Malin Wättring 4 (Sweden)

Malin Wättring (saxophone), Naoko Sakat (piano), Anna Lund (drums) and Donovan von Martens (bass).

Malin Wättring is one of Sweden's most accomplished and exciting young saxophonists, the latest great jazz talent to emerge from a rich Scandinavian tradition.

malinwattring2 webShe released Glöd, her critically acclaimed debut album and has been establishing a growing reputation as a major player in Nordic jazz.  Live, the Malin Wättring 4’s performance can run the gamut from fragile to incandescent, from menacing to tender and beautiful.

Wättring has a sympathetic foil in pianist Naoko Sakata, a virtuoso and award-winning pianist whose deep love of Nordic jazz brought her from her native Japan to Sweden, almost a decade ago.

The Wättring 4’s playing can be folkloric, introspective and hymn-like in character, but there can also be intense improvisational bursts, consistent with her other work as a member of Anna Hogberg’s visceral ‘Attack,’ and previously as a member of Mats Gustavsen’s explosive ‘Fire!’ orchestra.

"An amazing and mesmerizing album. It moves me and makes me want to listen again  immediately" – Lira

 

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