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The piano and vibraphone duo of Sten Sandell and Mattias Stahl in improvisations that borrow from both Sun Ra and contemporary classical such as Cage, Cowell, Xenakis, &c.

Sandell, Sten / Stahl, Mattias
Grann Musik (Neighbour Music)

Sandell, Sten / Stahl, Mattias: Grann Musik (Neighbour Music) (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"Sten Sandell and Mattias Stahl may bring to mind the historic piano and vibraphone duo of Sun Ra and Walt Dickerson (although Stahl adds marimba and glockenspiel). But what the two duos have in common is little more than the adoption of jazz idioms and improvising processes. The vocabulary the two Swedish musicians use is distinct. In the older pairing Dickerson's refined Blue Note sonority, which Andrew Hill has praised, was combined with the "cosmic jazz" of the Arkestra's leader. In the newer duo, the cubist post-bop Stahl meshes with the wide lexical parameters of the pianist, who has often worked in Mats Gustafsson's Gush. Sandell's vocabulary including elements taken from such origins as contemporary classical and new music (notably John Cage, Henry Cowell, Mark Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis), progressive rock (in the This Heat and Tuxedomoon line), and the ethnic traditions of Northern Europe, India, Japan, and Tibet, in the later case appropriating Buddhist vocal techniques. In some senses this is a curious pairing. Sandell's approach to piano can be cerebral in its extreme complexity, even in the moments of more improvisational spontaneity (somewhere between Paul Bley's lyricism and Cecil Taylor's "free-flowing"). Stahl, conversely, is a physical vibraphonist, with abstract tendencies but with a special affection for color. The music they create together is filled with contrasts and surprising convergences, as if by magic, in pieces that seem as natural as the water of a river flickering with the light of the sun. In English "Grann Musik" translates as "Neighbor Music," a reflection of the intimacy two good neighbors, even those with wildly different personalities, can form."-Clean Feed Records

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063001099

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 109
Squidco Product Code: 9702

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded and mixed by Goran Stegborn at SAMI, Stockholm, January 9, 2007


Sten Sandell-piano, prepared piano

Mattias Stahl-vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel

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