Bobo Stenson: Bengali Blue


Bengali Blue


Bobo Stenson (piano)


War Orphans (ECM 1604)

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Bobo Stenson (piano),

Anders Jormin (bass), Jon Christensen (drums)


Composed by Bobo Stenson


Recorded: Oslo, Norway, May 1997


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

It begins with a slow, dancing beat from the most musical drums of Jon Christensen, joined by Anders Jormin's bass, singing in its lower register. When the piano enters after more than a minute, superposing a melody plucked on muffled strings, the atmosphere turns definitely Indian. The trio explores this Asian mode at medium tempo with great attention to the sonic quality of the interaction, marvelously creating space and suspense with a remarkable economy of notes.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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