Palle Danielsson

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Palle Danielsson

Paul "Palle" Danielsson (born October 15, 1946 in Stockholm ) is a Swedish jazz bassist.

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Danielsson is currently one of the most important double bass players in jazz. He played the harmonica as a child and began playing the violin when he was eight. He switched to the double bass after taking an interest in jazz. Danielsson was already a professional at the age of 15. He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm from 1962 to 1966. At the age of 19, in 1965, he was hired by Bill Evans to perform in the Stockholm jazz club "Gyllene Cirkeln" ("The Golden Circle") and thus achieved a national level Look at. He then toured Europe with the quartet of saxophonist Barney Wilen ( Eje Thelin piano, Billy Brooks drums). In the 1970s Danielsson was an engine of the Stockholm jazz scene and founded the group Rena Rama with the pianist Bobo Stenson (with the saxophonist Lennart Åberg and the drummer Bengt Berger ). Both were also members of the influential Swedish-Norwegian quartet with saxophonist Jan Garbarek and drummer Jon Christensen , with whom the 1973 album Witchi-Tai-To was created. In the mid to late 1970s he belonged with Garbarek and Christensen to pianist Keith Jarrett's “European Quartet”.

In the 1980s Danielsson played in the quartet of the saxophonist Charles Lloyd (album Fish out of Water 1990), and belonged to the group of the French piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani . In 1990 Danielsson made recordings with saxophonist Christof Lauer , pianist Joachim Kühn and ex- Weather Report drummer Peter Erskine , which were awarded the annual German Record Critics' Prize. He worked in the quartet of Bobo Stenson and in the septet of Tomasz Stańko ( Litania - Music of Krzysztof Komeda 1999). In the 1990s began a long-term collaboration with the pianist John Taylor , with whom he toured in a trio with Erskine ( You Never Know 1993, Time Being 1994, As It Is 1996). In addition to his own quartet “Contra Post” (with saxophonist Joakim Milder , pianist Rita Marcotulli and drummer Anders Kjellberg ) he plays Swedish folk music with the Nordan group .

Danielsson's older sister is the pianist and composer Monica Dominique .

In 2001 he received the Django d'Or (Sweden) and in 2002 the jazz prize of the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm.

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