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Bobo Stenson

Saturday 7 October 2006, 7.30pm
Djanogly Recital Hall - Lakeside Arts Centre
£12 (£9 concessions)

Bobo Stenson Trio

featuring :Bobo Stenson (piano), Anders Jormin (double bass), Jon Falt (drums)

Bobo Stenson is one of the most highly respected jazz pianists from Sweden. His music is reflective and contemplative.The latest CD for ECM Goodbye includes Stephen Sondheim's 'Send in the Clowns', Gordon Jenkin's 'Goodbye', Ornette Coleman's Race Face, and melodies ranging from tangos by Argentian composer Ariel Ramirez to Purcell's 'Music for a While'.

'Very contemplative, quiet, organic kind of music that grows on you while you listen to it… ' Steve Sheppard, Jazz on 3, BBC Radio 3, 'Albums of the Year'

'The music is cool, spare, and thoughtful, with every note carefully placed for maximum weight and effect… Notably lyrical and expressive at times' Kenny Mathieson, Jazzwise

PREVIEW - By Trudie Squires

JAZZSTEPS moves to its alternative venue in the Djanogly Recital Hall, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, for a concert on Saturday, 7 October, by Bobo Stenson, one of Sweden’s most highly respected jazz pianists. Stenson appears with his trio, consisting of Anders Jormin (bass) and Jon Falt (drums). Stenson’s reflective and absorbing style has effectively defined the meaning of modern jazz piano in Sweden since the late 1960s. Early in his playing career he accompanied a long line of visiting American players including Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and Gary Burton, working closely with Don Cherry from the beginning of the trumpeter’s residency in Scandinavia, as well as playing with local giants such as tenor saxophonist Bernt Rosengren. Critics admire Stenson’s poetic piano style. He plays in a free, abstract way, but his music never sounds chaotic or loses its shape.

Sixty-one-year-old Stenson started playing the piano when he was five years old. At that time it was only a question of classical music, but at the age of 12 discovered the blues, graduating to jazz three years later. Bobo still plays classical music today and Bach is a constant challenge, claiming it keeps his technique in shape.

Since the mid 1980s, Stenson’s constant companion has been Anders Jormin, a virtuoso in his own right and a respected performer on the international concert scene. A sensitive and articulate player he is another musician in great demand and has recorded and toured with such jazz luminaries as Lee Konitz, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Don Cherry, Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano and Jack de Johnette. He performs regularly all over Europe, USA, Canada and Japan. His main attribute is the wonderful tone that he coaxes from his instrument; he posses one of the most beautiful double bass sounds in jazz today. Jormin enjoys an almost telepathic rapport with Stenson, made all the more vivid by the precocious talent of Jon Falt, a young drummer who has made extraordinary strides since his inaugural concert with the trio in Dublin in 2003. Jon also toured Canada in the summer of 2003 with saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom.

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