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Klas Lindquist

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Klas Lindquist: alto and soprano saxophone and clarinet.
Robert Nordmark: tenor saxophone and flute
Fredrik Lindborg: baritone saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet
Karl Olandersson: trumpet and flugelhorn
Nils Janson: trumpet
Magnus Wiklund: trombone
Petter Carlsson: piano
Kenji Rabson: acoustic bass
Daniel Fredriksson: drums
1.Simsalabim [6.41]
Soloists: Fredrik Lindborg, baritone saxophone; Karl Olandersson: trumpet
Suite for Nonet
2.Cooliní [7.32]
Soloists: Petter Carlson: piano; Nils Janson: trumpet; Daniel Fredriksson: drums
3.Warm [4.49]
Soloists: Magnus Wiklund: trombone; Klas Lindquist: alto saxophone
4.Hot [8.47]
Soloists: Fredrik Lindborg, baritone saxophone; Robert Nordmark: tenor saxophone; Karl Olandersson: trumpet; Daniel Fredriksson: trumpet
5.Waltz Now [7.03]
Soloist: Klas Lindquist: soprano saxophone
6.Buffy [6.28]
Soloists: Petter Carlsson: piano; Klas Lindquist: alto saxophone
7.Sweet like You [6.19]
Soloist: Klas Lindquist: clarinet
8.All Systems Go [7.23]
Soloist: Robert Nordmark: tenor saxophone
All compositions by Klas Lindquist.
Total Time 55.02

To produce a CD with every composition by the leader of the band and have the leader play the majority of the solos is brave.

To claim, like so many other leader/composers that the CD is innovatory raises the expectancy levels.

The initial impact of the music is the nice fat feeling of the line-up with some neat precise ensemble playing that is particularly good in the riffs and interposed chords.

Magnus Wiklundís trombone solo in track 3, "Warm" is sultry and luscious and Lindquist gives us very nice diminuendo on his alto as he recaps the final solo into the tune.

Track 4, "Hot" shows off Frederik Lindorg with his baritone which scoots around in technical delight.

There is an anomaly on the sleeve where Daniel Fredriksson, (drummer) is listed as playing the trumpet. Singing drummers are possible, but are we to believe that Daniel develops the structure of an octopus, there is double-tracking, or it is a typographical error? Whoever plays the trumpet does a good job and Daniel, or his clone keeps up a solid driving backing throughout.

Track 5 modifies the Waltz into something rather more ordinary.

Good Jazz Waltzes are few and far between. On the sleeve Lindquist says it is one of his early compositions which, "we play in a slightly modified version". The three: four pulse is soon doctored to duple.


Track 6 is like so many other things I have heard over the years.

Where is this innovation?

Fortunately Petter Carlssonís nice dry piano solo which quotes "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" and uses a lot of standard phrases is a piece of good work.

Linquist plays a pleasant alto solo and the voicing of the saxes is refreshing in the final tutti.

Track 7 gives us Lindquist making some super sounds on his clarinet. So often clarinets can sound weedy after the saxes, but this is a listenable example of something really good. It is also a more memorable tune than several that have preceded it.

Track 8 closes the session with a mover. A nifty offset rhythm from bass and drums showcases Robert Nordmarkís tenor.

Had this CD not presented itself as being, "Tradition in Transition" and had it contained perhaps one old standard, not written by the leader but cleverly arranged and re-worked, it may have been more memorable.

The voicings and arrangements are good and the nonet gets as near to a big band sound as is possible for 9 instruments.

But it raised the comment from a passing listener,

"Does all the Jazz sound the same?"

Somehow I donít think that was the composerís intention.

  Adrienne Fox




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