| Fredrik Nordström Quintet (Sweden):
Fredrik Nordström - ts,
Magnus Broo - tp,
Mattias Stahl - vib,
Filip Augustson - b,
Fredrik Rundqvist - dr
Fredrik Nordström Quintet - one of the most distinguished contemporary Swedish jazz bans. Last year its leader, the saxophonist F.Nordström was awarded with the honest Jazz in Sweden prize, which Swedish Concert Institute Rikskonserter submits to the jazz musician of the year. This award allowed the Quintet to record a new album at Caprice Records studio and provided good opportunities for tours, including a tour in Canada that the group organised last summer.
This year the Quintet, supported by the Swedish Concert Institute, released the album On Purpose, which received wonderful comments and special attention of critics. The album that consists only of original compositions by F.Nordström, was presented in one of the most prestigious world jazz publications, the Down Beat magazine and received a four-star assessment. Critics emphasised its intriguing music dramaturgy and "games with tempo, rhythmics and harmony, keeping listener in constant intrigue."
For Fredrik Nordström this is not the first international acknowledgement: Live, the saxophonist's former album on jazz standards that in 2002 was issued by Dragon company received very high evaluations. This is the concert record of F.Nordström, the legendary Swedish bassist Palle Danielsson and the drummer Fredrik Rundqvist from Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm, which in Down Beat reviews was also awarded with four stars. Even these days people began to speak about Fredrik Nordström as of sensational musician and fearless improviser.
The saxophonist himself (as he constantly looks for some new, modern sound) describes his music as "progressive jazz with unquestionable influence of contemporary classic and rock music". He also assures that for him the most important thing in creation improvisation and correlation with the band. His work was mostly influenced by Dexter Gordon and Charl Parker.
Exceptional improviser and the author of intriguing compositions Fredrik Nordström is already familiar for Vilnius Jazz festival audience: last year he performed with the singer Lindha Svantesson and her group.
In 1998 the saxophonist debuted as a leader, who had founded the octet, called Fredrik Nordström's 08. Together with this octet in 2000 in Dragon Records was recorded Urgency, an impressive debut album by F. Nordström that consisted only of original compositions written by the leader, the statistics of which witnesses of the fact that F.Nordstrom is very well acquainted with various jazz styles. When the album appeared, the critic Jack Bowers called the saxophonist "The reply of Sweden to rapidly evolving young American sax stars".
The most prominent Swedish musicians of young generation, who play together with F.Nordström since his debut sax album, play in the Quintet.
Magnus Broo (born in 1965) for more than the decade has been one of the most prominent Swedish trumpetists. He is distinguished by his mastership and uniqueness, which is shown to audience through almost theatrical dramaturgy of melody lines, wide timbre spaces and original phrasing.
When the trumpetist was a teenager, trombone player B.Henders, having included the musician in local Bigband, made him interested in jazz. American tube player and brass instrument tutor Rich Matteson, who during summer courses had a chance to hear the trumpetist's performing, acknowledged extraordinary talents of Rich Matteson and invited him to study in Texas. When he finished his studies at Northern Texas University (1984-1990), M.Broo began too play in the most famous Swedish jazz bands, including such as Fredrik Noren Band, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Fire House, Atomic, etc. in the age of thirty-four, after long and versatile career, the musician finally debuted as a leader. With his quartet he has released two personal albums: Sudden Joy (1999) and Levitation (2001).
Also highly evaluated is Mattias Stahl, the vibraphonist of the Quintet, who is called the discovery of Swedish jazz, the most talented jazz musician in the country. Besides his work together with Fredrik Nordström's quintet, the musician leads his own quartet. The album of his quartet ståhls blå, which was released a year ago, also received this very special attention of the critics: four star assessment in Down Beat magazine and a position in the list of the best albums of 2002, and the leader of the band, M.Stahl, was called the genius and prodigious of vibraphone. Having been acknowledged in the homeland of jazz, this year he received the prise of Sweden radio as 'the Debutant of the Year'.
M.Stahl, born in 1971 in Swedish town Oskarshamn. Even when he was a child he was interested in music, used to sing and studied and analysed various music instruments, especially percussion. From the age of sixteen he began to study music seriously, tried many various instruments, even played piano in his school's Bigband. When the musician was twenty-two, he settled on vibraphone. From 1999 M.Stahl is a professional vibraphonist, who, by his original and dynamic style enriches the sounding of F.Nordström quintet and octet, Lennart Åberg group as well as other Swedish jazz ensembles. This year the audience of Kaunas Jazz festival had a chance to listen to the musician, performing with the band KOOP.
The bassist of the Quintet Filip Augustson (born in 1973) is very flexible when he plays both classic and free jazz. He also is one of the busiest Swedish bassists. He used to play in such groups as Fredrik Noren Band, Fredrik Ljungvist Quartet, Gösta Rundqvist Trio, etc. The bassist with various groups has recorded over fifteen albums.
Fredrik Rundqvist, the drummer of F.Nordström quintet, is also familiar to the Lithuanian audience: a year ago we heard this distinguished by his taste and precision drummer during Vilnius Jazz festival, casting in Lindha Svantesson sextet. The musician gained his very important stage experience when playing in trio with his father, the famous Swedish jazz pianist Gösta Rundqvist and the bassist H.Andersson.
© Jûratë Kuèinskaitë