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Tolvan Big Band: Effortlessly - Music by Helge Albin (2013)

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Swedish saxophonist, composer and arranger Helge Albin
Helge Albin
Helge Albin
b.1941
sax, alto
has led the Tolvan Big Band
Tolvan Big Band
Tolvan Big Band

band/orchestra
since 1979. Albin turned this ambitious, up-to-date big band, located in Malmö in southern Sweden, into a musical institution with an international reputation. They have collaborated with notable American musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
b.1946
saxophone
and Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
1949 - 2007
sax, tenor
, British composer Mike Westbrook
Mike Westbrook
Mike Westbrook
b.1936
composer/conductor
and Danish saxophonist Lars Møller; the band even dedicated one of its programs to new arrangements of the John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
1940 - 1980
composer/conductor
songbook.

Effortlessly is the second album dedicated to Albin's refined compositions and sophisticated orchestration after Tolvan Plays The Music of Helge Albin (Naxos Jazz, 1977). Albin makes full use of the vibrant energy of this 18-piece big band and its talented soloists. His compositions, all rooted in the jazz legacy, employ infinite possibilities for abstraction of the strong themes, introducing fresh dynamics and colors. All are performed with light, joyful elegance.

Two compositions stand out as the most impressive. On both only one soloist is featured and the energy of the big band is restrained. The first, "Stillness in Motion," featuring soprano saxophonist Cennet Jönsson
Cennet Jönsson
b.1956
sax, soprano
as the main soloist, contrasts between his lush and gentle telling of the melodic theme, as a kind of nuanced story full of twists and suspense, with the muscular sound of the big band. The second, the serene "Con Brio," features pianist Jorgen Emborg
Jorgen Emborg
b.1953
as the main soloist, and weaves a fragile interplay between Emborg's beautiful variations of the melody and the subdued answers of the brass and woodwind sections.

Impressive display of the big band art.


Track Listing: Get Up! (Don't Hit The Snooze Button!); Bluesy Minor; Shortcuts; Effortlessly; Stillness In Motion; Find Your Way Out; Con Brio.

Personnel: Helge Albin: alto saxophone, flute, musical director; Ulf Holmström - alto saxophone, alto flute, clarinet; Inge Petersson: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Cennet Jönsson: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Bernt Sjunnesson: baritone saxophone, flute; Anders Gustafsson: trumprt, fligelhorn (1,2,3,7); Hans Dyvik: trumpet, flugelhorn (4,5,6); Christer Gustafsson: trumpet, flugelhorn (4,5,6); Tobias Wiklund: trumpet, flugelhorn (1,2,3,7); Roy Wall: trumpet, flugelhorn; Fredrik Davidsson: trumpet, flugelhorn; Gerard Presencer: trumpet, flugelhorn; Vincent Nilsson: trombone, alto trombone (2); Olle Tull: trombone (4,5,6); Kim Aagaard: trombone (1,2,3,7); Ola Åkerman: trombone; Ola Nordqvist: trombone; Björn Hängsel: bass trombone; Jørgen Emborg: piano; Patrik Albin: double bass; Lennart Gruvstedt: drums.

Record Label: Kopasetic Productions

Style: Big Band


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