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Anders Jormin

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Anders Jormin

Anders Jormin was born 1957 in Jönköping, Sweden. After intense studies, he left Musikhögskolan in Göteborg with diplomas in double-bass and improvisation / pedagogy in 1979.

Today as a doublebass-player and composer, AJ is a frequent and highly respected performer on the international concert scene. As a musician in great demand, AJ has recorded and toured with many of the legends in jazz. Among others : Gilberto Gil, Lee Konitz, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Don Cherry, Charles Lloyd, Mike Mainieri, Joe Lovano, and Jack deJohnette, as well as Kenny Wheeler, Albert Mangelsdorff, Tomasz Stanko, Dino Saluzzi, John Surman, John Taylor, Mark Feldman , Paul Motian, Joey Baron, Tom Rainey , Jon Balke, Vertavo string quartet , Ann-Sofi von Otter, Norma Winstone and Marilyn Crispell. For many years, AJ was also a front figure in one of Scandinavias foremost ensembles, “Entra”....
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”The sound he gets, the fills he executes, his soloing ability in and out of chord changes is amazing. For me he is one of the world's greatest bassists.”

(Dave Liebman, Hunters and Gatherers)

“Jormin is a treasure - everything a bassist should be”

(Down beat, USA)

“Formidable Jormin's mastery came through in his solointroductions. He is one of the finest living jazzbassists, whose instrumental command and intonation are so seamless, he makes it look easier than it is. He is a virtuoso, but deep, natural musicality prevents him from grandstanding”.

(Los Angeles Times)

On his CD “Silvae”:

“Anders Jormin is, both as a composer and soloist, a magician of absolute worldclass......What a constellation! This piece of art sounds fantastic! Brilliant music.”

(OJ, Sweden)

“Anders Jormin who must be counted among the most interesting jazz bassists in the world continues introducing us to his incredibly strong compositions and studio groups ....... “Silvae” is Jormin's finest album to date, clearly a bullseye!”

(Soundi, Finland)

On his CD “Xieyi”

“To enjoy Xieyi is to stay in a musical garden of zen”

(Dagens nyheter,Sweden)

“Jormin relies on a perfectly honed melodic sense and an impassioned, lyrical approach to solo bass language that relies as much on folk and classical influence as it does on jazz. His technique, though impressive, is never allowed to grandstand and is completely at the service of the music (though there are occasions when the listener is led to wonder exactly how many hands he posseses). It's the warm, dark song of Jormin's bass thats at the heart of this impressive and rewarding release. “

(BBC Music, England)

“ A feat- nothing less”

(Gramophone/Korea)

On his CD “In winds, in light”

“Jormin's pure pursuit of musicality and art places substance far ahead of style. This hour-long performance transcends definition- it is music to be felt, to be experienced, and to be absorbed as a whole. Compelling, provocative and evocative, with “In winds, in light” Jormin asserts that music should not be about technical prowess, rather it is about taking extra- ordinary ability and creating something deeply personal and spiritually moving”

(Allaboutjazz /USA)

“You come to think of such major and important works as John Coltrane's “A Love Supreme” or the “Sacred concert's” by Duke Ellington. With “In winds, in light”, Anders Jormin brings another major piece that adds a european dimension to this tradition.”

(Der Bund/ Switzerland)

On his CD “AVIAJA”

“While he possesses the kind of technical facility that makes most bassists scratch their head in wonder, Jormin has always been more concerned with making his instrument sing, and playing music that touches the heart in the most personal of ways. Aviaja's intimacy is so personal that it almost feels like intruding on a private conversation.... Aviaja remains vivid long after the final song is over.”

  • Between Always And Never

    Swedish Society
    2013
  • Ad Lucem

    ECM Records
    2012
  • Aviaja

    Footprint Records
    2006
  • Xieyi

    ECM Records
    2005
  • Aviaja

    Dragon Records
    2005
  • In Winds, In Light

    ECM Records
    2004
  • Xieyi

    Dragon Records
    2001
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Between Always And Never by Chris Mosey

Ad Lucem by John Kelman

Aviaja by John Kelman

Xieyi by Jim Santella

Xieyi by Bev Stapleton

Xieyi by John Kelman

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Anders Jormin: Touching the Heart and Spirit

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