In the history of Jazz there is several legendary groups with this instrumentation - saxophone, bass and drums are an open, creative, and flexible format great fun to play in, and exciting to listen to! It can carry out the music just like a big constellation, but the field is more open for the musicians’ musical excursions. This group started with a spontaneous gig in Stockholm. Hans, Oscar, and Magnus met at Jazz Club Glenn Miller Café, and almost immediately they found the sound of the group and a natural interplay!
Hans Backenroth is one of today’s foremost bassists and musicians, and during the last decades he has played all over the world with many top jazz musicians. He was a longtime member of legendary Swedish groups led by Arne Domnerus, Putte Wickman, and Kjell Öhman, and he is the first choice when international stars visit Scandinavia. Oscar Johansson-Werre is an award winning young drummer from Uppsala. He has already played with jazz giants like Berndt Rosengren, Nisse Sandström, Jan Allan och Harry Allen. 2010 he won the award Most Valuable Player on the Youth Jazz Festival in Stockholm, and 2017 he got the Ronnie Gardiners Swedish Drummer Deserving Wider Recognition Award.
This trio of Swedish veterans is tightly knit and clearly focused on respecting the music. Confidence not lacking, the trio breathe new life into Miles's oft-explored Nardis, in the literal sense of the word. Dolerud's breathing techniques, coupled with clever stops and starts put his own stamp on it. For good measure, Backenroth and Werre flourish in groove and pocket chemistry.
It's impossible to miss the immediate tip of the cap to the unique bounce of Thelonious Monk. "Bright Mississippi" lights up in neon and is a fine mid point sequence adrenaline rush. Dolerud's tenor joyfully (it's Monk, is the any other way?) relishes the moment, with Weere's crisp drum solo. Dolerud lets his hair down and is greeted by Backenroth's frisky bowed interpretation. They close it back in trio and with the momentum still in full swing.
This inaugural record is untethered by fussy arrangements and lets the cats play. The complexities are drawn individually and sewn together by their musical commonalities. It's a trio of equal measure.
-- AllAboutJazz.com (Jim Worsley)
Catalog Number: PCD283
Number of Discs: 1