His beautiful tone, which lends itself to his beautiful melodies, as well as his talent,
warm personality and skills as a guitarist and composer are wonderful assets to be shared
with the world.
- JOHN DAMIAN, JAZZ GUITARIST
...his dark-toned, electric lines surge forward with capacious voicings and probing chord
progressions. ...Wennas conveys a mature vision during the preponderance of these
craftily arranged works, awash with subtle surprises and the soloists hearty sojourns.
- GLENN ASTARITA, JAZZREVIEW.COM
Bjorn Wennas has the chops you’d expect of someone who emigrated from Sweden to
study at Berklee with guitar gurus Mick Goodrick and Jon Damian. But the emphasis on his
second CD is composition and ensemble interplay. The lead-off track, Song 2, begins
with bassist Bruno Raberg belting out a phlegmy ostinato with his bow; he’s soon joined
by drummer Ziv Ravitz’s funky backbeat and a zig-zagging boppish unison line voiced by
Wennas, trumpeter Phil Grenadier, and singer Carmen Marsico. On the title track, a
wandering melody unwinds over a ballad tempo, with Wennas and Grenadier trading
background and foreground lines, giving way for a Raberg solo, and then fading on
Wennas’s soft-voiced chords. Wennas can also play a slow solo and sustain it, as he does
on L’uomo e la montagna, a sextet number with Michael Reis on piano. Marsico’s vocals
don’t even enter until a good six minutes into the eight-and-a-half-minute piece...
Wennas’s arrangements are never predictable, and that includes the familiar Ruby My
Dear (a duo for voice and guitar) and Lonnie’s Lament. The trio Nardis even gets a
good walking-four groove going with some dirty rock-guitar tone.
- JON GARELICK, BOSTON PHOENIX
Primary Instrument: Guitar
Location: Jamaica Plain, MA
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
I teach privately at home, my rate is $50/hour.
I also teach at Music Maker School in Acton, please visit:
http://www.musicmakerschool.com for more info.