Afro Cuban Supreme

Fredrik Kronkvist – AFRO CUBAN SUPREME –
Alto saxophone star Fredrik Kronkvist delivers his eclectic mix of Afro Cuban rhythms and Coltrane inspired jazz and in an adventurous and colorful musical experience. New views on Latin-Jazz gives us an explosive rhythm fiesta that touches both body and soul



Fredrik Kronkvist – saxophones and flute
Eliel Lazo – congas
Martin Sjöstedt – piano
Johnny Åman – bass
Rasmus Blixt – drums
optional addition:
+ Miriam Aïda – vocals
+ Tina Quartey – percussion
At the core of this group we find the powerful Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet who teams up with Cuban conga virtuoso Eliel Lazo.
The firing rhythms from Eliels congas brings the roots and profound spirit of Afro Cuban music to the table and ads up yet another spicy element to this groove powerhouse. The songs stretches from jazz classics like Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia in new fresh arrangements to original songs played with an swinging ancient-to-future style for everybody to tap their feet to.

afro cuban supreme w miriam aida

Fredrik Kronkvist AFRO CUBAN SUPREME – Artist Info:
Fredrik Kronkvist
The powerful and soulful alto man Fredrik Kronkvist is considered one of the finest alto saxophonists on the scene and takes charge whenever he is in the spotlight.
Fredrik is an award-winning saxophonist and he has several albums out as a leader.
Both his writing and improvisational skills are on display when he gives the audience his experience in drawing the heat from a tune with his big sound.
He is leading his own band where he presents a quartet consisting of musicians from the vanguard of today´s jazz scene. His strong, creative spirit combined with a profound knowledge of the instrument and jazz has made him into one of Europe’s international jazz stars. Fredriks latest international release New York Elements feat Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson made the list of Best Albums of 2012 by Downbeat Magazine.

Eliel Lazo
Eliel Lazo is one of the most unique percussionists performing today. His latest album EL CONGUERO, distills the essence of Afro- Cuban music, and Eliel Lazos carries on the tradition with immense originality and virtuosity. He studied at Oscar Valdes’ school, former percussionist and singer the IRAKERE band. In 2003, at the age of 19, Eliel won the prestigious Percuba International Percussion Prize. Eliel is in demand everywhere, and many Cuban as well as international artists have utilized Lazo’s talent: Chucho Valdes, Changuito, Tata Guines, Herbie Hancock, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Shorter, Oscar Valdes, Carlos del Puerto, Brian Blade, Dianne Reeves, John Pattitucci, Airto Moreira, Dave Holland and many others.

Miriam Aïda
“A versatile artist, colorful, headstrong, audacious and personal. A winner who turns and twists the familiar and create new perspectives for all of us.”
That was the justification for Artist of the Year at the Folk & World Music Awards, an award that Miriam combing home 2012.
Miriam Aïda presented for the first time on CD by pianist Jan Lundgren 2001, and her name is well known on the jazz scene in Sweden and internationally. After CD debut, she has released eight albums. The albums have been very successful and have taken Miriam’s versatility to the major festivals and concert halls in Europe and also given her the privilege to perform in Japan.

The rhythm section with Martin Sjöstedt on piano, Johnny Åman on bass and Rasmus Blixt on drums is made up of some of the new generation’s most sought after musicians who with an outgoing attitude conveys joy and swing.