Antelope Dance is the second album by the Cennet Jönsson Quartet. The group´s first CD, Jazzman, was released in 2003. The music is inspired by West African and Balkan rhythms as well as Nordic jazz - surrealistic and colourful landscapes, jumping and dancing animals in a mystical unification on the Swedish savanna.The Baobop-jazztree is floating in the wind….
The lineup of the Cennet Jönsson Quartet is:
Cennet Jönsson - soprano and tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Krister Jonsson - guitar
Mattias Hjorth - bass
Peter Nilsson - drums
"Jönsson’s melodies are all pleasant, tonal, decidedly singable, and the ensemble handles them with grace and ease. As the ensemble moves to the improvisation sections, however, there is a wide variety of styles exhibited... His solo on “Baobop” is angular and complex, aiming to play off of drummer Peter Nilsson’s rhythmic propulsion rather than Mattias Hjorth’s bass lines. By contrast, Jönsson’s solo on the lush ballad “Sweet Drops” is more lush than the melody itself, if that’s even possible. His lines and phrases play ultimately to the emotions, feelings and sentiment of human interaction. Hjorth’s solo is similarly beautiful. So melodic and harmonious are his lines he never makes you think he’s a bass player. Guitarist Krister Jonsson shines on “Professor Nutty”. He perfectly matches style with Cennet on the duo’s covering of the melody and then spins out craftily oriented and rock-ish harmonic constructs during his solo. At this point the ensemble becomes a true power trio as all three rhythm section members demonstrate rock band Rush-like rhythmic influences. Nilsson drives the solo relentlessly forward and Hjorth’s bass pounds and pushes his lines to the forefront. Cennet’s following solo is just as compelling. This disc is an excellent example of just how developed and far-reaching America’s classical music, jazz, has developed overseas."
- Thomas R. Erdmann/Jazzreview.com
"Ladies and gentlemen, this might be the best jazz album of the year. Jönsson has composed seven varied and very strong pieces. They move between the sweet and tenderly beautiful to vigorously pulsating dance rhythms with a strong African influence. Guitarist Krister Jonsson adds nicely with his colourful sound-pallet. Bassist Mattias Hjorth provides embracing lines along the horizon, and dexterous and innovative drummer Peter Nilsson has a prominent spot in the mix. I’m hearing something new for once, because this is so wonderfully original and fabulously performed, that my goose bumps almost break my shirt."
- Bo Levander/Jönköpingsposten
"Cennet Jönsson has a straight, easily recognizable tone, especially on the soprano, but his tenor playing is also engaging. This is a music that’s not distracted by commercial considerations, these guys do their thing without hesitation. Thanks to the rhythmical flexibility created by Peter and Mattias, the music feels open and spacious. Cennet and Krister play dazzling solos throughout. The timbre of the group creates an ethereal atmosphere, in which the beautifully relaxed Sweet Drops is very rewarding. Here, Mattias takes a well shaped solo, accompanied by beautiful guitar harmonies. The soprano also adds to the warm atmosphere. The intensity in Professor Nutty shows that this group isn’t just a bunch of landscape-painters. On the contrary, they push it and the drumming escalates the soloists to violent outbursts. Here, Cennet let’s his tenor speak." - Göran Olson/Digmusic.se
"Baobop is an intensely grooving piece, where both Jönsson and Jonsson take inspired solos. Bassist Mattias Hjorth plays a beautiful, melodic solo in the ballad Sweet Drops. Antelope Dance begins with a guitar riff, which turns into a subtle and funny section, hinting of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. When Cennet’s dainty soprano re-enters, the form changes once more. This album is a fun musical adventure in the jungle that’s sometimes gotten too safe and predictable." - Jan Backenroth/Skaraborgs Allehanda
"Skåne-based saxophonist Cennet Jönsson is without a doubt one of Sweden’s most important jazz musicians. His new album, Antelope Dance, features improvised jazz of the highest caliber. Cennet mainly sticks to his soprano sax and takes a couple of magnificient solos, many of them at slower tempos, but he raises the temperature with his tenor playing in Professor Nutty, where Krister Jonsson plays venturesome guitar. Peter Nilsson is a very driving drummer, and Mattias Hjorth brings the meat out of his bass." - Uno Ohlson/Norrköpings Tidningar
"Jönsson’s imaginative compositions have colorful structures and rhythmical variation. He is mainly heard on his soprano here, creating surreal and multi-colored landscapes. Cennet is well supported by guitarist Krister Jonsson, who paints an enjoyable sonic picture mixing conventional and innovative searching. The rhythm team, consisting of Hjorth and Nilsson completes the quartet with their spot-on interplay. Please acquaint yourself with the Cennet Jönsson Quartet!"
- Hans-Erik Bergman/Sundsvalls Tidning
The Swedish saxophonist, bass clarinet player and composer Cennet Jönsson was born in 1956. He is educated at the Music Conservatory in Malmö, Sweden and is a resident in Lund, Sweden.
Besides leading Cennet Jönsson Quartet he is a soloist in the Tolvan Big Band and a co-leader of the quartet Double Standards, the international group Stroman/Jönsson Project and the nonet Relay Orchestra.
He has performed with Billy Cobham in North by Northwest with tours in 15 European countries, and with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Daniel Humair, Gary Husband, Stan Sulzmann, Palle Mikkelborg, Scott Stroman, Niels Henning Örsted-Pedersen, and many Scandinavian artists.
Krister Jonsson, Mattias Hjorth and Peter Nilsson are – together or separately – some of the most in demand rhythm section players in Sweden.