Press

Reviews and comments about the

new album, In Between:

 

Winner of the readers poll for

Best Jazz Album 2021

-Jazz Magazine

"I want to draw parallels to Roy Hargrove and Ambrose Akinmusire"

-Jazz Magazine (Orkesterjournalen), Sweden

"A small miracle in 

today's jazzland, full of

lyricism and transcendence.

Outstanding.. Flawless album"

- Arnaldo DeSouteiro (producer, member of JJA and voting member of NARAS - GRAMMY)

 

"Alternately bold, expressive, comforting, and engaging,

.. among the year's best."

★★★★

-allaboutjazz.com 

 

"Responsive brilliance..

lifts towards the sky.

In Between is comfort for

sad souls"

★★★★★

 - Värmlands Folkblad, Sweden

 

"Very nice!

Enjoyed that immensely"

- Randy Brecker 

"Erik Palmberg has really carved out his own expressive sound with threads in Nordic music and stable moorings in the bollards of jazz. This is a first-class production and an effective contribution to a living jazz tradition. "

- Opulens, Sweden

 

"bursting with ideas and themes that result in a musically perfect symbiosis"

-jazzreporter.com, Germany

"beautiful..

manages the tradition in a lively and personal way"

★★★★

-Kulturdelen, Sweden

"A very distinctive sound"

★★★★★★★★★☆

-Musicalmemoirs Jazz Blog, USA

"Poetic volume of first-class music"

"With the album "In Between", Erik Palmberg, apart from everything that is the best in Scandinavian music, also makes a deep tribute to the classical jazz tradition."

- Babskim Uchem, jazz blog, Poland

"A new star on the

jazz horizon"

-take5jazz.nl

"Here are the roots of jazz's deepest soil and not least the music breathes Swedish tradition and those blue tones are present almost everywhere.

Erik Palmbergs album belongs in the fine rooms of jazz"

-Dalademokraten, Sweden

"In Between is a beautiful album.

A mature, graceful and harmonious album, recorded with deep-seated lyricism"

-Turkish Jazz Portal, cazkolik.com

"Lira likes" - "The roots of jazz meet a distinctive European, sometimes Nordic sound.. timeless.

poetic album"

-Lira music magazine

 

" a certain detached mood that allows the musicians to create a world of their own.
..what matters is the music created by his group manages to stand out.. Overall we are faced with a complex work, well blended, mixed by a meditative and constantly relaxed aspect. ..a mosaic of iridescent moods, iridescent like snow crystals."

- Off Topic Magazine, Italy 

"Another indicator of the strength and depth on the Scandinavian jazz scene "

- Jazztoday, radio UK

"Palmberg's own compositions are both imaginative and quietly reflective, at the same time as he allows himself to push boundaries."

-ltz.se Sweden

"Sophisticated,

serious and solid"

- Drasunsun jazz blog, Japan

"The album brings perfectly refined instrumental music full of captivating melodies and harmony"

-Longplay, Poland

" Gentle expressions, interesting unison, live improvisations, melodic caresses, soothing wanderings, ... Simply a balm for today's hectic world and "messy" nerves! Great!"

★★★★

-Skjazz, Slovakia

"shows what a brilliant soloist he is, where his playing is reminiscent of greats like Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and Tom Harrell

..a thoroughly very tasteful album "

- 7 Övik, Sweden

 

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Featured on

P2 jazzradion, Sweden

Yle Jazzklubi, Finland

DR (multiple shows), Denmark

Jazz London Radio, UK

Jazz Today, Cambridge,UK

Polish National Radio, RDC, Poland

RTVS National Radio, Slovakia

Lithuanian National Radio

Couluers Jazz Paris, France

RTBF Radio, Belgium

take5jazz, Netherlands

Featured on Spotify editorial playlists:

Jazz X press

Jazz Today

 催眠爵士/ Hypnotic Jazz

Featured on Qobuz editorial playlist:

Nordic Jazz

Reviews and comments about the debut album, First Lines:

"2018 has been a year of many outstanding and surprising new records. One worth special notice is First Lines by Swedish trumpeter Erik Palmberg and his quartet. Featuring mostly original compositions, the music is fresh and crisp yet steeped in jazz tradition."

- Article by Jim Worsley, Allaboutjazz

 

"With strong accompaniment from Dromberg, Nahlin, and Waern, Erik Palmberg has expressed his own jazz sensibilities within the embodiment of vintage and quintessential jazz.

These rich compositions are notably tempered and melodic. The arrangements enable four skillful and accomplished musicians to fuse together as an ensemble, as well as to stretch and shine individually."
- Album review, Jim Worsley, Allaboutjazz

 

"DN congratulates: Erik Palmberg, jazz trumpeter. Airy, lyrical jazz that sounds as if it was recorded in the heyday of jazz in the 50's " - Hans Kronbrink, DN

"I enjoyed hearing you weave your way through the changes especially HOW DEEP and CON ALMA, both not easy. One must “Pay Attention”to handle them honestly. You are so fortunate to have been influenced by Jan Allan…but so am I !"

- International jazz trumpet artist, Bobby Shew

Concert reviews

"The album features two more standard songs, Dizzy Gillespies Con Alma and the Bill Evans ballad Turn out the Stars, which provide rich samples of Palmberg's lyrical qualities. The composition Natural Rhythm justifies its title with a fluid play from the whole group, which in the conventional setting gets extra pregnancy. Pianist Anton Dromberg matches Palmberg's airy, thoughtful playing style well in the concluding duo number Sortie. Erik Palmberg's record debut feels well timed " - Album review, Ulf Thelander, Orkesterjournalen

 

Bebop mixed with a lot of lyrical songs. ..also superb performances by other participants: pianist Anton Dromberg, bassist Peder Waern and drummer Gustav Nahlin. ..a nice debut of a quartet we will probably hear more from. " - Album review Lira, Andreas Lagercrantz

 

Erik Palmberg Quartet feat Karin Hammar, Stockholm Jazz Festival

"Erik Palmberg Quartet put the stripped-down, melodic lyrical in focus" - Concert review, Ulf Thelander, Orkesterjournalen

 

Horncraft, Stockholm Jazz Festival

"A number of musicians perform large-scale feats, a favor to be able to listen to them up close. Album debutant- exclamation mark, trumpeter Erik Palmberg, was for me a new acquaintance" - Concert review, Kulturbloggen

Words from the judges:

"...a musician that knows how to treat a standard, adding a new approach, a fresh air but keeping the original meaning of the song. Nice instrumentation with Fender Rhodes too."

- Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Journalist, Jazz & Brazilian Music Historian, Record Producer, Publicist, Arranger, Percussionist, Educator, member of Jazz Journalists Association

"Well executed, well played and sound like a band"

- Chris Hodgkins, Musician, writer, broadcaster - Jazz London Radio, Pure Jazz Radio)

Erik Palmberg, finalist in 2018 International Virtual Jazz Contest!

Check out the video,
"I Remember You" 

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