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Bruno Raberg Trio: Tailwind

Read "Tailwind" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Tailwind is the tenth album as a leader for Swedish-born, longtime Boston-resident bassist/composer Bruno Råberg. His most recent groups have been piano-less: Hot Box (Orbis Music, 2015) was a quartet with trumpet, saxophone and drums; For The Unknown (Orbis Music, 2016) brought back the same group sans drums, and was entirely based on freely improvised music. Both albums also featured Råberg's electronic post-processing. By comparison this is a much more mainstream affair: an acoustic trio with pianist Bruce Barth and ...

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Bruno Raberg: Tailwind

Read "Tailwind" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

In a 2005 interview, double bassist Bruno Råberg discussed how Scandinavian music reflects the country's vast mountains and forests. “You can see very far and that calmness and meditative spirituality comes through," he says. Born in Sweden, but a longtime resident of Boston, you sense Råberg still carries his homeland close to the heart. For sure his acclaimed composing has touched base with many cultures. His previous range includes the lush Music For Strings & Soloists (Orbis Music, ...

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Bruno Råberg: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists

Read "Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists" reviewed by Marithe Van der Aa

The number three has always had a symbolic and spiritual significance in many different religions and cultures--and, in his latest album Triloka (literally translated as 'Three Realms'), Swedish bassist Bruno Råberg pays his own personal homage to the trinity of...well, everything. Inspired by South Indian carnatic music, the album immediately cuts to the chase with its enchanting title track, “Triloka," which--not too surprisingly--has a threefold structure. The entire album is written for strings only, and despite not having ...

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Bruno Raberg: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists

Read "Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Sweden boasts a long tradition of producing notable double bassists--Georg Riedel, Palle Danielsson, Anders Jormin, Lars Danielsson, Dan Berglund and Petter Eldh all spring to mind. Bruno Råberg is another whose virtuosity and lyricism have propelled him to international renown, as a collaborator with some of jazz's most eminent names, and, since 1986, as a Professor at Berklee College of Music. As a leader on his Orbis Music label, Råberg has shifted from quartet (Ascensio 2003) and nonet settings (Chrysalis, ...

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Bruno Raberg: For The Unknown

Read "For The Unknown" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Bruno Raberg's artistry sounds as if it would be a good fit for ECM Records. His music has a drifting elasticity; space is an important component; and his muse has introduced him to electronic sound design--an approach that the Swedish-born, and now Boston-based, performer has embraced. Raberg's sound is unique. Over the course of nine CD releases as a leader, beginning with 1992's Pentimento (Boston Skyline) and building up to the release at hand, For The Unknown, ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet with Phil Grenadier, Allan Chase and Austin McMahon: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With Hot Box, bassist/composer Bruno Råberg and his quartet (Phil Grenadier on trumpet and flugelhorn, Allan Chase on saxophones and drummer Austin McMahon) have created a very, very cool and quite attractive modern jazz album that will stay in the ear for a long time. “Cool" here means burning on a low heat, with lots of space, long lines and a silky, soft spoken delivery. Rather than demanding attention, this music requests it; but when attention is given ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bassist-composer Bruno Råberg leads an adventurous, empathetic pianoless quartet on Hot Box, his seventh recording as a leader. Born in Sweden, he has been living in the U.S. since 1981, and is a professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His collaborations with trumpeter Phil Grenadier and saxophonist Allan Chase go back over 10 years, so they have a seasoned rapport. Drummer Austin McMahon is new to the party, but he blends right in. The tone ...

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Bruno Råberg Quartet with Phil Grenadier, Allan Chase and Austin McMahon: Hot Box

Read "Hot Box" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Bruno Råberg and trumpeter Phil Grenadier had previously offered a brilliant duo collection with the 2012 Plunge (Orbis Music) and here--under Råberg's leadership--expand to a quartet formation for the equally imaginative Hot Box. The collection features compositions both by the Swedish born Råberg and group improvised pieces. Unlike the Råberg/Grenadier duo outing, the leader's electronic sound design gives way to the more organic setting of the quartet on this collection.Joining Råberg and Grenadier are saxophonist Allan Chase ...

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Phil Grenadier Bruno Raberg Duo: Plunge

Read "Plunge" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The advent of new technologies has enabled musicians to interact in hitherto unheard-of ways. It's routine now to read about recordings that were assembled from sessions recorded by individual musicians in different studios, on different continents. Music composing software has changed the way musicians think about their compositions and opened up new possibilities for the performance and reproduction of music scores. Computer-based digital editing tools have permitted entirely new ways of assembling and rearranging music, eliminating the painstaking process of ...

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Phil Grenadier / Bruno Raberg: Plunge

Read "Plunge" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There are conspicuously few trumpet and bass duo recordings in the archives of jazz, though the rationale is not obvious. The sonic characteristics of the two instruments work surprisingly well in the hands of disciplined artists who emphasize the creative process over fireworks. Trumpeter Phil Grenadier, brother of bassist Larry Grenadier, is teamed with bassist Bruno Råberg on the very inventive and gratifying Plunge. The collection features eighteen original and completely improvised pieces, broken into several segments, and a cover ...

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Bruno Raberg: Lifelines

Read "Lifelines" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The sixth recording of Swedish Boston-based bassist Bruno Raberg is a generous presentation of his compositional prowess, inventive improvisation skills and musical leadership. Raberg began his professional career more than thirty years ago when he relocated to Stockholm in order to play in the band of Swedish trombone virtuoso Eje Thelin. In 1981 he moved to America and studied with bass master Miroslav Vitous at the New England Conservatory. He is currently a Professor at Berklee College of Music.

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Bruno Raberg: Lifelines

Read "Lifelines" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Producer George Martin famously advocated a single LP release of the Beatles' epic White Album, culling the best tracks from the sessions; the Fab Four prevailed and released the sprawling, chaotic double LP we know today. Since then, many a double album has inspired skeptics to ask, like Sir George, “Might not a single disc have sufficed?"Raberg's would-be White Album, released on the fortieth anniversary of the Beatles' magnum opus, uses color labels in a playful ploy to ...


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