Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Ian Patterson
Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius is perhaps best known for his ten year stint in pianist Oscar Peterson's trio, following in the footsteps of guitarists Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis and Joe Pass. Wakenius clocked up enough road miles with Peterson to have traveled to the moon and back, and he also toured extensively and recorded with bassists Ray Brown and Niels-Henning +rsted Pedersen. These heavyweight associations have tended to overshadow his own projects as leader, which date back more than two decades to his group with drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Bill Evans, trumpeter Randy Brecker, pianist Niels Lan Doky and bassist Lars Danielsson.
Since signing to ACT Music in the mid-2000s, Wakenius has paid singular tribute to two of the most influential pianists of the last forty years, Keith Jarrett on Notes from the Heart (ACT Music, 2005) and the late, sorely lamented Esbjorn Svensson on Love is Real (ACT Music, 2008). In the process, Wakenius has demonstrated his proclivity for interpreting a tune with originality and respect. The acoustic Vagabond is a halfway house between original material and covers, and explores a wide range of stylistic and emotional terrain. English guitarist John McLaughlin once wrote that Wakenius sounded as if he was born with a guitar in his hands, and in truth he has never sounded better. ... read more...
Personnel: Vincent Peirani (vocals, accordion); Lars Danielsson (cello); Ulf Wakenius (chant, acoustic guitar, oud).
Recording information: Nilento Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden (08/09/2011-08/11/2011).