Saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar leads various groupings of Carl Bagge on piano, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, Johan Holmegard on drums, Bernt Rosengren on sax, Goran Kajfes on cornet & Mattias Stahl on vibes in this soundtrack album for the motion picture "Gentlemen".
Gentlemen (Original Motion Picture Jazz Tracks) [VINYL 2 LPs + CD]
Label: Moserobie Music
Released in: Sweden
"Few musicians in this young century have provided me with as much consistent enjoyment and shown as much artistic depth as the Swedish reedist Jonas Kullhammar, a historically minded player who bucks the tendency of younger European jazz musicians to downplay if not denigrate the importance of American jazz. Sonny Rollins and, especially, John Coltrane loom heavily in Kullhammar's playing, and he does little to distance himself from his heroes. At the same time, he's hardly stuck in the past, picking up and mastering all sorts of contemporary approaches and excelling in free-jazz contexts. He's also an important force in propagating the new Scandinavian jazz through his terrific Moserobie imprint, which has steadily released quality work by some of the strongest players in Sweden and Norway.
Kullhammar indulges his ardor for 60s jazz on a strong new project: the music he composed for the 2014 film Gentlemen, directed by his compatriot Mikael Marcimain. Kullhammar himself plays a saxophonist in the movie, which includes some performance footage of him shot in an atmospheric jazz club. But rather than the standard terse little cues and atmospheric backgrounds, his soundtrack album contains a dozen sharp performances of snazzy postbop originals he composed for a killer band with bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg, drummer Johan Holmegard, and pianist Carl Bagge, who plays on most of the tracks. Adding to the historical richness of the effort, Kullhammar employed veteran Swedish saxophonist Bernt Rosengren to twine lines with him on four pieces; the presence of cornetist Goran Kajfes and vibraphonist Mattias Ståhl enhances another four tunes. The music has no problem standing on its own precisely because Kullhammar didn't let the requirements of the film upstage the essentials of a great jazz performance.
Within the context of the 60s postbop sound, Kullhammar delivers impressive range both in terms of style and mood. The album opener, "The Bear Quartet," sounds like early-60s Trane, with Bagge's insistent vamps summoning the playing of McCoy Tyner (though the intense, contemporary-sounding thrumming in Zetterberg's killer bass solo does provide a bit of temporal displacement), while the lovely ballad "So Long, Henry," which features Kullhammar's lyric playing on baritone, summons the spirit of Sweden's own Lars Gullin. The buoyant, swinging theme of the brisk "Danish Blow," one of the tunes with Rosengren-who spent years working and playing in Copenhagen during the early 60s-reminds me a bit of the music Sun Ra created during his Chicago days, while "Hommage to George Braith," which features Kullhammar playing unison lines on sax variants the stritch and saxello, plays direct tribute to the titular saxophonist, known for creating the hybrid double-necked Braithophone. The tracks with Kajfes and Ståhl provide a slightly more modern feel, although not enough to spoil the old-school flavor."-Peter Margasak, Chicago ReaderAlso available on CD.
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"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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torbj%C3%B6rn_Zetterberg)
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• Show Bio for Goran Kajfes
"Goran Kajfes, born 22 June 1970 in Tyreso Assembly, is a Swedish trumpeter. Kajfeš is the son of Davor Kajfeš.
Goran has worked with, among others, Eric Gadd, Stina Nordenstam, Fläskkvartetten, Kent, The Tiny, Bruno K. Öijer, Neneh Cherry, Robyn, Mando Diao, Lester Bowie, Blacknuss, Sugababes, Nicolai Dunger, Håkan Hellström, Janet Jackson, Moneybrother, Freddie Wadling, José González, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Eric Malmberg, Club Killers, Monica Zetterlund, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Eldkvarn, Matti Bye and Bo Diddley, The Thing XL, weeping willows, Cheik Lo.
Solo debut Home (2000) was released on the EMI (Kaza / Blue Note) and a lot of attention for his mix of jazz and electronics. Sequel HeadSpin won a Grammy (2004). The third album, X / Y (2010) was nominated for this year's jazz album in The Independent, and was hailed around the world including magazine Mojo. He was also awarded the Nordic Music Prize for the disc. After the album was released (with his Subtropic Arkestra) The Reason Why Vol.1 (2012) and most recently, The Reason Why Vol. 2 (2014). Both featured in Mojo, Uncut, Songlines, The Wire, Jazz Journal and so on.
Kajfeš is also featured in the jazz group Oddjob, together with among others Per "Ruskträsk" Johansson and Daniel Karlsson, who has released six full-length albums (Amigo Music, ACT, Headspin Recordings) and beyond that also Grammy Award winning children's album Jazzoo. He is also a member of the free jazz band Nacka Forum (Moserobie Records) with Kjell Nordeson, Jonas Kullhammar and Johan Berthling, Angles 9, Fire! Orchestra, Magnus Carlson & The Moon Ray Quintet and skabandet Jobalites.
He runs the record company Headspin Recordings, with David Österberg.
Kajfeš has also composed music for films and television series including Kristian Petri's The Well documentaries and feature films Details, The Mouse of Bigert Bergstrom, The Sun of Ulf Rollof, vignette music to the SVT Cobra, All wild, a film about Birgitta Stenberg, Havana Motor Club by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt. He has written and performed music for Saw The White Buffalo Dancing with dance group Vindhäxor.
Oddjob The group performed a large part of the music (composed by Matti Bye) to the hundred year old who climbed out the window and disappeared.
Kajfeš produced weeping willows albums The Time Has Come, Magnus Carlson and the Moon Ray quintet and most of Titiyos album Hidden.
In 2014 asked Kajfeš in collaboration with David Osterberg audio installation Batysphere on Färgfabriken."-Wikipedia translated by Google (https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goran_Kajfe )
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"Mattias is born 1971 in Oskarshamn, Sweden and lives in Stockholm. Have the latest 15 years performed at stages around Sweden and elsewhere, focusing on jazz and improvised music. Released two album of his own with his former quartet Ståhls blå ("Ståhls blå" 2001 and "Schlachtplatte" 2004), which achieved great attention from reviewers all over the world. He also composed all the music for this group. As a sideman he contributes in a lot of exciting groups, from projects with the legend Georg Riedel to collaborations with the swedish indie wonder Emil Svanängen aka Loney Dear. Also: Cecilia Persson Quintet, Martin Küchens group Angles, IPA with Magnus Broo/Atle Nymo/Håkon Mjåseth Johansen/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Daniel Buner Formos Formo Tre&Metall and different projects with Trondheim Jazzorkester. Other groups where he contributed during the years are Eirik Hegdals Team Hegdal, Joakim Milders Takeaway, Lennart Åberg:s big and small orchestras, Nils Berg 5 (Jazz in Sweden Award 2007), Alberto Pinton Quintet, Yttling Jazz (with Bjorn Yttling from "Peter, Bjorn and John"), Fredrik Nordström Quintet (Jazz in Sweden Award 2002), Klaus Holm Kollektif. He has been the vibist of the swingtronica-duo Koop since 2001, touring all over the world. He has also played with groups as Jet Set Sweden och Sven Berggrens Alea. He recieved the Swedish Radio Award 2002 as newcomer of the year for his album "Ståhls blå"."-Mattias Stahl Website (http://mattiasstahl.com/)
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Label: Moserobie Music
Catalog ID: MMPLP095
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Format: 2 LPs + CD
Packaging: LP - Gatefold
Recorded at Atlantis studio in Stockholm, Sweden on January 27th and 28th, 2014 by Janne Hansson.
Jonas Kullhammar-tenor, baritone, bass, stritch and saxello saxophones
Bernt Rosengren-tenor saxophone
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1. The Bear Quartet 7:13
2. So Long, Henry 8:08
3. Gazell 6:31
1. Danish Blow 5:19
2. Ballad For Bill 8:12
3. Copenhagen 5:47
1. Hommage To George Braith 9:13
2. Le Boulevardier 4:41
3. Montmartre 3:46
4. Paris Art Ensemble 3:58
1. Paris 8:05
2. So Long, Henry (Solo Piano)
3. Paris Interlude
4. Henry City Stompers 1:24