356

Tomas Janzon: Experiences

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Hanging out with straight-ahead jazz from a veteran quartet is like vacationing in an out-of-the-way place where there are no cares for weeks on end. This place would lead to feeling good and being rested for a long time. Both jazz and vacation offer rare qualities without interference, and both provide stimulating forces from the inside out.

Guitarist Tomas Janzon leads his quartet on Experiences, where jazz standards receive the respect due them and improvisation serves as the focus. As the album title suggests, Janzon sweeps guitar lines up, down and around as he feels them, releasing soulful sounds along the way. "Moanin,'" "Here's That Rainy Day," "Billie's Bounce" and Wes Montgomery's "Full House" provide clear examples, as gentle memories sway back and forth.

Janzon's fluid attack and seamless approach allow melodies to glide like seasoned ballroom dancers, effortlessly in a continuous swirl where the senses are asked to share in appreciation. With his 1959 Gibson L7 archtop guitar, the leader interprets seven standards, two originals and one Swedish folk song.

Originally from Sollentuna, a suburb of Stockholm, Janzon lived in Los Angeles for 18 years and earned a master's degree in classical guitar from The University of Southern California before moving to New York. Recorded in Pasadena, CA, this quartet features local pianist/organist Art Hillery, who continues to swing with spontaneity; bassist Jeff Littleton who rocks a mighty fine foundation and solos with authority; and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, who underpins the rhythm section quite well. All told, this ensemble captures the essence of straight-ahead jazz and updates matters thoroughly with a refusal to play it as has been done before.

Track Listing: Here's That Rainy Day; Theme from Mr. Broadway; Float; En Dejlig Rosa; Moanin'; Full House; Blue Bee;Billie's Bounce; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Messin' Around; En Dejlig Rosa.

Personnel: Tomas Janzon: guitar; Art Hillery: piano, organ; Jeff Littleton: bass; Albert "Tootie" Heath: drums.

Title: Experiences | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Changes Music - Tomas Janzon


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read No Answer CD/LP/Track Review No Answer
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Bright Yellow with Bass CD/LP/Track Review Bright Yellow with Bass
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Kurrent CD/LP/Track Review Kurrent
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: October 17, 2017
Read Duets CD/LP/Track Review Duets
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 17, 2017
Read "Opening Statement" CD/LP/Track Review Opening Statement
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 3, 2017
Read "Mist. Moss. Home." CD/LP/Track Review Mist. Moss. Home.
by Jim Olin
Published: April 10, 2017
Read "Reflections" CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Six Easy Pieces" CD/LP/Track Review Six Easy Pieces
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 5, 2017
Read "Magnetic" CD/LP/Track Review Magnetic
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 27, 2017
Read "A Multitude of Angels" CD/LP/Track Review A Multitude of Angels
by John Kelman
Published: December 1, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.