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Love Is Real [Digipak]

  • 1. Seven Days of Falling
    2. Dodge the Dodo
    3. Believe, Beleft, Below (Love Is Real)
    4. Tuesday Wonderland
    5. Elevation of Love
    6. Pavane "Thoughts of a Septuagenarian"
    7. Good Morning Susie Soho
    8. Eighthundred Streets by Feet
    9. When God Created the Coffeebreak
    10. Shining on You
    11. Viaticum
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9459

  • Credits
    ProducerUlf Wakenius

    Personnel: Ulf Wakenius (guitar); Eric Wakenius (electric guitar); Lars Danielsson (cello, acoustic bass, sound effects); Radio String Quartet Vienna (strings); Till Brnner (trumpet); Nils Landgren (trombone); Lars Jansson (piano); Morten Lund (drums, percussion).
    Guitarist Ulf Wakenius is known for his recordings as a sideman with both Oscar Peterson and Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, but this session is a bit different from his earlier efforts as a leader. Focusing exclusively on the compositions of the late Esbjrn Svensson, Wakenius is removed from typical bop/post-bop settings. Joined by bassist Lars Danielsson (who doubles on cello), pianist Lars Jansson, and drummer Morten Lund, plus guests including the Radio String Quartet Vienna, trumpeters Till Brnner and Paolo Fresu, trombonist Nils Landgren, and guitarist Eric Wakenius, the leader does a remarkable job putting his own stamp on the music of his late countryman. The tense "Dodge the Dodo" gives Wakenius room to show off some Gyspy-like chops on acoustic guitar, though in a setting that blends elements of rock and modern jazz, with Eric Wakenius wrapping the piece with a piercing electric guitar solo. The gentle ballad "Believe, Beleft, Below (Love Is Real)" has a country air, while "Eighthundred Streets by Feet" incorporates classical guitar and elements of tango. Fans of E.S.T. will enjoy this tribute to the late Esbjrn Svensson. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.85) - "Wakenius' arrangements illustrate how talented a composer Svensson was, because his songs work as swing, balladry, country-folk and acoustic rock-jazz."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n adroitly played 11-song collection devoted to the music of e.s.t. leader Esbjorn Svensson."
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