Innovative, arousing and awakening is the perspective that Ove Johansson creates on his new CD titled "Solo in a Different World". LJ Records of Haverdal, Sweden has recently released this new CD by Johansson giving us "Improvisational" Jazz at its very best. As the title reveals, this CD is comprised primarily of the Tenor sax playing of Johansson with a commixture of an EWI (electric wind instrument) and sequencer controlled synthesizers.
The feel of the CD is reminiscent of Miles Davis' early years in Jazz Fusion. Miles would come on stage and not try to replay the CD that you just bought, but he would give you a personal concert of what he was feeling at that moment. Johansson also plays what he feels and you too definitely feel what he feels. The sound of a musician creating new sounds, new rhythms and new deep soul piercing notes is very refreshing for a Jazz fanatic. Any respectable sax player can play a good tune backed-up by a band of other fine musicians and sound pretty good. However, it takes real soul and devotion to the trade for a musician to step out on what he feels, irregardless of him selling a million records or not.
In recent years I have not been a real fan of improvisational jazz. But to the contrary, Ove Johansson has brought that love back to me again.