Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lena Willemark & Ale Möller ‎– Agram


I'm not too much a fan of nordic jazz or nordic folk, but this is truly an exceptional release by vocalist/fiddler Lena Willemark and multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller, both hailing from Sweden. This is an exceptionally creative mix of folk music from the North with northern jazz (for those who think this will be tedious Garbarek rehashing, give it a chance), along with eastern influences arising from the extensive use of hammered dulcimer and harp and some of the melodies that are based on Eastern rather than Scandi-folk scales. There's also a sense of drone and pagan ritual music fused with improvised jazz on the awesome Bjornen. Cool stuff. 1996 cd on ECM.

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