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JAZZKAMPANJ!

ACT MUSIC

I år firar ACT 25 år!

Det vill vi fira genom att lyfta fram de många av våra svenska jazzartister som spelat in skivor på den tyska jazzlabeln genom åren: Nils Landgren, Rigmor Gustafsson, Viktoria Tolstoy, Jan Lundgren, Tonbruket, Ida Sand, Lars Danielsson, Ulf Wakenius med flera. I höstkampanjen finner du även skivor av andra ACT-kändisar, som Iiro Rantala och Youn Sun Nah.

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Image How long is now?
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Iiro Rantala / piano
Lars Danielsson / bass
Peter Erskine / drums, percussion

"Avoid the basic concept of the jazz piano trio and make it more groovy, with simple melodies” Iiro Rantala

After the album “My Working Class Hero,” dedicated to John Lennon and “Tears for Esbjörn,” a homage to the influential Swedish pianist, “How Long Is Now?” puts the spotlight fairly and squarely back on to the Finnish pianist, composer and life-force Iiro Rantala. This new trio album with Peter Erskine (drums) and Lars Danielsson (bass) constitutes a many-faceted summing-up of a happy and resoundingly creative phase of Rantala’s life...

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Image When You Make Me Smile
Rigmor Gustafsson - vocals
Jonas Östholm - piano
Martin Höper - bass
Jonas Holgersson - drums
Magnus Lindgren - tenor sax, clarinet, flute (on 03, 05 & 11)
Patrick Skogh - trumpet & flugelhorn (on 03, 05, 09 & 10)
Karin Hammar - trombone (on 03, 05, 09 & 10)
Anders Wiborg - bass trombone (on 05, 09 & 10)
Jesper Nordenström - organ
Calle Rasmusson - percussion
Dalasinfoniettan conducted by Jonas Nydesjö


"This album is a dream come true. I started to write songs about two years ago and contacted Dalasinfoniettan, an absolutely fantastic Swedish orchestra that I love. For a short while I was thinking that there are already so much lovely music out there to record, but felt very fast that for me it's natural to compose new material. It has been both a freedom and a challenge to have an orchestra available. Freedom, simply because a big orchestra gives so many possibilities, especially sound wise. Challenge, because I'm used to smaller constellations with another flexibility and different possibilities to improvise. In this case I had to decide carefully in advance how I wanted everything. It has at the same time been tremendously fun. I hope that everyone who listens will share my happiness about the project." (Rigmor Gustafsson)


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Image The Ystad Concert - A Tribute To Jan Johansson
Jan Lundgren / piano
Mattias Svensson / bass
Bonfiglioli Weber String Quartet

Recorded at Ystad Teater, Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival, July 30, 2015

Ystad: idyllic coastal town in Sweden, home to the "Wallander" TV series and enclave of superb jazz. Since 2011, the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival has been presenting top international stars and outstanding music projects, in a program compiled with unerring good taste by the Artistic Director, pianist Jan Lundgren.
On 30 July 2015, he himself took to the festival stage together with bassist Mattias Svensson and the Bonfiglioli Weber String Quartet to pay tribute to one of the founding fathers of Swedish jazz music: pianist Jan Johansson (1931 - 1968). Alongside the recently deceased Bengt-Arne Wallin, Johansson set the direction for Swedish - yes even Scandinavian - jazz and how it is perceived in the rest of the world, with his recourse to the indigenous folk music. His duet recording from 1963 (with bassist Georg Riedel) "Jazz på svenska" was to become a timeless guiding light for this kind of Nordic improvisatory music.
Jan Lundgren is also rooted in the Johansson tradition: Nordic Vemod and impressionist spirit embedded in the American jazz piano tradition combine to make his personal style. He too has already worked through the Swedish folk music genre. With "Swedish Standards" Lundgren landed a surprise hit in 1997. At "The Ystad Concert", Lundgren once again shows himself to be a worthy successor of Jan Johansson, who breathes new and unfamiliar life into folk music classics. This music had never before been heard played this way by a string quartet.


LINER NOTES GEORG RIEDEL:
I have played together with many fine jazz musicians during my long music career. One of those who has meant most for me is Jan Johansson. When we were recording "Jazz på svenska" in the 60's I didn't understand that this was a stroke of genius on Jan's part. Was it even jazz music? There were no drums and no traditional "swing". But Jan Johansson was far ahead of his time. He created a Scandinavian sound in his jazz music.
In the 60's many "experts" were critical to this project. Was there even any point to releasing a record? The audience thought differently. It became Sweden's bestselling jazz record of all time.
Today the distinction between different music genres isn't as clear as it was when I began to play in the 50's and 60's. The awe and respect for Jan Johansson is also no longer an obstacle for today's musicians to preserve his legacy and approach Jan's interpretations of Swedish folklore.
A very worthy representative of Swedish piano jazz is Jan Lundgren. He even dares to play the same notes as Jan Johansson, and still it sounds different. You immediately hear that it is Jan Lundgren and not Jan Johansson. That is how it was with Johansson as well. A few notes and you could hear who was playing.

The use of a string quartet is also entirely in the spirit of Jan Johansson. Crossing boundaries was natural to him. The Russian ("Jazz på ryska") and Hungarian ("Jazz på Ungerska") recordings aren't as iconic as "Jazz på svenska". This is why Jan Lundgren's rendition becomes more independent of the original. A natural progressing in Jan Johansson's spirit. It's wonderful that this music has gained new life!
(Georg Riedel)


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Image New Eyes on Baroque
5/6 i SvD

"Tidig musik har en självklarhet bortom musikförlagens krav, och Bach har inspirerat exempelvis Benny Goodman och Heitor Villa-Lobos. Jeanette Köhns varma och lyriska sopran kan påminna om Victoria de los Angeles. Bach, här i sällskap med Purcell och Händel, känns som huvudperson, och min favorit är "Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme" med sin vitala melodik. Den här icke-ortodoxa produktionen är gjord med varsam inspiration. Mest utmanade är sopran- och barytonsaxofonen, båda suveränt hanterade av Jonas Knutsson. Övriga medverkande är Nils Landgren, Johan Norberg och Eva Kruse."
(Svenska Dagbladet)

Jeanette Köhn, sopran
Nils Landgren, trombon
Johan Norberg, gitarr
Jonas Knutsson, baryton- & sopransaxofon
Eva Kruse, bas

Radiokören / Gustav Sjökvist

Den klassiska musiken har genomgått många förvandlingar och står idag med en enorm variation av klanger och orkesterbesättningar.
Utvecklingen pågår fortfarande med många intressanta nutida tonsättare som utvecklar genren vidare. Under populärmusikens historia har många försökt att arrangera om kända klassiska verk för både synthesizers och jazzorkestrar med varierat resultat. Det är en paradox att man måste närma sig musiken med stor respekt men samtidigt vara respektlös för att kunna skapa ett intressant möte mellan ny och gammal musik. När trombonisten och sångaren Nils Landgren fick frågan: "Kan man spela Bach med en ny vinkel" av arrangören för Bachfestivalen i Leipzig slog tanken rot. Tänk om man kunde skapa en ensemble och ett möte där improvisationen underställer sig barockens rytmik, utan att förändra den grundläggande harmoniken?

Idén var inte att "jazza till det" men att låta improviserandet återknyta med barocken som ett naturligt element. Och så var det faktiskt på 1600-talet när många musiker var skickliga improvisatörer. En klassiskt skolad sopran behövdes i gruppen som stadigt centrum med en musikalisk koppling till traditionen. Valet föll på Jeanette Köhn som är det melodiska navet kring vilket ensemblen kan röra sig med relativ frihet. Jeanette är en av Sveriges mest mångsidiga sångerskor och sedan länge en väletablerad konsert- och operasångerska med internationella engagemang. Hennes naturliga klang och exakta "tajming" passar barockens ofta metriska rytmik och med sin erfarenhet av populärmusik kan hon utan ansträngning anpassa sig till musikernas improviserande. Jeanette gjorde ett första förslag till repertoar och insåg snart vikten av att bredda urvalet till fler barockkompositörer än Bach. För att utveckla idén kring projektet ringde Nils sin gamle vän, gitarristen Johan Norberg. "Jag visste att han skulle komma på ett sätt att arrangera musiken och eftersom han också är en skicklig studiotekniker och producent kunde han dessutom överblicka hur projektet skulle genomföras" berättar Landgren. Johan tyckte spontant att hans medmusiker i duon "Norrland", saxofonisten Jonas Knutsson skulle passa perfekt i sammanhanget med sin kombination av att vara både jazz- och folkmusiker. Basisten Eva Kruse som samarbetat med både Landgren, Köhn, Norberg och Knutsson i tidigare projekt var ett självklart val för att göra kvintetten komplett. Eva är en av tysklands ledande kontrabasister och medlem i trion [em] men har också en gedigen bakgrund inom den klassiska musiken. Ensemblen träffades och började repetera inför det första framträdandet som gick av stapeln i Leipzig sommaren 2007. Man ställdes inför knepiga men roliga utmaningar:

Kan man byta tonart på klassiska verk? Får man?
Hur transkriberar man cembalo till barytonsaxofon och trombon? Och, hur ska man gå till väga för att spela "Jesu bleibet meine freude" på stålsträngad gitarr med öppen bluesstämning. Det blev något av en tålamodsprövande arkeologisk utgrävning. Musikerna visste att det fanns något fantastiskt därinne, men att man måste vara försiktig för att inte skapa utslätade versioner av originalen. Under arbetets gång fann man något som underlättade; en överraskande likhet mellan den svenska folkmusikens och barockens frasering.

Första konserten gav mersmak och man bestämde sig för att försöka spela in musiken på skiva så snart det fanns möjlighet. Men det var inte förrän 2010 som konkreta planer började ta form. Under arbetsnamnet "New Eyes on Bach" tog man kontakt med Radiokören och föreslog en gemensam konsert. Dirigenten Gustaf Sjökvist, en välkänd musikprofil i Sverige med en unik bredd i genrekännedom föreföll som det självklara valet att leda den här typen av konsert. Efter två utsålda hus på Radiokörens hemmascen, Sveriges Radios "Berwaldhallen", sa man gemensamt "det här måste vi göra om!". Så, efter lite planering och titt i kalendrar lyckades man boka in en vecka i februari 2012 för skivinspelning. Eftersom fler kompositörer än Bach finns i repertoaren bytte man ut "Bach" mot "Baroque" i gruppens namn och nu finns skivan här: Jeanette Köhn & Swedish Radio Choir "New Eyes on
Baroque"
.



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Image Some Other Time - A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
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Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Janis Siegel / vocals
Jan Lundgren / piano
Dieter Ilg / bass
Wolfgang Haffner / drums

Right in time for Nils Landgren's 60th birthday celebration the most elaborate project of his unparalleled carrer will be published. This album includes the music of musiclas like "West Side Story and a phenomenal line-up, among others his All-Star band, Bochumer Symphoniker and singer Janis Siegel of the legendary "The Manhatten Transfer". Together with conductor and arranger Vince Mendoza they build a memorial for a friend of Jazz and great composer of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein.


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Image My History of Jazz
Iiro Rantala, piano
Lars Danielsson, bass & cello
Morten L, drums
Adam Baldych, violin

That old discussion has broken out again: What is jazz? Who does it belong to? Where does it begin? The latter of these questions is at least not an issue for the Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala: "Johann Sebastian Bach and his music came into my life when I was six." So it comes as no surprise that Bach ties up his new ACT album "My History Of Jazz" - Rantala's personal history of the music that captivated him when he was 13 is embedded in the classically rendered aria: "Ever since then I always wanted to become an improviser, composer, stage performer and bandleader". A universal concept shown on the five greatly varied improvisations on the Goldberg Variations, upon which Rantala threads the album like a string of pearls.

"My History Of Jazz" is the logical counterpart to Rantala's ACT debut "Lost Heroes", on which he built a unique personal monument to past musical paragons and kindred spirits - so unique, in fact, that it won him Germany's most important music awards, the "Echo Jazz" and the annual "German Record Critics Award", amongst others. There too, the Finnish classical composers Jean Sibelius and Pekka Pohjola were of course also among the inspirations, as were the entirely dissimilar jazz piano legends Art Tatum, Erroll Garner and Michel Petrucciani. This time, great composers find their way into Rantala's kingdom, like George Gershwin ("Liza"), Kurt Weill ("September Song"), Duke Ellington and his valve trombonist Juan Tizol ("Caravan"), Thelonious Monk ("Eronel") and the Swedish cool jazz saxophonist Lars Gullin ("Danny's Dream").

With "My History Of Jazz" Rantala places himself at the head of a new pianist generation that liberates itself from the inflated cult of the "all new" and instead returns to build on the old jazz tradition of studying the great inventors of the genre, of admiring them and of using them for one's own sound. "The great thing about being a musician is that you don't have to invent everything yourself," Rantala says. "You can listen to the people who were there before you and learn from them. Many people ask me what my influences are, who I like and who I've arranged for myself. I've always been very open-minded about that."





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Image Forevergreens
Crossover is a thing of the past: the future is Tonbruket!
This band, formed around e.s.t. bassist Dan Berglund, "loves to tear down genre borders [...] and exposes a fascinating sound somewhere between jazz and rock" (Stern magazine). Now, with its fourth album, Tonbruket continue their adventure-loving expedition into the no man's land between the most divergent of musical directions with "Forevergreens". The four musicians are in no way about any kind of crossover, their goal is sensual internalization.
Melodies, images, motifs, rhythms and sounds mix. Any attempt to locate this free-play on the accepted genre map is doomed to fail, because each song offers new hints as to its whereabouts. Just as many possible styles can be derived from the primal treasure of Tonbruket material as are influences required to accomplish in this mixture, which is as powerful as it is explosive. Tonbruket comprises four extreme individualists, who discover a unique collective identity here.
The dense band sound that interweaves the various instruments has priority over solo excursions. "Forevergreens" again lives and thrives on Berglund's and Werliin's enthralling grooves, on the variable guitar sounds of Lindström's and Hederos' solemn keyboard surfaces, but most of all on the tight-knit interplay of all these components together. Tonbruket stands for experiencing the sounds of the present, as they are shaped by hectic and stress, but also by an irrepressible longing for balance, harmony and peace.


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Image Anyone With a Heart
Line up:

Iiro Rantala String Trio:
Iiro Rantala / piano
Adam Baldych / violin
Asja Valcic / cello

With "Anyone With A Heart", Iiro Rantala, definitively showing himself to be a great Neo Romantic, beyond all stylistic limitations: "Now it's simply about my melodies." And he conceived all of them from the outset for the classical form of the piano trio: piano, violin and cello. It is a form that is quite unique in jazz. The trio is completed by the consummately virtuoso all-rounder Adam Baldych (violin) and Asja Valcic (cello), who also has her background in classical music. "I have always loved melodies," says Rantala and that's it, what "Anyone With A Heart" shows!


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Image Young At Heart
Ida Sand / vocals & piano
Jesper Nordenström / keyboards
Ola Gustafsson / guitars
Dan Berglund / acoustic bass
Christer Jansson / drums & percussion

Ida Sand has always been good for a surprise ortwo.
When she presented her ACT debut "Meet Me Around Midnight" in 2007 at the age of 29, after studying at
the University of Gothenburg's conservatory and then learning the ropes in the Stockholm jazz scene, it sounded so different than one would have expected from a Swedish vocalist: not an ethereal, "Nordic" pop-jazz, but pure soul, fueled by her dramatic timbre. Gospel and soul music greats like Nina Simone, Etta James and Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder had been Sand's early influences, and Sand has repeatedly reworked songs from these role models on her three ACT albums "into sparkling gems, with her dark, power-velvet voice," as the Financial Times so aptly put it. The press and the public both agreed that in Ida Sand they had heard a new "great white soul voice".

Sand had already included an interpretation of the Neil Young classic "Heart of Gold" on her album
"True Love", however that Sand would now dedicate the entire "Young At Heart" album to the Canadian folk-rocker and singer-songwriter legend was entirely unexpected.
"They often say that the mentality of Sweden and Canada are quite similar to each other.
Our countries have the same kind of climate and not seldom Swedish and Canadian culture have been described as "melancholic". Neil Young is Canadian and has been one of the greatest, most productive, influential lyricists and musicians of our time. He has enriched the music world by putting words and melodies to the human and existential questions that we all share. To me, that has been the traction of this project.
To capture the melancholy, which actually is a strong parameter of my DNA too."

In her own way she combed through Neil Young's opulent oeuvre, so characterized by style breaches and experiments as it is: "It is the lyrics I pay most attention to, then the feel and the energy that a song exudes. If it resonates with something in me, I sit down at the piano. I never filter out the chords of the original, because I don't want to adulterate my first impression. I try to improvise and sing it in my key, and then I just let it grow from there."

Sand mastered the challenge with seasoned support. Her mentor Nils Landgren again took on the
producer role for "Young At Heart", and also added his distinctive soul trombone and unmistakable voice to the
equation. Ida Sand's husband Ola Gustafsson, who was already right at the heart of her "True Love" album, acts as a kind of Neil Young alter ego on the guitars, leading the excellent band, which is made up of Jesper Nordenström on keyboards and organ, drummer Christer Jansson and e.s.t. bassist Dan Berglund. Tenor saxophonist Per "Texas" Johansson, renowned for his soul sound and Sven Lindvall on the e-bass joined the party as guests, along with famous Swedish Rock singer Bo Sundström and background vocalists.

"It has been such a great experience for me to dive into the music of Neil Young. I'm Swedish and I've done my best to keep the essence of the music intact, but with a new and personal twist." Sand can rest assured that she has succeeded, be it on classics like "Cinnamon Girl", "Harvest Moon" or "Helpless", on intimate ballads like "Birds", tempo-groove numbers like "Sea Of Madness", folk protest songs like "War Of Man" or on lavish rock anthems like "Ohio".

Welcome to the vibrant, powerful, epic world of Neil
Young!



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Image Eternal Beauty
Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Michael Wollny / piano
Johan Norberg / guitars
Lars Danielsson / upright bass & cello on 03
Rasmus Kihlberg / drums
Lisa Nilsson / vocals on For Your Love


"Never change a winning team" they say, and so it was that for his new vocal and ballad project, " Eternal Beauty", Landgren once again reverted to this select band of brothers around Michael Wollny and Lars Danielsson. Musical diamonds like „Isn't It A Pity" by George Harrison, „Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister and Tina Turner's Hit "We Don't Need Another Hero" shine in jazzy "Eternal Beauty".
"På den nya skivan "Eternal beauty" (ACT music) har han satt samman ett nytt dream team för just det slags musik som spänner mellan stillsamt känsliga ballader och skönt sugande rytmer. Alla nummer på skivan har kärlek och kärleksrelationer som tema och särskilt magiskt klingar klassiska "Green fields" i Landgrens tappning. Utsökt duosång med Lisa Nilsson i "For your love" och en speciell hyllning tillägnas bortgångne vännen och pianisten Esbjörn Svensson i dennes underbart vackra "Love is real".
LO Rindberg, Länstidningen


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Image Moment of Now, A
Viktoria Tolstoy / vocals
Jakob Karlzon / Steinway grand piano,
pump organ, celesta, Fender Rhodes

Special Guest on Send One Your Love:
Jocke Bergström / vocals


Though there are many beautiful singing voices in jazz today, Viktoria Tolstoy is one of a kind. A great melodramatist of jazz who is also bipolar, she makes happiness sound fragile and threatened, and bitterness sweet and enchanting. She has framed and perfected this art on a conceptual level since becoming an ACT artist in 2003, whether concentrating on material from Esbjörn Svensson - whose e.s.t. began to some extent as her accompanying trio - or, most recently, on Herbie Hancock, classical originals, Swedish standards or repertoire from Russia, the home of her ancestors. Her latest album "A Moment Of Now" is her most frank recording yet - for one simple reason: "Jacob [Karlzon] and I are the concept this time," says Viktoria. Indeed it is an intimate album by the duo that focuses on their musical partnership. Karlzon has been Tolstoy's trusted companion on her band projects for almost 15 years now, his playing thrives on nuances, transitions, ambiguities - be they inspired by classics such as Grieg or hard rockers the likes of KoRn. It is a partnership that shows no signs of abating, despite Karlzon's own highly successful trio that bears his name. "We each generally know in advance what the other is thinking and is going to do, without either of us having to say anything. It's almost a bit spooky," says Tolstoy of the intuitive understanding between the two.

Their style depends on melodies like a fish depends on water, and 14 of the best are brought together on "A Moment Of Now". As Tolstoy explains, they are "songs we've heard a lot in recent years, and that imposed themselves on us, but also some that were entirely new to us and were really a challenge". This has resulted in a selection that sounds entirely coherent and as if created especially for these two musicians, even though its component parts come from the most diverse, stylistic, and often surprising backgrounds. From the classical "Apres Un Reve" by the Frenchman Gabriel Faurè, to Stevie Wonder's soul-pop "Send One Your Love" - on which Tolstoy invited Jocke Bergström, a new face in these climes, to share in a vocal duet that simply takes your breath away - to the jazzy "Shadow And Light" by Joe Zawinul. Thanks to Tolstoy's father, who suggested Phil Collins' "Against All Odds", the entire history of Genesis is represented, so to speak, with "Taking It All Too Hard" and Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain" also rebooted on the album.

Beyond global hits like these or Alanis Morissette's biggest success "Hand In My Pocket", the album also includes new discoveries like "Satisfied" from the almost-forgotten funk virtuoso Lewis Taylor and "Deep River" from Norwegian jazz saxophonist Benedik Hofseth. Among the pieces, three were originally instrumentals; namely "Apres Un Reve" (based on Faurè's "Apres Un Reve"), the Pat Metheny revamp "A Moment Of Now", and Karlzon's own composition "Scent Of Snow". For these, Anna Alerstedt, the fantastic songwriter who Tolstoy discovered in 2008 for "My Russian Soul", once again pens profound and memorable lyrics.

The ease with which Viktoria Tolstoy and Jacob Karlzon can change the fundamental character of songs that otherwise seem to be set in stone is quite spectacular. The best example of this is their interpretation of Mark King's "Lessons In Love", transformed from a loud up-tempo song by the funk band Level 42 into a melancholy ballad. There's also Cole Porter's classic "I Concentrate On You", which rings out as a Nordic anthem, and which in the middle section is even reminiscent of Esbjörn Svensson's "Love Is Real". But above all, what the songs all have in common is an overwhelming quietude and power. The weighty and complex sounds light and easy - just note the jumps and key changes on "Satisfied", where the subtle nuances and vocals change and shape the music.

There is a calmness and strength in the music that comes from experience and draws from the tried and trusted. For example, Nils Landgren returns as the producer, while the album was recorded with the familial team at Nilento Studios in Goteborg. "I felt safe and well looked after at every moment," Tolstoy recalls, "Never change a winning team!". This is how a fascinating and completely unique moment in her and Karlzon's oeuvre was born-and it is one that will remain.





LIRA GILLAR

Mästerlig duo.

"Det var längeedan jag lyssnade så många dagar och kvällar i rad på en och samma skiva. Och den fortsätter att vilja bli spelad. Viktoria Tolstoy och Jacob Karlzon har i det sparsmakade duoformatet skapat ett litet mästerverk.

Ett mycket intressant koncept eftesom nästan hela skivan består av tolkade covers, ursprungligen skrivna av de mest skiftande typer av musiker och kompositörer. Gemensamt är att det är "sånger vi verkligen gillar, som gripit tag i oss" som Viktoria uttryckte det på en förhandskonsert inför en längre Tyskland-Sverige-turné.

Tolkningarna är raka, enkla, här finns inga manér, inga krusiduller eller krångligheter, här finns bara två fullödiga konstnärer som tillsamans gör något de är bra på. Tillsammans och var för sig, för ibland låter det nästan som om var och en spelar och sjunger på sitt eget vis, sida vid sida, samtidigt, men intrycket blir aldrig splittrat. eftersom den denes spel ändå förstärker den andras sång och vice versa. Och röstkonstnären Viktoria Tolstoy har är fått en mörkare, djupare och mer allvarsam ton som är vilsam och vacker mot en fond av Jacob Karlzons finstämda pianospel."
Eva Nikell



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Image My Working Class Hero
4/5 i DN

"Att hylla The Beatles och särskilt John Lennon är ju inget ovanligt i sig - snarare tvärtom och ofta med mediokert resultat. Men den finske pianisten Iiro Rantala får ut oerhört mycket av låtar som "Working class hero", "Help" och (till och med) "Imagine". Förhållandevis få svenskar känner till Rantala, eller finska jazzmusiker överhuvudtaget. Men här har vi kanske den europeiska pianist som sammantaget kommer Keith Jarrett närmast. De har den stilistiska bredden gemensam, men också skärpan och de kreativa kasten. Rantala har dessutom humor, vilket ger den här soloinspelningen - uppföljaren till "Lost heroes" från 2011 - ett subtilt mervärde som Jarrett snarast ersätter med att vara hög på sig själv. Fördel Rantala - och Lennon.
(Johannes Cornell, Dagens Nyheter)

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Image Redhorn Collection
Two hours musical enjoyment with Mr. Redhorn and Maceo Parker, Brecker Brothers, Joe Sample, Roy Hargrove, Fred Wesley, Ray Parker Jr., Bernard Purdie, Till Brönner, Rigmor Gustafsson, Ida Sand, Esbjörn Svensson, Lars Danielsson, Per Ruskträsk Johansson, Magnum Coltrane Price, Magnus Lindgren, Wolfgang Haffner, Michael Wollny, NDR Bigband amongst others.


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Image Liberetto II
Lars Danielsson / bass, cello, piano (on 01),piano melody (on 03 & 09)
Tigran / piano, fender rhodes
John Parricelli / guitar
Magnus Öström / drums, percussion, electronics

Special Guests:
Mathias Eick / trumpet
Dominic Miller / guitar (on 01)
Cæcilie Norby / voice (on 12)
Zohar Fresco / percussion & vocals (on 09)


STERN magazine attested the Liberetto debut, which hit store shelves in 2012, a "mighty energy" that unleashes itself from a power centre of serenity. On "Liberetto II", Danielsson and his quartet take that energy a step further, exploring new musical dimensions at the borders between chamber jazz, classic and European folk.


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Image Dig It To The End
GRAMISSVINNARE 2012

With their second outing "Dig it to the End" Sweden´s super-group TONBRUKET (engl.: tone workshop), have created another masterpiece between jazz, psychadelic rock and neo folk..

Line Up:
Dan Berglund / double bass
Johan Lindström / acoustic & electric guitars, lap- and pedalsteel
Martin Hederos / piano, pumporgan, keyboards, violin
Andreas Werliin / drums, percussion

Recorded at Atlantis Studio in Stockholm by Janne Hansson and Hammarby Studio in Stockholm by Johan Lindström
Mixed by Johan Lindström and Tonbruket
Mastering at Cutting Room by Håkan Åkesson

Cover Artwork by Jesper Waldersten


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Image Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic VI: Celtic Roots
LINE UP:
Knut Reiersrud / guitars, Weissenborn lap steel & harmonica
Ale Möller / mandola, trumpet, shawm (“skalmeja”), overtone flutes, hammered dulcimer & harmonium
Fraser Fifield / soprano sax, low whistle & Scottish border pipes
Tuva Syvertsen / vocals, Hardanger fiddle & harmonium
Aly Bain / fiddle
Eric Bibb / vocals & guitar
Olle Linder / percussion & double bass

The concert series “Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic” has set itself the ambition to reflect current developments and shifts in jazz, and in European jazz in particular, ever since it started. This concert re-traced the paths taken by Celtic music as it traversed European culture, and also charted its influence on jazz. Track by track, this illustrious group of quite exceptional performers finds myriad ways for tradition and innovation to coalesce.

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Image In Hamburg
LIRA GILLAR

5 AV 6 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I SVENSKA DAGBLADET

4 AV 5 MÖJLIGA I BETYG I SYDSVENSKAN


"Pianisten Jan Johansson skulle ha fyllt 80 år i september 2011. Till hans minne släpper skivbolaget Act en samling unika inspelningar med NDR:s (Nord Deutsche Rundfunk) studioband och med svenska musiker som Arne Domnérus, Bosse Broberg, Eje Thelin, Rune Gustafsson med flera. Flera spår med svensk folkmusik görs på duo med Georg Riedel och har hämtat näring från skivan Jazz på svenska. Inspelningarna är gjorda i Hamburg mellan åren 1964-1968. Här finns också standards som Nature boy och Yesterdays, samt original av Jan Johansson och Georg Riedel med större grupper. Jan Johansson spelade piano med en helt egen dialekt. Hans luftiga, klangrika, lekfulla och melodiska spel tillhör helt enkelt pianojazzhistoriens absoluta pärlor. Hans sätt att öppna upp melodier som Visa från Utanmyra, Emigrantvisa och Gånglek från Älvdalen har haft stor betydelse för utvecklingen av svensk jazz de senaste 50 åren. Hans arrangemang på Nature boy har en raffinerad enkelhet, där varje nyans lyser. På cd:n finns också en vacker version av Sommar adjö av Georg Riedel och NDR:s studioband. Som bonusspår hörs en inspelning från 1973 med titelspåret till filmen Här kommer Pippi Långstrump, med Arne Domnérus, Rune Gustafsson och Georg Riedel. Ett lysande musikdokument."
(Lira)

"Visa från Utanmyra - Georg Riedel tar avstamp med fyra gånger fyra borduntakter på kontrabasen. Vid näst sista takten sluter Jan Johansson an, glasklart försynt, för att osökt gå över i improvisation kring temat. Ett mänskligt möte får musiken att växa organiskt. På Nature boy, i Johanssons arrangemang, tonar Norddeutscher Rundfunks storband fram så drömmande varsamt att den existentiella texten gör sig påmind. Annars är merparten här folkmusik, från 1963 års Jazz på svenska. Allt inspelat 1964-66 av Norddeutscher Rundfunk, nu utgivet som en påminnelse om att pianisten Jan Johansson skulle ha fyllt 80 16 september."
(Svenska Dagbladet)

An outstanding compilation of previously not released material from 1964 - 1968 and a tribute to its creator - a jazz legend who died long before his time.

Line Up:
Jan Johansson / piano
Georg Riedel / bass
Rune Gustafsson / guitar
NDR-Studioband - NDR Jazzworkshops

Recorded from 1965 - 1968, except #13 from 1973
All music produced and recorded by NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg, Germany


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Image Swedish Standards
Re-release of a true milestone in the history of Swedish jazz. An incredibly atmospheric, tasteful re-working of the rich Swedish folklore tradition.

Line Up:
Jan Lundgren - piano
Mattias Svensson - bass
Rasmus Kihlberg - drums

Recorded by Bjarne Hansen at Sun Studio, Copenhagen, May 10 - 11, 1997
Mixed by Bjarne Hansen
Produced by Jan Lundgren Trio
Executive Producer: Mats Josephson


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Image Nubium Swimtrip
Line Up:
Dan Berglund / double bass
Martin Hederos / piano, keyboards, violin
Johan Lindström / guitar, pedal steel, keyboards, piano
Andreas Werliin / drums & percussion

Special Guest on Liga: Magnus Holmström / Nyckelharpa (key fiddle)


The zebra crossing outside the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London NW8 is a tourist hotspot, for Beatles fans especially. Far fewer get a taste of what the Fab Four and other legendary bands of the era actually experienced inside the studio. "That's a dream come true for us," says Dan Berglund, the most well-known member of the Swedish band Tonbruket, being the innovative ex-bassist of the hugely influential contemporary piano trio EST. "We talked a lot about it for a long time. If we could afford it we would do it." With two successful recordings under their belt, Berglund alongside the lap and pedal steel guitar specialist Johan Lindström, keyboardist/violinist Martin Hederos and drummer Andreas Werliin lived the dream for three days during May this year in Abbey Road Studio 2. With their third album Nubium Swimtrip on the ACT label, Tonbruket reach dizzying new heights with a rich sonic soundscape that mixes the hypnotic textures and grooves of contemporary post-rock instrumentalism with elements from post-1970's prog and space rock, all within the framework of their own lyrical, positively tuneful compositions.

"When you listen to the room it feels like a fifth member you can play with." says Hederos. "You have to play with the room instead of an audience". It's a reference to the transition Tonbruket had to make from playing the new tunes in live performance to taking them into the studio. But they were able to very effectively adapt their widely praised, rock-fuelled live sound to suit the more unforgiving ambience of that massively spacious room in Studio 2. The whole setting proved an idyllic one for the band whose name Tonbruket translates into English as 'sound factory'. "Nearly a religious experience," is how guitarist Johan Lindström describes it. "For all the great musicians in the world that have been here, it could be like a burden on our shoulders. But it wasn't like that."

The opening track, 'A Road' sets the scene. While Lindstrom's soaring, sliding guitar doffs its cap to Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, the tune's odd but infectious pulse in 3 and 5 echoes 1970's jazz-rock. As with Gilmour, Lindström has his guitar sing to the heavens as well as 'gently weep' as George Harrison once did in the very same space. In an early band of his, Lindström played nothing but Beatles´ songs for about two years. His majestic, haunting signature sound on lap guitar is written all over the band's three recordings to date, including the eponymous debut from 2010 and the more in-yer-face 2011 CD Dig it to the End.

Berglund and Lindström originally met during the 1990s playing in the band of fellow Swedish reedsman Per 'Texas' Johansson. Both keyboardist Hederos and drummer Werliin are stars of the new wave of successful alt-rock bands that have come out of Sweden in the last two decades: Hederos played in Gothenburg's now defunct The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and Werliin is one half of the experimental duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums. Following the tragic loss of Esbjorn Svensson, Dan Berglund has been further guided by the spirit of the trio's innovative swansong recording Leuocyte released in 2008, but with a shift of emphasis towards the rock music he has always loved, with influences from his hard rock background as well as contemporary bands such as Radiohead and Sigur Rós. The dialogue between rock and jazz has not always been so tasteful, but Tonbrucket don't fall into the trap of indulging in flashy solos or any kind of speed-freak machismo. Quite the opposite. Theirs is a 'less is more' approach, sticking closely to the essence of a composition's tone, melody and groove. Perhaps accidentally Berglund refers to the tracks as 'songs' even though there are no vocals. Though it's easy to see why he could use that word. The written melodies on Nubium Swimtrip are their best yet.

One of the prime examples, 'Peace' has the sweetest of themes played on Lindström's lap steel and grooves along in a krautrock style, also half-resembling something from the Bowie-Eno 1970's classic Low. The wonderfully named title track 'Nubium Swimtrip' is all lap steel strings and spacey keys, the 'trip' in the title aptly conveying its blissful ambience, while 'The Harmonist' pumps out a mesmerizing contemporary psych-pop groove. 'Night Music' mixes Berglund's slinky funk bass with a country-ish pedal guitar and is followed by 'Arbat' that opens with a sample lifted from a hammy Hollywood dialogue. It then appears to call on its Indian equivalent Bollywood for inspiration as an eerie eastern strings-led melody rises above percussionist Werliin's whirling groove. Likewise, special guest Magnus Holmström (Nyckelharpa / key fiddle) on the prog-like epic 'Liga' catches a Mahavishnu-ish late-1960s Indo-rock fusion vibe before Hederos' Mussorgsky-type piano melody on celesta lifts the sonic soundscape into yet another otherworldly dimension.

"When I go to bed after being here all day, I listen to lots of stuff and I think I can hear the sound of these other records made here," says Berglund at the studio. "Yesterday I listened to the celesta we were playing, and it's the same one used on a song 'Time' by Pink Floyd." Some of that old Abbey Road magic is rubbing off. But that was then and this is now; Tonbruket are another Fab Four looking at ways to bend old genres into exhilarating new sonic shapes.
ÅRETS ALBUM 2013 - Claes Olson, Musikindustrin.se


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Image JUST THE TWO OF US
Caecilie Norby and Lars Danielsson are the dream couple of jazz - in the truest sense of the word. Being a couple also in "real life", two of the most popular and recognized musicians in European jazz now present their first duo album ever. An intimate touching musical statement with voice and strings.
"... visar de vad man kan göra med en fantastisk röst och ett skickligt spel. Sparsmakat och sparsamt.. Det är naket, avskalat och precist. Detta ger musiken faktiskt en extra dimension. Det är bara att bli imponerad!"
Björn G Stenberg, UNT


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Image I Will Wait For You
"Rigmor's ability to get inside a song and stamp it with her own indelible signature remains as strong as ever" (JAZZ REVIEW, UK)

Line Up:
Rigmor Gustafsson - vocals
Nils Landgren - trombone & vocals
Roberto Di Gioia - piano
Lars Danielsson - bass
Wolfgang Haffner - drums

Guests:
Staffan Svensson - trumpet
The FleshQuartet - strings:
Jonas Lindgren, Örjan Högberg, Mattias Hellden, Sebastian Öberg, Chrille Olsson

Recorded and Mixed by Jan Ugand at Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden in January and April 2003
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Produced by Nils Landgren


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Image Dan Berglund's Tonbruket
Berglund's new project fearlessly takes the legacy of e.s.t. forward, echoes of his former group blending with innovative rock influences to create a stirring collision of ideas that spans genres and defies classifications.

Line Up:
Dan Berglund / double bass
Johan Lindström / guitars, lap- and pedalsteel, piano
Martin Hederos / piano, pumporgan, violin, keyboards, accordion
Andreas Werliin / drums, percussion

Produced by Tonbruket

Mixing at Bohus Sound Recording and Hammarby Studio by Johan Lindström, Tonbruket and Åke Linton

Mastering at Cutting Room by Håkan Åkesson


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Image On My Way To You
"I am honoured that Rigmor has chosen to do some of my songs. She knocks me out!" (MICHEL LEGRAND)

Line Up:
Rigmor Gustafsson - vocals
Jonas Östholm - grand piano, Hammond B3
Christian Spering - double bass
Johan Löfcrantz Ramsay - drums, percussion
Daniel Tilling - grand piano, Wurlitzer
Thobias Gabrielsson - Fender bass
Martin Höper - double bass
Jonas Holgersson - drums

Special Guests:
Tino Derado -accordion, piano solo
Magnum Coltrane Price - vocals
Magnus Lindgren - tenor sax, baritone sax
Nils Landgren - trombone

Recorded by Janne Hansson at Atlantis Studio, Stockholm, Sweden on October 6 -7 and 9 - 12, 2005
Mixed and Mastered by Lasse Nilsson at Nilento Studios, Göteborg, Sweden on October 20 - 21 and November 4, 2005
Produced by Nils Landgren


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Image Close To You
Celebrating Dionne Warwick

Sweden's pre-eminent jazz singer is joined by one of the world's best trios in celebrating the great Dionne Warwick : Swedish Jazz Award 2005

Line Up:
Rigmor Gustafsson - vocals
Jacky Terrasson - grand piano & Fender Rhodes
Sean Smith - doublebass
Eric Harland -Yamaha drums, percussion
Nils Landgren - trombone

Recorded by Philippe Gaillot at Recall Studios Pompignan, France on July 25 - 27, 2004. Assisted by Renaud van Welden
Mixed by Johan Norberg at Krubaston Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Produced by Nils Landgren


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Image Calling You
Vocals meet string quartet: unique, amazing and marvellous!

Line Up:
Rigmor Gustafsson / vocals

radio.string.quartet.vienna:
Bernie Mallinger / violin
Johannes Dickbauer / violin
Cynthia Liao / viola
Asja Valcic / cello

Produced by Rigmor Gustafsson with radio.string.quartet.vienna and Christoph Burgstaller
Executive Producer: Siegfried Loch

Recorded and mixed at "Clipwerk", Vienna, by Christoph Burgstaller, June 7 - 10 and October 25 - 30, 2009
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann


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Image Lento
Youn Sun Nah / vocals
Ulf Wakenius / guitars
Lars Danielsson / bass & cello
Vincent Peirani / accordion & accordina
Xavier Desandre-Navarre / percussion

With her universal yet individual style Youn Sun Nah gives traditional vocal jazz a new flavour, while unconventionally and effortlessly exploring new exciting spaces. She is one of the most outstanding representatives of vocal jazz that includes the whole spectrum of contemporary music.


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Image Alone With You
´´An absorbing opus combining sinuous vocals with strong intelligent self-penned tunes" (RECORD COLLECTOR, UK)

Line Up:
Rigmor Gustafsson - vocals
Jonas Östholm - piano, organ
Max Schultz - guitar
Lars Danielsson - acoustic bass
Eric Harland - drums, percussion

Recorded and mixed by Janne Hansson at Atlantis Studio, Stockholm on April 15 - 17, 2007
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Produced by Lars Danielsson with the artist


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Image Don't Fence Me In - The Music Of Cole Porter
Swedish world class Bohuslän Big Band under the leadership of artistic director Nils Landgren play the music of Cole Porter: 12 all time greats like "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Love For Sale", "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You".

Line Up:
Bohuslän Big Band directed by Colin Towns
Special Guest: Nils Landgren / trombone, vocals

Trumpets & Flugelhorns: Lennart Grahn (lead) / Samuel Olsson / Staffan Svensson / Jan Eliasson
Trombones: Magnus Svedberg (lead) / Christer Olofsson / Karin Hammar / Niclas Rydh (bass trb)
Saxophones & Woodwinds: Johan Borgström (lead alto sax, soprano sax, fl) / Joakim Rolandson (alto sax, soprano sax, b-cl, fl) / Ove Ingemarsson (tenor sax, cl) / Mikael Karlsson (tenor sax, fl, alto-fl) / Alberto Pinton (baritone sax, b-cl, cl, fl)
Rhythm section:
Tommy Kotter (piano) / Yasuhito Mori (acoustic bass) / Ebba Westerberg (perc) / Göran Kroon (drums)

Music arranged by Colin Towns

Recorded by Lars Nilsson at Nilento Studio, Gothenburg, May 26 - 28, 2010
Assistant engineer: Michael Dahlvid
Mixed at Canterbury Studios, England July 2010 by Toby Wood
Mastered by Lars Nilsson


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Image Same Girl
Styles and genres may change from tune to tune, but it is always the same girl you are listening to: Youn Sun Nah. Truly unique.

Line Up:
Youn Sun Nah / vocals, kalimba, music box, kazoo
Ulf Wakenius / guitars
Lars Danielsson / acoustic bass, cello
Xavier Desandre-Navarre / percussion
Special guest on track 11: Roland Brival / narration

Produced by Axel Matignon & Lars Danielsson
Executive Producer: Jae Jin In (HUB MUSIC. Inc.)
Recorded at Nilento Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden, April 7-9
Mixed May 3-5, and mastered June 17, 2010 by Lars Nilsson


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Image Voyage
"A wonderfully clear voice, with superb melismatic control and dynamic poise. A welcome new presence on the international jazz scene." (JAZZWISE, UK)

KOREAN MUSIC AWARD

"Record of the Month" (JAZZMAN, FR)

Line Up:
Youn Sun Nah - vocals
Ulf Wakenius - guitar
Lars Danielsson - acoustic bass, cello, melodica
Xavier Desandre-Navarre - percussion
Mathias Eick - trumpet

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Lars Nilsson, digital 24 bit supermapping, at Nilento Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 2 - 4, 2008
Produced by Lars Danielsson
Executive Producer: Jae Jin In (HUB MUSIC.Inc.)


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Image Momento Magico
With his new album "Momento Magico" Ulf Wakenius remembers of old compaignons, friends and people he got influenced by, like Oscar Peterson, Magnus Öström and Youn Sun Nah. On discovering the natural sound of his guitar he revives long ago times and creates a new magic at the same time, which reaches the listeners mind.


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Image Teamwork
The Funk Unit is:
Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Magnum Coltrane Price / bass & vocals
Magnus Lindgren / woodwinds & vocals
Jonas Wall / woodwinds & vocals
Sebastian Studnitzky / keyboards & trumpet
Andy Pfeiler / guitar & vocals
Robert Ikiz / drums

Special Guests:
Joe Sample / rhodes solo on 05
Wilton Felder / tenor sax solo on 08
Till Brönner / trumpet solo on 06



Produced by Magnum Coltrane Price & Nils Landgren
Recorded by Janne Hansson, February 7 - 10, 2013 at Atlantis Studio Stockholm
Mixed by Magnum Coltrane Price
Mastered by Hoffe Stannow at Cosmos Mastering Stockholm

This might well be the best Funk Unit that Nils Landgren has had gathered around him since 2010: technically outstanding, this is a group of team players who combine well with a great groove connection.


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