Swedish Azz


swedish azz winter tour 2010

Swedish Azz is a new group by Mats Gustafsson and Per √Öke Holmlander, consisting of¬† five European improvisers loving, respecting, and playing the swedish jazz¬†masterpieces¬†from¬†the¬†50¬īs¬†and¬†60¬īs.
The Golden Age of Swedish Jazz happened in¬† the mid 50¬īs, as we were told, and was represented by some very distinct and personal voices that were all taking their main inspiration from the American West Coast Jazz, but transforming it into a swedish colour and language, also¬†including¬†elements¬†of¬†traditional¬†Swedish¬†Folk¬†Music.
Lars Gullin, Jan Johansson, Bernt Rosengren, Georg Riedel, Lars Werner, Berndt Egerbladh and later Per Henrik Wallin were all part of this movement and we just LOVE this music!
Swedish Azz wants to explore the possibities to use these wonderful and strongly lyrical melodies and put them in a contemporary structure and soundscape. We want to find out, or at least  to try out, what will happen when you put these melodic lines in connection with a.o. live electronics and experimentation in form, using the freedom of improvising freely.