Ewan Svensson Trio feat.
Linda Pettersson & Antoine Herve
Nocturne rec. (2005)
Circles in the sand
40 different words for snow
Light & Shade
The blues are never far away
Like it was before
Old – Hat
Stranger in the mirror
More to explore
Too much sun
Pretend you´re me
Linda Pettersson – vocal
Antoine Herve´- piano
Ewan Svensson – guitar
Yasuhito Mori – bass
Magnus Gran – drums
All music by Ewan Svensson
All lyrics by Dave Castle
Recorded at Bohus Sound Recording, Kungälv, Sweden, January 24 – 25, 2005
Sound Engineer&mix: Åke Linton
Artwork : Stéphane Soubrié Photo: Olle Melkerhed
Mastered by Dragan Tanaskovic at Bohus Mastering
(C) & (P) 2005 by RV Productions, Made in France
Light & Shade
EWAN SVENSSON QUARTET FEAT. LINDA PETTERSSON
Ewan Svensson’s collaboration with Linda Pettersson and the French pianist Antoine Herve has resulted in the wonderful album ”Light & Shade”, in which Dave Castle’s English lyrics elevate the lyrical quality of the guitarist’s compositions, all selected from six of his albums recorded 1990-2000.
Beautiful ballads and soft Latin rhythms make up easy-to-listen-to but original jazz. The new versions are for the most part a little shorter in length and start directly after a brief intro, as with the oldest tune ”Different”.
Linda has an even warmer sound in her voice than before without losing any of her glass-clear precision. Her phrasing alone lifts ”Like It Was Before” and the charming huskiness in the tones of ”No Words” make me think of a young Monica Zetterlund.
I like it when Ewan plays acoustic guitar in ”Circles In The Sand” and ”Stranger In The Mirror”. As a soloist he shines most in the bluesy ”Old-Hat” and ”The Sunflower”, which like the title tune is absolutely magical, a slow jazz waltz that comes from the album, ”Figures”. Magnus Gran dutifully tones down his busy, swinging drumming but stokes the fire under Antoine Herve’s piano solos in ”Too Much Sun” and ”Forty Different Words For Snow”.
The funky shuffle ”Makin’ It Up”, the fast ”More To Explore” and the boppish ”The Blues Are Never Far Away” don’t sound quite as natural, but work anyway.
Dave Castle has already written lyrics to a further dozen-or-so of Ewan’s tunes and I hope that this six-star review will result in another album containing more information. With that, we hopefully will not have to search the web site for details of the original titles and lyrics.
Martin Erlandsson, HN
Linda Pettersson, Ewan Svensson
Since her highly-praised debut CD ”Who Are You?” (Touche Music) Linda Pettersson has now also a follow-up CD in the company of completely new colleagues, guitarist Ewan Svensson, French pianist Antoine Herve, bassist Yasuhito Mori and drummer Magnus Gran. Light & Shade is the title and also one of the 15 songs on the CD. All are compositions from the pen of Ewan Svensson with English lyrics written by saxophonist Dave Castle, both of whom have contributed excellent and inspired work.
I had the pleasure of being present when Linda and Ewan performed this programme live at Jazzklubb Fasching last Spring and since then have looked forward eagerly to this recording, which truly lives up to expectations. This CD is, in fact, in every respect superb. Few singers today have Linda’s ability to bring a lyric to life and in addition have such a relaxed and natural rhythmic sense.
Linda’s fellow-musicians also deserve much praise. Ewan Svensson is undoubtedly one of Sweden’s most worthy guitarists and Antoine Herve is a most interesting new name to me. The rhythm section duo of Yauhito Mori and Magnus Gran work perfectly together, which is distinctly evident by the recording engineered by sound-master Åke Linton.
Light & Shade has become an often-played favourite and it can only be hoped that it receives a fair chance to reach the ears of the listening public. * * * *
Gunnar Holmberg, DIG Music Magazine
EWAN SVENSSON QUARTET FEAT LINDA PETTERSSON
Light & Shade
The music is propelled forward so feather-light, with an almost aesthetic grace. Linda Pettersson often uses the higher register with her agile and precise voice. Ewan Svensson glides over the scales on the guitar while Antoine Herve gives the music a solid foundation with his piano and the rhythm section of drummer Magnus Gran and bassist Yasuhito Mori can be more felt than heard.
The music on Light & Shade could perhaps be described in this way, but sometimes a heavier expression also breaks through. Ewan Svensson plays with a light touch but his technique also holds a reserved explosivity, as though something more is searching for its form under the elegant flow. As a parallell Linda Pettersson’s sensitive singing also breaks out into heavier blues and bebop figures resulting in the music creating its own individuality by way of contrasts and changes. It is beautiful and full of substance, with body and spirit at the same time.
MAGNUS ERIKSSON/ LIRA Music Magazine