Bobo Stenson Trio
The Swedish pianist's piano trio transforms music from all eras and corners of the world into something that always sounds exciting, relevant, and personal.
The trio's latest album, "Sphere," is no exception, primarily focusing on Scandinavian composers. They interpret everything from Alfred Jansson to Jean Sibelius, always with delicate, attentive, and open collaboration. And with an agreement never to play a song the same way twice.
In a photo from Moldejazz in 1972, one can glimpse the young pianist Bobo Stenson in conversation with fellow pianists Gordon Beck, Horace Parlan, Bengt Hallberg, and Keith Jarrett. The photo, taken by Randi Hultin, is part of the extensive exhibition of images from Moldejazz displayed at Krona last summer. The image sparks thoughts about the importance of the Swedish pianist for both Norwegian and European jazz history.
During the '70s, Stenson was nearly as active on the Norwegian side of the border as in Sweden, and within a decade, he had been a significant contributor to the early releases of the German record label ECM. Perhaps most renowned is the Swedish-Norwegian quartet with tenor saxophonist Jan Garbarek, bassist Palle Danielsson, and drummer Jon Christensen.
Many years later, pianist Bobo Stenson remains as vital and attentive as ever, largely thanks to his exploration of the piano trio format over the years and his ability to use the present moment to create. The distinctive quality of the Bobo Stenson Trio is an extremely responsive interplay and three musicians who complement each other well. Anders Jormin serves as the steady bassist with graceful lines, even in the upper register. Bobo Stenson contributes with his steady tone and unique ability to shape improvisations. Fält's lively drumming brings initiative to the table without fear of steering the music in a new direction.
Mix in a repertoire consisting of original compositions, classical gems, and folk music from around the world, and you have the Bobo Stenson Trio.
Bobo Stenson – piano, Anders Jormin – double bass, Jon Fält – drums