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Album Review

This set of duets by pianist Bobo Stenson and saxophonist Lennart Aberg is quite personal, mostly very introspective, lyrical, thoughtful, and sometimes a bit dreary. Both of the players have strong technique but chose to emphasize their quieter sides for this project. Although there are some lively moments on Thelonious Monk's "Trinkle Tinkle," most of the pieces are like "Fragment An Sich," moving slowly and with pessimism. The combination works well on some selections (particularly "Nature Boy," "Begali Blue," and Lars Gullin's ballad "Gabriella"), but gets a bit tiresome when heard for a full CD. It is probably best to consume this rather downbeat set of duos just a few songs at a time.

Biography

Born: 1944 in Västerås, Sweden

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Swedish pianist/composer Bobo Stenson made a name for himself in the late '60s as one of Europe's finest players, accompanying visiting luminaries like Gary Burton, Sonny Rollins, and Stan Getz. Underwear, his 1971 debut as a leader, began an ongoing collaboration with ECM Records and with drummer Jon Christensen. Christensen also joined Stenson on sessions with Jan Garbarek in the '70s and Charles Lloyd in the '80s and '90s, and played in Stenson's revamped trio along with Anders Jormin. The Swedish...
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2000

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