Bobo Stenson isn’t a household name among jazz pianists such as Brubeck, Jarrett, or Jamal, but he is up there at the top among piano jazz aficionados. He cut his teeth as a kid in his native Sweden, playing with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Gary Burton and Don Cherry.
Later the redoubtable sufi mystic reedman Charles Lloyd chose him for his quartet, following earlier pianistic DNA of Jarrett, Michel Petrucciani, and other wizards.
Bobo’s new album on ECM is called Indicum. It’s one of those albums you can enjoy from start to finish–not always a given–I can’t recommend this graceful, lambent music enough.
Here he is playing an original called “Olivia” from 2009:
and a stunning version of the moving Mercedes Sosa classic “Alfonsina y el Mar”, also from 2009: sorry about the ad preceding it…