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Tolvan Big Band: Tarantula Suite (2011)

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The Tolvan Big Band is one of Scandinavia's most experienced big bands. Located in Malmö, in southern Sweden, this orchestra has been working since 1979 and, under saxophonist/musical director Helge Albin
Helge Albin
Helge Albin
b.1941
sax, alto
, has collaborated with notable Americans such as Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
b.1946
saxophone
and Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
1949 - 2007
sax, tenor
, British composer Mike Westbrook
Mike Westbrook
Mike Westbrook
b.1936
composer/conductor
and Danish saxophonist Lars Møller; the band has even dedicated one of its programs to new arrangements of the John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
1940 - 1980
composer/conductor
/John Lennon
John Lennon
John Lennon
1940 - 1980
composer/conductor
songbook.

On Tarantula Suite, reed player Cennet Jönsson
Cennet Jönsson
b.1956
sax, soprano
takes the leadership. Jönsson composed and arranged an impressive eight-movement suite that stresses this big band's masterful collective musicianship and warm sound. Jönsson is a versatile composer and his compositions use the group's powerhouse energy and tight interplay, and its members' broad musical knowledge. The ensemble shines on "Pazienza," as also saxophonist Helge Albin
Helge Albin
Helge Albin
b.1941
sax, alto
sax alternates playful solos with trombonist Vincent Nilsson and drummer Lennart Gruvstedt. Jönsson's soprano solo on "Misterioso" is a great lesson on restrained development of a theme, until it gains greater volume and power.

"Forza" feature the big band in a lightly swinging mode, with bright solos from Gruvstedt, pianist Jorgen Emborg
Jorgen Emborg
b.1953
and trumpeter Gerard Presencer
Gerard Presencer
b.1972
trumpet
. On the meditative "Silenzio"—the suite's most beautiful movement, and one that brings to mind Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
's well-known "Silence"—Jönsson arrangement adds increasingly arresting layers over bassist Patrik Albin's emotional solo , in a manner that features the composition's sophisticated architecture and the rapport of the entire ensemble. The last movement, "Sprenza," features Jönsson (on soprano sax) with alto saxophonist Ulf Holmström who, together with Emborg, lead this 18-piece big band through a gentle swinging melody that highlights each section of the ensemble—woodwinds, trumpets/flugelhorns, trombones and rhythm section—and its clever interplay.

Track Listing: Potenza; Pazienza; Misterioso; Luce; Forza; Silenzio; Confusione; Speranza.

Personnel: Helge Albin: alto saxophone, flute, artistic director; Ulf Holmström: alto saxophone, alto flute; Inge Petersson: tenor saophone, bass clarinet: Cennet Jönsson: soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet; Bernt Sjunnesson: baritone saxophone, flute; Anders Gustafsson: trumpet, flugelhorn; Christer Gustafsson: trumpet, flugelhorn; Thomas Kjergaard: trumpet, flugelhorn; Fredrik Davidsson: trumpet, flugelhorn; Gerard Presencer: trumpet, flugelhorn; Vincent Nilsson: trombone; Petter Hängsel: trombone; Olle Tull: trombone; Ola Åkerman: trombone; Ola Nordqvist: trombone; Kim Aagaard: trombone; Björn Hängsel: bass trombone, tuba; Jørgen Emborg: piano, keyboard; Patrik Albin: double bass; Lennart Gruvstedt: drums.

Record Label: Kopasetic Productions

Style: Big Band


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