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Album Review

Erik Palmberg: In Between

Read "In Between" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Not many records reveal themselves in an instant. Yet a thoughtful presence and pensive vibe are apparent from the start of Erik Palmberg's In Between. His second record as a leader follows his successful debut, First Lines (Stockholm Jazz Records, 2018), an earthy display of vintage jazz adorned with modern expressionism. It was a launch point of some caliber that left the door open for growth and experimentation. While said growth seemed likely, it surpasses expectations when it is in ...

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Erik Palmberg: First Lines

Read "First Lines" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


With his glowing, congenial sound, a straight-ahead, uncluttered reading of Irving Berlin's “How Deep Is The Ocean" introduces the listener to Swedish trumpeter Erik Palmberg's unfussy, eleven song debut, First Lines. First Lines is a traditional session rather than a raucously modern one, more tempered then let-loose-the-reins. Yet the mix of eight originals and two other American cornerstones finds Palmberg and his partners, pianist Anton Dromberg, drummer Gustav Nahlin, and bassist Peder Waern, articulate and sensitive to their ...

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Erik Palmberg: Swiss Time Was Running Out

Read "Erik Palmberg: Swiss Time Was Running Out" reviewed by Jim Worsley


2018 has been a year of many outstanding and surprising new records. One worth special notice is First Lines by Swedish trumpeter Erik Palmberg and his quartet. Featuring mostly original compositions, the music is fresh and crisp yet steeped in jazz tradition. The 37-year-old instrumentalist spoke about his new album and musical background with All About Jazz. All About Jazz: Do you consider First Lines to be a triumphant first record as a leader? How did this record ...

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Album Review

Erik Palmberg: First Lines

Read "First Lines" reviewed by James Fleming


The playing is spare, cooled. At its best it shines like a new blade in the sunlight, with all the pointed passion of a brilliant sentence. At its lowest, Erik Palmberg's First Lines loses that shine and replaces it with sheen: the glittering finish of studio perfection. A coat worn to flesh out the music. But that doesn't fill its empty core. Particularly on “Erland's Song" and “Another Waltz," the music drifts away into empty glitziness. Metamorphosing from ...

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Album Review

Erik Palmberg: First Lines

Read "First Lines" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Straight-ahead jazz, with minimal modernism, is at the forefront of this dense and measurably paced recording. First Lines is the first record from veteran Swedish trumpeter Erik Palmberg as a leader. Joining him for the session are pianist Anton Dromberg, drummer Gustav Nahlin, and bassist Peder Waern. This eleven-song creation features eight original tunes from Palmberg. These rich compositions are notably tempered and melodic. The arrangements enable four skillful and accomplished musicians to fuse together as an ensemble, ...


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