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Rasmusson, Calle: One

Swedish jazz musician/arranger/composer Calle Rasmusson has provided his drumming skills to many bands and orchestras over the years and has contributed to film scores, commercials and theater. In 2017 he released his debut album titled One. The album is divided between two sets of players; The Roots Project and The Orchestral Project. Both bands are equally impressive and include a massive amount of musicians contributing a wide range of instruments like sax, trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, clarinet, string section, piano, keyboards, well, you get the drift. Rasmusson plays drums, percussion, timpani and keyboards. He also conducts the orchestra.

The first track “The Kingdom” exemplifies the band’s creative and unique take on the genre. A shimmering keyboard line builds slowly as piano and trumpet provide an ethereal atmosphere. The horns soften the palette before classic jazz piano and subtle drums take the listener to more conventional territory. The band is exceptional at using different tones and atmospheres and eventually the intensity level increases. Piano and guitar solos add more nuance to what is an exceptional opening track. Soft moments of ambient keys and piano wash over the soundscape in the mellow “Här Och Där”. The song is built around the atmospheric use of keyboards and piano. The piano solo evolves slowly, taking its time as Rasmusson’s subtle drumming propels the music through a ghostly orchestral soundscape. “Ishtmus” takes us back to a more traditional jazz sound with a nice freely flowing sound. The flugelhorn, guitar and piano solos are both subtle and riveting, never overplaying their welcome.

As you can probably surmise, I am absolutely digging this slice of Swedish jazz. An excellent CD from an exceptionally talented ensemble and orchestra.

Track Listing:
1. The Kingdom
2. Här Och Där
3. Ishtmus
4. October
5. Promenad
6. Dubbelmoral
7. Eleven Steps
8. Dubbelmoral ��" reprise
9. The Stars

Added: May 4th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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