Free Swing, Almqvist, Schlosser, Welin, Lukkarinen – Countdown 1234
Almqvist / Schlosser / Welin / Lukkarinen Free Swing is German-Swedish-Finnish jazz quartet founded 2017.Buy Album
The always energetic and strong tenor saxophonist Karl-Martin Almqvist, one of the most well known Swedish tenor players in his generation, splits his time between small group collaborations and a tenor chair of the Copenhagen based Danish Radio Big Band.
Blazing but sophisticated German trumpet player Axel Schlosser leads his own solo projects and sits tight on the solo chair of Frankfurt Radio Big Band.
Mattias Welin plays currently in Fredrik Ljunqkvists Trio and represents the grooving Swedish bass player tradition setting up the quartets jaunty swing feel with the versatile and open-minded drummer Jaska Lukkarinen whose recent work in Finland includes drumming for Timo Lassy Trio and Dalindeo.
The four gentlemen represent the absolute top in their own instruments in their native countries. Still the best thing to do for four close to middle age jazz musicians from three different countries was to form a new band with the same enthusiasm and joy as if it would’ve been their first band ever.
Free Swings first engagement in Växjö, Sweden led to an immediate recording session resulting a fresh outcome of rooted but yet free jazz music. The first EP Countdown 1234 was published by Finnish JASKAA -label spring 2019 and was soon followed by another EP Dewayne’s Brain. Each of the members are providing compositions and with the help of collaborative complementing the music is being played with mature beauty and tranquility.
But when it’s needed and the musical energy demands for it the flame really burns. Free Swings musical synthesis and courageous interplay is full of layers and hints from the giants like Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins melt together through Ellington’s idea of simplicity, John Coltrane Quartet’s energetic groove and Charles Mingus style of raw energy.