Alto saxophonist Fredrik Kronkvist releases album with Thelonious Monk’s music along with three American superstars.
When Kronkvist releases his new album MONK VIBES he continues cooperate with some of the hottest names on the jazz scene with Jason Marsalis on vibraphone, Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. This time they dedicate themselves to interpret the genius composer Thelonious Monk’s music and spirit. The unusual constellation with alto saxophone, vibraphone, bass and drums create a different, challenging sound without the piano and gives the group wide open spaces for colorful improvisations. MONK VIBES reflects Thelonious multidimensional universe where simplicity and complexity come together in a beautiful, danceable and contrasting music.The album contains wild conversations, humor, calypso beat, odd time signatures, blues, beautiful ballads and a tonal language that sounds as skewed as obvious.
Release Tour in March:
3 Västerås/jazzens vänner
6 Höör/Höör Jazz
7 Lund/Mejeriet 13.00
7 Köpenhamn/Montmartre 20.00
12 Helsinborg/Jazz i Helsingborg
Line-Up on tour:
Fredrik Kronkvist – alto sax, Jason Marsalis – vibraphone, Martin Sjöstedt – bass, Daniel Fredriksson – Drums
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.
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!
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