Viktor Sjöberg (b. 1981) has been quite busy the last couple of years. Beside his intensive touring as a core member of Jens Lekmans live band, he has recorded solo albums and worked with other projects. One of these projects being this band: V.Sjöberg New Jazz Ensemble.
Viktor describes the band like this:
"In 2005 I named this constellation the V. Sjöberg New Jazz Ensemble. In a conversation that I once had with Douglas Holmquist, one of the original members of the V. Sjöberg New Jazz Ensemble, he reflected on the fact that "free jazz" in the Ornette Coleman-sense was sort of followed by an implicit exclamation mark and that this exclamation mark seem to have evaporated as the phrase went from being a call to arms into being a description of something formulaic and institutionalized.
The reasons behind forming this group, the V. Sjöberg New Jazz Ensemble, and calling it a New Jazz Ensemble isn’t really about something as catchphrase-friendly as "bringing that exclamation mark back!" It is just a humble comment on the sad fact that a lot of the time the word jazz is very limiting, both in the mind of the consumer and from the point of view of the musician/producer. It shouldn’t have to be, you know?"
Lover Man is the second album from V.Sjöberg New Jazz Ensemble. The first being the criticially acclaimed "Do nothing til you hear from me" which was released on iDeal recordings a couple of years ago. That one was roughly described as acoustic drone jazz. However "Lover Man" is another kind of album, not as much in its approach to the jazz genre as in its musical output. The sound has grown in every possible way.
Viktor himself tells us this about the album:
"The "Lover man project" is based around the song "Lover man" as written by Jimmy Davis, Ram Ramirez and Jimmy Sherman. It was written for Billie Holiday and although her version might still be considered to be the most popular, it soon became the jazz standard that it is to this day.
Through performing "Lover man" we shall study the concept of freedom. Is it really all that free?"
Released as a vinyl LP limited to 275 copies. Also released for digital download via iTunes, Spotify etc.