4

Kvintetten Som Sprängdes: Järnet!

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Kvintetten Som Sprängdes: Järnet! Järnet!—the limited edition (300), vinyl-only debut of Gothenburg, Sweden-based Kvintetten Som Sprängdes (The Quintet That Blew Up)—features a unique musical language. Led by Niklas Persson, the saxophonist's compositions reference modern and free jazz heroes from both sides of the Atlantic—including saxophonist Ornette Coleman, reed multi-instrumentalists Eric Dolphy, Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker, and Swedish hero, saxophonist Lars Gullin—intertwined with a clear affinity for lyrical folk melodies and the strong individual voices of every member of this quintet.

The breadth of its musical range enables the quintet to create a distinct identity. The playing is masculine and passionate, yet inventive and cerebral. The compositions' structures are never obvious, but are, instead, full of surprising sound researches and playful sonic detours, as on the Braxtonian "Ofog I Stadskärna," where Persson takes a long alto solo, exploring the instrument's hidden characteristics. "Hagaindianerna" and "Kollaps I Tid Och Rum" move through elliptical lines mirrored and contrasted by each other. The longest composition, "Havregryn On The Rocks," begins with a long double bass solo by Patric Thorman, using impressive extended techniques that are later assimilated in a spare rhythmic pattern led by Persson and drummer Martin Öhman until everyone joins forces for some concluding, uncompromising interplay. The lyrical "Nässlorna Blommar" and "Rutlukbus" are touching in their explicit genteelness, but still possess a light experimental component, stressed by Öhman's sonic explorations.

Innovative and highly original.


Track Listing: Subkultur; Ofog I Stadskärna; Nässlorna Blommar; Hagaindianerna; Kollaps I Tid Och Rum; Rutlukbus; Havregryn On The Rocks.

Personnel: Niklas Persson: alto saxophone; Christoffer Alehed: trombone; Rasmus Borg: piano; Patric Thorman: double bass; Martin Öhman: drums.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Found You Recordings


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Intermission" CD/LP/Track Review Intermission
by Dave Wayne
Published: June 24, 2016
Read "Super Petite" CD/LP/Track Review Super Petite
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 12, 2016
Read "Early Americans" CD/LP/Track Review Early Americans
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: May 30, 2016
Read "Muddy Ditch" CD/LP/Track Review Muddy Ditch
by John Eyles
Published: April 7, 2016
Read "Cantos Invisíveis" CD/LP/Track Review Cantos Invisíveis
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 11, 2016
Read "Diachronic Paths" CD/LP/Track Review Diachronic Paths
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!