3

Jerry Johansson Quartet: House Of Hope

James Pearse By

Sign in to view read count
The seventh leader (or co-leader) recording, House Of Hope (Kning Disk, 2012), is another bold step forward in an already varied musical journey for Swedish guitarist Jerry Johansson. After exploring rock fusion, Indian ragas and Swedish folk, Johansson evokes the spirit of West Coast jazz from the 1970s on House of Hope.

Motivated early on in his career by George Harrison's foray into Indian composition and rhythms on late-period Beatles albums, Johansson began studying classical Indian music and the sitar with a former student of Ravi Shankar. His mission was to explore the lesser-trodden path where ancient Indian music traditions meet Swedish folk. An unusual undertaking, but one perfectly executed on works such as Sitar and String Quartet, which featured a chamber ensemble from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Kning Disk, 2006) and Book of Dreams (Kning Disk, 2008).

Johansson first edged closer to an improvisation-heavy jazz sound on the octet album Circles and Changes (Kning Disk, 2009). Now paired down to a quartet, he has ventured deeper into jazz territory. Johansson is joined on House Of Hope by three very capable musicians who, together, have created a dense, live recording (a fact only made obvious by the gentle applause at the end of each track) that remains memorable, long after the CD has been returned to its case.

All five tracks ("House of Hope I"—"House of Hope V") have wonderful, heady and at times hypnotic effects when the magical combination of electric guitar, vibraphone, bass and drums really solidifies and the musicians stretch out. At times, the music this quartet makes approaches the heady era of rock fusion and distant echoes of Larry Coryell, Gabor Szabo are welcome when they appear.

While House Of Hope channels the sounds of the West Coast and its heroes, this undoubtedly is a contemporary piece for jazz quartet, led by an extremely talented and versatile musician.

Track Listing: House of Hope I; 
House of Hope II; House of Hope III; House of Hope IV; House of Hope V.

Personnel: Jerry Johansson: electric guitar; 
Mark Johnson: vibraphone; 
Jörgen Svensson: double bass; 
Anders Winald: drums.

Title: House Of Hope | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Kning Disk


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Déjà Vu CD/LP/Track Review Déjà Vu
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts CD/LP/Track Review Woody Guthrie - The Tribute Concerts
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Two in a Box CD/LP/Track Review Two in a Box
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Discussions CD/LP/Track Review Discussions
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 20, 2017
Read Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review Just Friends: Live at the Village Vanguard
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: September 19, 2017
Read Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio CD/LP/Track Review Introducing the Simon Eskildsen Trio
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 19, 2017
Read "Deep Memory" CD/LP/Track Review Deep Memory
by John Sharpe
Published: December 22, 2016
Read "Get Up And Go" CD/LP/Track Review Get Up And Go
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 2, 2017
Read "As If By Magic" CD/LP/Track Review As If By Magic
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: December 3, 2016
Read "NJO 40" CD/LP/Track Review NJO 40
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 1, 2017
Read "Destinations" CD/LP/Track Review Destinations
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 18, 2017
Read "Warsaw Concert" CD/LP/Track Review Warsaw Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: December 4, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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