Swedish drummer Jonas Holgersson's trio releases its first recording of original music, its apparent appreciation of the jazz tradition balanced by the manifestation of a kind of composed stoicism that makes Snick Snack
an unimpeachable session.
Holgersson has held the drum chair in bands led by both saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar
and trumpeter Magnus Broo
. This debut as leader features a classic saxophone trio with Karl-Martin Almqvist
and bassist Christian Spering. The title track kicks things off, with Holgersson playing a sparse groove on a minimal kit. This unadorned approach, carried throughout the session, makes for an eye-catching (as well as ear-grabbing) approach. By choosing this no-nonsense style, the melodies are forefront and very perceivable.
It's rare for a recording to conjure such visual information. On each trackbest highlighted by the longest piece, "Danish Steel," at eight minutesthe music provides a clear optical reference. Each instrument is made readily perceptible, with Holgersson's mallet work, Almqvist moving breath into his soprano saxophone and Spering's tactile motion a credit to the recording engineersand to Holgersson's sense of proportion.
Holgersson and Almqvist give a nod to John Coltrane
's A Love Supreme
(Impulse!, 1965) on "Yellow Duet," the pair signaling its knowledge and appreciation for a tailored and disciplined outward reach. Besides this Elvin Jones
reference, Holgersson lays down three brief solo trackseach quite minimal, accomplishing much with very little.
Track Listing: Snick Snack; Solo no.1; Message Enclosed; Yellow Duet; Low 5; Solo
no.2; Sweet Kiss; Lagom; Danish Steel; Solo no.3; Third Party.
Personnel: Jonas Holgersson: drums; Karl-Martin Almqvist: saxophone; Christian
Title: Snick Snack
| Year Released: 2011
| Record Label: Moserobie