All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

161

Lin Nyberg: Smile

By

Sign in to view read count
It's arguable that Sweden produces more good jazz artists per capita than any other European country. At least it seems that way. And vocalists are no exception. Song stylist (and she is a stylist) Lina Nyberg follows in the footsteps and joins such notable vocalists as Monica Zetterlund, Jeanette Lindstrom, and the wonderful Nannie Porres. Nyberg cites Zetterlund and Porres as inspirations along with American singers Bessie Smith, Ray Charles, Jimmy Rushing and Nancy Wilson (whose influence is evident in Nyberg's delivery and phrasing). Over the last few years, Nyberg has grown to be considered one of Sweden's top ranking jazz singers and composers and this album does nothing to change that conclusion.

Nyberg has an affinity for using one word titles for her albums. Previous CDs were calledTemper,CloseandOpen. Her quintet album won the 1995 Swedish Grammy Award for Jazz. Now comes Smile with a program of eleven standards and one Beatles' tune. But the standards are delivered in a manner that is at the same time atypical and entertaining. Nyberg has her way with melodies as she modifies the accents and phrasing for each tune This stylistic approach is not just a mere affectation, but a legitimate and effective interpretation device which shows a close affinity for lyrics..and it works well. Her pronunciation of certain words is exaggerated, again for effect. She can be ardent as on "Smile". The usually mournfully sung "Good Morning Heartache" is done in a matter of fact way without any regret. The message is "that's the way it is right now, but it will be better". This tune also demonstrates the novel arrangements another feature of the album. Nyberg comes in with just Göran Klinghagen's guitar behind her, then Anders Persson's piano enters, followed again by guitar with Nyberg's voice playing the horn part. Unique arrangements and sounds are possible given the unusual instrumental configuration - - piano, guitar, bass and a cello with two violins!

Esbjorn Svensson has been Nyberg's regular pianist. But forSmileshe goes with Anders Persson with whom she has also built a solid musical relationship as shown on his backing on "Young and Foolish" where he matches (not drowns out) the passion in Nyberg's voice. The dark, cloudy sound of the cello contrasts with the clarity of Nyberg's voice on "Wild Is the Wind". Another nice feature is that Nyberg sings the verse of several of the tunes. But it is the feeling of story telling Nyberg conveys as she delivers the words. They're not treated as a bunch of letters and syllables, but as image creators to be transported to the minds of the listener. This album is like hearing a picture book. The sound on tis CD, by the way, is breathtaking. Recommended.


Track Listing: Smile; Young and Foolish; Body and Soul; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; S'Wonderful; Wild Is the Wind; If I Were a Bell; How Long Has This Been Going On; Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year; Good Morning Heartache; All the Way; Golden Slumbers

Personnel: Lina Nyberg - Vocals; Anders Persson - Piano; Palle Danielsson - Bass; G

Title: Smile | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Prophone Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
 

Smile

Prophone Records
2000

buy

Related Articles

Read Live CD/LP/Track Review
Live
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Humanities CD/LP/Track Review
Humanities
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Wild Is The Wind CD/LP/Track Review
Wild Is The Wind
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Fairytales CD/LP/Track Review
Fairytales
by Gareth Thompson
Published: April 21, 2018
Read Origins CD/LP/Track Review
Origins
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 20, 2018
Read Bright Force CD/LP/Track Review
Bright Force
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 20, 2018
Read "Tag Book" CD/LP/Track Review Tag Book
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 19, 2017
Read "Cherry ‎– Sakura" CD/LP/Track Review Cherry ‎– Sakura
by John Sharpe
Published: September 24, 2017
Read "Greatest Hits Live" CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Hits Live
by Doug Collette
Published: September 2, 2017
Read "Doors" CD/LP/Track Review Doors
by John Eyles
Published: April 4, 2018
Read "J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 - 1984" CD/LP/Track Review J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 - 1984
by Chris May
Published: March 15, 2018