Jon Christensen (1943-2020)

Uma triste perda em 18.02.2020. Faleceu Jon Ivar Christensen, baterista de jazz norueguês. Na página da ECM Records no Facebook:

Jon Christensen, one of the great drummers of modern jazz and improvisation beyond jazz, has died aged 76.

As a young self-taught player, Jon honed his craft working at Oslo’s clubs with a long list of visiting American stars, beginning with Bud Powell and including Don Ellis, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Kenny Dorham and Dexter Gordon. Dexter famously encouraged Jon to have faith in his own creativity: “You’re not from Harlem, and you’re 20 years old – play how you feel!” By the mid-1960s Jon was working regularly with George Russell and making important contributions to a burgeoning new jazz movement gathering momentum in Norway, alongside Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal and Arild Andersen. Afric Pepperbird announced their arrival at ECM in 1970. It was the first of around seventy albums with Christensen for the label. Jon’s creative, malleable style, with detailed cymbal-play and rolling, flowing drums – he spoke often about playing in waves, about colouration, about phrasing like a horn player – could adapt itself to the most diverse contexts.

Jon Christensen

From Ralph Towner’s Solstice to the Charles Lloyd Quartet, from the Enrico Rava Quartet to Ketil Bjørnstad’s The Sea, from the Bobo Stenson Trio to Anouar Brahem’s Khomsa, from the Masqualero group to duets with Dino Saluzzi, the Christensen discography is an enduring testament to creative participation and deep listening. A great team player, Jon had no band-leading ambitions and there is just one album under his name on ECM, an anthology in the :rarum series of Selected Recordings. Here Jon chose to emphasize his recordings with Keith Jarrett, selections drawn from the albums Belonging, My Song and Personal Mountains. His last recording for ECM was Returnings, with Jakob Bro, Palle Mikkelborg and Thomas Morgan, released in 2018.

Jon era casado com a atriz, ministra e diretora de teatro Ellen Horn e pai da cantora e atriz Emilie Stoesen Christensen.

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In the late 1960s Christensen played alongside Jan Garbarek on several recordings by the composer George Russell. He also was a central participant in the Jazz band, Masqualero, with Arild Andersen, and they reappeared in 2003 for his 60th anniversary. He appears on many recordings on the ECM label with such artists as Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Bobo Stenson, Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, Barre Phillips, Arild Andersen, Enrico Rava, John Abercrombie, Michael Mantler, Miroslav Vitous, Rainer Brüninghaus, Charles Lloyd, Dino Saluzzi and Tomasz Stanko.

Jon Christensen

He, along with Jan Garbarek and Palle Danielsson, was a member of the legendary Keith Jarrett “European Quartet” of the 1970s which produced five excellent jazz recordings on ECM Records.