The great Swedish baritone saxophonist and composer Lars Gullin died over 30 years ago, but his highly personal music still lives on in his native country, and fortunately in Denmark as well. Over the years saxophonists Christina von Bülow and Fredrik Lundin have felt a great affinity for the fragile, often melancholic, lyrical qualities in Swedish jazz, and both have collaborated successfully with many Swedish musicians.
A few years ago Fredrik and Christina both played at the same booking. Backstage, Fredrik was practicing Gullin’s composition “Silhouette” on his recently acquired baritone sax, when an alto sax began to weave around the tune. Christina walked in, and the band SILHOUETTE was born.
SILHOUETTE offers the two saxophonists the opportunity to share their love for the Scandinavian lyrical melancholia. The band’s debut in the fall of 2008 was the first time they performed together, although they have both been all over the Danish and European jazz scene for the past 20 years and despite their obvious musical kinship.
The band is made up of a mixture of seasoned performers – the two co-leaders and the fantastic guitarist Jacob Fischer (who was a member of Peter Gullin’s trio some years ago) – and two new stars: Swedish (though a resident of Denmark) bassist Daniel Franck and drummer Jeppe Gram.
Zwei auch außerhalb Dänemarks bekannte Musiker und hervorragende Vertreter des dänischen Jazz haben gemeinsam eine Formation gegründet, die zuvorderst an einem Ziel ausgerichtet ist: der Ehrerbietung und Verbeugung vor dem großen Saxophonisten und Komponisten Lars Gullin.Ihm hatte man einst vorgeworfen, zuviel schwedische Folklore in seinen Jazzkompositionen durchscheinen zu lassen. Allerdings hat er damit durchaus einen Trend (mit) ausgelöst. Wie Gullin ist Lundin ein hervorragender Baritonsaxophonist - und mit der Saxophonistin an seiner Seite entstehen wundervoll lyrische Songs.