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  • «ECM can be proud to have its longtime star Bobo Stenson on board together with his two top-class classical trio membersHIGHRESAUDIO
  • «a unique and vital listening experience.» Sphere review AllAboutJazz
  • «Fifty-two years after releasing his ECM leader debut, Stenson and his trio are still deep in the throes of discovery.»AllMusic

Master pianist Stenson, long term bassist Anders Jormin and alertly responsive young drummer Jon Fält have developed a richly detailed sound-world like nothing else in modern jazz – at once an extension of the jazz piano tradition and, with its windows opening onto classical music and world folklore, a force apart from it.

The Trio’s ability of covering far-reaching idioms and wide-ranging repertoire within the scope of their personal diction has become both hallmark and custom, inspiring the New York Times to say the pianist “makes sublime piano-trio records without over-playing. It’s pulsating, with long improvised phrases; it’s alive.” Charting an equally subtle and idiosyncratic path through originals and melodies derived from various Scandinavian composers, the distinguished group proves of a particularly supple alchemy on Sphere.


Here, a variety of musical tenets coexist in the unique blend, which the Swedish pianist has wrought, developed and refined over decades of collaboration with ECM and Manfred Eicher, who, as Bobo says “brings out the musicians’ best qualities” and produced the record. The pianist’s cohorts, Anders Jormin on bass and drummer Jon Fält, together accompanying the leader since Cantando in 2008, are more than ideal musical partners to Bobo’s soft touch and infinite appetite for interplay.

With Sphere the Bobo Stenson Trio have used their experience — with each other and with life, to create a work of remarkable depth and vision — a collection of sounds and ideas that make their own world while commenting on ours, music that builds on the past even as the present transmutes the past beyond recognition. SPECTRUM CULTURE

Bobo: “We don’t have a way of playing ‘ready-made’. Things crystallise in the moment and we adjust to that. And that’s the quintessence. That’s the joy of playing together, to never do the same thing twice and to be determined about that.” The album was recorded at the Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano, in April 2022.


Bo Gustav Stenson, better know as Bobo Stenson, the baby of the family, receives his first musical inspiration from his family. His father and mother play, respectively, piano and violin. His two brothers and sister (also respectively) practice the drums, trombone and cello. As a child, Stenson studies classical piano at the home of Werner Wolf Glaser, (a German-born Swedish composer, conductor, pianist, professor, music critic and poet (1910-2006), who becomes his most important teacher and mentor for 15 years.

Anders Jormin is a Swedish jazz bassist and composer and a graduate of the Conservatory of Music in Gothenburg. Jormin has collaborated with prominent Norwegian jazz musicians. Internationally, he has distinguished himself through collaborations with jazz artists such as Elvin Jones and Charles Lloyd, and has been a strong supporting member of the Bobo Stenson Trio for years. Jormin is currently Professor of improvisation at the Music Conservatory in Gothenburg, has an honorary doctorate from the Sibelius Academy and is a part-time bass instructor at The Norwegian Academy of Music.

Jon Fält, from Gävle, a Swedish jazz musician. He grew up in Sandviken, where he began taking lessons by Stefan Bergkvist at the School of the Arts. Jon studied at the jazz School in Gavle, Skurup Folk High School and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He plays with some of Sweden’s foremost jazz groups like Bobo Stenson Trio, Yunkan 5 and 10, Lina Nyberg Pling and The Stoner.