Bengt Nordstrom: Creative Addition (2009)
Creative Addition captures the Miljovardsverket in two concerts in Umea and Gothenburg in 1987-88, when the group was subsidized by the Swedish government. Unlike Ayler, the music of Frippe's quartet eschews suite forms and martial swirl, instead commenting and building small solo vignettes atop knotty and often spare string interaction. His improvisations in turn take the ensemble from dirge to Rollins-esque bounce, as occurs at minute seven of "Western Girls." Once Alke and Uuskyla enter into free-time territory, the cheekiness of Rollins departs for a stately but protean work-through of a ballad form, Nordstrom's tenor chortles and neighs huge and ultimately rather vulnerable when not completely enveloped by strings and drums. Sometimes it seems as though Frippe is in parallel to the trio, barging in on an intricate passage but merrily towing them along. Perhaps that's the way it should be, for his music was always well outside the mainstream and just to the left of Swedish vanguard traditions.
Track Listing: Bird Flight; North; Seriously Speaking; Western Girls; The Girls from Smoeland.
Personnel: Bengt Nordstrom: tenor saxophone, clarinet and voice; Lars Svanteson: violin, Bjorn Alke: bass; Peeter Uuskyla: drums.
Record Label: Ayler Records
Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde