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Cederblom, Henrik: Zobop

Swedish veteran musician Henrik Cederblom is likely best known for his involvement in the folk rock band Ben Fule, which was active in the ‘90s although I have never come across their music before. Cederblom’s 2019 solo debut is titled Zobop and suffice to say this has been a very nice surprise.

The music is centered around traditional Scandinavian folk, rock and jazz. This is a very melodic disc and the playing is really quite exquisite, beginning with “Giragala”, a wonderful fusion of folk, rock and jazz. The sax and guitar is quite catchy before the band enters a very atmospheric and moody improvised section that is a real trip for the senses. The traditional “Fillevaeren” features tasty rhythm guitar and saxophone while the more serene “Franx” is filled with some of the prettiest guitar and sax on the disc. The guitar picking in “Sköldpaddan” is another album highlight.

I can’t help but think Zobop would have featured prominently in my 2019 ‘best of’ list as it is truly an excellent album. Any fan of superb guitar playing would be wise to give this album a chance. Recommended.

The band is:
Henrik Cederblom (guitars, lap steel, beats)
Viktor Turegård (electric bass)
Tapha Ndiongue (drums)
Sten Källman (tenor and soprano saxophones, percussion)
Finn Björnulfson (percussion on track 7)

Track Listing:
1. Giragala (6:53)
2. Fillevaeren (4:05)
3. Franx (4:34)
4. Sköldpaddan (3:52)
5. Drömmen (5:37)
6. Happy Buddha (4:47)
7. Zobop (5:27)
8. Bergrummet (6:14)

Added: June 30th 2020
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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