Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

1

Erik Palmberg: First Lines

Mike Jurkovic By

Sign in to view read count
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 chosen material. Palmberg and Dromberg shine bright on Bill Evans and Jim Hall's illuminating mid-'60s gem, "Turn Out The Stars." The duo also hit a high on the trumpeter's ballad,"Sortie." But as smooth and cool as the quartet seems to naturally be, they fail to bring anything new or notable to Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma."

Palmberg and company reach high and evince an undeniable energy on the spunky horn/bass duet "Blues News" and the full quartet highlight "The Suspect." But for First Lines' remaining originals, Palmberg, one of the Europe's rising instrumentalists, tries to bridge the old and new, and falls somewhere in the middle. A place no promising talent wishes to be found in for too long.

Track Listing: How Deep Is The Ocean; Outgoing; Erlands Song; The Suspect; Con Alma; Blues News; Days Of Light; Another Waltz; Turn Out The Stars; Natural Rhythm; Sortie.

Personnel: Erik Palmberg: trumpet, flugelhorn; Anton Dromberg: piano; Peder Waern: bass; Gustav Nahlin: drums.

Title: First Lines | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Stockholm Jazz Records

Tags

Watch

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
SoCal Jazz
Album Reviews
Read more articles
First Lines

First Lines

Stockholm Jazz Records
2018

buy

Related Articles

Read Hastings Jazz Collective/Shadow Dances Album Reviews
Hastings Jazz Collective/Shadow Dances
By Dan McClenaghan
May 21, 2019
Read Crowded Heart Album Reviews
Crowded Heart
By Nicholas F. Mondello
May 21, 2019
Read That's a Computer Album Reviews
That's a Computer
By Jerome Wilson
May 21, 2019
Read All I Do Is Bleed Album Reviews
All I Do Is Bleed
By Paul Naser
May 21, 2019
Read LE10 18-05 Album Reviews
LE10 18-05
By Karl Ackermann
May 20, 2019
Read Remembering Miles Album Reviews
Remembering Miles
By Dan McClenaghan
May 20, 2019
Read Merry Peers Album Reviews
Merry Peers
By Bruce Lindsay
May 20, 2019