For his second album, sax man Fredrik Nordström teams with longtime friend and drummer Fredrik Rundqvist and legendary Swedish bassist Palle Danielsson for a live set at the Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm. Whereas his debut, Urgency, contained nothing but Nordström originals, this program is nothing but standards, shifting the spotlight to his improvising and interpretive abilities rather than compositions. Palle Danielsson's resumé (Keith Jarrett, Charles Lloyd, Lee Konitz) speaks for itself, but people unfamiliar with Nordström and Rundqvist will be impressed with their musicianship. This is a trio of talented improvisers and consummate listeners. The rapport between them as players is palpable, and there are more than a few moments that border on telepathic, with Rundqvist consistently providing the perfect rhythmic accents. The tunes are each eight- to ten-minutes long, but they never feel drawn out. Danielsson's comping and soloing are stellar, as expected, but Nordström really proves himself to be a gifted player. His ideas are fresh and original, and one never gets the sense he's treading water waiting for the next idea. This is another excellent release from a young player who deserves to be well-known outside his native Sweden.
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AllMusic Review by Sean Westergaard