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Viktoria Tolstoy & Jacob Karlzon - A Moment of Now (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Viktoria Tolstoy & Jacob Karlzon - A Moment of Now (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Viktoria Tolstoy & Jacob Karlzon
Title: A Moment of Now
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © ACT Music + Vision GmbH & Co. KG
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:04:08
Recorded, sound design, mixed and mastered by Lars Nilsson, April 22 – 24, 2013 at Nilento Studio, Gothenburg

The great melodramatist of jazz Viktoria Tolstoy & her longtime companion on piano Jacob Karlzon present 14 of their all time favourites – just in duo, intimate, intensive and full of magic.

Viktoria Tolstoy is Swedish but is also the great, great granddaughter of the renowned Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy. On this album she sings material drawn from the worlds of pop music, jazz and even classical music. She is accompanied by Jacob Karlzon who also composed the music for one of the songs, Scent of Snow.
First time around, I wasn’t altogether convinced by the choice of songs on the album. Tolstoy and Karlzon have been a team for almost fifteen years and selected these particular tunes, some because they were familiar and appealing, others because they were new and represented a fresh challenge. On first hearing, I felt that some, at least, were unsatisfactory especially when contrasted with how Viktoria performs Cole Porter’s I Concentrate on You, the one traditional standard to be found here. It’s a convincing rendition, showing what she can do when lyrics and music are of real quality.
Having said that, I found many of the songs grew on me. Viktoria herself has a distinctive voice, jazz-influenced but with more than a touch of soul. She repays repeated listening. She can make the move from a gentle whisper to a more dramatic full-throated sound and she always sings with clarity. Jacob Karlzen’s style ranges from pensive, sensitive piano to a more punchy accompaniment, where required. I liked his playing particularly on his own composition Scent of Snow, where tune and words make for a happy combination.
What, then, are the highlights? Deep River has a strong tune, well sung by Tolstoy, with Karlzon contributing a meditative solo passage on what is a beautiful theme. Red Rain, a Peter Gabriel original, features good interpretive work by Viktoria and, at times, forceful support by Karlzen. A Moment of Now is an affecting ballad with a sublime Pat Metheny tune and strong lyrics by Anna Alerstedt, to which Viktoria and Jacob do full justice. Against All Odds is a familiar Phil Collins number, again well performed. Hand in My Pocket offers a more upbeat piece and receives a lively showing from both artistes. Lessons in Love is another lovely melody and is rewarded by strong performances.Scent of Snow, already mentioned, is a quirky piece. Karlzon, improvising well, at times put me in mind of the folk tradition. Send One Your Love is a sentimental Stevie Wonder composition where Jocke Bergstrom shares the vocal honours with Tolstoy. The tracks mentioned are those that carried most appeal for me. Others I judge less successful, to varying degrees.
Viktoria has kept good company in the wider jazz world, for instance, McCoy Tyner, Ray Brown and Toots Thielemans. On the strength of this disc, she probably deserves her status as one of Sweden’s most accessible jazz singers. --James Poore, MusicWeb International

1. I Can Let Go Now 04:47
2. Deep River 04:58
3. Red Rain 05:05
4. A Moment Of Now 04:14
5. Against All Odds 04:26
6. Hand In My Pocket 03:37
7. Taking It All Too Hard 02:48
8. Lessons In Love 05:34
9. Shadow And Light 05:30
10. Satisfied 04:43
11. I Concentrate On You 05:37
12. Scent Of Snow 04:24
13. Send One Your Love 04:34
14. Northern Star 03:45

Viktoria Tolstoy - vocals
Jakob Karlzon - Steinway grand piano, pump organ, celesta, Fender Rhodes
Special Guest on Send One Your Love:
Jocke Bergström - vocals

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