Yet Stenson's deceptively beautiful molded organics have been highlights whether they've appeared under his own name as a leader or with the likes of Don Cherry, Charles Lloyd or other more iconoclastic music makers, and Contra la indecision might very well mark the pinnacle of Stenson's romantic style.
With a poppish/Latin lilt, "Cancion contra la indecision" by Cuban singer/songwriter Silvio Rodriquez, gets the trio's first disc in six years underway with a quiet, easy air. Bela Bartok's fragile "Wedding Song from Polinky" is as luxurious a listen as Erik Satie's eternally delicate "Elegie" is a ravishing up-tempo ballad of joy and exclamation; Stenson layering melody upon harmony while his long-standing, emphatic rhythm section of double bassist Anders Jormin sound-shapes drummer Jon Falt's sculpt time to secure Stenson the space needed to regale the listener.
All the music on this rarified disc resounds with a meditative poetry. "Alice," an outstanding composition from Stenson, sounds like it's always been somewhere in the back of your mind. Bassist Jormin's five contributions, especially the dark rumbling to release of "Three Shades of a House," "Stilla," and the haunting "Hemingway Intonations" roll like summer streams, taking you back to the source of inspiration and calm.
Track Listing: Cancion contra la indecision; Doubt Thou the Stars; Wedding Song from Polinky; Three Shades Of a
House; Elegie; Cancion y Danza VI; Alice; Oktoberhavet; Kalimba Impressions; Stilla; Hemingway
Personnel: Bobo Stenson: piano; Anders Jormin: double bass; Jon Falt: drums.
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