This 9 piece band with flute, alto/soprano sax, tenor/soprano sax and clarinet, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone features saxophonist Donny McCaslin and guitarist Mick Goodrick plays Råberg's originals with vigor and soul.
See below what Boston Phoenix wrote about Råberg's compositions.
"Råberg's muisc moves in subtle, wave-like rhythmic variations through extended song forms colored by warm, pastel harmonies." Jon Garelick, The Boston Phoenix
From the liner notes:
A few notes about the compositions.
It was snowing, a lot, the schools were closing, and everybody was happy when I wrote Snowaltz. As I started writing for the setting on this recording I heard the possibilities of exploring the lush harmonies as well as the linear melodic movement in this piece.
Nightfall was inspired by the nightfall at my house. Admittedly this composition shows some inspiration from my big hero, Wayne Shorter.
I asked my daughter what she thought of my new composition. She said, "I think it's Cool But Confusing." With all its poly-modality, changing meters, and metric modulations I couldn't think of a more appropriate title.
Chrysalis the hard-shelled cocoon of a moth or butterfly. For me the word chrysalis also stands for development, from seed to bloom. Everything in this composition is derived from a tone set taken from the last melody line in Snowaltz, (D-F-G-Bb-B-D-Eb-F#-G.) The trumpet exposes the "seed" very boldly and everything develops from there.
This piece is also derived from the tone set in Chrysalis. This time I treated it in a much looser way, not adhering to it but used it rather as an off stamp. The very light chamber music qualities made me think of Silhouettes dancing on a curtain.
Inspired by Henri Matisse's painting called Le Luxe, which translates into "The Light".
There's no literal relation but the improvised solo bass section creates a contrast, body against light and color, movement against landscape, wood against brass.
This piece was written in the moment of joy when I saw across a field that my three children were coming home on the Yellow Bus. The groove is a Brazilian "Baiao" and the soprano sax duet really brings out what the piece is about.
Sculpture IV and Sculpture V are two collective free improvisations. In Sculpture IV we use a twelve tone row C-G-E-B-Ab-Eb-D-A-Bb-F-Gb-Db freely at times.
Hope you enjoy it! Bruno Råberg
Bruno Råberg acoustic bass, composition
Bruno hails from Sweden and currently resides in Boston. He started performing very young and at age 20 he joined Swedish trombone virtuoso Eje Thelin's group. During his four-year stint with this band he played the major festivals in Europe as well as the Monterey Jazz Festival in the U.S. Since moving to the US in 1981 Bruno has performed/recorded Sam Rivers, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Dick Oats, Kenwood Dennard, Jim Black and Bob Mintzer to name a few. Chrysalis is Råberg's 5th recording as a leader. Previous releases are "Pentimento" in 1992, "Orbis" in 1998, "Presence" in 2000 and "Ascensio" in 2003. He has performed worldwide at festivals and given clinics in USA, Europe, Central America, Japan and South Africa.
Råberg endorses B-Band Pickups, Demeter Preamps and Epifani Speakers.
Anders Boström piccolo, alto, C and bass flutes
Performances with McCoy Tyner's Latin All Stars, Eddie Gomez, Walt Weiskopf, Gary Burton and Latin jazz conga virtuoso Giovanni Hidalgo.
Allan Chase soprano and alto saxophone
Allan has two Cds as a leader featuring Lewis Nash, Ron Horton, Matt Wilson. He was a member of drummer Rashied Ali's Prima Materia and appears on three recordings with that group. He has also performed with John Zorn, Cecil McBee, Fred Hersch,
Donny McCaslin soprano and tenor saxophone, clarinet
Donny has recorded three albums as a leader featuring Scott Colley, David Binney, Ben Monder, Jim Black and others. He has also worked as a sideman with Danilo Perez, Maria Schneider, John Patitucci, Brian Blade and Steps Ahead.
Phil Grenadier trumpet
Phil has recorded two albums as a leader featuring such artists as Jeff Ballard, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier. Also performances with Kenny Barron, Chris Potter, Mulgrew Miller and Billy Hart.
Jeff Galindo trombone
Jeff has performed with Chick Corea, Makoto Ozone, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods and Gunther Schuller.
Tim Kelly bass trombone
Performances include Greg Hopkins Big Band, Artie Shaw Big Band, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett and Rebecca Parris.
Mick Goodrick guitar
A who's who in the guitar world. Has been a sideman with Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and performed with numerous artist such as Michael Brecker, Dewey Redman, Don Cherry, Pat Metheney and John Abercrombie.
Marcello Pellitteri drums and percussion
Marcello has been a member of groups led by Jackie Terrason, Miroslav Vitous and Jon Hendricks and has performed with Kenny Barron, Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker and John Abercrombie.