music on this release by Two Generations is unusually warm, lively and,
at times, clearly virtuoso. It’s obvious to me that Ewan Svensson’s
status as a long-established and respected artist represents the ‘first
generation’ passing on lasting musical knowledge and feelings
to his daughter (and student). In fact, it’s a shining example
of how one generation can hand down the best of their expertise and
experience to the next link in the chain.
Ewan Svensson’s quest for musical perfection clearly inspired
his daughter Hannah to achieve the same ambition. She has her own warm
sound as she tirelessly continues to develop. So that, today, you can
hear a natural maturity and control of tempos, phrasing and moods which
is far from common among young jazz singers. Hannah’s way of getting
to grips with the most difficult passages is testament to the strength
of her articulation. There’s no doubt that she has established
herself as a major new Swedish artist with an exciting future.
I knew about Ewan Svensson’s musicianship and guitar playing.
But I’d never actually heard it – just snippets of talk
from other musicians on the Swedish scene referring to him as a guitar
‘giant’. Then, purely by chance, I got to hear him live.
And, boy, the way he plays! That I hadn’t discovered him much
earlier must rank as a serious mistake… The man has already made
My view is that Ewan Svensson belongs to a very small group of Swedish
guitarists who (1) have a unique sound, which (2) is topped by a totally
flawless technique based on a solid understanding of harmonies, rich
phrasing and a firm grasp of articulation, and (3), with their baselines,
rhythmic accents and broad chords, he executes all his solos to maximum
effect. Great! To get the chance to perform my own solo in such company
is should be every artist’s dream!
Hannah and Ewan, daughter and father together, are a new and fresh duo
in Swedish music. Even better, Two Generations deliver neat musical
entertainment and a total pleasure.
Dear listeners: please enjoy! Bengt-Arne Wallin