Jon Christensen

Jon Christensen over the past thirty years, the Norwegian drummer has played drums and percussion on fully fifty-five releases from the esteemed German jazz label.

Jon elaborates on beats: “You could go to a jazz club Tuesday at 8:00 and play just one tap on the cymbal, then come back to the club exactly one week later and play one more cymbal hit. People would think the two events have nothing in common. But that is a beat.”

Well, that might not wash in Nashville, but it's certainly worked its magic for a host of ECM artists. “If I'm playing with a band in 4/4 in a medium tempo,” Jon explains, “and I feel like loosening up a bit, I could go out of tempo or stop altogether”but I always know exactly where I am. I'm just not marking the 1 or setting up the bridge with a fill. I always try to avoid that. Instead, I try to play in waves.”

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

34 Photos

Albums

Rarum, Vol. 20: Selected Recordings
Rarum, Vol. 20:...
ECM Records
2004
buy
Rarum XX: Selected Recordings
Rarum XX: Selected...
ECM Records
2004
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

Carla Bley Carla Bley
piano
Jan Garbarek Jan Garbarek
sax, tenor
Paul Motian Paul Motian
drums
Egberto Gismonti Egberto Gismonti
guitar, acoustic
Ralph Towner Ralph Towner
guitar
John Surman John Surman
saxophone

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google banner ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Fund All About Jazz's Future