Paul Santner

Bassist, Guitarist, Arranger

7 Reviews (1 Verified)
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I've worked with Rachel Sermanni ("So It Turns"), Hildur Guðnadóttir, The Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio and many more.

I've been working professionally for 15+ years, arranging and playing a variety of instruments for internationally acclaimed artists and bands in studios and on stages.

I play the double-bass, electric bass, acoustic and electric guitars, piano, trumpet and flugelhorn.

I played the guitar on Rachel Sermanni's "So It Turns", I have recorded guitar for Academy Award-winning film composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and I have played the bass with The Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio and with Stefano Bollani's "Sheik Yer Zappa" Band.

Offering studio recordings (one or multiple instruments), musical arrangements and scoring in the vicinity of Jazz, creative Pop, Rock and Folk and for Singer-Songwriters.

sound samples:
1-6: double bass/electric bass
7-8: electric guitar
9-10: horns
1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8: Co-Arranger

picture by Peter C. Theis

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Discogs verified credits for Paul Santner
  • Philipp Harnisch Quartet
  • Philipp Harnisch Quartet
  • Philipp Harnisch Quartet
  • Héloïse Lefebvre, Paul Audoynaud
  • Friede Merz*
  • Friede Merz
  • 1000 Gram
  • Sun Dew
  • Rachel Sermanni
  • Fabiana Striffler
  • Michelle Daly
  • Rachel Sermanni
  • Conic Rose


  • English
  • German

7 Reviews

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  1. Review by Fabiana S.

    Paul Santner is a wonderful musician. I could fully rely on his musical choices. He has a rarely heard sense for details like inner voicings and ornaments. He has a sexy and warm sound on all of the many instruments he is capable of playing. With him you hire one person and he is able to make it a whole band. The collaboration was precise, reliable and the communication constructive and easy.
    I can highly recommend him.

  2. Review by Charis Karantzas

    Paul is the real deal. Definitely recommend!

  3. Review by Aidan Lowe

    I've had the pleasure of working together with Paul in many projects over the last decade. Paul is one of the most musically gifted people I've had the experience of making music with, he makes wonderful creative choices, is an amazing soloist on many instruments, has huge ears, and incredible time feel. Couldn't recommend Paul enough, I'm confident he would bring a high level of musicality and performance to any project.

  4. Review by Chris Tschuggnall
    by Chris Tschuggnall

    Paul is a fantastic musician all-around. He is not only a great instrumentalist, but always has an eye on the whole musical picture, overviewing the overall musical situation - very rare to find. Go work with him!

  5. Review by Friede Merz
    by Friede Merz

    Paul and I go way back. throughout our musical journeys I have appreciated Paul's contributions to both working on detail and creating space for magic to happen. Paul played guitar, upright bass, electric bass and Flugelhorn on my debut album, and also provided spot on backing vocals. he plays a mean piano too. his technical skills, his musicianship and his practiced kind awareness make him a one of a kind companion in working on new music.

  6. Review by Heloise Lefebvre

    Paul is a very talented multi-instrumentist who combines musicality, creativity and strong skills.
    He is incredibly accurate in his playing, applies directions perfectly and will elevate your piece to the best it can be. Besides being professional, he's easy to communicate with, you won't be disappointed!
    I've been working with Paul for years now and I highly recommend him.

  7. Review by Jon Campbell
    by Jon Campbell

    I’ve hired Paul to record upright and electric bass for two different projects and was blown away both times by the quality of his masterful musicianship. His timing and intonation are impeccable and his performance all-around is of the highest caliber! He’s a very easy-going guy who shows up on time and is serious about the work. Highest recommendations!

Interview with Paul Santner

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I was proud that my friend and one of the most influencial guitarists of our time, Kurt Rosenwinkel, asked me to go on tour with his trio.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm writing new songs.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: I play with all my heart!

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: To move people.

  9. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  10. A: I grew up in a musical family in Salzburg/Austria and decided to become a professional musician early on. I have studied the classical piano and trumpet, winning awards and playing in orchestras and getting into Pop and Jazz as a teenager. That's when I picked up the bass and the guitar. I was fortunate to study the guitar and the double-bass in Berlin with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Greg Cohen and I've worked professionally for about 15 years.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: I try to play what

  13. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  14. A: Mozart. I grew up in Salzburg and I keep wondering what he has been like.

  15. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  16. A: I work in Jazz, creative Pop, Rock and Folk and with Singer-Songwriters.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: Listening and making my instruments sound, I hope

  19. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  20. A: myself

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: Acoustic Instruments I record with a bunch of these microphones: Gefell MV691, AKG C414 B-ULS, Rode NT5, Shure SM57 going either into my Noble Preamp D.I. and my RME Fireface 400. Electric Bass I record both directly through the Noble Preamp D.I. and through a Mesa Boogie 1/12" bass amplifier. Electric guitar I record through a handwired "Cream" Fender Deluxe-style amplifier.

  23. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  24. A: Ray Brown, Art Tatum, Bill Frisell, Ron Stabinsky


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GenresSounds Like
  • James Jamerson
  • Thomas Morgan
  • Bill Frisell
Gear Highlights
  • Fender Precision Bass
  • 19th century double-bass
  • Fender Telecaster
  • Framus Archtop Guitar
  • August Förster Upright Piano
  • Noble D.I.
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