All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

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...

4

Johan Lindström Septett: Music For Empty Halls

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
There is an old soul lurking in the body of guitarist Johan Lindstrom. I mean both the body corporal and his guitar body. His septet recording Music For Empty Halls draws the ear back to a time when music was less rushed and much more thoughtful. He's assembled a collection of compositions in a most considerate manner. He's done that by composing and arranging the music, and by choosing just the right combinations of performers and varied instrumentation for each piece.

Lindström, a member of Per Texas Johansson's band and the group Tonruket, may be better known as a music producer. He brings those skills to the collection sounds here, imparting the necessary moods. His American counterparts might be Kip Hanrahan and Jon Lundbom. With Hanrahan he shares a distinctive feel in his productions, and like Lundbom, his guitar coats and conjures each composition.

The music is cinematic although there is no movie to score here. Opening with the blues-inflected "Serengeti," the forward impulse of the intoxicating guitar and organ are propelled by the bottom ends of his front line. Lindström chose heavyweights, Johansson and Jonas Kullhammar plus Mats Äleklint (Angels, Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit) to man the brass and reeds. The music transitions into larger vistas with "Dance Of The Marble Hearts," with fitting arrangements that never seem to crowd the music. That soundtrack theme reappears multiple times here, "The Run" takes you back to Henry Mancini's hardboiled "Peter Gunn" theme, and "Europe Endless Boogie" borrows a thought from Bob Dylan's "Everybody Must Get Stoned." In between there are more sympathetic sounds. "Music For Empty Halls: Part 2" and "Elegy Of The Golden Age" are gentle, yet emotionally evocative pieces that maintain the theme. The sequencing of the music is part of its charm and magic. Kudos to Lindström for making a complete album of music, and not just individual tracks.

Track Listing: Serengeti; Dance Of The Marble Hearts; The Run; Elegy Of The Golden Age; Music For Empty Halls: Part 1; Europé Endless Boogie; Music For Empty Halls: Part 2; Sleepless Lapsteels; The Assent; March Of The Comodos; Hymn (För Dom Anhöriga).

Personnel: Johan Lindström: guitar, pedal steel guitar, percussion, fx. piano; Jonas Kullhammar: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone; Jesper Nordenström: piano, organ; Per “Texas” Johansson: clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, tenor saxophone; Mats Äleklint: bass trombone, trombone; Torbjörn Zetterberg: double bass, electric bass; Konrad Agnas: drums, percussion; Edda Magnason: vocals; Sofie Livebrandt: vocals; Ulf Forsberg: violin; Ulrika Jansson: violin; Ingegerd Kiergegard: viola; Helena Nilsson: cello.

Title: Music For Empty Halls | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Moserobie

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Making Other Arrangements CD/LP/Track Review
Making Other Arrangements
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Charlie & Paul CD/LP/Track Review
Charlie & Paul
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Sunlight CD/LP/Track Review
Sunlight
by Jeff Winbush
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Fullmoon CD/LP/Track Review
Fullmoon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 25, 2018
Read Fullmoon CD/LP/Track Review
Fullmoon
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 24, 2018
Read Arise! CD/LP/Track Review
Arise!
by Chris May
Published: April 24, 2018
Read "Saluting Sgt. Pepper" CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 22, 2017
Read "Live In Europe" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Europe
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 28, 2017
Read "Earthshine" CD/LP/Track Review Earthshine
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: January 31, 2018
Read "Cherry ‎– Sakura" CD/LP/Track Review Cherry ‎– Sakura
by John Sharpe
Published: September 24, 2017
Read "Beloved" CD/LP/Track Review Beloved
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 10, 2017
Read "This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People" CD/LP/Track Review This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: May 29, 2017