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by Mark Corroto
Those partial to avant-garde musicians who swing will prefer trumpeter Magnus Broo's Swedish Wood over fans of neoconservatives that embrace freedom. Broo's melodic take on the two-bass (Torbjörn Zetterberg and Joe Williamson) and drummer (Håkon Mjåset Johansen) quartet finds him mostly playing the straight-man to his adventurist and sometime comedic band members. Fans of the Chicago/Swedish jazz connection will be familiar with Broo's trumpet sound in Adam Lane's 4 Corners (Clean Feed, 2007), with Ken Vandermark, and more ...read more
by Mark Corroto
Like his fellow Swede, professional cyclist Magnus Backstedt, trumpeter Magnus Broo is quite an imposing figure. Backstedt, at nearly 200 pounds, often outweighs his fellow competitors by 60 or 70 pounds. Broo, a natural on trumpet, can dazzle as a sensitive ballad player or tear the insides out with his fiery free improvisations.
He has been featured on recordings by Ken Vandermark, Fredrik Nordstrom, Martin Kuchen's band Angles, and he is a creative member of the band 4 ...read more
by Jack Bowers
I’d heard and been impressed by Swedish trumpeter Magnus Broo on big–band dates but hadn’t run across him in a small–group setting until now. Broo’s quartet has been together for about four years, and Levitation is its second album; the first, Sudden Joy, was recorded live in 1999. Even though it’s a quartet, Broo’s snappish phrases, Holgersson’s often hyperactive drums and the generally hurried tempos lend the album an explicit Jazz Messengers veneer. But even Blakey’s unrelenting boppers tossed in ...read more