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Bobo Stenson Trio: Cantando

Bobo Stenson Trio, from left: Stenson, Anders Jormin and Jon Fält

The cliché is true in this case. A new recording by Bobo Stenson is an event. Since 1979, he has made only six albums as a leader for ECM. They constitute one of the important piano trio canons in modern jazz.

Stenson is from Sweden, and there is something Nordic about the clean, cold light of his lyric atmospheres. He deals exclusively in rarefied melody. Most of his songs you’ve never heard before and neither has he. “Pages” is 14 minutes of spontaneous composition by Stenson’s trio (bassist Anders Jormin, drummer Jon Fält). It comes upon unsuspected, glittering melodic constellations and deep requiems, hidden until now.

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