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Trio Con Tromba by Trio Con Tromba

If you were to directly translate Trio Con Tromba, it would mean Trio With Trumpet. This trio is reminiscent of the Modern Jazz Quartet, in terms of the way the music is balanced and performed. Together, the trio play in a chamber jazz like atmosphere. All of the musicians are seasoned veterans of the Swedish Jazz scene. Originally recorded in 1984, this recording is a fine mix of standards and originals.

What better way to start off a recording then with the classic John Lewis composition Django. Long a favorite of the Modern Jazz Quartet's repertoire, the trio pays homage to Django in a carefully crafted yet thoroughly enjoyable setting. Allan's straight delivery as well as Hallberg's low key approach lend a certain understatement that is quite inviting.

Bilingual is a bebop tune with a cascading head leading to Hallberg's swinging piano solo. Allan's joyful chops are evident, as is Riedel's reliable playing. Weaving in and out of the melody, this aural treat is quite a gem.

Setting the groove early on, the trio explores Et Maintenant with zest and energy. Always cohesive, Allan is having a great time. Hallberg's piano gymnastics, and sense of timing show why he is one of the most in demand musicians around.

The Best Thing For You may not be one of Irving Berlin's most popular tunes, but you wouldn't know it judging from the way the trio handles this bouncy number. Actually at some points there is a Christmas like atmosphere to it. Pure joy to the ears.

Bo Brand is a tune written by Riedel. Long trumpet lines from Allan, turn this beautiful ballad into one of the many treasures from this recording.

Trio Con Tromba is a well developed group of musicians deserving wider recognition. Their collective talent is quite evident throughout. If you like your jazz on the mellow side, this recording will more than satisfy your fancy.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Trio Con Tromba
  • CD Title: Trio Con Tromba
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Reissue Original Release: 1994
  • Record Label: Dragon Of Sweden
  • Tracks: Django, Love And Harmony, Valse Hot, I Fall In Love Too Easily, Bilingual, Et Maintenant, Waltzanova, Poor Butterfly, The Best Thing For You, Bo Brand
  • Musicians: Georg Riedel (bass), Bengt Hallberg (piano), Jan Allan (trumpet)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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