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Erik Amundsen

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Origin  Norway
Role  Musician
Occupation(s)  Musician
Died  February 22, 2015
Instruments  Upright bass
Genres  Jazz
Name  Erik Amundsen

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Born  1 February 1937 Oslo (1937-02-01)
Albums  Portrait of a Norwegian Jazz Artist, The Oslo Jazz Circle jubilee concert in the fall of 1998, Tenderly, Remember
Similar People  Arne Domnerus, Ronnie Ross, Hans Koller

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Erik Amundsen (1 February 1937 – 22 February 2015) was a Norwegian jazz bassist from Oslo.



Amundsen debuted in 1954 within the trio of his brother Arvid Amundsen and within Atle Hammer Sextet. Throughout the 1950s he played within Karl Otto Hoff Trio, Eilif Holm Quartet and released an album with Mikkel Flagstad in 1956. In the 1960s he was involved in European All Stars in Berlin (1961) and was awarded the Buddyprisen in 1962. Amundsen ble nærmest selvsagt på landets jazz-utgivelser, med Karin Krog, Bernt Anker Steen, Erik Andresen, Laila Dalseth, Magni Wentzel, Bjørn Johansen, Jan Berger and Bjarne Nerem. He played regularly at the Metropol Jazz Centre in Oslo, including with international greats such as Bud Powell. Amundsen also played with Al Cohn and Bengt Hallberg, within bands led by Per Borthen and Totti Bergh, and the groups VSOBOP, Street Swingers, Storeslem and Jazz A Pell Oktett.

His own Erik Amundsen Sextet (2000) included Atle Hammer (trumpet), Jan Erik Ulseth (saxophone), Erling Wicklund (trombone), Roger Amundsen (guitar) and Eyvind Olsen (drums). After a stroke in 2002, he has not been able to play. In 2006 he was honored by a concert at the club Cosmopolite in Oslo). Almost forty tunes from his work can be heard on the album Portrait of a norwegian jazz artist (2005).

Amundsen died on 22 February 2015. He was 78.


  • 1962: Buddyprisen
  • Discography

  • 1993: Tenderly, with Monica Borgen
  • 1995: Remember, with Totti Bergh
  • 1998: The Oslo Jazz Circle jubilee concert in the fall of 1998
  • 2005: Portrait of a Norwegian jazz artist (Gemini Records)
  • References

    Erik Amundsen Wikipedia

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