1. Code Red
2. Cats and Dogs
3. The Other Day
4. Going Bananas
5. Subconscious C
6. Antelope Dance
7. Ups and Downs
Helge Albin: alto saxophone,
flute, musical director; Inge Petersson: tenor
saxophone; Ulf Holmström: alto saxophone,
alto flute; Cennet Jönsson: soprano and
tenor saxophones, bass clarinet; Bernt Sjunnesson:
baritone saxophone, flute; Anders G. Gustafsson:
trumpet, flugelhorn; Christer Gustafsson:
trumpet, flugelhorn; Roy Wall: trumpet, flugelhorn;
Fredrik Davidsson: trumpet, flugelhorn; Peter
Asplund: trumpet, flugelhorn; Vincent Nilsson:
trombone; Olle Tull: trombone; Ola Åkerman:
trombone; Ola Nordqvist: trombone; Björn
Hängsel: trombone; Jacob Karlzon: piano;
Patrik Albin: bass; Lennart Gruvstedt: drums.
Albin is the artistic leader of the Tolvan
Big Band that hails from southern Sweden around
the town of Malmo. Helge plays alto sax and
flute as well as being a composer and arranger.
This is a sensational Big Band, very modern
in its output and delivery. Code Red,
a Helge Albin composition, features Jacob
Karlzon on piano and Peter Asplund on trumpet.
Cats and Dogs, a composition of one
of the bandís saxophone players Cennet Jonsson,
has solos from Vincent Nilsson on trombone
and Helge Albin on alto. The Other Day
by the same composer has solos by Jacob Karlzon,
the composer on soprano and Lennart Gruvstedt
of the soloists on these tracks are brilliant
musicians and the standard to which the band
plays is amazing, but whether I would want
to sit through two hours of this at a concert,
I donít know! It is all very frenetic and
full of energy, but I wonder where the audience
is for it.
Bananas is another composition from the
leader, this time there are solos from Patrick
Albin (bass), Fredrik Davidsson (trumpet)
and Vincent Nilsson and Ola Akerman (trombones).
Subconscious C features Cennet Jonsson
on bass clarinet. Antelope Dance features
Peter Asplund on flugel and Inge Petersson
on tenor saxophone. Ups and Downs has
a solo from Jacob Karlzon on piano.
music must be great to play, if you have the
ability of these remarkable musicians, but
it is less fun to listen to and I donít suppose
I will ever hear anyone walking down the street
whistling any of this!