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Serenity is a double album by Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson recorded in 1999 and released on the ECM label.[1]

Serenity
Serenity (Bobo Stenson album).jpg
Studio album by
Released2000
RecordedApril 1999
Rainbow Studio, Oslo
GenreJazz
Length90:33
LabelECM
ECM 1740/1741
ProducerManfred Eicher
Bobo Stenson chronology
War Orphans
(1997)
Serenity
(2000)
Goodbye
(2002)

ReceptionEdit

The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested Core Collection.[2] The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Simply put, there are no records like the Stenson Trio's Serenity. The band has outdone themselves by their slow, careful development over three records and has become one of the premier rhythm trios on the planet. Serenity is not only the group's coup de grace, but also a jazz masterpiece of the highest order".[3] The JazzTimes review by Stuart Nicholson stated "Here, Stenson emerges as an original voice within jazz, which in these renascent times is cause enough for celebration".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Penguin Guide to Jazz    [2]
Allmusic     [3]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Bobo Stenson except as indicated

Disc One:

  1. "T." (Anders Jormin) - 6:46
  2. "West Print" - 2:24
  3. "North Print" (Jormin) - 2:04
  4. "East Print" (Jon Christensen) - 2:42
  5. "South Print" - 2:32
  6. "Polska of Despair (II)" (Lorens Brolin) - 4:41
  7. "Golden Rain" - 5:16
  8. "Sweet Pea" (Wayne Shorter) - 6:55
  9. "Simple & Sweet" (Jormin) - 8:17
  10. "Der Pflaumenbaum" (Hanns Eisler) - 4:31

Disc Two:

  1. "El Mayor" (Silvio Rodríguez) - 5:29
  2. "Fader V (Father World)" - 7:23
  3. "More Cymbals" (Christensen, Jormin, Stenson) - 4:18
  4. "Extra Low" (Christensen, Jormin, Stenson) - 0:41
  5. "Die Nachtigall" (Alban Berg) - 4:51
  6. "Rimbaud Gedicht" (Eisler) - 3:15
  7. "Polska of Despair (I)" (Brolin) - 6:55
  8. "Serenity" (Charles Ives) - 5:20
  9. "Tonus" - 6:13

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ECM discography accessed October 13, 2011
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. "Bobo Stenson". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 1339. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed October 13, 2011
  4. ^ Nicholson, S. JazzTimes Review October 2000