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Fredrik Nordstrom: String

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On his tenth leader recording, String, adventurous Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom pairs his jazz trio (sax, bass, drums) with a string trio (violin, viola, cello) in an attempt to tackle ten of his original compositions and arrangements.As well as writing and arranging albums under his own name, Nordstrom is an experienced co-leader and sideman, which is reflected in his confident and thoughtful playing style. He has performed extensively in his native Sweden and across Europe with world-class musicians like pianist Bobo Stenson, bassist Palle Danielsson, violinist Mat Maneri, trumpeter Tim Hagans and drummer Gerald Cleaver.Recorded entirely ...

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Fredrik Nordstrom Quartet: Blue

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Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Nordström (b. 1974) has been a player garnering much attention over the last few years. As his discography reaches double digits, his sound has consolidated and concentrated into a recognizable tenor approach. Blue is his fifth disc for Moserobie Music and first recording with piano legend Bobo Stenson.

All the compositions heard here were written by Nordström, but he gives deference to his playing partners and to other jazz legends. The opening track begins in a typically plaintive Stenson style, the pianist touches the keys with a reflective immediacy that draws the listener to ...

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Fredrik Nordstrom Quintet: Moment

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When asked about the difference between American and European jazz, most artists in the know will say that the lines have become so blurred as to make the distinction pointless. Performers on both side of the Atlantic now liberally blend the elements of swing and free music, so commonly associated with the American tradition, with the impressionism and classical influences tied to the European movement. Dave Douglas is a strong case in point, as is Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom, whose new quintet recording, Moment , could easily have been recorded in New York instead of Stockholm.

The parallel to Douglas ...

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Fredrik Nordstr: On Purpose

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The title of Swedish tenor saxophonist Fredrik Norström's latest album suggests that the music was arranged On Purpose, so we won?t argue the point -- even though much of it sounds (to our ears, at least) more unpremeditated than purposeful. Well, perhaps that's a slight exaggeration. Nordström and his colleagues have talent, there's no doubt about that, and they obviously believe in what they are doing. The basic elements of Jazz -- melody, harmony, rhythm -- are firmly in place but this is a case in which the whole seems far less stimulating than the parts. A matter of opinion, ...



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