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Do You Remember? by Hakan Brostrom

Veteran Swedish sax player Hakan Brostrom leads an inspired group through some swinging numbers on Do You Remember?. Brostrom fires on all cylinders with ferocity and depth. All eleven selections were written and arranged by Brostrom.

"Song From The White River" is a straight ahead pedal to the metal vehicle featuring the quartet in all its glory. Brostrom's relentless drive is evident throughout. Chorus after chorus reveals new levels of discovery. There is great support from the band.

A beautiful mid tempo ballad, "Do You Remember?" is punctuated by Brostrom's delicate playing. The great bassist, Palle Danielsson takes a refreshing solo with subtle accompaniment from Persson.

"Thankfulness" is a beautiful ballad from beginning to end. Brostrom delivers a smooth and inspired performance. Persson's tasty chops capture the mood perfectly.

"For The Lost Ones" is another exercise in controlling the melody while at the same time allowing for free flowing improvisation.

What is interesting about "Ghost Story" is the way that Stark and Brostrom work together. Stark's solid drumming lends itself to Brostrom's confident performance. The first few bars feature Brostrom and Stark working their magic before we hear from the rest of the quartet. Focus and drive best describe Brostrom's style of playing.

Brostrom is one of the top sax men currently performing in and around Sweden. With a fresh sounding approach, it is evident that Brostrom was inspired by Coltrane's Giant Steps period. Utilizing complex chord structures, the quartet raises the bar on a thoroughly enjoyable set of bebop originals. Do You Remember? contains many memorable moments.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Hakan Brostrom
  • CD Title: Do You Remember?
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Dragon Of Sweden
  • Tracks: Song From The White River, Do You Remember?, Sandra, Just Another Ballad, Quiet Evening At Home, Thankfulness, Configuration, Whispers From Yesterday, For The Lost Ones, A Warm Hand, Ghost Story
  • Musicians: Hakan Brostrom (alto and soprano sax), Bengt Stark (drums), Palle Danielsson (bass), Anders Persson (piano)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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