Before recording the second album in the Improvisational series, Mats Öberg’s headstrong interpretations of the songs of Cornelis Vreejswijk, Mats had a difficult decision to make. He had to choose between making an album with improvisations over his uncle’s music (Berndt Egerbladh, a very well-known jazz musician in Sweden) or with the music of Cornelis Vreejswijk. In the end the decision was too hard to make so Dragan Buvac, the producer of the series, recorded two albums. Caprice decided to wait for the best possible occasion to release the Egerbladh improvisations, which proved to be during the 2014 Umeå Jazz festival with Berndt Egerbladh’s music in focus.
Once again, Mats demonstrates what an excellent pianist and improviser he is, having already made a name for himself as a cross-genre keyboardist who has accompanied such varied artists as Ale Möller, Frank Zappa, Morgan Ågren (Mats/Morgan Band), Lena Willemark, Ann-Kristin Hedmark and Jonas Knutsson. He also plays in his own trio with Filip Augustsson (bass) and Sebastian Voegler (drums). With a sense of playfulness, mood and tenderness, Mats improvises over Berndt Egerbladh’s best-known songs, including You Never Come Closer, A Song for Amy, Worksong and Sarek. In one word: irresistible.
- 1.You Never Come Closer Music: Berndt Egerbladh6'14
- 2.A Song for Amy Music: Berndt Egerbladh6'01
- 3.Ossians väst Music: Berndt Egerbladh.2'56
- 4.Worksong Music: Berndt Egerbladh5'18
- 5.November min vän Music: Berndt Egerbladh5'28
- 6.Medley (Nighthawk/It's Risin' up Real) Music: Berndt Egerbladh5'08
- 7.Charlie Boy & Verkstadsbossa Music: Berndt Egerbladh4'24
- 8.Elisabet Music: Berndt Egerbladh5'17
- 9.You Shall Find Your way Music: Berndt Egerbladh6'44
- 10.Sarek - Won't You Take Me to the Theatre Music: Berndt Egerbladh5'02
- Total playtime 56'00