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From Sweden comes an electric groove that scores from the first note. Bassist Johannes Zetterberg pulls together a small, variable ensemble that easily shows the influence of artists who preceded him with Luna Nueva.
Born to musical parents, Zetterberg has had a taste of many classifications of music, including a wide range of popular styles from the '60s into the '90s. Among his jazz icons are Chick Corea, Weather Report, Allan Holdsworth, The Brecker Brothers and Pat Metheny Group. In addition to bass, Zetterberg plays keyboards and synths. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal, who has toured and recorded with Chick Corea's Elektric Band and The Rippingtons, makes a cameo on one track.
"Thrill Minute" is aptly named. With Erik Linder on guitars and Jens Flippson on alto saxophone carrying the melody, this selection has an air of The Rippingtons meet Chick Corea Elektric Band, with Jonas Isaksson delivering a guitar solo worthy of either group. Zetterberg's bass line is solid and drummer Aron Mellergardh even shows a touch of Dave Weckl. Yet comparisons are only in the style of play; the song is completely original.
"Quintana Roo" features more of the same, with a style that, while modern, is a throwback to early fusion efforts. Arvid Svenungsson's synth solo helps cement that feeling, as Zetterberg explores the higher range of his bass during a middle solo, softly underscored by drums and keyboard.
Marienthal plays alto on "Adrenochrome," a high-energy piece featuring several rapid-fire sequences that engage more than one instrument. Marienthal is solid, particularly during his solo, and Zetterberg plays both fretted and fretless basses, with Mellergardh punctuating key points with tom rolls.
Zetterberg spent about two years on the project, his debut as a leader. He composed all nine songs, though fans of the Yellowjackets and Spyro Gyra may recognize some borrowed phrases, as the music created by these groups is among that which inspired Luna Nueva.
Track Listing: Thrill Minute; Another Exit; Quintana Roo; Luna Nueva (Only a Dream); Splinter; Adrenochrome; Past Tense Pt. 1; Past Tense Pt. 2; Seven Summits; Tierra del Fuego.
Personnel: Johannes Zetterberg: bass (1-3, 5, 6, 8, 9), keyboards and programming, fretless bass (4, 6, 7); Erik Linder: guitars (1-8); Jens Flipsson: alto saxophone (1-5, 8); Arvid Svenungsson: additional keyboards (1-3, 6-8), electric piano (1), synth solo (1, 3, 8), loops (2, 6, 7), synth melody (6); Jonas Isaksson: guitar solo (1); Aron Mellergardh: drums, timbales (1, 9), percussion programming (1, 4, 5, 7), percussion loop (2, 3, 7); Jay Oliver: synth solo (2); Andreas Ekstedt: percussion (3, 6, 8, 9); Jonathan Fritzen: electric piano (4); Calle Stalenbring: guitar solo (5); Eric Marienthal: alto saxophone (6); Jason Rebello: piano solo (6); Otmaro Ruiz: Rhodes and synth solo (9).
I love jazz because when I was a kid pop music was bland, plain, uneventful until one day I heard a tune on a juke box entitled Jump Red Jump By Tenor Saxophonist Red Prysock brother of Arthur Prysock
I love jazz because when I was a kid pop music was bland, plain, uneventful until one day I heard a tune on a juke box entitled Jump Red Jump By Tenor Saxophonist Red Prysock brother of Arthur Prysock. It was love at first sight . This was when Blues, Soul / Gospel Style Music was becoming popular amongst kids as well as hip adults and featured Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner and The Payola era DJ's such as Alan Freed. Not many people remember that Freed's Rock n Roll Band of the 1950's was The Count Basie Orchestra featuring the Guy Singer Tony Bennett (Anthony DiBenedetto) who grew up in Astoria, NYNY right next to my Home Town Jackson Heights NYNY.
I was first exposed to jazz when I heard Red Prysock, Sam The Man Taylor & groups like the Chord Cats recording of Shaboom! It made the Crew Cuts look LAME! Now Jazz, Blues, Soul, Gospel was pretty much joined at the hip back then and I learned that the tasteful Music was featured on The African American Radio Stations which led me to DJ's Like The Bruce, Jocko Henderson, Tommy Dr. Jive Smalls and eventually Symphony Sid Torin, China Valles and Len Pace. This all took place during my high school years and the following years in NYNY and South Florida. I actually flew to Copenhagen Denmark in 1961 to see Stan Getz, (One of my top 3 heroes in the Music Bird, Pres & Getz not necessarily in that order). Sadly Getz had already left town and snuck back into NYNY where he played Birdland (Undoubtedly without a cabaret card due to smack addiction.) No problem for me as I worked for Pan American Airways at the time and enjoyed a 90% Employee Discount.
I met Thelonious Monk, Stan Kenton, Warne Marsh, Lenny Tristano, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Dr. Lonnie Smith, among many others over the years.
The best show I ever attended was The Randall's Island Jazz Festival NYNY 1960. Monk & Edward Ellington Kennedy AKA Duke, starred among numerous others. I can not recall the entire Line Up but Monk brought along his Hat Collection which at the time contained I believe he told me 33 or 35 international Hats which he periodically changed often during his Solos. I have been unable to find that roster for that particular festival and since it was long ago I remember mostly Monk & Duke. Paul Gonsalvas played his legendary trademark twenty something chorus solo in between Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue which was outstanding.
The first jazz record I bought was Firstly, my Bro George was / is a Marine and he sent home his wax collection of LP's from Camp Pendleton CA before deploying to Okinawa in 1956 I think. Bird, Getz, Mulligan & Baker, Erroll Garner, Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Jazz at Newport 1956 and many more. I fell in love with Bird, Getz and Jeru & Chet for openers. Pres to my mind takes the all time Tenor Award and Budo, Piano etc.! However I digress Getz Long Island Sound and every other Getz record that I could find that was 1957 by then and I snuck in to Birdland for the First of many times before I was 18 ( Legal drinking age back then) It wasn't until just after my 18th Birthday that I was carded much to the bouncers chagrin as he recognized me as having being an established customer by then.
My advice to new listeners: Listen to the Music and keep it in the forefront not the background. A Local Band Leader whose name escapes me once said to me Jerry you can make time for the chicks later the Music is in the now and is more important than chicks ever will be. He was correct!
Next see live performances and introduce yourself to the Players most of whom will be respectful. Some, however, are unapproachable such as when I saw Miles so many times but his obvious disdain for certain fans was evident and he always walked off the stage after soloing. (Eddie Jefferson sang words to So What that so indicated this)!