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2019 6 Nov

Jan Erik Kongshaug 1944-2019

von: Jan Reetze Filed under: Blog | TB | Tags: , 4 Comments


Sound engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug passed away last night at the age of 75.

His recordings will remain.


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  1. Brian Whistler:

    Very sad news.

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:

    I don‘t know if news already spread yesterday, but in the early afternoon I got a phone call from radio jazz man Guenther Huesmann who wanted to use excerpts from my meeting with Jan Erik in Oslo, in Rainbow, dating back to the late 90‘s. He only spoke of the 50th anniversary. So there is the old tape in the archives from the Deutschlandfunk, and it is now transferred to the Südwestfunk.

    I will never forget the quiet man in the control room and a long talk with Misha Alperin on the same day. When I left the place, Jan Gabarek and his wife came out of a bakery, a bit surreal. I knew him from interviews, but I like to let people undisturbed from small talk.

    It was winter, there was snow, a pre-Christmas mood, and I remembered even then how many great records I have with Jan Erik’s name on it. The silent life of names on the back of record sleeves. Now I go to my cds and look what may have been his last teamwork with Manfred Eicher.

  3. ECM HQ:

    Jan Erik Kongshaug, recording engineer on many productions made in Oslo at the Bendiksen, Talent, and Rainbow Studios has died, aged 75. “Our first studio session together, and the beginning of a close collaboration lasting nearly fifty years, was Afric Pepperbird in September, 1970, with Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen. We were all rather innocent beginners, then,” Manfred Eicher recalls, “but listening to the playback shared a growing awareness of participating in something special.”

    Near the beginning of the ECM story, Jan Erik engineered the influential series of solo piano recordings that included Chick Corea’s Piano Improvisations. Vol, 1 & 2, Keith Jarrett’s Facing You, and Paul Bley’s Open, To Love and, working closely with Manfed Eicher, helped to realize the clarity and transparency of sound that would become a hallmark of the label’s recordings.

    “We experimented a lot then with microphone placements,” he recalled in a 2007 interview, “But, almost from the beginning, we never had to talk very much about technical things. A look or a gesture and I would know what was needed.”

    Though most of the work took place in his native Norway, Kongshaug also contributed to ECM sessions at New York’s Power Station, where Pat Metheny’s Offramp and Keith Jarrett’s Standards were produced, and to the live recordings Personal Mountains and Sleeper of Jarrett’s quartet with Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson and Jon Christensen in Japan.

  4. radiohoerer:

    Ein großer Verlust! Er war maßgeblich für den Klang von ECM verantwortlich. Dann werde ich heute Abend ein paar LP’s herausholen und seiner Gedenken.

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