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Per Sjodin: Gentle Thoughts (2006)

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Swedish guitarist Per Sjödin slips into mainstream jazz with measured grace and a pocketful of soul. His regular band is a trio with Danish organist Kjeld Lauritsen, whom he met on a gig, and Swedish drummer Zoltan Csörsz, Jr. On this debut recording, Sjödin has astutely added Mårten Lundgren (trumpet) and Magnus Lindgren (tenor) on four of the tracks to extend the impact of the compositions. Sjödin's writing strongly asserts melody, and his playing is juicy and ripe, nourished by the dip into the music and enhanced by texture.

Sjödin pays tribute to one of his heroes, Horace Silver, on "Silverado. The theme bounces from his guitar, then the focus shifts to Lindgren, who carries it into bop domain on tenor. The tune settles in this territory, and Lundgren carves a niche on the trumpet. Sjödin pays tribute to another inspiration, John Coltrane, on the whipcord "Mr. JC. The tension and groove of the twelve-bar blues are both elevated by the level of heated energy Sjödin sets in motion.

The leader also explores his softer side, with artistry and a firm grasp of the vocabulary, in a solo version of the standard "My One and Only Love. The band enriches the euphonic "After the Summer Rain, where Sjödin is nimble and articulate, rarely digressing from the melodic core. Lauritsen uses the rich tonality of the Hamond B3 to extend the sonic screen.

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Track Listing: Gentle Thoughts; A Casual Acquaintance; Silverado; After the Summer Rain; Make Me a Pallet on the Floor; My One and Only Love; If I Should Lose you; Mr. JC.

Personnel: Per Sjdin: guitar; Kjeld Lauritsen: Hammond B3 Organ; Zoltan Csrsz, Jr.: drums; Mrten Lundgren: trumpet (1,3,5,8); Magnus Lindgren: tenor saxophone (1,3,5,8).

Record Label: Lovestreet Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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