Life and work
Danielsson is currently one of the greatest bassists in jazz. Even as a child he played harmonica and began playing the violin at the age of eight, moved after he became interested in jazz double bass and was professionally active age of 15. He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm from 1962 until 1966. At age 19, 1965, he was appointed by Bill Evans for a gig in Stockholm Jazz Club " Gyllene Cirkeln " ( "The Golden Circle" ) is committed on the spot and became so national reputation. He then toured Europe with the quartet of saxophonist Barney Wilen ( Eje Thelin piano, Billy Brooks drums). In the 1970s, Danielsson was a motor of the Stockholm jazz scene and founded with the pianist Bobo Stenson, the Group Rena Rama ( with saxophonist Lennart Åberg and drummer Bengt Berger). Both were also members of the influential Swedish-Norwegian quartet with saxophonist Jan Garbarek and drummer Jon Christensen, with the 1973 album Witchi -Tai -To emerged. The mid to late 1970s, he was one with Garbarek and Christensen to pianist Keith Jarrett "European Quartet".
In the 1980s, Danielsson played in a quartet of saxophonist Charles Lloyd (Album Fish out of Water, 1990), and was a member of the group of French piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani. 1990 played a Danielsson with saxophonist Christof Lauer, pianist Joachim Kühn and the ex - Weather Report drummer Peter Erskine recordings that have been awarded the annual prize of the German Record Critics. He worked in the quartet of Bobo Stenson and Tomasz Stanko of the Septet ( Litania - Music of Krzysztof Komeda 1999). In the 1990s, a long-standing collaboration with pianist John Taylor, with whom he toured in a trio with Erskine ( You Never Know 1993 Time Being 1994 As It Is in 1996 ) began. Except with his own quartet "Contra Post" ( with saxophonist Joakim Milder, pianist Rita Marcotulli and drummer Anders Kjellberg ) he plays Swedish folk music with the group Nordan.
Danielsson's older sister is the pianist and composer Monica Dominique.
In 2001 he received the Django d' Or ( Sweden ) and in 2002 the Royal Academy of Music Jazz Award of Stockholm.