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The band's name is a typical piece of shy Swedish understatement. Its two leaders, guitarist Erik Söderlind and saxophonist Andreas Gidlund, are anything but beginners; they have a great deal of experience on the local jazz scene.
Söderlind has attracted attention for his collaborations with veteran keyboards player Kjell Öhman and his studio work. Gidlund led soul singer Jennifer Brown's backing band and has played with the likes of guitarist Ulf Wakenius
, not to mention singers Rigmor Gustafsson and Viktoria Tolstoy.
The album marks the second anniversary of the day Söderlind and Gidlund met and decided to put together a band. They recruited a rhythm section and began to meet regularly for practice sessions in a cellar in the Skanstull area of Stockholm.
All the numbers are originals. There are five by Gidlund and four by Söderlind: all straight ahead, post-bop, riff-based jazz, nothing too way out.
Proceedings kick off with Gidlund's up-tempo "Skanstull Serenade," featuring some fine guitar from Söderlind. He plays in the Wes Montgomery
. "Soda's Dream" is bluesy, with an excellent bass solo by Lind, far more interesting than his previous effort.
"Södermalm Runt" is Gidlund's tribute to Stockholm's once working class south island which has moved rapidly up-market in recent years. The Beginners' theme song, also written by him, ends inconclusively during a Sjöstedt solo.
Then there's "Deux Ans Après," the short but lyrical title song, for some reason. in French. A more exact translation would be "Deux Ans Plus Tard." Gidlund winds things up with some breathy blowing reminiscent of the late, great Ben Webster
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