Smoking trio recordings from Swedish player Jan Johansson – two of his best albums from the early 60s! 8 Bitar is a real classic – an outing that features Jan on piano, Gunnar Johnson on bass, and Ingvar Callmar on drums – working as an incredibly dynamic trio, able to shift easily between a wide variety of jazz-based modes! Johansson's got a fluid touch on the keys that's simply breathtaking – but also uses a hard left hand at points, too – linking his playing to an older jazz tradition with a few simple flourishes, while also managing to make things swing. At other times, he's lyrical and very open – mixing sensitivity with an edge, in ways that clearly show why he was one of the most respected players on his scene during his all-too-short career. Titles include "Rebus", "Night In Tunisia", "Prism
a", "Skobonka", "Bla Vit", and "Willow Weep For Me". Innertrio cooks nicely with a combo that features Georg Riedel on bass and Egil Johansen on drums – both players who match the creative energy of Jan Johansson nicely, especially his ear for unusual timings and sharp changes of tone! Rhythms are plenty playful – almost as if Jan had backing from Joe Morello and Eugene Wright – and titles include "The Chant", "Snalltag", "Innertrio", "Premiar", "Bolles Vaggvisa", and "3 2 1 Go".