Mats Ingvarsson is a bassplayer who has acquired his musical overview from the driver seat next to the drummer in many and diverse contexts. Here he has gathered an electric quartet to inject some HOPE. His deep roots in soul and funk as well as love for acoustic jazz has led him to collect some originals and pair them with a few covers to make an eclectic album. There are guest appearances from hornplayers and Mats sings on some tracks when the quartet isn't shining on its own.
Mats Ingvarsson, bass player from the south of Sweden, started out as a soul and funk player but later acquired the tastes and abilities to work as a double bass player in the acoustic jazz scene. He's been freelancing and teaching for many years and worked with the likes of: Geri Allen trio, Soul Quality Quartet, Damn/Timbuktu, Almaz Yebio, Fredrik Kronkvist, Anders Bergcrantz,, Ola Åkerman, Miriam Aida, A Bossa Elétrica, Sofi Hellborg, Jan Lundgren, Mathias Landaeus, Monday Night Big Band (Malmö), Torbjörn Righard, Simone Moreno a o.
”Besides a fascinating musician himself, Mats Ingvarsson certainly is a team player, he lets all the members of his band shine in their solos and specialties. Although this is a flawless, very professionally recorded album, it still has this sense of improvising that makes it, together with the well-chosen interesting covers, even more accessible and attractive. I would like to recommend this album as a ‘must have’ and even if you, music lover, don’t listen that often to jazz: try this one, you won’t regret it!”
- Johanna J. Bodde insrgentcountry