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Songs About This and That is a studio album by English saxophonist John Surman with Norwegian vocalist Karin Krog that was recorded on 23 and 24 April 2013 and released by Meantime on 29 November 2013.

Songs About This and That
Studio album by
Released29 November 2013
Recorded23 and 24 April 2013
StudioRainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway
ProducerJohn Surman, Karin Krog
John Surman chronology
Saltash Bells
Songs About This and That
Invisible Threads


A total of ten songs about «this and that», amounted commissioned works jointly composed by the duo Karin Krog and John Surman for the Vossajazz 2010.[1] Nine of these is comprise this release. The critique Dave Gelly, of The Observer, in his review of the album Songs About This And That, states:

... These nine songs, jointly composed, bring out the special qualities of them both. Krog's apparently simple style has a clarity and precision that becomes more telling with the passage of time, while Surman never fails to surprise you with some new texture or sudden change of direction....[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Guardian     [2]


The Guardian review awarded the album 4 stars.[2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by John Surman & Karin Krog
  1. "Mirror Song" (1:37)
  2. "Cherry Tree Song" (6:12)
  3. "Question Song" (6:24)
  4. "Circle Song" (5:47)
  5. "Happy Song" (5:58)
  6. "Moonlight Song" (6:51)
  7. "Rain Song" (7:25)
  8. "Pebble Song" (6:02)
  9. "Monk Song" (5:09)



  • Artwork & graphic design – Nina Regine Hjelle
  • Producer – John Surman & Karin Krog
  • Recording & Digital Mastering – Jan Erik Kongshaug[3]


  1. ^ Wicklund, Erling (2010-04-08). "Gjenhør med "Songs About This And That"". Musical reviews (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  2. ^ a b c Gelly, Dave (2014-02-02). "Karin Krog & John Surman: Songs About This and That – review". The Guardian. Musical reviews. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  3. ^ "Karin Krog & John Surman – Songs About This And That". Retrieved 2014-04-15.

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