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Saxophonist Ivo Perelman in a trio with cellist Daniel Levin and bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg, impressionist and lyrical free playing in a uniquely textured chamber jazz.

Perelman / Levin / Zetterberg

Perelman / Levin / Zetterberg: Soulstorm (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"Soulstorm is a remarkable joint venture between gifted saxophonist Ivo Perelman, and two of the most distinguished string players around, cellist Daniel Levin and double bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg. Taking its title from a book by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, Soulstorm confirms the universality of jazz as a language for all nations in the global age. This is a transnational trio in every aspect of the music heard in this double album - the musicians converse fluently with one another, but each with his own accent and dialect.

Like Charles Gayle before him, Perelman reinterprets for today the same concept that John Coltrane and Albert Ayler had for the tenor saxophone: to employ this reed instrument as the ideal vehicle for the most visceral of expressions, even when sublimated by deeply spiritual states. Perelman's intrinsic connection to Abstract Expressionism can be felt in his music, and evidenced visually also through his work as a painter (his other artistic vocation), though this Brazilian in New York adds hot and bright tropical colors to the traditional palette of color and sound.

This recording expands the direction that Perelman has established on prior recordings: to adopt the aesthetic purposes of The New Thing, while simultaneously adding his own unique voice to the continuum of the tradition to which he belongs. The "scream" may be the most immediately obvious characteristic of Perelman's personal style, but similarly to Gayle, Coltrane and Ayler, this cry is not to be construed as a manifestation of rage. In his music, lyricism obtains a grainy texture and an immediacy that the 19th century Romantics couldn't have imagined possible. The sounds emanate from the deepest recesses of both soul and body, and in that sense they reflect an enormous humanity. Evocations of bossa nova and choro emerge from Perelman's interactions with Levin and Zetterberg, adding a special flavor to this free-flowing and open chamber jazz. All of this comes together to make Soulstorm a unique document of rarefied expression; it's the kind of music we all were waiting for."-Clean Feed

"Daniel Levin is "one of the outstanding cellists working in the vanguard arena" (All About Jazz), "ridiculously fluent, virtually overflowing with ideas" (New York City Jazz Record) and "very much the man to watch." (Penguin Guide to Jazz). No matter what setting he plays in, cellist Daniel Levin occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them.

"Demonstrating an impressive breadth of texture and contrast, the cellist Daniel Levin comes well prepared for a career in jazz's contemporary avant-garde." (Nate Chinen, The New York Times).

Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in his unique sound. As critic John Sharpe observes in The New York City Jazz Record, "he invokes all manner of musics with prodigious skill: jazz, classical, improv, noise, vocal chorus. His technique is unquestioned and he revels in the physicality of the instrument. Those with an adventurous streak or interest in the outer reaches of the cello universe will find much to savor."

Born in Burlington, Vermont, he began playing the cello at the age of six. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, and arrived on New York City jazz scene shortly therafter. Since then, Daniel has developed his own unique voice as a cellist, improviser, and composer. Ed Hazell noted upon release of Levin's first record as a leader, "Cellist Daniel Levin is a major new voice on his instrument and in improvised music." He has performed and/or recorded with Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri, Joe Morris, William Parker, Ivo Perelman, Warren Smith, Ken Vandermark, and many others. Daniel is the recipient of a 2010 Jerome Foundation award."

-Daniel Levin Website (

"Torbjörn Zetterberg (born 10 May 1976) is a Swedish jazz musician (double bass) and composer, known from collaborations with Jonas Kullhammar.

Zetterberg attended Södra Latin och Fridhems Folkhögskola in Svalöv but was first recognised as bassist when he studied at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm still very young. Here he studied bass under guidance of Jan Adefelt. Soon he joined drummer Fredrik Norén's band together with the saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar. Already at this point one could sense that he would become a prominent figure in the Swedish jazz scene. Now his name is firmly rooted in the vibrant progressive selection as the new jazz generation.

He went through a personal crisis and did not record as a bandleader for more than seven years. Zetterberg was uncomfortable with his career and in 2010 he decided to leave the urban life including his bass, and moved to a Buddhist temple. There he resided for a year and still spends half of his time there in 2016. This existential crisis led to the production of the album Och Den Stora Frågan ("And the Big Question" in Swedish) in 2014. Here he collaborated with well known musicians from his earlier career, like the Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and drummer Jon Fält, known from albums with pianist Bobo Stenson's trio. The album is "charged with joyful urgency, shiny optimism and confident flowing energy, despite the doubts and uncertainties that accompany any creative, artistic process", the reporter of All About Jazz stated in 2014."

-Wikipedia (

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063001846

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 184
Squidco Product Code: 13042

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded April 18, 2009 at CAE Portalegre by Ricardo Dias and Joao P. Miranda.


Ivo Perelman-tenor saxophone

Daniel Levin-cello

Torbjorn Zetterberg-double bass

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Track Listing:

Disk 1:

1. Soulstorm 9:22

2. Footsteps 8:20

3. Pig Latin 8:38

4. The Body 14:16

5. Day by Day 11:57

6. Explanation 9:17

Disk 2:

1. Plaza Maua 24:34

2. Dry Point Of Horses 13:30

3. A Manifesto Of The City 12:58

4. The Way Of The Cross 10:37

5. In Search Of Dignity 6:48