Around the World: Sweden’s Palle Danielsson

3 May

Swedish bassist Palle Danielsson is rarely at the front of bands, but that’s not to say he shouldn’t be.

Though he’s led and lent his name to a quartet, he’s most synonymous for whom he’s played with — pianist Keith Jarrett in the 70s, and the best of European jazz since (Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and British pianist John Taylor foremost). That the leaders he’s accompanying are so well-regarded is no coincidence.

Born Nils Paul Danielsson in 1946, by the age of 5 he was written up in a Swedish music magazine for nearly memorizing Mocking Bird Hill. He’s memorized, and improvised, quite a bit since.

From Ross Boissoneau’s review of John Taylor’s album Angel of the Presence: “Danielsson is one of jazz’s overlooked treasures, his versatility fitting in with a variety of situations . . .”

A link to Danielsson on the bass from a 2007 concert appearance below.

Sources: Camscores.com, allmusic.com, touchemusic.se

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