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This jazz music has a fine blend of powerful modern complex rhythms and harmonies mixed with earthbound, primitive and soulful elements.
Fredrik has collected some of Sweden, Denmark and Norway’s finest young musicians where the deep communication in the group constitutes the foundation of Fredrik’s quartet
On the sparkling new album Constant Continuum, Kronkvist displays his versatile skills as a composer and an improviser.
Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet:
Fredrik Kronkvist – alto & soprano saxophone, Martin Sjöstedt – piano, Petter Eldh – bass, Snorre Kirk –drums
The media has often described Fredrik Kronkvist as a combination of Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, but with a clear own style rooted in be-bop with contemporary references. Kronkvist is an artist who has a deep connection with the New York-scene and has just finish a recording session in Brooklyn/NYC with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson who are some of the worlds finest musicians known from the bands of Joshua Redman, Charles Lloyd, Roy Hargrove ao.
Fredrik has also recently collaborated with interesting names from the contemporary scene such as Marcus Strickland, Jason Marsalis & Antonio Sanchez. With his group, the Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet, and his extrovert style he has made himself known as one of Europe’s heaviest alto saxophonists since winning the European International Jazz in Belgium 2003. Fredrik also received the award Newcomer of the Year selected by the Swedish National Radio 2003 and was selected as one of the top ten saxophonists to participate in the World Saxophone Competition at the London Jazz Festival 2004.
The Fredrik Kronkvist Quartet has done successfull European tours, among others concerts in London, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Berlin and has four albums out so far: Altitude - 2003, Maintain! - 2005, Ignition - 2007,and Constant Continuum - 2010.