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Torbjörn Zetterberg: Och Den Stora Frågan (2014)

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Torbjörn Zetterberg: Och Den Stora FrÃ¥gan Swedish double bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg did not record as a bandleader for more than seven years. Zetterberg, a member of the Jonas Kullhammar
Jonas Kullhammar
Jonas Kullhammar
b.1978
saxophone
Quartet and a prominent figure in Nordic jazz since the late nineties, experienced an existential crisis at the peak of his busy, successful career. He felt bored and unsatisfied, so in 2010 he decided to leave city life and moved to a Buddhist temple without his instrument. He stayed at the temple for a year and still spends half of his time there.

Och Den Stora Frågan ("And the Big Question" in Swedish) is a welcome return. Zetterberg employs musicians who played with him before, most of them on his last album as a bandleader, Skildrar Kvinnans Kamp (Moserobie, 2008). He adds Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva
Susana Santos Silva
Susana Santos Silva
b.1979
trumpet
, who collaborated with him on a set of impressive improvised dialogues, Almost Tomorrow (Clean Feed, 2013) and drummer Jon Fält, a member of pianist Bobo Stenson
Bobo Stenson
Bobo Stenson
b.1944
piano
's trio.

Zetterberg states that he now feels more and more that he actually lives his dream, as he should have since the beginning of his career. Indeed Och Den Stora Frågan is charged with joyful urgency, shiny optimism and confident flowing energy, despite the doubts and uncertainties that accompany any creative, artistic process. His tight arrangements with the swift shifts in rhythm and colors bring to mind the great bands of Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
. All these qualities are immediately summarized in the opening, 30-second piece "En Bra Start På Dagen."

Other pieces highlight Zetterberg as a resourceful and thoughtful composer, with a gift for sketching an evocative, even exotic story, as on "Världen Är Sig Aldrig Lik" and "Visa Från Mitten av Universum." The powerful reed section—Santos, trombonist Mats Äleklint and sax players Kullhammar and Alberto Pinton
Alberto Pinton
Alberto Pinton
b.1962
sax, baritone
—produce myriad colors. Zetterberg uses the same strong, opinionated musicians to question basic composition on the open-form piece,"Mästare av Vad."

"Ingen Tid Till Ingenting" is a concise, muscular and fast post-bop piece that stresses the ensemble as a tight, massive unit. "DO-DODO- DO-DO-DO" and "1+1=1" continue in the same vein featuring brilliant, passionate solos. The clarinets of Kullhammar and Pinton add a fragile, gentle colors to the lyrical,"Hyllning Till Ovissheten," that also features a beautiful solo by Zetterberg.

Brilliant, profound and inspiring.


Track Listing: En Bra Start På Dagen; Världen Är Sig Aldrig Lik; Mästare av Vad; Ingen Tid Till Ingenting; DO-DODO-DO-DO-DO; Hyllning Till Ovissheten; 1+1=1; Visa Från Mitten av Universum.

Personnel: Torbjörn Zetterberg: double bass, percussion; Susana Santos Silva: trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion; Mats Äleklint: trombone, percussion; Jonas Kullhammar: tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, percussion; Alberto Pinton: baritone saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccolo flute, percussion; Jon Fält: drums, percussion.

Record Label: Moserobie



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