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16 Feb 2017

Kvartetten Som Sprangde “Kattvals"1973 Sweden Prog Jazz Rock









Kvartetten Som Sprangde “Kattvals"1973 Sweden Prog Jazz Rock
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 "Kattvals" is a little known gem of Swedish 70s prog-rock scene. It's a pity that most of ambitious rock fans don't know "Kvartetten Som Sprängde" band and their only album. Their music is a combination of instrumental psychedelic rock, jazz-rock, heavy prog and some Scandinavian folk influences. Thanks to omnipresent organ floods they can be easily compared to other Swedish group "Hansson & Karlsson", however Finn Sjöberg's electric guitar makes a significant difference and brings to mind parallels to British heavy proggers from "Atomic Rooster".
Let's review these 7 great, instrumental tracks one by one:

1. "Andesamba" - fantastic, slightly schizophrenic beginning full of wild Hammond riffs and busy, Santanesque percussion. After 2 minutes tempo becomes a bit lower and we can enjoy some nostalgic guitar soloing.

2. "På en sten" - jazzy composition with relaxed tempo and non obstructive guitar playing, based upon warm organ background. In the second half of the song Fred Hellman proves that he can play piano as well as organ and Finn Sjöberg supports him with his charming, folk-influenced flute sounds.

3. "Gånglåt från Valhallavägen" - the longest and the best track on the album. I love this Scandinavian folk melody which reminds me of medieval, Viking times of "heroes & dragons" and so on. At first music is led by gorgeous guitar lines and later Hammond "strikes back" with extremely well played, nostalgic notes. There's just impossible that you won't tap your feet while listening to this pure gem. I'm sure that Pär Lindh & Björn Johansson were inspired by this band and were listening to them a lot before their 3 albums - "Bilbo", "Discus Ursi" & "Dreamsongs From Middle Earth" - were recorded.

4. "Kattvals" - track which gave a title for the whole album is a very energetic instrumental full of flashy, almost ELP-ish organ solos. Successful mix of heavy prog soloing, jazzy rhythms and folk guitar melodies.

5. "The Sudden Grace" - another winner of the album! It's mainly Hammond-led freak out but with enough guitar moments to keep everyone happy. Can be easily compared to Atomic Rooster's instrumentals but it's more melodic and restraint.

6. "Vågspel" - it's a composition which the most reminds me music of "Hansson & Karlsson" duo. Situation of complete lack of guitar gives a space for melancholic organ floods. Really relaxed, highly melodic piece.

7. "Ölandsshuffle" - very energetic but slightly too repetitive tune, this time rather dominated by guitar riffs, however Fred also plays 2 tasteful jazzy organ solos here. Nothing special but enjoying track.

Overall "Kattvals" is a hidden gem of Swedish music which should be especially entertaining for fans of organ-driven prog-rock with melancholic, "Scandinavian" feel, just like "Hansson & Karlsson", "Fläsket Brinner", "Sound Express", "Råg i Ryggen", "Swedish Family", "Bootcut" and "Pär Lindh & Björn Johansson". Fans of "Atomic Rooster" and early "Santana" should also like these exciting organ/guitar duels included on the album...... by ozzy_tom ................

KVARTETTEN SOM SPRANGDE were an obscure Swedish band who released just one album back in 1973. The band's name means "The quartet that blew up". They were a quartet originally but at this point they are a trio of drums, guitar and organ although we do get some piano and flute. I'm sure this band was influenced by fellow Swedes FLASKET BRINNER as they play in that same jamming style only this band might be a little more dynamic with more prominant organ.
While FLASKET BRINNER might be the band they closest resemble that doesn't hold true on the opening track "Andesamba". This is SANTANA influenced all the way. Love the groove of this one with the abundance of percussion, organ and ripping guitar. A calm after 2 minutes as the organ dominates then the guitar and drums return 3 1/2 minutes in as the organ continues. "Pa En Sten" is mellow as flute and a light beat lead early on. The organ floats in then the guitar replaces the flute after a minute. Piano replaces the guitar after 3 minutes then the flute is back to end it.

"Ganglat Fran Valhallavagen" opens with what sounds like cow bells as the organ floats in and the guitar helps out. The drums come in replacing the bells.This is really FLASKET BRINNER-like here. Love the guitar as the organ and drums continue. The organ leads after 4 1/2 minutes then the guitar leads after 7 minutes once again. "Kattvals" is actually fairly similar to the previous track in style as they jam. The organ leads after 2 minutes. "The Sudden Grace" is a smokey number as the guitar comes in around a minute while that catchy beat with organ continues. The organ leads after 2 minutes. Nice. The guitar is back before 4 minutes. "Vagspel" is mellow with floating organ throughout. Cool tune. "Olandsshuffle" is an uptempo jam with the guitar and organ taking turns leading......by Mellotron Storm .........

 Great but extremely short-lived Swedish trio.Fred Hellman on keyboards played with the bands Down Beat Crowd and Zoom in the 60's, while drummer Rune Carlsson had already entered the Swedish Progg scene as a collaborator of Bo Hansson and Björn J:son Lindh.The trio was completed with talented guitarist Finn Sjöberg, who played also the flute and bass.Kvartetten Som Sprängde's only album came out in 1973 on the tiny Gump label.
With a mix of Psychedelic Rock and certain Classical, Jazz and Scandinavian inspirations, Kvartetten Som Sprängde played an interesting Prog Fusion with an elaborate sound, which often bursts extreme amounts of energy and fading 60's colors through the heavy use of (Farfisa?) organ.Bands like KEBNEKAISE, HANSSON & KARLSSON and RAGNAROK are the most obvious comparisons.Led by a flawless drumming and some intense grooves, the music passes through folky tunes, played on Sjoberg's guitar, and massive, heavy organ runs to jazzy textures and haunting, Classical-drenched themes, the comfort of the trio to switch between different moods being absolutely incredible.The vintage organ comes from late-60's and the jazzy flavors are cleverly adapted in a Heavy/Psych Rock matrix.At times these guys get even virtuosic and pretty loose with nice jams and furious solos, but soon they will get back in a structured mode with the Scandinavian taste being all around.The result is complex enough and well-crafted music, filled with rich and emphatic passages, you will hardly believe that only three musicians could create such dense musical ideas.

The trio backed up Bernt Staf on his solo album ''Valhall'' from the same year, before disbanding.Sjoberg had the best career of all three guys, releasing a personal album in 1978 and appearing in numerous albums as a guest musician, he also collaborated with Bo Hansson in 1975, while Carlsson, who had a strong Jazz background, remained involved mostly in Jazz-related projects.

Very nice jazzy, instrumental Psych/Prog, performed with passion.Great purchase for all fans of 70's Scandinavian Prog, as a couple of resissues do exist.Strongly recommended............by apps79 ...................

2016 repress. Subliminal Sounds presents the band Kvartetten Som Sprängde (trans. "The Quartet That Blasted") and their album Kattvals (trans. "Cat Waltz"). First-ever vinyl reissue of one of the most sought-after and beautiful psych rock/progressive/pre-jazz rock instrumental albums ever recorded in Sweden. Originally released during the summer 1973 on the obscure Gump label. Powered by a C-3 organ, Ludwig kit and 50-watt Marshall head with a home-built cabinet, the skilled three-piece band (not a quartet, as the band name would have you believe) absolutely soars on this record, blasting away fantastically. The delicate use of the studio echo-chamber lends a magical, gossamer reverb to the whole album's sound. Includes a 4-page insert with lots of never-before-published photos and extensive liner notes by Reine Fiske (Dungen, The Amazing, etc.)....................

Kvartetten Som Sprangde (The Quartet That Blasted) "Kattvals" ("Cat Waltz"). First ever vinyl reissue of one of the most sought after, and beautiful, psych rock, progressive pre-jazz rock instrumental albums ever recorded in Sweden. Originally released during the summer 1973 on the obscure Gump label. Powered by a C-3 organ, Ludwig kit and 50-watt Marshall head with a home-built cabinet, the skilled 3-piece band (not a quartet that the band name would have you believe) absolutely
soars on this record blasting away fantastically. The delicate use of the studio echo-chamber lends a magical, gossamer reverb to the whole album's sound. Includes a 4-page insert with lots of never before published photos and extensive liner notes by Reine Fiske. Limited edition of 500 copies.....................

Line-up / Musicians
- Fred Hellman, Hammond organ
- Rune Carlsson, drums
- Finn Sjöberg, guitar & flute

Songs / Tracks Listing

1) Andesamba (5:11)
2) På en sten (4:30)
3) Gånglåt från Valhallavägen (8:48)
4) Kattvals (4:48)
5) The Sudden Grace (4:52)
6) Vågspel (4:02)
7) Ölandsshuffle (3:14)

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