Tva For Tommy: Tva For Tommy (2012)
The unique instrumentation obviously refers to the Jimmy Giuffre Trio with pianist Paul Bley and double bassist Steve Swallow from five decades ago. Ståhl and Thorman's compositions for Två För Tommy are inspired by the influential legacy of this triowith one composition specifically dedicated to the innovative reed playerbut place their own improvised stamp on the music.
Ljungkvist's focus is exclusively on clarinet for this trio, and his beautiful, warm and expressive tone leads the fresh compositions. Ståhl's vibes cover a whole range of sounds from lyrical, soft and church-like to fiery, and even abstract. Thorman's melodic playing adds an implicit rhythmic element to the cohesive sound of the trio, but with no fixed pulse.
Stressing the melodic and harmonic elements of the writing, the nine compositions complement each other, each successive piece adding a dramatic chapter to the trio's exploration of this unique instrumentation, with its sensitive and immediate interplay.
Ståhl's "Runt Runt Runt" is one of the most impressive compositions here, with Ljungkvist articulating its beautiful theme, answered by the vibraphonist, who repeats the melody and expands it. Thorman pushes it even further in an exemplary restrained manner that emphasize the composition's lyrical essence. "Blues for J.G.," dedicated to Giuffre, is a quiet, free form blues, but only in spirit, while the sudden twists in "Baby Boom Boom" add an ironic side to the trio's playing.
This superbly beautiful music does not subscribe to any school, genre, tradition or era. It is simply timeless music, played with passion, urgency and imagination.
Track Listing: Nisseparken; Muswell Hill; Morval Road; Runt Runt Runt; Blues For J.G.; Baby Boom Boom; Greenwich Street; Sideways Forward; Kvaddlarna.
Personnel: Mattias Ståhl: vibes; Patric Thorman: double bass; Fredik Ljungqvist: clarinet.
Record Label: Found You Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz