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RED Trio and Mattias Ståhl: North And The Red Stream

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On their fifth album, Swedish vibraphonist Mattias Ståhl joins the Portuguese Red Trio as a guest. He's the latest in a sequence which includes alliances with saxophonist John Butcher and trumpeter Nate Wooley on disc, and reedman Ken Vandermark in performance. The product, North And The Red Stream, comprises three collective improvisations recorded at the VDU Jazz Festival in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas in 2013. Each arises from an impromptu give and take, negotiated on the fly, as the ...

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Mattias Ståhl Trio: Jag Skulle Bara Gå Ut

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The rebirth of the vibraphone as a tool for creative music making has been a long time coming. Like the clarinet, it had to lose its nerdishness to gain acceptance. Artists like Jason Adasiewicz, Matt Moran and the Swedish-born Matthais Ståhl are making the vibes as relevant today as the mid-sixties and 1970s work of Khan Jamal and Bobby Hutcherson. Like the revival of the clarinet from the likes of Chris Speed, Ken Vandermark, and Don Byron, the ...

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Sten Sandell & Mattias Stahl: Grann Musik (neighbor music)

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Master Swedish improvisers, pianist Sten Sandell and vibraphonist Mattias Stahl, radiate gobs of colorific contrasts via these freeform-based duets. At times fluid, introspective and somewhat jagged in scope, the artists pursue the art of intuitive music-speak during the prevalence of this 2008 outing.

On “ Sjöfortet," Sandell executes cascading block chords with the semblance of a classical pianist gone awry, while Stahl's contrapuntal statements inject a myriad of prismatic effects. The duo works within a similar musical plane throughout these ...