. In 1995, he recorded the EmArcy/Universal album Sixtus (his middle name) with Hancock, and went on to tour Scandinavia with the great pianist (and a member of the group that recorded In A Silent Way). Max Schultz, after a long and ill-advised flirtation with Indian music, has emerged to become one of the most distinctive and original guitarists on the Swedish scene.
, who was starting his career when fusion came along. His superb contribution here really should have earned him "special guest" status. Bassist Martin Sjøstedt, best known for his work with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra
Schultz wrote eight of the 14 numbers and Johannesson threeone of which, "Maria," crops up twice in alternate takes. The first acts as a warmup; simple and repetitive, it goes nowhere, but does so in pleasant, dreamy fashion. Stenson delivers an excellent solo, Schultz some finely honed blues licks. The second version is freer, with Stenson again hitting the spot and Schultz coming out of his shell for a lively solo.
The standout track is "Blues For Elvin," a Schultz salute to drummer Elvin Jones
"The Force" is boppyfast and edgy, and featuring some nice drumming by Johannessonwhile "Footloose" has a folksy feel. "Kling" is a little reminiscent of the old standard "Hallelujah," at least as Kenny Burrell