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Nils Landgren, Michael Wollny, Lars Danielsson, Wolfgang Haffner – 4 Wheel Drive (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Nils Landgren, Michael Wollny, Lars Danielsson, Wolfgang Haffner – 4 Wheel Drive (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:36 minutes | 983 MB | Genre:  Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music

4 wheel-drives may cause pollution, but they go fast! Nils Landgren was keenly aware of this power when he decided to name his album 4 Wheel Drive. Alongside him, the record’s three other wheels are Michael Wollny (piano), Lars Danielsson (bass) and Wolfgang Haffner (drums). These musicians, who are some of the driving forces of today’s European jazz, play with impressive unity under the leadership of a charismatic yet never despotic leader, Swedish Nils Landgren, who plays trombone (and sings). They revisit hits of 4 major pop artists, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Phil Collins and Sting, whose songs comprise eight out of the twelve tracks on the record, choosing a fan-friendly repertoire while always adding a distinctive twist. These songs’ melodic strength in today’s collective unconscious is never weakening the band’s inspired improvisations. Even Landgren’s intimate and delicate vocals bring an innovative light. – Clotilde Maréchal

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Iiro Rantala with Lars Danielsson & Peter Erskine – Lost Heroes (2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Iiro Rantala with Lars Danielsson & Peter Erskine – Lost Heroes (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 54:16 minutes | 412 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ACT Music

Until now his name has been mainly associated with Trio Töykeät, one of the wildest, funniest and most visionary piano trios in the international jazz scene. Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala explored all possibilities of this classic line up – sometimes the ferocious player with boundless energy, other times the sensitive romantic or burlesque joker. His playing exceeded stylistic boundaries and was as uncompromising as it was entertaining, yet was always held together by the combination of limitless technique, a sense of humour and unmistakable good taste – qualities which Rantala preserved even after he dissolved Trio Töykeät in 2006. “My goodness! We’ve been doing this for 18 years now and given thousands of concerts. It’s time for a break,” he said at the time, choosing to concentrate on “Iiro at large” – his own show on Finnish television which can still be seen today – and his solo career.

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Lars Danielsson – Tarantella (2009/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Lars Danielsson – Tarantella (2009/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 57:35 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Jazz
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When a jazz improviser comes out with an album titled Tarantella, one cannot help but wonder if he is offering a fusion of jazz and southern Italian folk (the tarantella, after all, originated in Taranto, a coastal city in southeastern Italy, and became popular all over Campania, Calabria, and Sicily). But Tarantella, despite what its title implies, doesn’t have a strong Italian influence; there are no jazz arrangements of traditional Italian folk songs on this self-produced post-bop outing. Nonetheless, Tarantella does have its share of European influences, ranging from Euro-classical chamber music to traditional Scandinavian folk — and Swedish bassist/cellist Lars Danielsson incorporates all of those influences without being overly abstract or academic. In fact, the songs (most of which Danielsson wrote or co-wrote) are relatively accessible. That is not to say that contemplative, evocative offerings such as “Ballerina,” “Melody on Wood,” “The Madonna,” and “Across the Sun” are simplistic; these songs have a lot of depth, but at the same time, they aren’t terribly difficult to absorb — and Danielsson achieves this healthy balance of intellect and accessibility with a solid team that also includes trumpeter Mathias Eick, pianist Leszek Mozdzer, guitarist John Parricelli, and drummer/percussionist Eric Harland. Emotionally, Danielsson and his colleagues have a lot to say on this 58-minute CD, which was recorded in 2008 in Gothenburg, Sweden (a city that is known for its abundance of death metal bands but has many other types of music as well). Danielsson has often been described as a melodic player, and he lives up that reputation on the excellent Tarantella. ~ Alex Henderson

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Iiro Rantala with Lars Danielsson & Peter Erskine – How Long Is Now? (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Iiro Rantala with Lars Danielsson & Peter Erskine – How Long Is Now? (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:39 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Jazz
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This new trio album with Peter Erskine (drums) and Lars Danielsson (bass) constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala’s life.

“Avoid the basic concept of the jazz piano trio and make it more groovy, with simple melodies” Iiro Rantala

After the album “My Working Class Hero,” dedicated to John Lennon and “Tears for Esbjörn,” a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, “How Long Is Now?” puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back on to the Finnish pianist, composer and life-force Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine (drums) and Lars Danielsson (bass) constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala’s life.

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Caecilie Norby & Lars Danielsson – Just the Two of Us (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Caecilie Norby & Lars Danielsson – Just the Two of Us (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:15 minutes | 972 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Caecilie Norby and Lars Danielsson are the dream couple of jazz – in the truest sense of the word. Being a couple also in “real life”, two of the most popular and recognized musicians in European jazz now present their first duo album ever. An intimate touching musical statement with voice and strings.

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Lars Danielsson – Liberetto III (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lars Danielsson – Liberetto III (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 54:21 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Jazz
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‘Never change a winning team’ – The old sporting wisdom can also be applied to music: When soul mates and perfectly matched musicians find one another, they are well advised to stick together. ‘Liberetto II’ by the exceptional Swedish bassist and cellist Lars Danielsson is the living proof. Three years ago he found a quartet with the former e.s.t. drummer Magnus Öström, the British guitarist John Paricelli and most of all as a new dream team duo with Armenian pianist Tigran. It interpreted his compositions and realised his musical ideas more precisely than probably any ensemble before it.

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Lars Danielsson & Paolo Fresu – Summerwind (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lars Danielsson & Paolo Fresu – Summerwind (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 49:15 minutes | 898 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music

Some people talk a lot, whereas others keep hold of what is important, and only need a few words to get to their point. The same is true in music. Lars Danielsson and Paolo Fresu, who have now teamed up, are two musicians who choose the notes they play with extreme care. “Summerwind”, their first joint studio project, brings the Swedish master bassist/cellist’s gorgeous sound on both instruments and his fine sense for simple and haunting melodies into a partnership with the bright, airy tones of one of Europe’s most lyrical trumpeters whose way of “playing it cool” has such distinctive expressiveness.

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Leszek Mozdzer, Lars Danielsson, Zohar Fresco – Polska (2013/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Leszek Mozdzer, Lars Danielsson, Zohar Fresco – Polska (2013/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 58:02 minutes | 703 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Polish pianist Leszek Możdżer, a longtime star in his home country, spreads his fame worldwide with Polska, recorded with musical soulmates Lars Danielsson, one of the best jazz bassists in the world and Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco. The sound on Polska is as much a product of these two musicians as creative mastermind Możdżer himself. Polska’s grand finale is a version of Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced? featuring the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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Leszek Mozdzer, Lars Danielsson, Zohar Fresco, Atom String Quartet – Leszek Mozdzer & Friends: Jazz At Berlin Philharmonic III (Live) (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Leszek Możdżer, Lars Danielsson, Zohar Fresco, Atom String Quartet – Leszek Możdżer & Friends: Jazz At Berlin Philharmonic III (Live) (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 01:05:39 minutes | 703 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music

In May 2014, the innovative and inventive concert series Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic headed east on a musical journey to the jazz stronghold of Poland. Piano virtuoso Leszek Możdżer, revered like a pop star in his homeland, shines on this live recording as he is accompanied by a trio and the Atom String Quartet. Together, Możdżer and his bandmates conjure up a celebrated concert evening that once again shows that a mix of jazz, classical and folk music provides important impulses for the future of European jazz and Poland.

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Lars Danielsson, Marius Neset, Morten Lund – Sun Blowing (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Lars Danielsson, Marius Neset, Morten Lund – Sun Blowing (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 44:04 minutes | 929 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music

It happens so rarely nowadays. Three musicians, who all make their homes in Copenhagen, met for the very first time as a trio in a studio. That initial encounter was recorded, and an extremely fine record is the result. The instigator was Danish drummer Morten Lund. The seed was sown in a conversation with Norwegian-born saxophonist Marius Neset and Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson, when all three were travelling back by train to Copenhagen from Jazz Baltica in 2012. That encounter gave Lund the idea that a session like this could work. Danielsson and Lund were already familiar with each other from their work in groups led by Caecilie Norby and Ulf Wakenius. Marius Neset had hardly ever played with either the bassist or the drummer. “The saxophone/ bass /drums trio gives space and freedom”, says Lund. “I felt that the three of us…

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