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Frank Carlberg
Blind Drive  (AC-4400, released 1992)

"A spare ruminative sound, with the Finnish pianist's formality and precision
suggesting Keith Jarrett in a dark mood." 
-Jon Andrews, Down Beat

"The interplay is remarkable." 

-James Rozzi, No Name Jazz News

Personnel: Frank Carlberg, pn; Ben Street, bs; Michael Sarin, dms; George Schuller, dms (7,8,9).

Tracks: 1.Speed; 2.Tango; 3.Spare I; 4. Slo-Drag; 5.Trinkle Tinkle; 6.Monk's Mood; 7.Circus Suite; 8.Spare II; 9.Blind Drive; 10.Minuet; 11.2300 Skiddoo; 12.Chorale.

The Crazy Woman (AC-4401, released 1996)

"The Crazy Woman" contains Carlberg's vocal settings of poetry by Jack Kerouac, Wallace Stevens, Anna Akhmatova, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anselm Holloand others. Not conventional jazz tunes, the poetry settings here are challenging but not abrasive, a fascinating twist on the use of lyrics in jazz.

Carlberg is joined by the cream of the new generation of downtown NY jazzers. Vocalist (and Carlberg's wife) Christine Correa has performed orrecorded with Ran Blake, Mick Goodrick, Steve Lacy and in the vast Indian film industry. Tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek has recorded or performed with Paul Motian, Wolfgang Muthspiel and Jimmy Weinstein ("nostalgia,"Accurate AC-5009). Bassist Ben Street has appeared with Lee Konitz, TimBerne, Joey Calderazzo, Gene Bertoncini and many other. Drummer Kenny Wolleson's credits include: John Zorn, Bobby Bradford, the New Klezmer Trio and Wolfgang Muthspiel.

Carlberg's groups are always telepathically tight, musically economical, rhythmically sharp and surprising, and "The Crazy Woman" band is no exception. Correa is gifted with a gorgeous, full voice, and the players have beautiful, relaxed approaches to their instruments.