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Associated with ECM almost from the beginning of its history, Arild Andersen played on five of the first 20 albums issued by the label – Jan Garbarek’s “Afric Pepperbird” and “Sart”, Terje Rypdal’s ECM leader debut, Bobo Stenson’s first trio disc, and saxophonist Robin Kenyatta’s “Girl from Martinique”. Andersen’s first ... Read more in Amazon's Arild Andersen Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B007VP6XGW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bassist Arild Andersen shines as the principal soloist in a celebration of music from ECM with specially-commissioned new big-band arrangements of well-known pieces by Dave Holland, Chick Corea, Trygve Seim, Jan Garbarek, and Keith Jarrett. The resourceful Tommy Smith adds powerful tenor solos, arranges Garbarek's Molde Canticle, and directs the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Andersen's composition Independency is a 16-minute highlight, in a sensitive and powerful arrangement by Mike Gibbs. Other contributing arrangers are Makoto Ozone, the Japanese pianist who played alongside Smith in Gary Burton's quartet in the 1980s (Corea's Crystal Silence), Christian Jacob (Holland's May Dance), Geoff Keezer (Jarrett's My Song) and Trygve Seim/Øyvind Bræke (Seim's own Ulrikas Dans). All of them contribute sterling work, and their arrangements are likely to enter modern jazz's big band repertory book.

Recorded live at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, Celebration is a highly attractive album for a broad listenership, and as a statement about music introduced by ECM will be of special interest to long-time followers of the label.

The double-bass of Norwegian Arild Andersen has been an integral part of the sound of ECM for more than four decades, but it's heard for the first time as the lead voice in large ensemble arrangements of music. The project had its genesis in 2009 when ECM's 40th anniversary inspired a number of tributes and festivals around the world. Tenorist Tommy Smith, who had been playing extensively with Arild in Andersen's trio (including Live At Belleville), proposed a special event with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, the big band he had founded in 1995.

Personnel: Arild Andersen (double-bass), Tommy Smith (tenor saxophone), Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith (direction)

Review

'The SNJO can always be relied upon to eschew the lumbering excesses of the big band idiom and is much at home here...Andersen and Smith take the whole thing on board with aplomb while never losing their identities.' --BBC Music Magazine, (Roger Thomas) * * * * *

'The fulcrum is Andersen, one of the truly great bass players in European jazz, whose wonderful, full tone is one of the joys of this album.' -- Jazzwise, (Stuart Nicholson) * * * *


'It's a contemporary big-band triumph in its inspired arrangements, sensitive execution and transfixing solo improvisations.'

--The Guardian, (John Fordham) * * * *

'Compositions by some of the label's biggest stars are each given a lush big band makeover, with Andersen's sonorous bass artfully capturing the essence of the originals. A unique and unusual celebration that deftly balances the new and the familiar.' -- The Irish Times, (Cormac Larkin) * * * *


'There's no undue fuss or flourish in the playing, just tight, deft ensemble work of a pleasingly old-fashioned sort. Andersen is main soloist, rich-toned and thoughtful...a triumph all round.' -- Jazz Journal, (Brian Morton) * * * *


'But while Andersen's playing is as majestic, nimble and big-toned as expected, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra's quality of musicianship and ensemble sound make it an equal partner - at the very least - in this enterprise.'

--Sunday Herald, (Rob Adams)

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By aKi on 28 Jun. 2013
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excellent interpretation and arrengements for Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, especially beatifull Andersen on the version of " Indipendency/part 4" and "Ulrika Dance"
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Finbar the looney on 23 Jun. 2012
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Some people would say that this is a massive vanity project,choosing tracks that exclusivally apear on the label that you record for,well,it is not,it is a reflection on how fine the composing talent is on ECM,
and who better to pay that tribute thanone ofthe giants ao Jazz over the last few decades the.amazing Arild Andersen,supported by the equally talented Tommy Smith,the last time they recorded together they produced the live album"Live at Belle vue" which was a magnificent recording,
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"May dance" by Dave Holland a fine upbeat verion of this song,the brass section works well,great bass playing,great playing by Smith as well.
"Molde Canticle"by Jan Garbarek,a lovely version of this Garbarek classic played with subtlty.
"Crystal silence"by Chick Coreastarts of with a pino and flute solo and when the band starts they add something to the original.
"Ulrikas song"by Trygve Siemagain sticks to the original tune with some fine playing by Arild
"Independency"by Arild Anderson is 16 minutes of true bliss,a remarkable performance.
"My Song"by Kieth JarretttThe magnetism of Jarrett seems to always pass me by,his style of music and composing skills always irritates me,however this ensemble have made this listenable to me
I urge you to consider buying this CD!
The packaging is,of course up to ECMs standard,a beautifully printed coloured booklet in a slipcase.
As usual for CM the recording of this live album is exceptional.

ARILD ANDERSON.....DOUBLE BASS
MARTIN KERSHAW.....CLARINET,SOPRANO AND ALTO SAXOPHONE
PAUL TOWNDROW......ALTO SAXOHONE
TOMMY SMITH......FLUTE AND TENOR SAXOHONE
KONRAD WISZNIEWSKI.....TENOR SAXOHONE
BILL FLEMMING.....BASS CLARINET BARITONE SAXOPHONE
RYAN QUIGLEY.....
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By Neil Cummings on 11 Dec. 2014
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This CD doesn't fully represent how good this big band is.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. G. Simpson on 14 Aug. 2012
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I bought this on the strength of a marvellous concert at the London South Bank one Sunday afternoon last year. Tommy Smith conducted the SNJO (outstanding scots jazz musicians), played tenor sax very fluently, and had AA guest soloing on bass. The selections were all representations of ECM label tunes, and done with new orchestration, given extra life.
This CD is a little disappointing in that it seems to have very little Tommy Smith and SNJO and almost too much - if that can be possible- of Arild on Bass. The songs also seem to come up short a little compared to the live show.
Those who did not see the live show and (probably) hope for too much from the CD, will probably enjoy it in its own right.
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