97

Sven-: Schlingerland/Dynamische Schwingungen

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Sven-: Schlingerland/Dynamische Schwingungen Solo free improv drum recordings tend to send most jazz fans scurrying for cover. But for the bold, there are some sweet exceptions. Sven-Åke Johansson's 1972 record Schlingerland presents just the man and his drum set, and it's a fascinating listen. Johansson seems intent on exploring the polyrhythmic possibilities of his kit, building up percolating rhythms and then subtly altering them over time. A lot of this music embodies aspects of the West African drumming tradition: Johansson overlays asymmetric drum patterns, adding and subtracting beats, dynamically changing emphasis, constantly engaging in an abstract call-and-response motif.

Johansson made this record during a time when solo drum improvisation was in its infancy (to the extent that it's widely accepted even now). Schlingerland went through reincarnations on Johansson's own label, SÅJ Records; on the SAJ imprint of FMP; and finally now on Atavistic's UMS free jazz reissue series. Despite its age, the recording has decent sound quality: independent components of the kit are well-resolved, with warmth and body. The stereo image tends to be obscenely broad, but that's a fair price to pay in order to follow Johansson's busy trapwork.

Sven-Åke Johansson's tenure with Brötzmann, Schlippenbach, and other giants of European free improvisation had already demonstrated his fluency by the time he made this record, but in the solo context he has the unique opportunity to follow his muse—undistracted by the powerful ebb and flow of group improvisation. While much of Schlingerland consists of pulsing & pounding beats, scattered moments of quiet reflection assure the listener that every note is intended. A unique document, Schlingerland fills a gap in the documentation of '70s European improvisation. At the same time, it retains a surprisingly contemporary sound which reverberates in the ear, mind, and heart of the 21st century listener.

Track Listing: Nahbild; Kurze Studie; Etwas Entfernt Vom Mikrofon.

Personnel: Sven-

| Record Label: Atavistic Worldwide | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Tangled CD/LP/Track Review Tangled
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Is It Me...? CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 25, 2017
Read 14.11.2016 CD/LP/Track Review 14.11.2016
by Nicola Negri
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "Heart Of Gold: Live In Aarhus" CD/LP/Track Review Heart Of Gold: Live In Aarhus
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 19, 2016
Read "Groove Legacy" CD/LP/Track Review Groove Legacy
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: May 8, 2016
Read "Extremophile" CD/LP/Track Review Extremophile
by John Eyles
Published: April 11, 2017
Read "Goin' Your Way" CD/LP/Track Review Goin' Your Way
by Doug Collette
Published: November 6, 2016
Read "Matador 4" CD/LP/Track Review Matador 4
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 31, 2016
Read "Pastures" CD/LP/Track Review Pastures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 26, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!