Svein Christiansen, jazz drummer, Died at 74

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Svein “Chrico” Christiansen was born on August 6, 1941, and died on November 25, 2015.

He was a Norwegian jazz musician, drummer, known from a number of recordings, and central on the Oslo Jazz scene.

Svein started early to play drums in various bands in the Oslo area like “Hot Saints” (1958–1960), “Veitvet musikkskoles storband”, and in ensembles led by Oddvar Paulsen, Roy Hellvin, Helge Hurum, Fred Nøddelund and Frode Thingnæs.

He played on albums by Einar Iversen, Egil Kapstad, Karin Krog, Terje Bjorklund, Svein Finnerud/Trond Botnen, Terje Rypdal (Odyssey, 1975), Knut Riisnæs, Radka Toneff, Jon Eberson, Laila Dalseth, Oystein Sevag, Jens Wendelboe, Susanne Fuhr, Dag Arnesen (Renascent, 1984), within “Out To Lunch”, and with Bjorn Alterhaug and Helge Iberg.

Svein also appeared on records in other genres, with “Kjerringrokk” (1975), Svein Finjarn (Soloflight, 1978), “LASA” (Released, 1980), “Stiftelsen” (1981), Odd Børretzen (På den ene siden – På den andre siden, 1976) and Bjørn Eidsvåg (Live i Ny York 1981, Passe gal 1983), Jan Eggum (En natt forbi 1979, 30/30, 2005), Lars Klevstrand (Frie hender, 1981), Lystad/Mjøen, Ryfylke Visegruppe (Forlis, 1983) and Trond-Viggo Torgersen (Harunåsågirebort, 1978).

During the 1970s, Svein was also in Oslo-Filharmonien, “Radiostorbandet”, Kringkastingsorkesteret (1980–2003) and “Per Nyhaug Studioband”, and recently in “Willy Andresen Quartet”, Einar Iversen Trio, trio with Dag Arnesen and Terje Gewelt, Totti Bergh Quintet, Tine Asmundsen Trio, Quartet and Quintet (1999–), as well as in the band “Bone Thang”.

Svein Christiansen passed away in Oslo in 2015 at age 74.

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