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The Torbjorn Zetterberg Hot Five by The Torbjorn Zetterberg Hot Five

TZH5 As they are known are an up and coming group determined to create beautiful yet challenging music.

Zetterberg’s lamenting bass opens Kaften. Gulz’s sparse piano creates the right mood. We think we are in for a relaxing session when all of a sudden, the tide turns, and we are caught in the middle of a windstorm. Fredriksson’s drums usher in Zetterberg’s relentless strumming. Doesn’t take long before the rest of the band joins in with Johnsson and Kullhammar duking it out in a battle of the reeds. Invigorating to say the least.

A rooster like sound from Kullhammar is a fitting introduction for this Mingus like romp. The Rhythm section swings the way Mingus used to during his finest moments. Familyfarm Blues is a shear delight. Johnsson and Kullhammer gel nicely throughout. Gulz offers some tasty piano as well.

A mid tempo selection, Fredneck, taken at an almost waltz like tempo. another exercise for the reeds. Smooth drumming from Fredriksson while Gulz takes a few delectable bars.

A lovely ballad, So This Is It, closes out this enjoyable set. Zetterberg and Gulz have a chance to stretch out on this one. Gulz’s opening piano is a beautiful intro to Zetterberg’s delicate bass playing. Fredriksson’s brush work make this selection all the more enjoyable.

The Torbjorn Zetterberg Hot Five [TZH5] are a group with a promising future. With drama, suspense and beautiful ensemble work woven into their music, they are a breath of fresh air to savour and enjoy.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Torbjorn Zetterberg Hot Five
  • CD Title: The Torbjorn Zetterberg Hot Five
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: M.M.P.
  • Tracks: Kaften, Opps [Somebody Stole My Bike], Familyfarm Blues, a Year And A Half, Slightly Grotesque, Fredneck, What’s Up At The Ot-Center, Chocolatewhite Tobleroonie, So This Is It
  • Musicians: Torbjorn Zetterberg (Upright Bass), Per “Texas” Johnsson (Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Bass & Contrabass Clarinet), Jonas Kullhammar (Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Bass Sax), Torbjorn Gulz (Piano), Daniel Fredriksson (Drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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