Sep 3 2017
Your Sunday Morning Jazz Album: Erik Lindeborg – “Salonul Magic”
Sunday morning is when the serenity comes down. Sunday morning is the cocoon from the heavy exhaustion of too much Saturday night fun. Sunday morning is when the city agrees to use its inside voice. Sunday morning is when a hush settles in over the land. It is a time for sitting still and listening to quiet music and silently praying the aspirin and coffee do something to stop your head from exploding. Drama and stress are strictly forbidden on Sunday morning.
Your Sunday Morning Jazz Album is just for you, for times just like these. If you possess the freakish compulsion to get-up-and-go when the clock strikes Sunday morning, this music is not for you. Go and listen to a Spotify EDM playlist or something. But whatever you decide, just do it quietly and far away from those of us who appreciate the true solemn nature of a Sunday morning.
Erik Lindeborg has a habit of creating music perfectly suited for peaceful Sunday mornings, and no better example is to be had than his 2012 release Salonul Magic. The Stockholm-based pianist proved his talent at crafting captivating melodies on his 2010 trio session Time… an album that smouldered with tension, as if it could erupt at any moment. On Salonul Magic, the melodies and tone are more laid back and behave as folk tunes rather than Nordic jazz. It makes for a more personable recording, and allows for more of the melodic details to shine through.
Yes, “Part V” and “Part VIII” kick the temperature up a notch, but the heat is a fireplace warmth and conducive to a Sunday morning serenity. This, too, applies to the sunny blues of “Part VI,” and serves as a nice reminder of how the classic Red Garland Trio tranquility keeps inspiring new generations of jazz musicians. But the remainder of the album’s ten pieces develop with a comforting patience. Whether that’s triggered by the gorgeous bass arco passages from Niklas Wennström or the friendly chatter of percussionist Robert Mehmet Ikiz, it all leads to an atmosphere that looks to blend in with a morning sunrise and a quiet, solemn afternoon.
You need this album today, right now.
- Artist-Title: Erik Lindeborg – Salonul Magic
- Personnel: Erik Lindeborg (piano, melodica, glockenspiel), Niklas Wennström (bass), Robert Mehmet Ikiz (percussion) and guests: Magdalena Adeen (voice), Steinar Aadnekvam (guitar).
- Proper Use: 1) Daydreaming about the peaceful ambiance of snow-capped mountains, and how nice it is to be in a nice, cozy bed on a Sunday morning, 2) Contemplating whether anything better has ever been created than a cup of coffee & Irish cream or, 3) Listening to your cat(s) snore peacefully beside you, scrunched up against your leg.
Released in 2012 on Stockholm Jazz Records.
Music from Stockholm, Sweden.
And here’s a video that shows the making of the album cover image. It features the art of Diana Butucariu and is accompanied by the album track “Part V.”
September 3, 2017 @ 3:45 pm
Greetings, Dave, from the Von Freeman Pavilion at the Chicago Jazz Festival.
September 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Hey, Thomas! Did you have fun at this year’s CJF?
Obviously I didn’t make it up there this year.
September 5, 2017 @ 5:36 pm
The weather and the vibe were lovely. As I was with my sweetheart, the length of our stay was a democratic decision, and we both voted to leave before the Sunday evening main acts at the Pritzger Pavilion stage. So we only saw three and a half sets. Two of them tended toward a bit less structured than we both prefer ( although my tolerance level is a bit higher than Caroline’s ), but I think we made the correct decision to not attempt to be jazz institute heroes, but instead to take in an amount of which we were capable. Afterward, we discovered a delightful eatery on Michigan Avenue with al fresco seating called The Gage; we enjoyed it and put it on our list of place to revisit. It was a good weekend and a good jazz festival–no such thing as a bad jazz festival!