Kvintetten Som Sprängdes: Järnet! (2012)
The breadth of its musical range enables the quintet to create a distinct identity. The playing is masculine and passionate, yet inventive and cerebral. The compositions' structures are never obvious, but are, instead, full of surprising sound researches and playful sonic detours, as on the Braxtonian "Ofog I Stadskärna," where Persson takes a long alto solo, exploring the instrument's hidden characteristics. "Hagaindianerna" and "Kollaps I Tid Och Rum" move through elliptical lines mirrored and contrasted by each other. The longest composition, "Havregryn On The Rocks," begins with a long double bass solo by Patric Thorman, using impressive extended techniques that are later assimilated in a spare rhythmic pattern led by Persson and drummer Martin Öhman until everyone joins forces for some concluding, uncompromising interplay. The lyrical "Nässlorna Blommar" and "Rutlukbus" are touching in their explicit genteelness, but still possess a light experimental component, stressed by Öhman's sonic explorations.
Innovative and highly original.
Track Listing: Subkultur; Ofog I Stadskärna; Nässlorna Blommar; Hagaindianerna; Kollaps I Tid Och Rum; Rutlukbus; Havregryn On The Rocks.
Personnel: Niklas Persson: alto saxophone; Christoffer Alehed: trombone; Rasmus Borg: piano; Patric Thorman: double bass; Martin Öhman: drums.
Record Label: Found You Recordings