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Very Swedish by Sweet Jazz Trio

Very Swedish has to be one of the most enjoyable recordings in recent memory. What makes this recording so special is that it is mostly Swedish traditional songs that are featured along with several originals. The trio is not your typical bass, drums piano arrangement but rather bass, cornet and guitar.

Tornqvist’s melodic cornet is featured on the opening number Ack Varmeland Du Skona a traditional Swedish folk song. Lasse is a self taught musician with a keen listening ability. This piece has a strong and memorable melodic line which is both delightful and a treat to the ears. Tornqvist remains in control throughout.

Backenroth’s delightful walking bass lays the foundation to Byssan Lull. An enjoyable and intimate melodic excursion featuring Larsson’s excellent strumming as well as offering support to Tornqvist’s cool cornet.

Va Da Du is a solo cornet outing of yet another traditional tune. Tornqvist’s control and lyrical joy raise the spirits to new heights.

A Tornqvist original, Jill features a relaxed Larsson lazily strumming under a sweet sounding cornet, while Backenroth so daintily fingers the strings. Thoroughly rewarding the ear with a sound as liquid as honey.

A Swedish treasure, baritone sax player Lars Gullin penned the mournful and reflective gem, Danny’s Dream. Gorgeous sounding cornet from Tornqvist make this number a standout. Playing within the note and making it sound oh so easy. A lesson in self control, pacing oneself as well as working within a trio setting are the hallmark of this piece.

Sweet Jazz Trio are a special group of musicians. They have learned the art of listening, and applied it to a superb recording. Taste, musicality, balance, and grace come to mind when listening to classic reworkings of some of Sweden’s best loved melodies. Very Swedish is one of those rare recordings that is both satisfying and thought provoking long after you but the recording away.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sweet Jazz Trio
  • CD Title: Very Swedish
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Arietta Discs
  • Tracks: Ack V Rmeland Du Sk Na, Life Can Be So Sweet, Byssan Lull, Va D Du, Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa, Elvan, Danny’s Dream, Det G Tfulla Folket, Underbart R Kort, Vem Kan Segla F Rutan Vind, s Dermalm, Somliga G R I Trasiga Skor, Jill, Kristallen Den Fina, Elin I Hagen,
  • Musicians: Hans Backenroth (Bass), Lasse Tornqvist (Cornet), Mats Larsson (Guitar)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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