Bobo Stenson: Faithful Yet Expansive
“ You want to be faithful, but then you try to take the vibe of the context of the piece, go on with it a little more, and take it a little further. ”
Along with Stanko and Rava, Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson is another artist long-associated with ECM whose profile has risen in recent years. Through his work with Stanko, saxophonist Charles Lloyd and his own trio, his delicately-nuanced approach to interpretation is finally getting the attention it deserves. He may not have the cachet of a Keith Jarrett, but on his latest release, Goodbyefeaturing long-time musical companion, bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Paul Motianhe demonstrates an equal improvisational élan; the ability to both get to the musical heart of things and take it to new and unexpected places.