12 Points Artists

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Stockholm, Sweden

With just one CD under their belt, Paavo are creating an agreeable commotion on the Swedish jazz scene with music that revels in quirks and whimsy, happily oscillating between a poppy sensibility, large ensemble riguour and noisy abandon. Managing a  neat trick in being instantly catchy and yet highly intricate, Paavo's ambitious and  persuasive  written material is courtesy  of  pianist Cecilia Persson and  vocalist  Sofia Jernberg. The latter is  an Ethiopian born  songbird who evokes  Portugal's great Maria Joao and she dovetails buoyantly with the group's three reedmen Thomas Backman, Pierre-Antoine Badaroux  and Nils Berg, back at 12 Points after leading a  fine quintet in the 07 edition. Bassist Clas Lassbo and drummer Gustav Nahlin are the fresh faces that complete a septet with plenty of musical steel beneath its engaging velvet glove.