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Alla Drömmars Sång (Song of Dreams) is the debut of three resourceful and versatile Swedish master musicians who bridge the Swedish rich folk music with jazz and world music sensibilities. All three musicians worked with Swedish mufti-instrumentalist and world music pioneer Ale Möller, who wrote the liner notes for this album. Vocalist Lena Willmark led with him on the Nordan Project (Nordan, Agram ECM, 1994 and 1996) and Frifot. Trio.; Saxophonist Jonas Knutsson
This trio formed an immediate and intimate connection on a one day recording of this album. In an unhurried and emphatic manner the trio creates powerful and untimely music, full of surprises. Willemark is a master storyteller, as a vocalist and a violinist. Her expressive and warm singing and evocative violin playing color mysterious images of Northern winds and dreamy scenery on "Norrskensbrand ," answered with jazz abstractions of Öberg and Knutsson that sound organic in this context. The trio improvises beautifully on "Stugan" and "Limberg," the latter inspired by a folk saying in Willemark's native Älvdalen dialect that claims that women songs can save the world from great rains. "Laungga Tidh" is based on a traditional polska transformed into a mini-suite, with a lyrical solos of Öberg on the piano and Knutsson on the soprano sax, contrasted with the dramatic and suggestive singing of Willmark.
"All My Loving" is simply a masterpiece. Willemarks singing sounds innocent and believing in the power of love, but her delivery suggests that she is aware of its fragility. Knutsson and Öberg solo's charge this highly emotional love story with a reserved drama. "Kambhoji" travels organically between Nordic folk themes to fiery jazz improvisation with light elements of classic Indian music. The traditional "Jag Unnar Dig" is a touching farewell prayer to a loved one, sung and played with impressive restrain, suggesting that the this farewell is also a moment of acknowledgement of a great love. The trio concludes with an uplifting and powerful remake of a traditional song from Greenland "Ja-Ia."
A most beautiful and inspired gem.
Track Listing: Norrskensbrand (Fire of Northen Lights); Limberg; Laungga Tidh (Long
Time); Stugan (The Cottage); Fotspår (Footprints); All My Loving;
Kambhoji; Jag Unnar Dig (I Wish You); Jai-Ia.
Personnel: Lena Willemark: vocal, violin, viola; Jonas Knutsson: saxophones. Mats
Öberg, keyboards, harmonica.