Krantz

Seven years ago, when Richard Krantz already was part of the band Yukon Ak, he embarked on a journey to discover the roots to the slide guitar, and after a long summer as a truck driver for Volvo, he managed to buy a pedal steel and a lap steel guitar.
Today, he is one of the most recognized slide guitar players in Sweden, and has been part of over 50 studio recordings and live performances.
A meeting with Jazz musician Nils Berg inspired Richard to develop his own songs for pedal steel. At the same time he started Krantz, a Stockholm based instrumental band which has been active for two years now.
His music builds on a certain theme and improvisations. His inspirations are from movies, books, places and encounters. Krantz found a public in both jazz clubs and rock and pop stages.
On his genre crossing debut album “Siberia” are the steel guitars in focus with the cinematic and shifting presence of the instrumental music.
Is it Jazz? When Martin Höper’s dancing double base, Anders Olsson’s wonderful percussions and Richard Karlöf’s fl uffed synthesizer makes the ground for the melodies and bandmaster Richard Krantz’s slide music plays together with Nils Berg’s characteristic and lingering base clarinet, there is no need to name a genre.
Close your eyes and follow how the movie plays behind your eyelids instead. It might lead you to an uncharted place on the map of genres.

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Posted 16 april 2015

Posted 16 april 2015

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