Kristian Persson Elements: Let It Go

Let It Go
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Artist: Kristian Persson Elements
Genre: Jazz
Label: Reach Up

Young Swedish trombonist Kristian Persson was one of the stand-out players at this year’s 12 Points festival of new European jazz.

Here he leads his own electro-acoustic five piece Elements through a set of original compositions that confound whatever expectations you may have of cool Scandinavian jazz.

Funk and soul are the main references in Persson’s hot, big-hearted sound, with more than a nod to James Brown and Fred Wesley and echoes of Pat Metheny’s lush harmonic soundscapes.

But these influences are artfully blended with a hip indy-jazz vibe that will give specialist listeners something to get their ears into, but will also find the Stockholm native an audience beyond the jazz ghetto.

Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin, a contributor to The Irish Times, is a musician, writer and director