Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet upcoming concerts at the Stockholm Jazzfestival 2014
13 oct Stockholm Jazzfestival@Plugged Records 18.00
14 oct Stockholm Jazzfestival@Lilla Hotellbaren 20.30
New Album 2014 Out Now!
feat. Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson
“Kronkvist’s soloing is informed by drive and clarity of focus, and a settled-in technical facility that impresses without getting caught up in showboating for its own sake. And the group-think seems perfectly in tune…Reflecting Time is a fine piece of straightahead jazz-making, tasteful, historicist and fiery in the right degrees.”
A strong and persuasive Scandi-Gotham pact is made on this second release by the command- ing, mainstreaming Swedish alto saxist Fredrik Kronkvist featuring the taut American rhythm section of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchison (known, among other things, for their rapport as bandmates for Joshua Redman). Kronkvist is well studied and honestly expressive in the ways of American jazz, as a versatile horn player and sturdy penner of tunes in acknowledged jazz idioms from the New York side of the Atlantic.
He pays tribute to Mulgrew Miller with the neo-hard-bopping energy of the opener, “Meltdown Blues (Grew’s Blues),” and bows in the respectful direction of one of his heroes, Stanley Turrentine, on the medium-heat “Likely.” Attention is paid to the importance of vary- ing the set, album-wise: The bluesy swing swag- ger of the Adderley-esque “Cannonbalism” seg- ues into the uptempo intensity and rollercoaster head on “Straight To The Point,” in contrast to the following track, a luminously reharmonized take on “In A Sentimental Mood.” He channels the Turrentine/Adderley joie de vivre factor on the soft-edged closer, “Right Here Right Now.”
Throughout, Kronkvist’s soloing is informed by drive and clarity of focus, and a settled-in technical facility that impresses without getting caught up in showboating for its own sake. And the group-think seems perfectly in tune, perhaps partly because the recording was made in Copenhagen, after touring around Sweden and Denmark and honing the ensemble mesh. Whereabouts and heritages aside, Reflecting Time is a fine piece of straightahead jazz-making, tasteful, historicist and fiery in the right degrees.
—Josef Woodard DOWNBEAT
5/5 ***** DIG JAZZ, 5/5 ***** HallandsPosten, 5/5 ***** Ljusnan, 5/5 ***** Hudiksvalls Tidning, 5/5 ***** Ljusdals Posten, 5/5 ***** Söderhamns Kuriren.
Catch the Fredrik Kronkvist AFRO CUBAN SUPREME feat. Miram Aïda & Eliel Lazo
2 nov Malmö
11 nov Stockholm/Fasching
13 nov Umeå
Fredrik Kronkvist with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson:
NEW YORK ELEMENTS
Out now on iTunes, Amazon
Fredrik Kronkvist Sextet – IMPROVISED ACTION – with Jonas Kullhammar & Raynald Colom
Also on CD with the Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet!
CONSTANT CONTINUUM – WorldWide release date: Out Now!