Steinar Raknes is one of Norway’s foremost jazz bassists and songwriters. With his fearless and explosive playing style, he is often compared with the legendary bassist and songwriter Charles Mingus. Many know Raknes through his work as composer and musician in the award-winning jazz trio Urban Connection, and for collaborations with artists such as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Steve Grossman and Per Texas Johansson. After completing a Master of Arts (music) degree in jazz at NTNU in2001, he has collaborated in a number of ensembles, including The Core, the Ola Kvernberg Trio, SKAIDI, Kirsti Huke Quartet and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.
Tangos, Ballads & More is the Norwegian bass player Steinar Raknes´ new band. Strongly influenced by latin American music and Norwegian folk music bass player Steinar Raknes has created new music and a new sound. The band with the original line up plays, in addition to Raknes´original music, tangos and bossa nova ballads, merged with elements from norwegian folk music. This is inspired jazz music, soft and melodic, powerful and energetic at the same time, jazz from the north, played by the best of Norwegian improvising musicians.