Lars Danielsson

bass, cello | Sweden
Live Artist

The Swedish cellist and bassist Lars Danielsson (born 1958) has an inimitable sound, which comes both from his background and from his classical education. Danielsson is one of the most in-demand bass players in the world and has played with a virtually endless phalanx of international stars like Michael and Randy Brecker, John Scofield and Charles Lloyd. His singing, warm, melodic and highly cultivated sound is recognizable in an instant. His music as leader is characterized by his unparalleled talent for simple and catchy melodies, by his feel for sounds and arrangements, and by his flair for putting together very special groups of musicians – with major stars the likes of Leszek Mozdzer, Tigran, Magnus Öström, Arve Henriksen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, Eric Harland and many more, appearing on Danielsson's albums time and time again.

Those who know how attractive and approachable Libretto’s music is, will find all their expectations fulfilled on CLOUDLAND. The 'elegant lyricism' and 'unerring groove' which Canadian writer John Kelman (All About Jazz) spotted in the band’s first album are to be found in abundance on this, their fourth. This music is also a celebration of the myriad talents which the members of Liberetto bring to Danielsson’s music. These musicians have been familiar with Lars Danielsson’s music for most of a decade. They understand it and they cherish it. There are new elements in CLOUDLAND for example this completely irresistible pulse, flow, even an airy elegance about it. One of its very special features is the variety of its beautifully crafted endings.

Lars Danielsson (bass, cello), Magnus Öström (drums, perc, electronics), John Parricelli (guitar), Gregory Privat (piano)

It scarcely feels necessary to mention the pre-eminent status of all four of these artists, because that is evident from hearing the music. When Nils Landgren brings such feeling to his own melody “Le chat sur le toit”, or when Michael Wollny dazzles with the blues-infused piano solo in “Lady Madonna”; when “Polygon” opens with a bass intro from Lars Danielsson, or when Wolfgang Haffner sets up the power groove to propel “4WD”, then it’s clear what’s happening: four leading figures in European jazz who know each other well and who have appreciated each other’s work for many years have now got together. True, their paths have crossed many times before, and in all kinds of configurations. The formidable duo of Landgren and Wollny comes to mind, for example, as does Haffner’s long-term role as an anchor in the Funk Unit, or Danielsson's vivid bass presence in Haffner's trio…but here for the very first time are the four friends as a quartet. They decided to record an album together at the Nilento Studio in Gothenburg: “4 Wheel Drive”.

Lars Danielsson (bass, cello), Wolfgang Haffner (drums), Nils Landgren (trombone & voice), Michael Wollny (piano)