Born: December 3, 1936 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Ove Johansson, tenorsax, composer, has since the end of the fifties been leading his own groups and been a driving force of the Swedish jazz scene, he is also musical director of [[MWENDO DAWA]]. Although he has been very active on the Swedish jazz scene since several years his most rewarding efforts has been with [[MWENDO DAWA]].
Ove Johansson's musical work stretches all the way from straight ahead, free form and electronic jazz to the acoustic and electro acoustical mix of today. With [[MWENDO DAWA]] he has been able to present his music throughout the world- both in Europe and North and South America, and he has produced 27 albums with his own material and with the group.
The style of Ove Johansson has always been very personal with a powerful and intense performance and a rare sound and technique. Contrary to a lot of other players, he has not got caught in the style he began to play in, but has during the years all the time been renewing his own playing and musical expression as well as [[MWENDO DAWA]]'s. He is always in the frontline according to new music.
Ove Johanssons' second solo CD In a different world, received a lot of attention in USA and Canada and was elected in beginning of 1998 to CD of the week of Jazz Review, USA. His third solo CD came August 2002 with the title Logic Steps (LJRecords. The latest solo CD Music from Steninge was released Jan 2005. Ove Johansson's Solo CD In a different world (produced 1997) JAZZREVIEW, USA said ”The sound of a musician creating new sounds new rhythms and new deep soul piercing notes is very refreshing for a Jazz fanatic.
”Improvisational” Jazz at its very best.” The past few years Ove has also been touring with the trio Natural Artefacts with performances both in the world of improvisation music as well as the world of electro acoustic music. Natural Artefacts has performed in places like Paris, Primavera en la Habana, Cuba, ICMC 2002, CNMAT, Berkeley University, California, Sonic cirquit X festival i Berklee, Boston, emf New York.
Ove Johansson started playing the tenor saxophone at the age of 13, giving the clarinet a chance for a couple of years. He got into a jazz group playing professionally very early. He very early started his own groups and has most of the time been a band leader. For a short period he was sideman of Lars Gullin, Swedish saxophone player. 1972 -1994 he was teacher of saxophone, improvisation, ensemble and harmony at the School of Music, Gothenburg University. Started his own small record label [[LJ Records]] 1989 presenting his own and new Scandinavian jazz music internationally, until now 56 titles. Has been awarded several art grants over the years.
Ove Johansson�'s tenor playing has a force and intensy that is rare in Swedish jazz. HALLANDSPOSTEN, SWEDEN.
The tenor player Ove Johansson is a very powerful and inventive saxplayer, who all the time strives to really improvise. JAZZPODIUM, GERMANY.
When Ove Johansson blew his horn, the audience was faced with an intense, adrinalized artist of wall-moving power. EDMONTON JOURNAL, CANADA.
The complexity of the weave between real and synthetic saxes lays out a beautiful soundscape to correlate with the seascape, leaving the mind aglow. This is a work that evolves just as nature does, starting out quiet and simple, with wrinkles of difference and mutation, moving towards a sound environment that denotes havoc and imbalance often enough, but ultimately achieves a homeostasis in which even the turmoil is beautiful in contextual retrospect.
Gordon Marshall, NewYorkCity Jazzrecord
“Basic Lines” - Sonet SLP2634 (1978)
“Live at Montreux Jazzfestival” - Dragon DRLP28 (1979)
“Mwendo Dawa 80” - Dragon DRLP30 (1980)
“Free Lines” - Dragon DRLP33 (1981)
“New York Lines” - Dragon DRLP41 (1982)
“Four Voices” - Dragon DRLP47 (1983)
”Street Lines” - Dragon DRLP72 (1983)
“Live at Northsea” - Dragon DRLP78 (1984)
“City Beat” - Dragon DRLP92 (1985)
“Dimensions” - Dragon DRLP123 (1986)
“Human Walk” - Dragon DRLP155 (1987)
“Live is here again” - LJRecords LJCD5203 (1991)
“The New Scene” - LJRecords LJCD5208 (1993)
“Enter the Outloop” - LJRecords LJCD5211 (1995)
“Breathing Clusters” - LJRecords LJCD5217 (1998)
“Live in Göteborg” - LJRecords LJCD5225 (2001)
“Time Sign” - LJRecords LJCD5234 (2003)
“Live at Fasching” - LJRecords LJCD5244 (2006)
"A taste of four free minds LJRecords LJCD5248 (2008)
"Mwendo Dawa Music" LJRecords LJCD5256 (2012)
“Ove Johansson solo” - LJRecords LJCD5201 (1990)
"In a different World" LJRecordsLJCD5214 (1997)
"Logic Steps" LJRecordsLJCD5231 (2002)
"Music from Steninge" LJRecordsLJCD5239 (2005)
"Coast" LJ Records LJCD5251 (2010)
“Bright Openings” - LJRecords LJCD5204 (1992)
“Structures” - LJRecords LJCD5222 (1999)
“Lines” - LJRecords LJCD5240 (2006)
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“Natural Artefacts” - LJRecordsLJCD5228 (2001)
“LIke Jazz” - LJRecordsLJCD5241 (2006)
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