Her studied rendition of Kenny Wheeler's lyrical composition Who Are You? offers up a delicate balance of style and execution. Pettersson begins with a solo entry before Spering's bass carefully weaves under the vocal. Building beautifully with Persson's understated piano. Of particular note is Adaker's muted trumpet. The warmth and feeling of his playing is typical of this Swedish legend. One gets a feeling of continuity and balance throughout with the band and Pettersson performing as one.
One of the greats in popular music, Peter Gabriel has written many fine songs throughout his illustrious career. Probably his most requested is In Your Eyes. Spering tackles the opening with gusto and articulation. Holgersson's light brush work adding a subtle effect. Pettersson joins in with a yearning and longing capturing the intent of the song. Again we have Adaker's beautiful trumpet work adding a richness and velocity that drives the band even further. There are many opportunities along the way for joyful improvisation. Pettersson brings it home with the band. A highlight for sure.
From Ton To Tom is an interesting number written by Brazilian guitarist Toninho Horta. Anders Persson is fast becoming one of the most in demand pianists in Sweden. This number is a clear example of why that is. His soft opening lines set the stage for Pettersson's softly swinging introduction. The groove is set and now it is time for the band to ride it out. Cohesive throughout, summer breezes flow in and out. Gentle waves kiss the sand in eternal simpatico.
A Jimi Hendrix tune? Why not. A swinging version? Sure. After listening to Hendrix's version of Up From The Skies many times over, it's refreshing to hear a reworked arrangement that actually works. Pettersson has the uncanny ability to not only swing but have fun doing it. One gets a sense that the band was thoroughly enjoying this outing.
Pettersson's ability to pull off unique interpretations of what many would consider standards speaks volumes of her as an artist determined to seek her own unique voice. Her band not withstanding, this is a fine debut that hopefully will lead to a more exploratory second release.