Fred Lonberg-Holm: And You Smile


And You Smile



Terminal Valentine (Atavistic 180)

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Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello),

Jason Roebke (bass), Frank Rosaly (drums)


Composed by Fred Lonberg-Holm


Recorded: Chicago, July 24, 2006


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Fred Lonberg-Holm straddles the line between jazz and experimental music. After studying with Anthony Braxton and Morton Feldman, Lonberg-Holm began to establish himself in the New York avant-garde music scene. After his move to Chicago in the late 1990s, Lonberg-Holm increased his visibility with performances with Peter Brotzmannís Tentet and Ken Vandermark. With his 2007 effort Terminal Valentine, Lonberg-Holm offers ten compositions that display a wide range of styles. One of the albumís highlights is ďAnd You SmileĒ.

Beginning with a gorgeous arco passage, Londberg-Holm starts with a legato phrase before transitioning into a disjointed sounding melodic figure. What is most interesting about his sound is how easily he can change his expressions throughout the piece, at times sounding like a classical cellist and at other times resembling a free jazz saxophonist. The dynamic between the three musicians is quite palpable, with the solid rhythmic design of Roebke and Rosaly further augmenting Lonberg-Holmís sophisticated performance. An essential addition to the current state of improvisational cello.

Reviewer: Eric Wendell

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