"Indicum" by Bobo Stenson Trio on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson has collaborated with trumpeter Don Cherry, been a member of The Charles Lloyd Quartet, and released several albums as a leader. 2012’s Indicum features an excellent trio with bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Jon Falt. A sensitive solo piano rendering of Bill Evans’ “Your Story” starts things off. (Evans is clearly a touchstone for Stenson.) The group original “Indikon” spotlights Falt’s highly inventive drumming, as piano and bass groove along. A deft cymbal workout by Falt opens “La Peregrinacion” by Argentinean composer Ariel Ramirez, while Stenson brings a lyrical touch to the lovely melody. “Ermutigung,” by politically informed German singer/songwriter Wolf Biermann, receives a slow, soulful reading, and George Russell’s “Event VI” incorporates both blues feeling and a thicket of quiet-yet-wild percussion. A light and loose swing animates a take on Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s “Tit Er Jeg Glad,” and Indicum closes with a version of the choral piece “Ubi Caritas” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson has collaborated with trumpeter Don Cherry, been a member of The Charles Lloyd Quartet, and released several albums as a leader. 2012’s Indicum features an excellent trio with bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Jon Falt. A sensitive solo piano rendering of Bill Evans’ “Your Story” starts things off. (Evans is clearly a touchstone for Stenson.) The group original “Indikon” spotlights Falt’s highly inventive drumming, as piano and bass groove along. A deft cymbal workout by Falt opens “La Peregrinacion” by Argentinean composer Ariel Ramirez, while Stenson brings a lyrical touch to the lovely melody. “Ermutigung,” by politically informed German singer/songwriter Wolf Biermann, receives a slow, soulful reading, and George Russell’s “Event VI” incorporates both blues feeling and a thicket of quiet-yet-wild percussion. A light and loose swing animates a take on Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s “Tit Er Jeg Glad,” and Indicum closes with a version of the choral piece “Ubi Caritas” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

7 Ratings

Beautiful work from the trio !

Fabsand,

Well, another beautiful album from the trio will take you to a land of dream and mystery , I will highly recommend this album ...!!!!

Under-appreciated, but nonetheless premier piano trio

wthii,

First, I love piano trios. It is the logical unadorned format for music. By restricting to three instruments well known to the audience's ears, the possibility is created for colors to emerge from sources other than the innate timbre of the instruments: for instance, the strength of the compositions themselves, and the peculiar sensitivities of the player present. Stenson has found a brilliant partner of grand musical depth in Anders Jormin whose ocean deep sound pulls poetry from the bass remeniscent of Messrs. Haden and Peacock. Percussionist Jon Falt inspiringly fills the chair previously occupied by the much missed Paul Motian, and Scandinavia's dean of the drums, Mr. Jon Christensen. Cheers to Mr. Falt, not only for his hutzpha, but also for his musicality.

A new Stenson record is an event, a further step in the direction of sensitivity and interplay. We're deeper inside the country Mr. Evans charted 50 years ago, further along the path than Mr. Stenson took us last time. Next time we'll go even further.

8,420 stars for Bobo.

About Bobo Stenson Trio

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 Grammy-winning Reflections (1993), War Orphans (1998), and Serenity (2000) make the most of Stenson's lyrical, versatile style and the players' long history of working together.

Christensen left the group after the Serenity tour. Stenson recorded a pair of albums for the Mirrors label with different ensembles, and self-titled duet album with saxophonist Lennart Aberg in 2002 for Amigo, before returning to his trio work for ECM with Goodbye in 2005. The latter set featured Paul Motian in the drummer's chair. Stenson and Palle Danielsson co-led a band on 2007's Miles by Five for Touche Records. In 2007, Jon Fält became the Stenson trio's permanent drummer, first appearing on 2008's Cantando. This was followed by Indicum in 2012. ~ Heather Phares & Thom Jurek, Rovi

  • ORIGIN
    Västerås, Sweden
  • BORN
    1944

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