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The Stoner

With extraordinary vitality, a fresh concept, a zest for creating new music, The Stoner are turning a new page for jazz. They have something new for the heart, the head and the feet. The Stoner are a traditionally set up jazz quartet - saxophone, piano, bass, drums - and they know all about the jazz tradition. Their concept absorbs new urban and popular musics, and uses it to inspire new jazz. They make the Nordic electronic Nu-jazzers sound antique...” - Roger Spence, Edinburgh Jazz Festival.

In 2005 The Stoner arose as something of a sensation with their debut album “Upp till kamp”. The press labelled them “a new branch on the Swedish jazz tree”. With their focus firmly forwards, yet with full control of what is behind, they play dynamic power jazz with an unreserved, near blue eyed, emotional romantic approach. The Stoner front figure Nils Berg writes the quartet’s material that refers more to alternative pop music and film soundtracks than to traditional jazz. The Swedish public television programs Musikbyrån and Kulturnyheterna and the public radio station P2 are some of the fora where attention has been paid to the band. Alongside tours of Sweden, Russia, South Africa and the UK, the quartet has found the time to create the opening show at the Umeå International Jazz Festival and record an album with the electronica phenomenon Forss.

“A new kind of jazz” “Music that holds more than it excludes – it has groove, beauty and something almost naïvely affirmative to it” (DN) “Listening to this makes me stunned and thoroughly happy. How dare they?” (V- K) “The debut album “Upp till kamp” is an incredibly melodious number” (Groove) “the Stoner stands at the front, staring the future of Swedish Jazz straight in the eye” (dagensskiva.com) “Tenor sax player Nils Berg leads the quartet the Stoner with credit. He turns established concepts on their sides, liberated from all that is prestige” “Audiopharmacologic for the people!” (Svd)

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