Berger Knutsson Spering

At Mosebacke: Live, Vol. 2

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With this 2002 release, the listener has an opportunity to hear a thoroughly hip and engaging sax/bass/drums trio that conveys a sense of unity amid a plethora of creative episodes. On this live recording, the band's tightly organized approach is supplemented by moments of semi-controlled chaos, climactic progressions, and endearing exchanges. Whether swarming together as a unit or lashing out into vibrantly swinging jazz vamps, the musicians continually rework previously explored motifs. Saxophonist Jonas Knutsson's multi-functional endeavors augment bassist Christian Spering and drummer Bengt Berger's often invigorating rhythmic discourses. They dabble with Middle Eastern modalities during the piece entitled "Kamelen" -- where Spering's arco lines interweave with Berger's African tom rolls. Vibist Mattias Stahl joins the band for its loosely rendered take of Ornette Coleman's "Orn2," while famed pianist Bobo Stenson lends his wares to the stately ballad "LineSenil." Thus, an applied synthesis that works out rather nicely.