Ake Johansson

Trio 77

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Ake Johansson is a superior bebop pianist from Sweden. His main influence is Bud Powell, but he is open to more modern influences, too, including that of Bill Evans. On this excellent trio date from 1977 with bassist Torbjorn Hultcrantz and drummer Leif Wennerström, Johansson contributes four originals (including the medium-tempo bop-ish blues "Taxi 424" and "A Tribute to Bud") before launching into four standards. Hultcrantz and Wennerström offer tasteful but stimulating support while Johansson displays the ability to play chorus after chorus of inventive ideas. His playing on "Just Friends" is state-of-the-art bebop and by itself a good reason to acquire this enjoyable CD.

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