Jonas Holgersson: Snick Snack (2011)
Holgersson has held the drum chair in bands led by both saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar and trumpeter Magnus Broo. This debut as leader features a classic saxophone trio with Karl-Martin Almqvist and bassist Christian Spering. The title track kicks things off, with Holgersson playing a sparse groove on a minimal kit. This unadorned approach, carried throughout the session, makes for an eye-catching (as well as ear-grabbing) approach. By choosing this no-nonsense style, the melodies are forefront and very perceivable.
It's rare for a recording to conjure such visual information. On each trackbest highlighted by the longest piece, "Danish Steel," at eight minutesthe music provides a clear optical reference. Each instrument is made readily perceptible, with Holgersson's mallet work, Almqvist moving breath into his soprano saxophone and Spering's tactile motion a credit to the recording engineersand to Holgersson's sense of proportion.
Holgersson and Almqvist give a nod to John Coltrane's A Love Supreme (Impulse!, 1965) on "Yellow Duet," the pair signaling its knowledge and appreciation for a tailored and disciplined outward reach. Besides this Elvin Jones reference, Holgersson lays down three brief solo trackseach quite minimal, accomplishing much with very little.
Track Listing: Snick Snack; Solo no.1; Message Enclosed; Yellow Duet; Low 5; Solo no.2; Sweet Kiss; Lagom; Danish Steel; Solo no.3; Third Party.
Personnel: Jonas Holgersson: drums; Karl-Martin Almqvist: saxophone; Christian Spering: bass.
Record Label: Moserobie