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Friday, October 30, 2009

Pinton, Kullhammar, Zetterberg, Nordeson - Chant (Clean Feed, 2009) ***½

Recorded live in Coimbra, Portugal, this Swedish quartet and the enthusiastic audience do exactly what you would expect: play music and have fun. The four musicians have played together before in one or the other constellation. Alberto Pinton plays baritone saxophone, Jonas Kullhammar tenor, Torbjörn Zetterberg bass and Kjell Nordeson drums and vibes. As Zetterberg writes in the liner notes "This band is half of my own octet, half of Jonas's quartet, half of Kjell and Jonas's quartet "Nacka Forum" and more than half of Alberto's quintet", so there is no big surprise that there is a perfect fit, even if Clean Feed boss Pedro Costa asked them to perform together. The band does not break any new ground. Even if the music is largely improvised, themes and rhythms are part of the agreed musical concepts. But they play well, and what is more, with lots of intensity, interaction and enthusiasm, really enjoying themselves ... and the audience, whether they play uptempo or downtempo, jazzy or bluesy, 60s or 00s, dark or light-footed.Fun.

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