Monday, 9 April 2012

Karin Krog


A real favourite of mine, check Steve Swallow's bass outro on Meaning of Love, killer.

Thom Jureks's thoughts:

Recorded for Polydor, six years after her landmark Joy album, this set features Norwegian jazz iconoclast Karin Krog in the electric company of keyboardist Steve Kuhn, drummer percussionist Jon Christensen, and Steve Swallow on one of his early electric bass dates. More song-oriented than her other vanguard dates, We Could Be Flying still showcases the singer in a restless, searching frame of creativity. Obviously influenced by the work Flora Purim had done with Return to Forever and the heyday of jazz-rock fusion, Krog nonetheless puts her indelible stylistic stamp on all the material here. The best tunes here were written by Kuhn, who seems to understand the subtlest nuances in Krog's performing style, as evidenced by "Meaning of Love," with its driven, wispy Latin rhythms and melodic lines that seem to bleed into one another, capturing the softness of Krog's enunciation. The seemingly rocked-up cover of Joni Mitchell's "All I Want" feels out of place here, the band feels stilted into trying to rein themselves into the conventional cut-time signature and fixed spaces where fills are almost unwelcome. While Mitchell's own version is far looser and spacier than this, the band seems to have misunderstood her original intent in this song. The co-write between Carla Bley and Krog on "Sing Me Softly of the Blues," finds the band back on its square, swinging the blues in cool nocturnal fashion with Christensen's swinging cymbal work carries the band underneath the singer's husky contralto. The finest moment here is the funky "Raindrops, Raindrops" written by Kuhn, where his electric piano and double-time bass and drums fall in just behind Krog's shimmering, airy performance. This recording is a fine document of its time, capturing its naivete, sense of adventure, and its willingness to step outside the jazz and vanguard box while never giving in to pop convention.

Recommended.

15 comments:

katonah said...

http://www.mediafire.com/?69f767lxk6u7ced

swamielmo said...

thanks katonah, i heard her on an album with archie shepp that is good. all the best

LYSERGICFUNK said...

One of my alltime favorites..... Many Thanks Master...

steve.d said...

I agree with Lysergic,a super record and a great post,thanks Katonah.

freebones said...

the frequency with which you post in unbelievable given the superb quality of your offerings. thanks very much as always, friend.

mrG said...

I'll second what FreeBones said, a most amazing job of curating the musics, and very much appreciated. All I had heard of Krog before was her very haunting A Child Is Born from A Song For You, just a stray mp3 from a friend of some such; thanks so much for this background -- the Steve Swallow and Carla Bley connection is most interesting.

taro nombei said...

One of my favorites from Karin Krog,
Great post, Mr. K!

Wallofsound said...

Thanks

g.raf said...

Nice post Katonah.
Thank you.

the jazzstronaut said...

Nice one Katonah, cheers.

velobrewer said...

Portends excellence. Looking forward to it. Huge fan of that line up.

Peter said...

Looks a nice up katonah - thx from me too!

SlimStew said...

Thanks Katonah--great post, love that period Swallow and Kuhn.

Hanimex 3000 said...

t h a a a a a n k s.

apf said...

Thank you!