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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait
It's been four years since the trio released Cantando, and I was beginning to wonder when we'd hear from them again. But with the release of Indicum, it's easy to say that the wait was more than worth it. The new music is just a pleasure to listen to, always interesting--heady and lyrical and spiritual. What they do with Ave Maria, a traditional Norse folk song, and Ubi...
Published 20 months ago by RayBeaux

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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing but what's new
Unfortunately like all Stenson's albums, it's pleasant but does not live up to the samples. Not in the same league as a number of other scandanavian pianist led albums
Published 18 months ago by kamalesh


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait, November 7, 2012
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It's been four years since the trio released Cantando, and I was beginning to wonder when we'd hear from them again. But with the release of Indicum, it's easy to say that the wait was more than worth it. The new music is just a pleasure to listen to, always interesting--heady and lyrical and spiritual. What they do with Ave Maria, a traditional Norse folk song, and Ubi Caritas, a Gregorian chant, is sublime, beautiful music that soothes the soul. I would have been satisfied with these two tunes, but there's a lot more, including covers of Bill Evans's Your Story and George Russell's Event VI. Listening to this meticulously well produced recording is a journey worth taking over and over again. The trio's playing never disappoints. Don't be fooled by the plain looking cover or the title. Inside there's a real gem that sparkles in its stark simplicity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobo Stenson, November 18, 2012
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First, I love piano trios. It is the logical unadorned format for music. By restricting to three instruments well known to the audience's ears, the possibility is created for colors to emerge from sources other than the innate timbre of the instruments: for instance, the strength of the compositions themselves, and the peculiar sensitivities of the player present. Stenson has found a brilliant partner of grand musical depth in Anders Jormin whose ocean deep sound pulls poetry from the bass remeniscent of Messrs. Haden and Peacock. Percussionist Jon Falt inspiringly fills the chair previously occupied by the much missed Paul Motian, and Scandinavia's dean of the drums, Mr. Jon Christensen. Cheers to Mr. Falt, not only for his hutzpha, but also for his musicality.

A new Stenson record is an event, a further step in the direction of sensitivity and interplay. We're deeper inside the country Mr. Evans charted 50 years ago, further along the path than Mr. Stenson took us last time. Next time we'll go even further.

8,420 stars for Bobo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobo Stenson and Anders Jormin at their best, again., November 30, 2012
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A very limited number of people on this earth would know the names of Bobo Stenson and Anders Jormin. Together with the drummer Jon Faelt, Stenson and Jormin recorded at the same auditorium in Switzerland, with the same recording engineer, their previous ECM album, Cantando. I suggest anyone listening to Indicum should then listen to Cantando, and also to the 2005 ECM album, Goodbye (Stenson-Jormin-Motian). We will miss Paul Motian forever, by the way.These three albums may provide a very nice jazz night for the seasoned listeners or beginners to the Stenson-Jormin duo. Sophistication, purity and playing-in-accord to extremely sweet tunes. Modern jazz at its best. There is one peculiar detail which should be mentioned though: although the previous (December 2007) Cantando the recent (December 2011) Indicum were recorded at the same hall by the same recording engineer, the sound in Cantando is surely more meticulous, detailed and transparent. Recording is still an art and in Indicum it falls behind that of Cantando.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indicum by Bobo Stenson, you must have it !, February 5, 2013
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excellent sound
great pianist and orchestral arrangement
enough swing and improvisations but no disturbing dissonances, relaxant, catching harmony
fascinating, airy high quality jazz
under a lyrical appearence (Bobo Stenson) there is a smoldered / active sustained layer of obsessive rhythm kept by Anders Jormin (bass) and Jon Fält (drums)
this CD deserves every cent you spent on
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great trio, January 2, 2013
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Stenson is never mentioned with the greats (at least in the U. S.) but he deserves to be. Witch it tai to, Stanko in the 90's and his European trios are all worth whatever you pay for them. Trio music of the highest order. While the Evans tune suggests a certain style, Stenson is far more adventurous than this association implies. I've always liked his mix of covers of Latin American songsters, Scandinavian folk, jazz modernists and 20th century classical composers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid album from the trio, January 22, 2014
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If you're a fan of this trio's other albums you'll probably love this. It's lyrical and compelling with a strong and developed individual sound. Every time I hear the trio play a song be it a traditional folk song or a cover they always make it sound like one of their own compositions, and this album continues that. Can't believe I waited so long to get it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keep on Keeping On, October 26, 2013
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Loved this album...It perhaps isnt as good as their last effort but hey it is still has some great moments and excellent playing.
Bobo Stenson trio is one of my favourite Jazz piano trios. This effort does not dissapoint.
Keep on keeping on guys......Looking forward to your next CD......Hopefully not as long a wait....
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing but what's new, January 18, 2013
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Unfortunately like all Stenson's albums, it's pleasant but does not live up to the samples. Not in the same league as a number of other scandanavian pianist led albums
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