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Linda Pettersson - Light & Shade

3-04-2015, 07:45
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Linda Pettersson -  Light & Shade

Artist: Linda Pettersson
Title Of Album: Light & Shade
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: RV-Productions
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 60:49 min
Total Size: 137 MB

01. Circles In The Sand
02. Stranger In The Mirror
03. More To Explore
04. The Sunflower
05. Too Much Sun
06. Makin' It Up
07. Pretend You're Me
08. Forty Different Words For Snow
09. No Words
10. Amber Light
11. Light & Shade
12. The Blues Are Never Far Away
13. Like It Was Before
14. Different
15. Old-Hat

Linda Pettersson is regarded by many as one of the most interesting singers to have emerged in Sweden during the last few years. Her ability to interpret a wide range of styles in music written by many diversified composers seems to be unlimited. The range, accuracy and attractive timbre of her voice are all qualities perfectly suited to the selections on this CD. For many years Ewan Svensson has been one of Sweden's foremost jazz guitarists and he has sofar released 8 albums under his own name. He is also a prolific composer and his music is significant for its strong melodic and harmonic content.

In 2004 he added to his excellent trio the renowned French pianist Antoine Herve´ and Linda Pettersson. The group's repertoire consists of Ewan's compositions, to which English lyrics have been written by Dave Castle. The result is a constellation that has been taking audiences by storm not only in Sweden but also in Japan, France and Scotland. Their first CD together: Light & Shade, truly justifies its title by presenting 15 tracks containing a spectrum of different moods, from intimate ballads to dynamic latin-beat numbers and straight-ahead jazz.

Ewan Svensson's collaboration with Linda Pettersson and the French pianist Antoine Herve has resulted in the wonderful album "Light & Shade", in which Dave Castle's English lyrics elevate the lyrical quality of the guitarist's compositions, all selected from six of his albums recorded 1990-2000. Beautiful ballads and soft Latin rhythms make up easy-to-listen-to but original jazz. The new versions are for the most part a little shorter in length and start directly after a brief intro, as with the oldest tune "Different". Linda has an even warmer sound in her voice than before without losing any of her glass-clear precision. Her phrasing alone lifts "Like It Was Before" and the charming huskiness in the tones of "No Words" make me think of a young Monica Zetterlund. I like it when Ewan plays acoustic guitar in "Circles In The Sand" and "Stranger In The Mirror".

As a soloist he shines most in the bluesy "Old-Hat" and "The Sunflower", which like the title tune is absolutely magical, a slow jazz waltz that comes from the album, "Figures". Magnus Gran dutifully tones down his busy, swinging drumming but stokes the fire under Antoine Herve's piano solos in "Too Much Sun" and "Forty Different Words For Snow". The funky shuffle "Makin' It Up", the fast "More To Explore" and the boppish "The Blues Are Never Far Away" don't sound quite as natural, but work anyway. Dave Castle has already written lyrics to a further dozen-or-so of Ewan's tunes and I hope that this six-star review will result in another album containing more information. With that, we hopefully will not have to search the web site for details of the original titles and lyrics. ~Hallands Nyheter

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