Part of Andersen’s acoustic bass expertise is rooted within his deep, resonating tone and springy lines. Essentially, he’s a colorist who possesses monster chops and acute compositional skills. For example, listen to how he delicately comps behind guitarist Ralph Towner on the piece "Svev," culled from the bassist’s 1991 CD titled, If You Look For Enough. On other selections, Andersen and his various band mates inject loose, funk-rock grooves with airy melodies and cunningly, articulated harmonic sojourns.
The track titled "The Sword Under His Wings," is lifted from Andersen’s 1981 live album titled Molde Concert featuring pianist John Taylor, guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. On this piece, the band kicks matters into serious, overdrive! Here, Andersen’s colossal walking bass lines provide a heated underpinning for his ensemble. Other highlights include the bassist’s encounters with trumpeter Nils Petter Molver, and trumpeter/flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler.
Andersen is apt to skirt with the free zone on occasion as well as engaging fragile theme pieces, marked by wistful flutes, evidenced on "Sole," excerpted from his 1978 LP, Green Shading into Blue. To that end, highlights abound throughout! (Vigorously recommended.... )