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Strid, Raymond / Roland Keijser: Yellow Bell [3 CD BOX] (Umlaut Records)

The Swedish duo of reedist Roland Keijser and drummer Raymond Strid performing live in Stockholm at Club Yellow Bell applying modern strategies to traditional works and a few jazz standards including "Monk's Mood".

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UPC: 7319200000264

Label: Umlaut Records
Catalog ID: umlada2
Squidco Product Code: 17261

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Sweden / France / Germany
Packaging: 3 CD Box Set
Recorded live on various dates at Glenn Miller Cafe, Stockholm, Sweden.


Raymond Strid-drums

Roland Keijser-tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, flutes, piano

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Artist Biographies:
"Raymond Strid (born 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish drummer in the genre of free jazz and the new European improvised music.When Strid picked up drumming, he was inspired by musicians like Han Bennink, Paul Lytton, and Tony Oxley. He started his musical career relatively late. His debut concert was in September 1977, after first playing with a variety of local bands in Stockholm. In 1988 he founded the 'GUSH' trio together with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and the pianist Sten Sandell. Since that time Strid has played in a series of bands and projects, such as in the trio Guy/Gustafsson/Strid, Marilyn Crispell/Anders Jormin/Raymond Strid and the Free Jazz trio LSB with Fredrik Ljungkvist and Johan Berthling. In 2000 he initiated 'The Electrics' with Axel Dörner, Sture Ericson and Ingebrigt Flaten. The same year Strid joined the Barry Guy New Orchestra. Strid played at numerous festivals of free improvisation in Europe and North America. He also teaches in musical improvisation."-Wikipedia (

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track listing:

CD 1: UMCD0016

1. Brudmarsch/Knut Gabriels lek

2. Kallhagahalling

3. Froms/Tiotoggaren

4. Sohini/Yellow Bell

5. Spegelsang

6. Varfor fragar du? Varfor svarar du?/Malma Hindolam

7. Klyftileken/Polska

8. Kvallskvarpa/Dansa med moss

9. Fruset grus/Flyvbad

10. Marwa

CD 2: UMCD0017

1. Gammelgosen

2. Tarantella/Sidi Mimouna/Den forsta gang jog sag dig

3. Surdeg

4. Bryta brod

5. Systerpolskorna/Knut Gabriels lek

6. Varford fragar du? Varfor svarar du?/Marwa

7. Hotell Bristol

8. Kvarplek/Ciftetelli

9. Alla faders tarar/Bon om bransle

10. Pelog-lek

11. Vagor ran Haga

CD 3: UMCD0018

1. Pelog-lek/Changs polska

2. Hindolam slam/Nanna blues

3. Varfor fragar du? Varfor svarar du?

4. Drams/Flyvbad

5. Fallgrop

6. Trims/Spaltpols

7. Polska/Klyftileken/Polska

8. Yellow Bell

9. Marwa

10. Sidi ali

11. Monk's mood
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"[...] So are the three CDs of improvisations from the well-matched Swedish duo of veteran Roland Keijser playing a variety of conventional and folkloric reeds in conjunction with Raymond Strid's sensitive percussion output. Recorded live in a Stockholm club Yellow Bell offers variety of moods and stratagems. Although Keijser - on piano -and the percussionist conclude with a stately reading of Monk's Mood that's all tremolo key clipping and drum rim smacks, most of the 32 tunes are far from the jazz cannon. Spegelsång for example finds Keijser on stuttering saxophone and Strid's thumping martial beat deconstructing a folk tune as its initial tone rows are played upside down in its second half. On Sohini the reedist's tootles are from trussed metal whistles and Strid's drags and flams could come from a djembe intonation, while Keijser uses a supple South Indian venu flute to play a variant of the Swedish Varför frågar du/Varför svarar du backed by snare shuffles and cynmbal rattles. The most impressive display of this cross-cultural improv is evident on the title tune plus Kvällskvarpa/Dansa med moss. On the former Keijser's Sonny Rollins-like obbligatos transmogrifies an ancient fiddle tune into near-jazz, while the latter is kept linear by Strid's paradiddles and ruffs as mid-range clarinet glissandi diffuse from snake-charmer-like trills to splintered runs. [...]"-Ken Waxman, The Jazz Word

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Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Duo Recordings
Saxophone & Drummer / Percussionist Duos

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