A pensive rendition of I Loves You Porgy, highlight the skill displayed by pianist Anders Persson. Feeling each note so delicately while Knutsson’s flavourful sax glides over this aural bed. The segue into On The Lee Side is transparent and effective in that we are later reminded of the original melody.
One Of Stockholm’s longest and some would say least attractive streets is Horn Street. Dube’s bass and Persson‘s piano mourn throughout the opening with light percussion from Sida, creating a tapestry of colours. Momentum builds with Knutsson’s playful key structures at times taking on a dramatic sense.
Taken at a fast and exciting tempo, The Kangaroo Woman is a character Knutsson met in a dream. Inspiration from a previous tour of Brazil lay the groundwork and melodic structure. Knutsson is having a great time with the changes, and his group as they explore new territory. A tricky arrangement keeps the ear probing and wondering.
Taken at a 6/8 rhythm, Smiles lends itself to traditional Swedish waltz’s as well as African Pygmy Music. Flowing like an unhurried river, the rhythm section opens up to all kinds of possibilities. Knutsson explores throughout weaving in and out in an almost Celtic fashion.
A welcome return to form from Knutsson and the rest of the band. This is one exciting session. Much to appreciate and listen to. Twists and turns throughout, thoughtful playing and a keen sense of arranging make this a celebration to enjoy.