drums | Sweden
For over a decade, Swedish / Norwegian drummer, composer and creative spirit Anton Eger has made his mark as one of the most exciting and virtuosic drummers on the European Jazz scene. Those who have seen Eger perform live with the likes of Marius Neset and Phronesis and Marius Neset will know him for his natural flamboyance, intense showmanship. With his current album Æ, Eger’s confidence and craftsmanship are on full display and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Thanks to some deliciously hooky melodies, off-kilter beats and a melting-pot of production techniques, there’s no end to the music’s imagination, complexity and textures.
Æ is the highly-anticipated, eponymously titled debut from Swedish/Norwegian drummer, composer and creative spirit Anton Eger. Together with a heavyweight band, Anton Eger has pulled out all the stops for this genre-defying mix of electronica, hardcore contemporary beats and retro musical guilty pleasures. Anton Eger was very particular about the musicians he chose to interpret his music. There’s no shortage of talent and musicianship present in Æ. Special mention must likewise be extended to longtime collaborator Petter Eldh for his unimaginable creativity while producing the album alongside Eger. Æ is not just a drummer’s album. Yes, Eger is one of the most original and inventive drummers on the scene, but the writing, the production and the bandleading are all on par. Æ is an all-encompassing representation of a man at his most creative and spirited; a masterpiece of unpredictability that makes complexity sound simple and old ideas sound new. This is a debut without comparison and an album that is bound to propel Eger to new heights in 2019.
Niels Broos (keyboards), Matt Calvert (guitar and live processing), Anton Eger (drums), Robin Mullarkey (bass)