What marks this disc is a sense of exuberance and downright sassiness. The CD is a combination of well-known standards ("Prelude to a Kiss" and Bluesette) and original compositions which made me wake up and pay attention as a lyricist. Credit is given to Anders Lundin for a fine set of lyrics that actually made me smile.
Check this:"Most of the time he is nice and charming Most of the time there is nothing alarming"
I smiled because it was a rhyme that reminded me of the songs of Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin.... they just don’t write them like that anymore.
Then later:"It’s not about manners, and not about looks But half way to my bed, suddenly he said (that) Jazz is not his style!
I thought; Stop, Let’s wait a while Disappointed (delivered by sax and vocals. The energy was not unlike Kevin Kline’s line in "A Fish Called Wanda")
I howled. Cole just stepped up into the 21st century methinks.
Throughout there are lyrical (and sometimes quite challenging) duets between voice (Rigmor Gustafsson) and sax (Gabriel Coburger). It makes for a nice combination of timbres.
For those of us who are "free and extended improvisation" phobic - fear not. There are wonderful harbors from which the quite talented musicians on this recording depart and the returns are fresh and welcoming. The tunes are solid with great story lines and the improvisations give them ample opportunity to make their personal statements. It’s like God in her infinite wisdom looked down and said.... "alright, alright already I’ll give’ em something that vocalists and instrumentalists alike will appreciate."
I had intended to let these songs play in the background while I worked on some marketing materials that I have to get out but.... Rigmor’s voice (imagine, hmmm let’s see, Flora Purim, Phoebe Snow-with much less vibrato, mind you, and Joni Mitchell, maybe.... wanted to see what it would be like to sing together. That’s as close as I can come.) and Anders’ wonderful lyrics beckoned. Now I have to get back to WORK!!!