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Bobo Stenson Trio: Indicum

Read "Indicum" reviewed by John Kelman

With Cantando (ECM, 2008), Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson finally documented the significant renewal of his quarter-century trio with bassist Anders Jormin. The pair had been playing with Jon Fält since the departure of drummer Jon Christensen in the early 2000s. But if Fält was already touring with Stenson when Goodbye (ECM, 2005) was released, its curious--and ...

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Bobo Stenson Trio: Cantando

Read "Cantando" reviewed by Martin Gladu



Bobo Stenson sings! Well, not literally, but the highly communicative and evocative qualities that characterize his music are indeed imbued of such conductive lyricism that it seems rather appropriate pointing out Cantando (Spanish word for singing) is a well-chosen title.



Unpretentiously carving their place amidst the select cast of historically-significant piano trios, ...

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Bobo Stenson Trio: Cantando

Read "Cantando" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan



Fans of the piano trio have been listening hard and wide for a follow-up to the "Holy Grails": Bill Evans' Live at the Village Vanguard (Riverside Records, 1961) and Waltz for Debby (Riverside Records, 1961). Those sets introduced democracy to the group's three-way interplay, making drums and bass near-equal partners with the piano. Swedish ...

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Bobo Stenson Trio: Cantando

Read "Cantando" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The ECM label has championed the jazz aesthetic, quite audibly European rather than American, in differing proportions from release to release. Indeed, although ECM's New Series is ostensibly dedicated to new classical music, its edges leak over into jazz. For forty years and over one thousand albums, ECM has led the way towards the creation of ...

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Bobo Stenson Trio: Cantando

Read "Cantando" reviewed by John Kelman

While Bobo Stenson's last record, Goodbye (ECM, 2005), was a fine addition to the Swedish pianist's small but significant discography, it was also something of a transitional record. Drummer Jon Christensen--an essential member of Stenson's trio for decades, appearing on all four of the pianist's previous releases as a leader on ECM from Underwear (1971) through ...

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Bobo Stenson Trio: Serenity

Read "Serenity" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

One of the great European jazz units, the Bobo Stenson piano trio has held its eminent position among the heady stable of ECM artists since the early '70s. Stenson and drummer Jon Christensen partnered as early as 1969, appearing together on Bobo's 1971 ECM date Underwear. Recent endeavors have included the critically-acclaimed 1997 recording War Orphans ...

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Bobo Stenson Trio: Serenity

Read "Serenity" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The 'Bobo Stenson Trio' pursues lucid expressionism akin to an artisan, as every pluck of the bass and well-placed note combined with master drummer Jon Christensen's acute stylistic approach, provides the optimum in group sensitivity and keen interplay. With this 2-CD set titled Serenity, pianist Bobo Stenson, bassist Anders Jormin and Christensen continue their artful and ...