The Importance of Musical Connection
I have been recently listening to Lalle Larsson's "Weaveworld" project, which is a three-album series organized by this amazing Swedish composer and pianist. There are many things which stand out to me about this series, but it all comes down to one theme - connection to music.
A project of this scope is inspiring not only because of the beauty of the music, but the dedication Larsson had to putting the whole thing together. He mentions in an interview that he started composing many of the songs as far back as his teenage years. It was only in his adult life that he had the resources to put the project together, and he knew the people who would really play the parts in the way he desired.
This song opens with a bass solo (the album series features fretless bass throughout by Jonas Reingold). There is also another great solo from Hallebeek and Larsson. The piano solo is a special treat. I really love the composition, too. But, I think the most powerful part of the song is right at the end, when Hallebeek and Larsson are trading bars.You can really hear how powerful the connection between the musicians is, and how much they love working together.
To play this kind of music, you have to be in touch with your instrument, with your body, with the songs, and with the people you are working with. All of these factors come together, after years of work, in the final display of the song as it is played. In the case of "Weaveworld", the final product is a beautiful trilogy of albums, which flow together naturally, and with an increasingly strong connection between the musicians in the band. Just listen to the solos in the song "Lemuria"!