Tarantella elected jazz album of the year by German NDR radio
Tarantella (ACT 9477-2) by Lars Danielsson was awarded album of the year 2009 by the listeners of NDR radio, one of Germanys’ biggest public radio stations. The album features Lars Danielsson’s close musical partner Leszek Mozdzer on piano and also enhances the successful duo with Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick, British guitarist John Parricelli, and the American drummer Eric Harland.
Stefan Gerdes, editor of NDR play jazz stated: “Lars Danielsson is a modern romanticist with a big heart and a big tone. The music on Tarantella has been recorded with the sound of today but flows so timelessly and seductive, that it makes you want to float on it through the day. It’s hard to choose what to admire more about Danielsson: For his achievement as an instrumentalist, as a bandleader, as a composer – as a creator of strong, memorable and at the same time fresh melodies, as they are rarely to be found in jazz.”
quotes on Tarantella:
“An album of subtly shifting moods and colours ... Danielsson is a masterful bassist, one of the very few in jazz with an almost complete command of arco playing. Easily Danielsson’s finest album to date, it also numbers among the finest albums in the ACT catalogue.”
“The intensely felt and spacious ensemble playing explores the cinematic potential of the spaces opened up by Lars Danielsson’s tightly framed, loose-limbed compositions. Their improvisations and shifting scales sound as natural as breathing.”
- THE INDEPENDENT
”Lars Danielsson is one of our foremost bas players … It is beautiful, lyrical and open. All is very nice and well orchestrated…”
- DAGENS NYHETER
”It is an impressive musical building with a tone of its own that he has created...”, ”Danielsson works with a broad assortment of ground color, sound and melody figures, eager and scilful to find new pretty combinations.”, “This group, with guitar and trumpet (Mathias Eick) sound the best conceivable for Danielsson’s widely built ambitions.”
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