Sven-Ake Johansson: Six Little Pieces For Quintet
Johansson and co. admirably seize the spirit of those entrepreneurial days of freewheeling inventiveness on pieces such as “Medium, Freies Tempo” and Medium Ruhig (bom-zeke-bom). Here and throughout, the drummer’s swirling flow spearheads a magnetic outing marked by pianist Sten Sandell’s multipurpose rhythmic attack, well-placed accents and staggered block chords along with Matthias Bauer’s booming bass lines. Trumpeter Axel Dorner and bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall often engage in abbreviated interplay amid intersecting themes, converging solos and circular movements. A true multitasking unit, the band possesses a jubilant sense of exploration to coincide with ominous intentions which is also evident on “Schnelle Triolen” where Mahall injects casual yet at times whimsical statements that offset the busy and altogether expansive backdrops.
Overall, the musicians proceed with verve and forthright urgency as the sustained intensity level elevates the band’s depiction of the dynamic. - An attribute that is consummated by the soloists melodramatic approach to the drummer’s sizzling compositions and deeply personalized yet amiable spin on 60’s style modern jazz.
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Track Listing: 1) Medium, freies tempo 2) Medium, ruhig (bom-zeke-bom) 3) Rasche achtel 4) Schnelle triolen 5) Forsches legato 6) Langsam
Personnel: Axel Dorner; trumpet: Rudi Mahall; bass clarinet: Sten Sandell; piano: Matthias Bauer; double bass: Sven-Ake Johansson; drums
Record Label: Hat Hut Records
Style: Modern Jazz