Rolf Ericson

I Love You So

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No Swede played with more American jazz greats than Rolf Ericson, although the trumpeter maintained his ties to the Swedish jazz community up until the end of his life. Ericson was 73 when he led an all-Swedish quintet for I Love You So, which was recorded about a year and a half before he passed away. This was his first studio date in a decade, and it turned out to be his last. Even though Ericson's chops weren't as strong as they were in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, his warm, Miles Davis-influenced sound is still enjoyable. Ericson's Scandinavian support includes tenor saxman Bernt Rosengren, the well-respected pianist Lars Sjosten, bassist Bjorn Alke and drummer Fredrik Noren, all of whom serve him well on Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk" and Clifford Brown's "Brownie Speaks," as well as the standards "Soon" and "I Had the Craziest Dream." In fact, Rosengren's robust tenor alone makes this bop CD worth the price of admission. Those checking out Ericson for the first time would be better off with something from the 1950s or 1960s, when he was in his prime; nonetheless, I Love You So is a decent, historically important recording that Ericson's followers will want.