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Gentle Thoughts

by Per Sjödin

Swedish contemporary straight ahead jazz, in the classic organ trio format, guitar, Hammond organ and drums.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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1. Gentle Thoughts
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2. A Casual Acquaintance
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3. Silverado
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4. After The Summerrain
6:42 $0.99
5. Make me a pallet on the floor
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6. My one and only love
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7. If I should lose you
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8. Mr JC
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Album Notes
Gentle Thoughts
New CD from Lovestreet Records - Loving Swedish Jazz
Per Sjödin Trio
Per Sjödin - Guitar
Kjeld Lauritsen - Hammond B3 Organ
Zoltan Csörsz Jr - Drums

Per Sjödin about Gentle Thoughts
Balsam for your soul

It is no coincidence that some of the finest jazz music through history has been made with the classic organ trio line-up - guitar, Hammond B3 and drums. I'm especially thinking of groups such as the Jimmy Smith Trio with Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery with Melvin Rhyme or George Benson with "Captain" Jack McDuff. The reason why this line-up became popular is that these instruments sound incredibly good together. The spacy sound of the organ provides a space for the guitar which is often hard to get from, for example, a piano. As a guitar player you can comp the organ solo without the sounds clashing, and both can even comp simultaneously without problems.

In my region, jazz organists who also play bass with their feet and left hand are rare, but I have had the privilege to meet one in Copenhagen. Kjeld Lauritsen, who is basically a self-taught blues musician, plays straight from the heart, with his driving bass and his rhythmic comp. Along with the groovy swing from drum virtuoso Zoltan Csörsz, these two form a fantastic team that it is wonderful to play with.

The new CD "Gentle Thoughts" was recorded live during two days in June 2004 in the concert room "Lagret" at Kulturkompaniet in Malmö. I preferred to record live, where all musicians stand in the same room, to get a dirtier sound and a feeling of how it can sound in the actual playing situation at a gig. Most of the songs on the record are my own, but we also play a few standards that I like very much. On half of the songs, I have expanded the trio into a quintet.

Trumpet player Mårten Lundgren and tenor saxophonist Magnus Lindgren, featured on four of the record's eight tracks, really made the music according to the intentions I had when I wrote it. My words are inadequate when it comes to these two. Their musicianship is fantastic.

Music is for me like balsam for the soul and I am looking forward to the continuation of my trio work in the future. Hope to see you!
Per Sjödin

About Per Sjödin - Guitar
Per was born 1971 in Växjö. His interest for jazz developed during his years at musical college in Växjö. He then continued his formal musical education, first at Fridhems Folkhögskola in Svalöv and then at the Music Conservatory in Malmö. Per has lived in Malmö since 1994 and has lately been increasingly active on the Swedish and especially the southern Swedish jazz scene, both in his own groups and as a sideman in different projects and groups. Among Per's most important musical role models you will find names such as Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Kenny Burell, Jim Hall, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans and John Coltrane.



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Randy McElligott

Sjodin's sound is fresh and invigorating
Swedish guitarist, Per Sjodin swings with a lyrical touch on his most recent release, Gentle Thoughts. With solid backing from his group, Sjodin captures the spirit of each piece with youthful vigor and commitment. His style is gentle, articulate and driving. Sjodin wrote five of the eight selections.

"A Casual Acquaintance" is a mid tempo number that swings from start to finish. Sjodin caresses every note with a deep sense of rhythmic balance. Lauritsen's complementary organ sounds are also featured.

With a hint of Benson and Montgomery, Sjodin's "After The Summerrain" is a funky vehicle showcasing Sjodin's dexterity. Every chorus is a refreshing glimpse into the artistry of this talented musician. Never at a loss for ideas, Sjodin creates one beautiful moment after another.

The timeless classic "My One And Only Love" is performed with richness and depth one would expect from seasoned veterans. Sjodin's timbre is full and rounded. Every gentle stroke performed with grace, control and love. A beautiful rendition deserving repeated listening.

Swinging hard, Sjodin is up to the task on "Mr J. C." Dedicated to John Coltrane, Sjodin and the band have a chance to flex their musical muscle in a most satisfying way. Lungren and Lindgren are featured prominently. Lundgren's piercing trumpet and Lindgren's relentless tenor harkens back to the glory days of bebop.

Playing the blues has always been a favorite of Sjodin's. "Make Me A Pallet On The Floor" is a favorite among Blues and Jazz artists alike. The group performs well, capturing the essence of this classic. Lauritsen's Hammond swings throughout. Sjodin makes the most of this tune by stretching the melody with his nimble fingers and ear for creativity. A joyous ending ensues.

Gentle Thoughts is a satisfying outing sure to please many listeners. With a balanced selection of tunes, Sjodin has ample opportunity to showcase his talent. Be it a ballad or an up tempo number, Sjodin's sound is fresh and invigorating. Excellent support and skill from the rest of the musicians make this release a joy to the ear.