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by Eyal Hareuveni
The second release of the Swedish-American quintet Seval is as surprising as its debut, I Know You (482 Music, 2011). The eight songs, all penned by American cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, are still framed within a lyrical, acoustic- chamber setting. But now the quintet sounds as a working band comprised of equal partners, benefiting from few years of mutual experiences and many gigs around Europe, not as a one-off project led by the dominant Holm. The shared experiences ...read more
by Karl Ackermann
Jazz fans and speech pathologists may disagree on the technicalities, but analogies between vocals and instrumentation date back to Billie Holiday. Holiday referred to her own singing as feeling like, ..."I'm playing the horn." If validation of the theory were in doubt, Ethiopian-born, Vietnamese-raised vocalist, Sofia Jernberg lays it to rest. The very inventive vocalist is front and center in cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm's quintet, Seval. On this release, i know you, the Chicago-based Lonberg-Holm surrounds himself with some notable players ...read more
by Bruce Lindsay
The concept of uniqueness is somewhat diminished in contemporary music journalism, where an artist can be labeled unique," simply because he sports an amusing hairstyle or pair of trousers. Seval is splendidly unique, a one-off for all the best reasons. On its debut album, i know you, the band establishes itself with confidence and, of course, originality. Seval is led by Swedish-born, Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm; an experienced player who leads the Valentine Trio and is a ...read more