This might be the first we've heard as a leader from drummer Karl Henrik Ousback
– but he's already won us over strongly with his crackling sense of energy on the set! In some way, Ousback
's almost working in a Jazz Messengers mode of the modern Swedish scene – as his group features heavyweights like Jonas Kullhammar on tenor, Hakan Brostrom on alto, and Ludvib Berghe on piano – all guided by Ousback
's direction on the kit, in a set of tracks that often swing with a straight-ahead hardbop mode! Karl Henrik
wrote all the tunes, and they're some mighty fresh numbers – and it's especially great to hear Kullhammar's tenor in this setting – even though he and Brostrom each play on three different pieces each, and never at the same time. Titles include "Restaurang Wollmar", "Blues For Ludi", "Bem Te Vi", "Barnkalas", "Chaconne", and "Inclinations".