EFG London Jazz Festival 2018

Thomas Backman

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Swedish reed player Thomas Backman and his band released the debut album ‘Did You Have A Good Day, David?’ In August 2018. The music combines elements of bebop and free jazz as much as from hip-hop, indie pop and chamber music.

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Nevertheless, Thomas isn’t a newcomer to the Swedish audiences. For 15 years he has been working as a bandmember in reputable groups such as Klabbes Bank, paavo and as a sideman to Sarah & Georg Riedel and Maia Hirasawa to name a few. In 2016 Thomas finally put together a group of his favourite musicians to form a band of his own. The members are award winning, well-known Swedish musicians. They have performed and recorded with artists such as Django Bates, Uri Caine, Filip Jers & Loney. After touring in Sweden 2017 the band went to Studio Dubious in Stockholm to record ‘Did You Have A Good Day, David?’.

The music on the album consists of 9 songs, all Thomas’ compositions, and 3 songs written with Josefine Lindstrand’s lyrics. Most of the songs are specially written for the band. In addition to the new songs Thomas has re-arranged a few of his older songs as well. The music combines elements of bebop and free jazz as much as from hip-hop, indie pop and chamber music. A unique, pioneering and ‘outside-the-box’ voice in jazz today. Thomas Backman: Alto & baritone saxophone, bass clarinet & clarinet Josefine Lindstrand: Vocals, keyboards, piano Oskar Schönning: Electric bass, guitar Julia Schabbauer: Drums, vocals, keyboard ”Indie-jazz.

That´s exactly what I´m thinking about the Stockholm premiere of Thomas Backman’s new band. I guess no one knows what it means, but it’s probably about attitude. It doesn´t need to be perfect in its form, but jazz is only one of several ingredients. The musicians aren´t that old and would rather have yellow sneakers (like Backman does) than shiny patent shoes (like Magnus Lindgren)” -Dan Backman, Orkesterjournalen

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