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Zetterberg, Torbjorn (Zetterberg / Agnas / Hogberg): Opinions [VINYL] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Known as a jazz bassist, Torbjörn Zetterberg mostly steps away from the big strings for a series of multitrack studio compositions on a variety of instruments electronic & acoustic, plus samples and voice, all performed by Zetterberg himself (with Konrad Agnas and Anna Hogberg adding input on a couple of tracks); powerful, urgent, impressive works from a truly well-rounded musician.

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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDLP007
Squidco Product Code: 32617

Format: LP
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at home and in Studio Clavier, in Stockholm, Sweden, 2020–2021, by Torbjorn Zetterberg, except ’Brevet Fran Lillan’ which was recorded in the zen buddhist monas-tery Zengarden in Finnaker, Sweden.


Torbjorn Zetterberg-synthesizer, metronome, electric guitar, piano, double bass, electronics, vocals, acoustic guitar, bells, 12 string electric guitar, drum programming, glockenspiel

Greta Thunberg-speech

Konrad Agnas-drums

Anna Hogberg-alto saxophone

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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."

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"Greta Thunberg, in full Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg, (born January 3, 2003, Stockholm, Sweden), Swedish environmental activist who worked to address the problem of climate change, founding (2018) a movement known as Fridays for Future (also called School Strike for Climate)."

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Konrad Agnas is a Swedish drummer, son of Urban Agnas. He is known for the groups Agnas Bros., Johan Lindström Septett, Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo, and Swap Babies.

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Anna Högberg is a saxophonist, a member of Dog Life, Fire! Orchestra

-Squidco 1/31/2023

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track listing:


1. Sketch Of The Path 07:38

2. Upaya 05:28

3. Brevet Fran Lillan 02:00

4. Good Intentions 02:53

5. Random Thoughts 04:49


1. Absorbtion 03:36

2. Opinions Part 1 02:59

3. Opinions Part 2 02:50

4. Determination 02:47

5. And Nothing Happened 10:22
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"Torbjörn Zetterberg's new record, Opinions, is not a conventional "solo" outing. It doesn't represent the bassist, composer, and bandleader stepping away from all that to prove his mettle as a virtuoso unaccompanied improvisor. Anyone familiar with Zetterberg's small group recordings needs no confirmation of his prowess. And anyway, strutting his stuff is not his vibe. Certainly not the vibe of this record, where the bassist plays more than bass, a solo venture on which he is occasionally joined by others.

What we have on Opinions is something altogether different, nearly impossible to describe except in parts - minimal electronic/maximal prog/eco conceptual/experimental song form. With myriad instruments and multitrack studio composition, painstakingly assembled 2020-22, the LP's tracks have an episodic nature, and in this sense - perhaps this alone - they connect with other parts of the Swedish musician's oeuvre, his propensity for contrasting and juxtaposing sections, which can be deliciously heard on his records with The Torbjörn Zetterberg Hot Five or Torbjörn Zetterberg & Den Stora Frågen (including the latter ensemble's 2019 CD Live, also on CvsD).

But Opinions is a stand-alone work, a strange and wondrous personal adventure, a set of landscape miniatures contained in a bottle, each one equally abstract and actual, heady and guttural, melodic and textural, reaching for elements from across the musical map but never as pastiche, rather as deeply submerged influence, meditative result, a splash in icy water after the opium of sauna. Not your everyday solo record. Opinions introduces something particular: a chunk of raw coal buried far below surface that emerges faceted and glisteny."-Corbett vs. Dempsey

Torbjörn Zetterberg writes:

"This is without a doubt my best work so far. If you know me, you probably know me as a bass playing jazz musician. Yes, that's true, but pretty far from the whole truth. You'll be surprised. Not that this isn't jazz. Perhaps it is. If you say it is, why? If you say it's not, why? If you know the answer, please let me know. Me, I only hear music. The 'concept' behind this album was: not to box myself but to let creativity lead the way, all the way. I took guidance from the smallest kids in the playground.

Apart from 'Brevet från Lillan,' which was recorded at Zengården, the Zen Buddhist monastery where I live, everything was recorded in my apartment and my studio in Stockholm. Apart from drums on 'Random Thoughts,' which were played by Konrad Agnas, and Anna Högberg's alto sax on 'Opinions part 2,' I did everything myself including samples, singing, playing all instruments, recording, mixing, and mastering. Also, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Greta Thunberg.

I hope you will like this music as much as I do."

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