We had been playing every week for about four years in a sweet little café in Stockholm when some guy moved in upstairs from the place (they had had music four or five nights a week for six or seven years by then) and started complaining, and managed to shut the whole thing down. What a country!
Well I had by that time a little studio of my own so we played there instead, and there one day in 1999 we recorded this. I'm so proud of my playing on this one-- as a musician who now has branched out into songwriting and other forms of composition and interpretation, I am so happy to present this example of what i still think of as the music at my core: Jazz improvising. Pick a tune, count it in, see what comes out. There is nothing purer.
Ulf Åkerhielm is a musician who by rights ought to be much better known. As a comping bassist, he's got the deep woody sound, the punch and the drive of the greats from the great days (Charles Mingus is a favorite of his, I know); and as a soloist, he's just shocking. I've heard an awful lot of bass players pull out the bow and solo, and-- might as well be honest-- I almost always wish they'd left the thing at home. But Ulf makes that big old bass sing!
I know Ulf's playing very well, and I can say that this is some of his finest work. I am so pleased to be part of this music, and proud to be able to present it to you!