10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chart-topping star Jonathan Fritzen has quickly risen up the smooth jazz ranks with emotionally engaged music filled with melodic hooks, layered textures, and genuine musicianship. The Swedish-American keyboardist can often be heard soloing on piano with several high-profile guests stopping by. “A New Beginning” closes things out with a pop groove that will lodge itself in your head, but other highlights include the downtempo “Enchantment” and the dance floor–ready “Celebration,” where Fritzen and saxophonist Gerald Albright push each other with a nice back-and-forth dynamic that gains momentum as it goes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chart-topping star Jonathan Fritzen has quickly risen up the smooth jazz ranks with emotionally engaged music filled with melodic hooks, layered textures, and genuine musicianship. The Swedish-American keyboardist can often be heard soloing on piano with several high-profile guests stopping by. “A New Beginning” closes things out with a pop groove that will lodge itself in your head, but other highlights include the downtempo “Enchantment” and the dance floor–ready “Celebration,” where Fritzen and saxophonist Gerald Albright push each other with a nice back-and-forth dynamic that gains momentum as it goes.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5

18 Ratings

18 Ratings

This Guy is Good!

teejteej

Been on repeat for the last month, love every song! I hope he keeps coming out with quality music. Come to Kansas City!

Not that Hot!

TIBS

Just another smooth jazz artist playing melodies,joined with other name artist.

A Smooth Jazz Star

MacUser48

Jonathan has appeared on many other artist’s CDs but can obviously hold his own on this latest offering, "Fritzenized.” It’s very easy to listen to and has flashes of musicianship from all the players. If you are interested in smooth jazz, this artist’s work has to be on your playlist.

About Jonathan Fritzén

A contemporary Swedish jazz and instrumental pop pianist with a warm, sophisticated style, Jonathan Fritzén has scored several number one albums and built a strong global following. Born in Stockholm in 1982, Fritzén grew up in a musical family the son of noted American-born keyboardist Steve Dobrogosz and Swedish flutist Katrina Fritzén. Interested in music from a young age, he started out on drums and by the time he graduated high school, he was proficient on several instruments including piano, guitar, flute, and vocals. He honed his skills studying at Stockholm's Royal Swedish Academy of Music where he graduated with a Master's degree from the jazz department. As a solo artist, he debuted in 2008 with Love Birds, on which he produced and played every instrument.

He returned with a handful of increasingly well-received albums including 2009's V.I.P. with vocalist Laila Adele, 2010's Diamonds, featuring the hit single "Dance with Me," and 2012's Magical, which featured guest appearances from Boney James, Jackiem Joyner, and more. In 2015, he released his fifth studio album, Fritzénized, which showcased collaborations with such crossover jazz luminaries as Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor, and Nils Landgren. Two years later, he delivered the mellow and romantic Ballads, which included contributions from violinist Peter Ferencz, guitarist Alex Crown, and his mother, flutist Katrina Fritzén. ~ Matt Collar

HOMETOWN
Stockholm, Sweden
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
October 11, 1982

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