5 go adventuring again
Fredrik Lundin - saxophones
Tomasz Dabrowski - trumpet
Petter Hängsel - trombone and Sylo synth
Joel Illerhag - Swedish harp bass ©
Anders Provis -drums and percussion
With the quintet FIVE GO ADVENURING AGAIN, Lundin has created unique a “small” band with a very large sound. The five musicians take advantage of the orchestra’s sound possibilities, and in the compositions, provide ample space to utilize their improvisational potential. The explosive music is tempered by the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dabrowski, two Swedes: Petter Hängsel on trombone/synthhezeizer and Joel Illerhag on the bazantar (a homemade double bass with resonance strings), and two Danes: Anders Provis on acoustic and electric drums, and the Maestro himself on various saxophones.
For Fredrik Lundin, the mission has always been about telling stories. What captures him is the emotional impact of music, and he has just written a slew of new material with a voice that embraces 50 years of inspiration, from James Blake to Jon Balke, from Bela Bartok to T-Bone Burnett, and from Paul Bley to Leadbelly.
He creates an almost cinematic universe that forges poignant images on the listener’s inner canvas - from drum’n’bass to free-form jazz, from dark Nordic jazz ballads to light and lyrical Americana. All gathered in a powerful and refined musical landscape that demonstrates the whole of of Lundin’s emotional expression palate, from sharp lyricism to frantic expressionism. Once again, Fredrik exhibits his great skills as a composer and band leader, presented on an album with many nuances and deep layers, but also not without humour.
With FIVE GO ADVENTURING AGAIN, Lundin returns to the format with which he successfully debuted on the Scandinavian jazz scene in the mid-eighties: drums, bass, and horns. A special format, because without the presence of a traditional chordal instrument, it appears openly and intermittently bare in its expression, while giving Lundin the optimal opportunity to present its dense, colourful music, using all the available acoustic accoutrement, including brass with mutes, his own 3 saxophones, the bazantar bass, bells and percussion, and much more. It is the ideal setting for Fredrik Lundin as both a composer and the powerful soloist he has always been. A few years ago, on the occasion of Fredrik’s 50th birthday, the Danish newspaper Politiken’s jazz writer and critic Christian Munch-Hansen wrote that Lundin is considered by many to be “the most complete and talented musician of his generation” and “an artist with more heart than most.”
The bands debut album, "5 Go Adventuring Again" was awarded the Carl Nielsen Prize 2018, Danish Music Award best Jazz Composer 2018 and Jazz Special: Best album 2018. Honorable Mention by New York Jazz Records.
Music from the album "5 go adventuring again"
- Wondering is an attempt at depicting the way thoughts come and go, when you're in a contemplative mode. They drift into your mind unsolicited, interspersed by absolute nothingness. Then little by little they start to correlate, gradually merging into coherency.
- Crumbling Castles
There's something endlessly fascinating about old ruins. They can be places of absolute peace and quite, while at the same time they are evidence of the failure and fall of civilizations. To me, the way the world looks now, ruins are reminders of the fact that we shouldn’t take anything for granted.
- Jumping Jack
A insouciant, loose-jointed jumping all over the place.
- Prairie Dreams
We are on the somewhat worn porch of a farmhouse facing the endless rolling grass sea of the prairie. A light wind is blowing, a distant cry from a bird of prey, and nearer still the occasional squeak of a small windmill. A rare moment of peaceful contemplation.
- Being in a Dark Place.
Most of us have experienced being in a, dark place of mind. It is no fun being there, yet that darkness can be a source of great artistic inspiration.
Videos. Live in the studio and in Sendesaal, Bremen
Reviews of the album
Songqualität : ✭✭✭✭✭✭
Es handelt sich (…) um ein Quintett, doch die zwei Dänen, zwei Schweden und ein Pole klingen wie ein kleines Orchester.
Hier zeigt [Fredrik Lundin] seine ganze kreative Klasse.
Fredrik Lundin… einer der kraftvollsten Saxophonisten Nordeuropas.
Tim Jonathan Kleinecke - Nordische Musik
"…. so wirkt die ganze Musik der Platte auf mich, Assoziation erweckend, Bilder malend, die ganze Facette von Eindrücken jeder Art, die durch erweckte Emotionen entstehen können, freisetzend. Lundin und seine Mitstreiter haben es verstanden, einen Bilderbogen zu entwerfen, der als Ausfluss ihres Ideenreichtums und ihrer Kreativität umwerfend ist. Im noch jungen Jahr wird diese Platte in meiner Bestenliste Jazz des Jahres 2018 auf jeden Fall dabei sein."
Musik an sich (Wolfgang Giese) 20 point (= 19 bis 20 Überflieger)
Das Album hat auch zeitweise diesen etwas dunklen, bedrohlichen Sound, den das Plattencover erahnen lässt, macht aber damit alle Liebhaberinnen und Liebhaber von Thrillern und düsteren Krimis glücklich, mit Bebop, Rock und faszinierendem Quintet Jazz.
bak - Concerto (Östereich)
“At times it all sounds like a bizarre funeral procession or a very drunk circus band, but the music is absolutely dazzling in its power and glory.”
“Overall this is an incredible album, full of superb music and virtuosic performances, which deserves to be heard by as many music connoisseurs around the world as possible.”
“It is also a monumental road sign as to the future of Jazz..”
Adam Baruch -The Soundtrack of My Life
“beautiful, passionate music that moves past your ears like a film.” “Fredric Lundin has a great passion for occult matters which is evident from his descriptions of the songs in the CD booklet. But it has in any case led to brilliant music..”
“It is amazing how Lundin knows how to interpret a feeling or atmosphere in music, wonderful!, it reminds me of the magisterial color palette of the great musical mood and atmosphere painter Duke Ellington. Fredric Lundin, until recently a blank sheet for me, but that is now finally passé, a topcd!”
Rootstime.be (Jan van Leersum)
“This is a most unusual CD. The dramatic and dark nature of the arrangements and solos is rare. The compositions would make a good soundtrack for a Gothic horror film, and it may take a second listen to settle in to the atmosphere – but it's definitely worth it!”
London Jazz News (Peter Slavid)
"Though the soloing is absolutely wonderful, it's the inner strength of each composition, played with feeling and abandon by the musicians, that is the simply spellbinding to me as a listener."
Dig Jazz (Thord Ehnberg) Swedish Online jazz magazine ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A thought-provoking album that, although quite deep at times, is never boring. Far from it!
Outstanding Danish saxophonist and composer Lundin has a prodigious technique that varies from that of a bull in a china shop to that of a lamb grazing in the meadow. Both are equally compelling.
An imaginative album that can't be judged on a single listening. Without a doubt, it grows on you
Bebop spoken here (Lance Liddle) English Jazz blog
"Lundin doesn't pander to the novice jazz listener. His music is a full-cream, serious, deep digging, high flying jazz of the present." "[…] as such it can't be done more brilliantly than this."
National newspaper Politiken (Christian Munch-Hansen)
"This is music with integrity. Uncompromisingly honest music. This is an unavoidable album. Unique, uncompromising and of the highest quality."
Jazz magazine Jazzspecial (Peter Rahbek)
"Brilliant and energetic music of the present, created by five outstanding musicians - with lots of love of adventure."
National newspaper Berlingske tidende (Kjeld Frandsen)
"5 Go Adventuring Again is strong stuff, it's an album that grows on you. It demands something of the listener, if she wants to enter into Lundins universe of tales. However should you choose to join the band in there explorations, great adventures awaits."
Jazz blog Jazznyt (Niels Overgaard)
"The album [is] thoroughly exceptional."
Journalist Ivan Rod on his blog.
“De fem på nye eventyr” er bygget af stemningsbilleder…dystre saker, som gir næring til Lundin kompositoriske virke for å trenge in i sinnets mørke og møte det ukjente.Hans musik lykkes stort i dette…ved å frembringe overraskende, bergtagende thrills av stor skjønnhet.
De fem eventyrere er vel utstyrte for oppdagerferden, i Lundins kompositoriske rammer av sterke tuttipassasjer med uortodokse harmonier og uttrykksfulle melodier…..[alle] bidrar med suggererende, tidvis åndeløst solo- og ensemblespill.
Ta med de fem på eventyr - kanskje møter du deg selv - og finner nye veier for livet.
Norwegian Jazznytt [Bjarne Søltoft]