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Anyone wondering how Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers might have sounded had it emerged in Swedenminus saxophone, listening to Abba and incorporating a dash of funkwill hear a fair approximation on Anders Bergcrantz's About Time. With a front line of Bergcrantz's clarion trumpet next to Vincent Nilsson's dexterous trombone and bass trombone, supported by a tight rhythm section led by Jacob Karlzon's impressive ivory workthis group comes out swinging.
The influence of Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw are also evident in Bergcrantz's playing, which he acknowledges in his liner notes. All the compositions are his, with the exception of two by the band.
"Dedication" starts things off on a positive note. "Pavo" is filled with fluent piano runs buoyed by some supple trombone support. The pushing Messengers vibe is revisited on "Chief Sitting Bull," featuring Karlzon's catchy ostinato piano.
The title track is a melancholy and plangent trumpet solo introduction to "While My Horn Gently Weeps," a lilting semi -bossa tune on which the entire group shines. Cochise" has some unison horn sparring, featuring bright bursts from the leader, with a tight and propulsive Lennart Gruvstedt on drums urging things forward. A trumpet/trombone duo (complete with cries, squawls, chirps and train sounds) leads into the closer, "Runeberg. Bergcrantz's clear bell tone soars above a roiling rhythm section, again with a strong contribution from Karlzon.
Those unfamiliar with Bergcrantz will find About Time a good place to start, although his earlier In This Together (Dragon, 1999), featuring an American rhythm section led by pianist Richie Beirach, is also heartily recommended.
Track Listing: Dedication; Pavo; That's Nice, Don't Stop; Chief Sitting Bull; About Time; While My Horn Gently Weeps; Cochise; Solo-Duo Ad Libitum; Runeberg.
Personnel: Anders Bergcrantz: trumpet, flugelhorn; Vincent Nilsson: trombone, bass trombone; Jacob Karlzon: piano; Lasse Lundstrom: bass; Lennart Gruvstedt: drums.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.