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LSD: Trio Colossus (2012)

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The stark, somewhat austere cover art of Trio Colossus, from Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Lindborg's LSD trio, belies the warm, rich music it houses.

The sultry opening bars of "It Ain't Necessarily So" set the mood for this impressive recording, which features four Lindborg originals and carefully chosen pieces by Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
, Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
Billy Strayhorn
1915 - 1967
piano
and Swedish composer Rune Wallebom. From the intimate, moody "Psalm" to the closer "Trio Colossus," Lindborg shows surprising maturity in his compositions, and an ardent sense of rhythm.

With two well-received quartet recordings-The General (Imogena, 2006) and The One (Imogena, 2009)-under his belt, Lindborg has grown in strength as a composer and in stature as a musician on the Swedish jazz scene. This year alone, he has been awarded a prestigious grant and has also made an appearance in a feature film about Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund
Monica Zetterlund
Monica Zetterlund
1937 - 2005
vocalist
, as the late, great Swedish alto saxophonist/clarinetist Arne Domnerus
Arne Domnerus
Arne Domnerus
1924 - 2008
reeds
.

The trio's rendition of Ellington and "Sunset and the Mockingbird" is a highlight of the CD. The silky, brassy Lindborg plays perfectly off bassist Martin Sjöstedt
Martin Sjöstedt
Martin Sjöstedt
b.1978
bass, acoustic
, while drummer Daniel Fredriksson offers a range of accents and framing to a lovely interplay between the bold saxophone and resonant, reassuring bass. This raunchy, hot- blooded take provides a stark contrast to earlier, celebrated versions of the tune by Duke Ellington's Orchestra and pianist Tommy Flanagan
Tommy Flanagan
Tommy Flanagan
1930 - 2001
piano
.

Sjöstedt-a familiar face on the international jazz scene, brings the experience of having played with saxophonist Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
and drummers Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
b.1954
drums
and Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb
Jimmy Cobb
b.1929
drums
to the trio, and the sound is stronger for it. Sjöstedt and Fredriksson offer refined rhythmic support, leaving Lindborg enough room to weave and improvise imaginatively around the melody.

As the album title suggests, the sound and music of Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
are present throughout this recording, and his strolling, piano-less group work is an unmistakable influence on the sound of LSD. This tight collection of tunes is skillfully performed by a fluid, mutually supportive triumvirate of talented young musicians and is a pleasure from start to finish.

Track Listing: It Ain't Necessarily So; Wild Mustang; Sunset and the Mockingbird; Trapped; Psalm; Blues In Blueprint; Börja Om Från Början; Solitude; Trio Colossus.

Personnel: Fredrik Lindborg: bass clarinet, baritone saxophone; Martin Sjöstedt: bass; Daniel Fredriksson: drums.

Record Label: pb7


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