WRQ (Wistrand/Rytzler Quartet)  |

The Electric MZ - Tales of Trees. Released November 2022

Nods Off - Intro: Version. Released April 15, 2021.

Stefan Wistrand & Peter Olsen - Duo (1977). Released November 2023

The Electric MZ - Eternity & A Day. Released March 29, 2018.


- The legendary live album "Duo (1977)" by free jazz duo Stefan Wistrand & Peter Olsen was released in November 2023. Recorded at Huset in Örebro in 1977 and originally released on composer Leo Nilsson's shortlived label ViaKassett in 1978. For the cogniscenti there will be a very limited CD edition. Listen at the Einnicken/Pipaluck Bandcamp! And here is already a fine review:

"This is a reissue of a recording with the duo Stefan Wistrand and Peter Olsen from 1977, which first appeared on a cassette (ViaKassett) in 1978. Duo saxophone and drums is a distinctive format, with great expressive possibilities, like a number of musicians in jazz and improvisational music have tried over the years. Most famous are the duo recordings with John Coltrane and Rashied Ali from 1967.

What started as a quintet with saxophonist Jan Nirving, pianist Frederik Adlers and bassist Bronisław Suchanek eventually became a duo, when Eskilstuna saxophonist Stefan Wistrand and Örebro drummer Peter Olsen decided to play together.

Wistrand, who had tired of the soulless fusion music, as he puts it, wanted to move on inspired by free jazz and European improvisational music. Olsen with experience of pianist Per Henrik Wallin's trio, which included saxophonist Lars-Göran Ulander, who made the now classic free jazz record, New Figaro (Dragon Records) in 1975, was the perfect fellow musician for this creative exploration.

The duo's goal was, as Wistrand puts it: "to be able to work intuitively in the pure core of improvisation: i.e. to reach what we called `the third stage', where you were just 'played'. Loose structures and melodic fragments served as starting points for these journeys, which of course could be completely different from time to time."

I think they did well in the almost 30 minute suite Suite - The Free, The Old, - The Campaign Gallop - Till - Breakup which would have been longer but where the recording tape ran out. A varied music that starts from fragments of melodies that are processed in Wistrand's and Olsen's intimate and listening playing, but where you also let loose completely freely. It comes from the second set of the concert. There is even more energy in Stack - a - too, in a style reminiscent of Anthony Braxton meeting Charlie Parker with some quotes, as well as in the closing Is - is. Both from the first set.

A time document from a time when there wasn't much such music played in the country at all, especially not in Örebro, but also music that, thanks to its power and joy of playing, feels just as relevant today!"

Jazz/Orkester Journalen 2023

See the review in Swedish:

- In the works is a solo album by Stefan Wistrand made in an electronic environment. Working title "Stängt".

- The Electric MZ's latest album "Tales of Trees" is now released digitally. Avaliable on most platforms. But the utmost listening experience is of course the vinyl version of the album. Available in a limited 180 g edition. See under "Order/Contact" how to get it. Here we may cite from some fine reviews of "Tales of Trees": 

“It is evocative and ongoing music, beautiful, inviting and atmospheric, which puts one in a pleasant state. But also, music that can work in a club environment and encourage dancing. A musical journey that you need now when darkness falls outside the window and when the world outside can feel so bleak.”

Jazz/Orkester Journalen 2022/6


“Unlike in traditional jazz, no space is left for the musicians to make solo outbursts, but everyone submits to a common, "blended" sound. The rocking rhythm lulls the listener into a meditative mood that seems to stop time and generates a kind of eternal music, which may recall Nik Bärtsch's Ronin. Some may find that there is too little happening, others will let themselves be enveloped by the music and embark on a mental journey with an unknown destination.” 4 out of 5 rating.

Kulturdelen, November 30, 2022

"Fun to once again take part in an organic flow where groove, moods and long solos get a lot of space. In this way, the group joins the pioneering era of the genre with greats such as Miles Davis and Weather Report. /.../ The result is quite evocative where the group dynamic celebrates triumphs, they have crackling energy between them where there is also plenty of room for swirling solos."

Lira Musikmagasin, 2023/1



Wednesday, February 8, 6 p.m.

Stefan Wistrand & Peter Olsen @ Balsta Café, Eskilstuna

Saturday, February 25

Stefan Wistrand & Peter Olsen @ Västerås Konsthall

Friday, March 31, 7 p.m.

The Electric MZ @ Norr, Eskilstuna

Saturday, April 1

The Electric MZ @ private event

Friday, May 19, 7 p.m.

WRQ @ Norr, Eskilstuna

Wednesday, July 26, 5.30 p.m.

Stefan Wistrand & Mattias Greén @ Picnic i Parken, Eskilstuna

Saturday, August 5, 3.45 p.m.

WRQ @ Birdhouse Concert #3, Landsvägsgatan 11, Sparreholm 

Saturday, September 30, 10.15 p.m.

Stefan Wistrand & Mattias Greén @ Kulturnatten, Eskilstuna

Saturday, October 14, 9 p.m.

Ersson Duo (Stefan Wistrand & Tommy Adolfsson) @ Passage, Eskilstuna

Friday, October 20, 7 p.m.

Stefan Wistrand with the House Band @ Norr, Eskilstuna

Friday, November 10, 9 p.m.

Stefan Wistrand & Peter Olsen @ Passage, Eskilstuna
(Release concert for "Duo (1977)")

Friday, November 24, 7 p.m.

Stefan Wistrand, Hans Loelv & Claes Fall @ Norr, Eskilstuna


Friday, May 6 

The Electric MZ @ private event 

Wednesday, June 29, 7 p.m.

WRQ @ Norr, Eskilstuna

Wednesday, July 27, 12 p.m.

WRQ @ Östra Torget, Torshälla

Saturday, July 30
Wistrand/Rytzler Duo @ private event

Sunday, August 15, 3 p.m.

Stefan Wistrand & Mattias Greén @ Stadsparken, Eskilstuna

Friday, August 19, 6 p.m.

Stefan Wistrand & Mattias Greén @ Norr, Eskilstuna

Saturday, September 17, 11 p.m.

Stefan Wistrand & Mattias Greén @ Kulturnatten, Eskilstuna

Saturday, October 15, 5.30 p.m.

Ersson Duo (Tommy Adolfsson & Stefan Wistrand) @ Wijsfestivalen, Västermo bygdegård

Saturday, October 15, 10 p.m.

Ersson Duo (Tommy Adolfsson & Stefan Wistrand) @ Passage, Eskilstuna

Friday, November 18, 7 p.m.

The Electric MZ @ Biografbaren, Eskilstuna
(Release concert for "Tales of Trees")

Thursday, November 24, 7 p.m.

The Electric MZ @ Melodybox, Hägersten 
Opening act: The Family Bible

Saturday, December 3, 7.30 p.m.

The Electric MZ @ Närke Kulturbryggeri, Örebro



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