Plays Swedish Jazzcompositions (PB7)
The late, great Swedish bassist Björn Alke, who used to provide accompaniment to various american jazz celebrities visiting Sweden, once stated a bit provocatively (tongue-in-cheek), that "the main role of the horn soloist is to electrify the rhythm section!" Now in his 75th year, the tenor saxophonist Bernt Rosengren, with his sharp and driving playing, certainly stands up to that demand, always maintaining effective, rewarding interplay with the pianist and bassist and staying in close rapport, not least with the drummer. Thus, the music of Rosengren's quartet is a work of reciprocal exchange in which each player influences the others - and isn't that by definition what a jazz group is all about?
Rosengren has long been widely recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger. Over the years he has led various groups of his own and these days he can often be heard with his excellent quartet - their previous CD ("I'm Flying") was awarded The Golden Disc for best Swedish jazz album of 2009. The rhythm section consists of the most versatile musicians: pianist Stefan Gustafson (b.1967) and a state-of-the-art team of bassist Hans Backenroth (b.1966) and drummer Bengt Stark (b. 1962). This new CD has an all-Swedish repertoire, hence the title. Each tune has its own significant charactheristics and is, at the same time, most suitable as a vehicle for jazz improvisation.
The opening GOOD MORNING is a "swinger" with a catchy melody and the typical rhythmic spark
ever-present in Bernt Rosengren's music. He first recorded it in 1988 for an album under the leadership of American guitarist Doug Raney.
Tracklist: 1. GOOD MORNING - 2. BLUES FOR CHET - 3. I'VE SEEN - 4. CREAM OF THE CROP - 5. WHAT? - 6. SÖDERMALM - 7. BLUE & WHITE 8. MR. G. - 9. ONCE AROUND - 10. I LOVE YOU SO - 11. AESTHETIC LADY - 12. DAMBERG