Petter Eldh was obsessed with Jazz, Classical, Soul, Reggae, Swedish folk music, Middle-Eastern and Hip Hop at an early age and collected vinyl since the age of 7. He initially played guitar before switching to what became his primary instrument, the double bass. Early influences such as Charles Mingus, Anders Jormin, Charlie Haden, Charlie Parker, A Tribe Called Quest, Monica Zetterlund, Samla Mammas Manna, Aretha Franklin and Earth Wind & Fire have guided his diverse output as a musician.
Long-standing collaborations include the following erratic and progressive forces:
Django Bates Beloved (ECM records), Enemy (Kit Downes/James Maddren), Jameszoo, Lucia Cadotsch Speak Low, Hayden Chisholm, Gard Nilssen, Peter Bruun, Christian Lillinger, Benoit Delbecq and Kaja Draksler. As a producer he has remixed work by Jameszoo – Flake (Brainfeeder), Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – Vula (Afterhours), Speak Low (Enja) and releases his own music on his own imprint Galatea Records and the Finnish label WeJazz Records where he put out his recent album “Koma Saxo” featuring the ingenious saxophonists Otis Sandsjö, Mikko Innanen and Jonas Kullhammar.
Selected releases in 2019 include:
Koma Saxo – Koma Saxo (Wejazz Records)
Christian Lillinger’s Open Form For Society (Plaist Music)
Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity – To Whom Who Buys a Record (Odin Records)
Susanne Sundfør – Live at Barbican (Bella Union)
Marius Neset and London Sinfonietta – Viaduct
Selected releases in 2018 include:
Otis Sandsjö presents Y-Otis – (We Jazz Records) (Produced by Petter Eldh)
ENEMY – feat. Kit Downes & James Maddren (Edition Records) (Produced and mixed by Petter Eldh).
Punkt.Vrt.Plastik (Eldh | Kaja Draksler | C.Lillinger) (Intakt Records)
Selected releases in 2017 include:
Django Bates Beloved – The Study of Touch (ECM)
Amok Amor – We Know Not What We Do (Intakt)
Lucia Cadotsch Speak Low – Renditions (Enja)
Gard Nilssen’s Acoustic Unity – Live in Europe (Clean Feed)
Frans Petter Eldh
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Three events that shaped Frans Petter´s musical journey:
He bought his first hip hop album when he was nine years old. Dr. Dre – The Chronic.
He bought his first album with extreme improvisation when he was 13. That was a Charlie Parker compilation.
After one week of constantly listening to the multi-layered flow of Charlie Parker, he heard Peter Brötzmann play live.