Swedish Radio Jazz Group: Sorrow Is the Birth of Joy


Sorrow Is the Birth of Joy


Swedish Radio Jazz Group


A Swedish Tribute to Duke (Phono Suecia PSCD 84)

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Esbjörn Svensson (piano),

16-piece band led by Lennart Åberg, also featuring Peter Asplund (trumpet), Ulf Johansson (trombone), Erik Nilsson (baritone sax)


Composed by Georg Riedel


Recorded: live in Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden, May 21-22, 1994


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Hearing the fluidity and touch coming from Esbjörn Svensson at this fledgling stage in his career, one knows there will be much more inspired playing to come. The pianist has a long opening cadenza and accompanies the melody from Nilsson's briny bari sax with lush voicings and arpeggios. Although Riedel writes in the notes that this piece is designed to build like Ellington's "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," this is an odyssey that spans territory ranging from "Sophisticated Lady" through "Tourist Point of View" and back.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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