or 10 on “Mélange Bleu”, just to mention some of the more prominent ones) we listen to: seldom have we heard a bass or cello in jazz played with such subtle strength and roundness. As a composer, Danielsson has a great feel for elegant, soaring melodies. He uses his great versatility almost casually: Alongside the cello and the double bass, he plays fender bass, piano and fender rhodes, yet he never loses his overview, and he contributes meaningful and charmingly understated parts on all these instruments.

The ten tracks on this CD form an organic whole. Simple and accessible motivic fragments serve as hooks, but convey a fleeting and airy quality, especially on track 4, “Ironside”. The introverted trumpet and cello melancholia of the almost twenty-minute “Judas Bolero” develops into a delicate orchestral opulence, which condenses more and more as the piece progresses, and hints at the Miles Davis/Gil Evans classic “Sketches Of Spain”. But this is less of a cross reference, than a multi-dimensional continuation. Danielsson creates a tonal universe in which romanticism, ambient echoes and an intense, dramatic, harmonically complex contemporary jazz combine in an excitingly matter-of-fact way.

Danielsson’s soundscapes are at once succinct and enthralling, at times leaning towards the dark and mysterious (track 6, “Minor People“), toward the light and rhythmic (track 7, “Sketches Of Twelve“), at times angular with lyrical resolutions (track 8, “Naive“) or with an almost mechanical, driving energy (track 9, “Bacchanalia“). And yet the album never feels like a patchwork, because Danielsson’s lyrical strength and his quiet but glorious competence as a soloist draw the tracks together into a coherent and convincing whole. The leader has a commanding presence, and yet he leaves ample room for his all-star cast to shine. Bugge Wesseltoft and Nils Petter Molvaer contribute wonderful solos. Drummer Jon Christensen’s quiet art makes him constantly recognizable as an essential creative partner in this project. This is a CD that takes us on new and astounding musical journeys. And more so, the more we listen. “Mélange Bleu”: an imaginative work of art, subtly blending a myriad of tonal colours.

About Lars Danielsson:

Swedish bassist, cellist, composer and arranger Lars Danielsson is renowned and admired throughout the International jazz world for his lyrical playing and strong groove.

Lars Danielsson, born in 1958, is a musician with particularly broad interests. At the conservatory in Gothenburg he studied initially classical cello, before changing to bass and to jazz. As bassist he has a uniquely rounded sound, which is as lyrical as powerful and brings a breathtaking virtuosity of a unique performer.

The "Lars Danielsson Quartet" with former Miles Davis saxophonist David Liebman, pianist Bobo Stenson and legendary ECM drummer Jon Christensen has received a lot of recognition and numerous awards during the 18 years of its existence. Danielsson has released ten solo-albums since 1980 with his quartet and guests such as Alex Acuña and John Abercrombie. The Quartet has been a testing ground for Danielsson’s work as a composer and arranger, which has extended over the ...