CD Title: Walk
Record Label: Amigo Records
Style: Jazz Vocals
Musicians: Jeanette Lindstrom (vocals), Staffan Svensson
(trumpet), Peter Nylander (guitar), Daniel
Karlsson (piano, keyboards), Severi Pyysalo
(vibraphone), Christian Spering (double bass),
Peter Danemo (drums, percussion), Ale Moller
(lute, hammered dulcimer)
Review: Established Swedish vocalist Jeanette Lindstrom has garnered attention from around the world. For many years, audiences in Canada, The United States, Japan and Europe have enjoyed her unique approach to vocal interpretation. Her skills have been noticed by such Jazz luminaries as Kenny Werner, Slide Hampton and Bobo Stenson to name but a few. Quincy Jones once described her as. “An old soul in a young singer”. "She really understands what jazz is all about!" Some of Lindstrom's main influences include Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and Kate Bush.
Rather than just a collection of songs, Walk is more a collection of observances carefully woven together through subtle interplay and focus.
Nylander's creepy guitar intro along with Spering's haunting bass on Intro, set the stage for a solemn and at times intriguing path. A dark foggy night perhaps. Light rain? These are moods and feelings which carry through this carefully crafted work.
One of Lindstrom's influences is Kate Bush. Bush is a master of creating a setting. A multi dimensional aural landscape where her voice melds into the piece. Lindstrom captures this spirit on the unforgettable This Time. Sure to be covered by other artists, Lindstrom's plaintive yet controlled expression gels with the rest of the band. There is balance as well as superb arranging from Lindstrom. Of note, is Pyysalo's effective use of the vibes to capture the feeling.
Reasons is a simple piece featuring Karlsson's delicate piano. We have an opportunity to listen to another dimension to Lindstrom's voice. Her range and projection. Beautifully recorded and performed, these two work so well as a duo, conveying the raw feeling and intent of the piece, in a laid back but direct manner.
Listen to what she does with a Burt Bacharach tune. Trains And Boats And Planes features Lindstrom hanging emotion on every note. Once again, the band serves up another framework for her to create and express as only she knows how.
I Run is a sympathetic ballad with heartfelt emotion and longing. Sailing through the memories and thoughts of the moment, Lindstrom's desperate plea and insecurities conjure up visions of something lost, but at the same time, something learned. Full bodied arrangements like this feel like a warm wave slowly covering your body on a quiet beach.
Time to get Closer. Moller's intro is direct and urgent. Lindstrom's soft, intimate vocals excite one minute and sooth the next. Phrasing and control wash over this enticing number. Again, we are brought into Lindstrom's world without even knowing it.
Joni Mitchell's influence shines throughout That Sorry School. Reminiscent of Mitchell's Coyote days, Lindstrom shows us that her influences run deep. Svensson and Spering's tasty offerings make this one of the most enjoyable selections.
Lindstrom sings in such a way as to invite the listener into her own world. Like waking up on a warm summer day, welcomed by birds singing. It's a world full of depth, dimension and beauty. Production and sound are first rate. A refreshing work of art, listening to Walk not only invites repeated listening but may well become a classic for years to come. Lindstrom's silky smooth delivery, as well as insightful arranging make this one of the top recordings of 2003.
Tracks: Intro, This Time, Walk, Reasons, Trains And Boats
And Planes, Turning Pages, Interlude I; Waiting,
The Two Lonely People, I Run, Interlude 2, Where
Is Wolfgang?, What Remains, Closer, That Sorry
School, Keeping Things Whole
Record Label Website: http://www.amigo.se/
Artist's Website: http://www.jeanettelindstrom.com/
Reviewed by: Randy McElligott
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