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Jon Christensen RIP

Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76.

by Jon Davis, Published 2020-02-18

Jon ChristensenJon Ivar Christensen was born March 20, 1943 in Oslo, and first came to international attention on a number of recordings by composer George Russell, where he worked with both Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal, associations that would continue for the rest of his life.

With contributions to well over 200 recordings and untold numbers of concert appearances, Christensen was one of the most sought-after drummers in Europe and one of very few European musicians to be known in the US as well.


Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): Keith Jarrett, Terje Rypdal, Ralph Towner, Miroslav Vitouš, Bobo Stenson, Jon Christensen

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