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Peter Asplund: Asplund Meets Bernstein

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This reverent but highly accessible and creative tribute to Leonard Bernstein, by Swedish trumpeter Peter Asplund, will undoubtedly be a leading contender for his homeland's next Golden Record (Gyllene Skivan) award. It's the most important jazz album to emerge from the Nordic Area in a good long while. Asplund's collaboration with Mats Hålling--a composer and arranger who writes everything from modern classical music to Swedish pop--brings to mind, in a low key kind of way, Miles Davis' ...

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Peter Asplund Quartet: As Knights Concur

Read "As Knights Concur" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As I listened to Swedish trumpeter Peter Asplund's quartet on As Knights Concur, I was reminded of another trumpeter somewhat closer to home. Whether consciously or not, Asplund channels Miles Davis in his “transitional" phase shortly before Davis passed through the esoteric “door of fusion" into the sleep-inducing twilight zone that marked his later years as a jazz icon.

Indeed, one of Asplund's three original compositions, “Wonderyear," is reminiscent of Davis' “Milestones." And there's a palpable Davis slant to his ...

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Peter Asplund: In a Swedish Way

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Peter Asplund, one of Sweden's most talented jazz trumpeters, gets his inspiration from giants like Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown and Miles Davis but funnels it through his own, very Nordic filter. “I don't pretend to sound like an American trumpeter," he says. “I'm Swedish and that has to come across. As I see it, you have to be uncompromisingly yourself, pursue your own musical vision." He pauses and smiles ruefully. “Then of course you have to get people to like ...

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Peter Asplund: As Knights Concur

Read "As Knights Concur" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Swedish trumpet player Peter Asplund wears a good many musical hats, but it is with his jazz quartet that he's really starting to make waves. His last album with the group, Lochiel's Warning, made him something of a local hero. Now As Knights Concur seems set to put him on the road to international recognition. Forget the pompous title, it's the music that counts. Asplund's idea is that listeners should be led gently into improvisation. The opener, his own composition, ...

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The Peter Asplund Quartet: Lochiel's Warning

Read "Lochiel's Warning" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It took me a while to warm to Lochiel's Warning, the latest album by Swedish trumpeter Peter Asplund, and that's partly because the sequencing is flawed. As a result, it's one of those sessions wherein the whole seems less than the sum of its parts, if you follow my drift.

Asplund is a splendid trumpeter, one of Europe's finest, and his companions are world-class. Having said that, the opinion here is that not much happens before track three, Rodgers and ...


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