Since 2010 I have been posting jazz tips on LinkedIn and Twitter. Than the idea came to me to start a blog. I am grateful to some people who encouraged me to really begin the blog. Thus, here and now is the time to gather my jazz tips for you. I hope you, all folks that like jazz, will (re)enjoy it.
Ofcourse my tips are not representative for all styles of jazz. My favourite jazz-style is the so-called: avantgarde-nu-future-modern-creative- jazz.
Looking forward to read your comments! Enjoy !
Theo Van Eldik
Content: (1) Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) (2) Bobo Stenson Trio (3) Lars Danielsson (4) Magnus Ostrom (5) Fredrik Nordstrom (6) Jacob Karlzon Trio (7) Jonas Ostholm Quartet
(1) Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.)
Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) was a Swedish jazz piano trio consisting of Esbjorn Svensson (piano), Dan Berglund (double bass) and Magnus Ostrom (drums). Elements of classical. rock, pop and techno elements is in its music. E.S.T achieved great success and critical acclaim throughout Europe. They collaborated with several artists, including Pat Metheny and Nicolai Dunger. Svensson died in a scuba diving accident on 14 June 2008.
One track from their latest album Leucocyte
(2) Bobo Stenson Trio
Bo Gustav Stensen (Bobo; 1944) is a Swedish jazz pianist. He accompanied a lot of American play jazz artists e.g. Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz. Since the 70’s it was an intensive period for Bobo Stenson; he played in many groups, amongst them the band Rena Rama, and the trio with Arild Andersen and Jon Christensen. Later he played with Jan Garbarek, he joined the Charles Lloyd Qartet and he appeared at jazz festivals with Tomasz Stanko’s septet/sextet. The lineup of his trio is now: Bobo Stenson, piano; Anders Jormin, bass; Jon Fält, percussion.
(3) Lars Danielsson
The bassist, double bass, electric bass and cello, Lars Danielsson (1958) is born in Sweden. He is well-known and admired in the international jazz world for his play, characterized as lyrical and groovy, that gives the music edge and colourful temperament.
The Lars Danielsson Quartet existed during 20 years and its members were David Lieberman (the former Miles Davis saxophonist), Bobo Stenson (piano) and Jon Christensen (drums). He collaborated with a lot of the greatest of the world jazz scene, e.g. John Abercrombie, Bill Evans, Randy and Michael Brecker, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Charles Lloyd and Gino Vanelli. He was also a member of the Trilok Gurtu Group. On his solo albums several Norwegian jazz artists contributed, e.g. NPM, Bugge Wesseltoft, Mathias Eick, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang, amongst others, and also the Polish pianist Leszek Modzer.
Tracks from his albus Melange Bleu and Tarantella.
(4) Magnus Ostrom
Magnus Öström (1965) is a Swedish drummer. As a 9yrs old he started to play with his friend Esbjörn Svensson. A concert of Billy Cobham with John McLaughlin got him into jazzrock. Aged 13 to 16 Magnus had several bands simultaneously together with Esbjörn Svensson. With Esbjörn he started the band Stock Street B; in 1991 they started the band E.S.T., in 1993 extended with Dan Berglund (bass): they were called the ”trio of the decade”. Ostrom played with artists such as Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielsson, Nils Landgren, Stina Nordenstam, Steve Dobrogosz, and with international artists Roy Hargrove, Pat Metheny and others. His first solo album is Thread of Life.
Track from the album Thread of Life: ballad for E., for Esbjorn who died during an accident in 2008, with Pat Metheny on guitars.
(5) Fredrik Nordstrom
Fredrik Nordström (1974) is a Swedish saxophonist. He made his debut album Urgency in 2000, and since than many albums were released. Nordstrom was member of a lot of different groups e.g. trio with Palle Danielsson and Fredrik Rundqvist, the band VIBB, and co-leader for Dog Out and SURD. In 2002 Nordstrom was elected in Sweden the Jazz -artist of the year. He contributed to many artists and bands like Bobo Stenson, Mat Maneri, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Hagans, Björn Yttling and Lindha Kallerdahl.
Track from the band The Country, featuring Nordstrom on sax.
(6) Jacob Karlzon Trio
The Trio is – Jacob Karlzon, piano ; Hans Anderssson, bass and Jonas Holgersson, drums. The band has a totally unique sound since the record ”Heat”. The latest album is called ”The Big Picture”, where the inspiration comes from from etnic music and the American metal scene. This combined with the Scandinavian expression and the nerve of improvised music.
(7) Jonas Ostholm Quartet
Jonas Östholm – Fender Rhodes, Emil Strandberg – trumpet, Per-Ola Landin – bass, Christopher Cantillo — drums.