Spjärnsvallet: Again and Again

Posted 2014-11-02

One of the first groups to dig deep into the ethnic musics of the world, Spjärnsvallet was formed in the early seventies when Bengt Berger who had studied music in India (and was on his way to Ghana), met Christer Bothén who had learned in Mali (and was on his way to Morocco) for a long collaboration with Don Cherry beginning 1973 in New York where INNOCENCE is recorded. This was the starting point for the group with likeminded associates Nikke Ström and Kjell Westling. In 1975 we recorded the minor classic album Spjärnsvallet together. Some material that was not released then or was shortened to fit the LP format make up the main part of this album plus a recording the three of us did just now: AGAIN – in remembrance of deceased multi instrument genius Kjell Westling, where we improvise around a couple of the tunes we used to play 40 years back.—