Calvin Massey (1928-1972) is virtually unknown with the exception of both highly knowledgeable jazz scholars and a small coterie of illustrious musicians who remain alive and were immensely indebted to Massey s musical influence and mentorship. Massey was a father figure and close friend to many of the greatest jazz musicians of the post-World War era until his early death in 1972. Massey was a trumpeter, but was most noted as a composer of magisterial works, of which his epic opus was The Black Liberation Movement Suite, an extended work of nine movements. Until now, the work had never been recorded in its entirety. Cal Massey ranked among the greatest jazz composers of the 20th century, included with Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra.
This is the second album from Väsen, made in 1992, and on it they develop their unique sound, style and ensemble playing even more. This album contains mostly tunes that Olov learnt from his teachers Curt Tallroth and Eric Sahlström, but also some new compositions by the members of the group, all of them played in interesting and tasteful arrangements. Olov Johansson on nyckelharpa, Roger Tallroth on guitar and Mikael Marin on viola are all extremely skilled on their instruments, and their music is full of playfulness and bubbling ideas.