Bobo Stenson/Anders Jormin/Paul Motian: Goodbye (2005)
Jormin's "Seli" drifts casually, as if the music were floating on water and gently buoyed by the wind. Stenson's natural inclination for expressing what we feel works wonders on the soul. Henry Purcell's "Music for a While" folds its classical theme with a modern jazz walk. Ornette Coleman's "Race Face" appears upbeat as the trio drives it with a free spirit. The piece gives them occasion to jump into a rhythmic groove that closes the album with a positive glow.
In keeping with its title, Jormin's "Allegretto Rubato" runs helter-skelter without moving down the street in a linear fashion. The trio takes this one in little circles that ebb and flow with a free spirit. Stenson's Queer Street" relates an eerie feeling, while Motian's "Sudan" provides an exotic impression. Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye" finds the trio enveloped in a slow ballad rendering that oozes reflective charms.
Most of the session moves slowly with deliberate expression. Bobo Stenson's focus remains tied to introspective interpretation and sharing with his audience a love for lyric beauty.
Track Listing: Send in the Clowns; Rowan; Alfonsina; There Comes a Time; Song About Earth; Seli; Goodbye; Music for a While; Allegretto Rubato; Jack of Clubs; Sudan; Queer Street; Triple Play; Race Face.
Personnel: Bobo Stenson: piano; Anders Jormin: double-bass; Paul Motian: drums.
Record Label: ECM Records