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Patrick Rydman

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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: January 14, 1969    

Patrick Rydman is a rare occurence on the Swedish music scene: A male jazz singer of the younger generation who furthermore writes his own material. His music sounds like “poetic singer/songwriter jazz with strong pop sentiments and a little bit of circus”, according to Patrick himself. Influenced by songwriters like Bacharach, Jobim, Paddy McAloon, Bill Withers and Joni Mitchell, raised on pop songs and tunes from the Great American Songbook, the resulting mix is Patrick’s own: melodic, personal, groovy, intimate and full of variation. He is backed by some of Sweden’s hottest musicians: Fabian Kallerdahl (MusicMusicMusic, Galore) on keyboards, Josef Kallerdahl (MusicMusicMusic, Josef & Erika, New Tango Orquesta) on bass, Henrik Cederblom (Sofia Karlsson, Freddie Wadling, Den Fule) on guitar and Miko Rezler (Stefan Andersson, Magnum Coltrane Price, Valdemar) on drums...
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Awards

Twice the recipient of the STIM-stipend (STIM is the Swedish performing rights society).
Groovy and laid back, he is walking the streets of Gothenburg or other big cities, hangs in bars and cafés, dances the bossa nova and back beat blues and sits and ponders lost love. Many of the songs bear clear traces of Burt Bacharch, in others it sounds like Bo Kaspers (Swedish pop/jazz band) and in some one can associate to the later works of Elvis Costello. Patrick Rydman has been appearing on the music and theatre scenes of Gothenburg for the past 15 years. Here he makes his debut with only original material, is the lead vocalist and plays the trumpet. Pretty much all the tracks are strong melodies that grow on you after a couple of listens. “Only the Devil”, “Overnight Sensation” and the title track “I Will Do It” are my favorites. This is music for concentrated listening, with thoughtful lyrics, but works equally well in the background with good food, a little romance and lit candles.

Anders Eklind, Arbetarbladet (Four stars out of five)

”I Will Do It” is Patrick Rydman's debut CD. It's a varied album with ingredients from several different styles, but the basis is jazz with a pop signature, where we can find earlier greats like for instance Tony Bennett and contemporaries like Harry Connick Jr, Jamie Cullum and Diana Krall. What Patrick presents here is tranquil, smooth and melancholy and finds its place in the smoky jazz club rather than on the big concert arena. With the jazz hat on, the CD is also a nice fusion of different styles; from blues, pop, jazz to soul. Both melodically homogenous and experimental.

Pär Berglund, meadowmusic.se

Talented Gothenburg-based singer presents a more mature Jamie Cullum- style: popbluesjazzsinatraretro in the shape of a bunch of smart original tunes, plus lyrics sprinkled with witty expressions and turns of phrases. Patrick Rydman deals with stompy stuff and ballads with equal finesse and jazz feeling. He is accompanied by very competent players.

Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan

  • I Will Do It
    Nocturne
    2008

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