Fascinating music with roots in the bebop Goran Schelin CHANGES Charisma (Gorsch Productions) * * * * * (Five Stars - Brilliantly) Gorsch Productions is a new record label from the south part of Sweden made up by professional musicians who want to work and create modern jazz of their own without any external effects. The very first release by GP is Goran Schelin Changes and this quartet is well qualified. It is all about contemporary jazz with the roots in the bebop. It is an appetizing preperation and shows that this is the best modern jazzgroup in Sweden today. Just listen at 'Easy Street' Sign: Goran Engstrom Smalands Newspaper Sweden CD´s Changes Charisma ( Gorsch Productions ) JAZZ 4 I get touched to tears by the immense power in 'Heureka' and uptil then I already get goose pimples of the poem in 'The Wizard'. This music has world class and it's brutal energy and openess is like a trip were the happiness spreads out in the head from song to song. The bassist Göran Schelin has collected people that electrifies each other and makes the creative joy to swell. The atmosphere is totally clear for Tomas Franck as in contemporary bopstyle moves between different dimensions, more lyric and open-minded than I ever heard him before. In the suggestive 'Reasons to fly' he want with his snazzy tenorsound give us a thousand of reasons to fly. And he is energetic chased by the composer himself, the pianist Jacob Karlzon, who not yet get catched in his own way to play but with brave surprises with new music formulaes and whose youthful drive splashes of hormones. Göran Schelins funky bassplaying has trustworthy authority without to be emphasized, but with a crucial security for the hole group. Peter Nilssons drumplaying is simply brilliant. Nine tracks, seven written by the members of the group and with really good melodies. Knut Johansson Helsingborgs Dagblad 20th August 2005 Changes has succeded again Jazz * * * * 4 stars - excellent Göran Schelin Changes (Charisma) Christer Nilsson Ystad/Trelleborg Allehanda 25 Augusti 2005 Excellent Swedish jazz JAZZ Göran Schelin Changes: »Charisma«. ?????? Gorsch Productions In a little town in the south part of Sweden, Staffanstorp not far from Malmo has a pocket full of professional musicians decided to make a new record label of their own, Gorsch Productions. This company has released their very first CD wich now are available on the streets. Göran Schelin bandleader and bassplayer, has earlier released a CD with this group Changes who consists of, tenorsaxophonist Tomas Franck, Jacob Karlzon piano and Peter Nilsson drums. Together they now has recorded »Charisma«, most original compositions but also one by Bill Frazier and one by Dizzy Gillespie. Those four musicians has a perfect understanding and interplay for each other, were they with both technical and musical are able to create images and atmosphere from the best side of the American jazz-tradition. However, most exciting is the compositions of their own. JydskeVestkysten Denmark | Wednesday 7. September 2005 Changes Was formed and saw the light of day in 1998 and has created quite a stir with performances very much appreciated by audiences, promotors and critics. The groups ability to improvise around the set form of a composition, daring to break new ground, never leaning on 'safe beats' is a strength Changes has and wants to further nourish. With these particular musicians there is an ocean of experiences and knowledge of jazzmusic in different styles. Delicious compositions with strong melodies. Powerful Jazz. Interesting, exciting and beautiful. Contemporary classical jazz, fresh and free with a typical nordic jazz-sound, are further words of praise put in print by jazzcritics after experiencing Göran Schelin Changes on the jazzscene. Contemporary, Powerful, Expressive jazz written and composed by all members. Four musicians with four different musical experience have found a new exciting 'meeting place', and with influences from swing, hardbop, avantgarde, latin and fusion as well is this jazz music with a big vitality and extent. A STRONG GROUP WITH STRONG MUSICIANS PLAYING STRONG MUSIC Göran Schelin Staffanstorp Sweden, double-bass, bandleader of Changes. Also member in Vincent Nilsson Quartet, Pernille Bevort Octet, Beijbom/ Kroner Big Band among others. Tomas Frank tenor-saxophone, living in Copenhagen Denmark. Member of Doug Raney Quartet, Ed Thigpen Quintet and has been a member for a long time in the Danish Radio Big Band and several other groups of world renown. Jacob Karlzon Malmö Sweden, a world renown piano player as a leader and sideman as well. Jacob plays with Tolvan Big Band, Victoria Tolstoy and in his own JK Big 5. Peter Nilsson drums, from Malmö Sweden, member of Peter Asplund Quartet, Plunge, Bobo Stenson, Palle Danielsson, Tolvan Big Band among others... Notices & Reviews Skanska Dagbladet 2004-11-15 by Jan Olsson Four stars of five Changes reached the boiling point New Wermland Newspaper 2004-11-25 by Johnny Olsson Modern acoustic hardbop with unnecessary curlicues, is the presentation of this group and it is the most honest and straightforward description it could be. It is in the stream of the 60 ths called hardbop this quartet have their roots, it means high energy, both modal thinkin´ and advanced harmonic, tight ensembleplay and a strong rhythmic force in everything what´s happening, irrespective of tempo and mainatmospere. A STRONG GROUP WITH STRONG MUSICIANS PLAYING STRONG MUSIC. Vaster-Botten Kuriren 2004-11-20 by Leif Larsson A Memorable Jazz Evening Four ripen musicians who´s found their expression together. Bohuslans Newspaper 2004-11-13 by Nils Holmqvist Impressive Changes hit the spot with strong intensity from four of the best musicians in Scandinavia. Wermlands Public Newspaper 2004-11-25 by Olle Herngren From lyric and airy to hard swing The compositions made by Schelin, Franck and Karlzon gives the soloists of all members a big freedom.Göran Schelin´s Heureka with expressive solos on the bass, piano and from Tomas Franck who must be one of the best saxophone player in Europe ' His way to play on the bass is always the heartpoint of the music and it´s steady ground. He takes that position with authority and obvious presence. And when he speak out as soloist it´s allabout essentials; you will be excused from the standardized exhibition lines. ' Johnny Olsson Nya Wermlands Tidning ' Lyrical, airy to hard swing. ' Olle Hernegren Värmlands Folkblad ' With his steady, clearly, sharply bassplaying and his excellent compositions served both to inspiration and a safe starting-point. Jan Olsson Skånska Dagbladet 'Göran Schelin´s powrful, broad, warm sound and his well-balanced language on his double-bass took him into a keyposition.' Zurichsee Zeitung Rene´Worni 'This bassist-led quintet bash could have come from the Blue Note studios Three decades earlier. Tenorist Tomas Franck gives it a funky, straight-ahead feel. Chunky compositions, mainly by Schelin. This is classic old ground worth revisiting.' Jazz Review UK Anthony Troon Göran Schelin´s Changes Dragon Records DRCD 370 Powerful jazz at the theater 'Göran Schelin gets the lion´s share of the credit for this evening´s concert. Excellent music, exciting musicians and Göran himself is an amazing bassplayer.' Mariestads News Sweden Jan Backenroth 'Göran is one of the best bassplayers in southern Sweden. His big acoustic instrument is handled with technical perfection, a tender touch and excellent pitch. His warm, gentle vibrating sound touches the heart directly.' Smålandsposten Stig Jonasson 'Göran Schelin´s powerful bass.' Politiken Thorbjorn Sjogren 'Inspirational moments of music with Schelin and Franck' Ljusnan Thord Ehnberg 'With the release of Together, bassplayer Göran Schelin takes a definite step into the limelight. Although this CD was a long time coming, it was well worth the wait. The majority of the compositions are rooted in the bop tradition, but they have been freely nurtured and allowed to flourish and develop in different directions. There are traces of hardbop, bits of the 60s and some fusion. Still the variation feels remarkably homogenous and bears witness to Schelin's multifaceted background. Over his long career on the Swedish jazz scene, Schelin has been seen in such groups as the Beijbom-Kroner Big Band and the fusion group Wail. Today he is a part of the Vincent Nilsson Quartet led by the eponymous trombonist. Changes, which he founded in the early 90s, has seen a number of incarnations. Today's appearance includes sax player Tomas Franck, guitar player Rolf Nilsson, pianist Thomas Törnheden and drummer Peter Nilsson. Taken together it is a collection musicians capable of adding extra value to Göran Schelin's already multifarious pieces'. Jazzfacts Johan Sherwin.