Swedish composer Thomas Frykberg releases 'inventive, colorfully eclectic' smooth jazz album
(Published: February 14, 2011)
(Stockholm, Sweden) Written by Robert Sutton. The words may be silent, but the music is loud and clear for Swedish jazz artist Thomas Frykberg.
On his latest album, Silent Words, Frykberg uses smooth jazz as a starting point for inventive yet accessible experiments in rhythm and melody. Unlike many recent smooth jazz releases, Frykberg isn't content to color within the lines; he effortlessly breaks the boundaries between smooth jazz and other genres, dipping into Latin, African, and Middle Eastern styles for a collection of intriguing, colorfully eclectic instrumentals.
Frykberg's roots in music stretch back to the ‘50s, when he was part of a skiffle group. At the time Frykberg became skilled at playing on the banjo but a piano in his household proved to be an irresistible temptation. For hours each day Frykberg would try out chords and melodies on the piano, his introduction to jazz. After that, Frykberg started studying how to play the clarinet and saxophone. Frykberg graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973 and joined several bands as a keyboardist. Frykberg released an album in 1979 but wasn't comfortable with his vocals. "Honestly, I wanted somebody else to sing," he revealed. That same year Frykberg became a music teacher at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and retired in 2007.
Silent Words is the product of Frykberg now being able to devote his full time to his own creations. On "Celebration Nr 2," the soothing tones of Frykberg's saxophone provides a cushion for pounding African percussion; it's a spellbinding clash between smooth jazz and world music. "Mariposa Negra" and "Rockingchair Island" are awash with Latin influences; the latter opens with tropical beats that conjure images of sun-drenched beaches and crystalline blue ocean water. The music is never less than compelling, from the moody piano of the title track to the dreamy textures of "Dalaraga."
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