By this time most people in Sweden have heard the story of how Martin Jonsson
and Conny C. Lindström
started the club at Jazzclub Fasching and how they named it after an
album by Rashaan Roland Kirk. We know that Martin Jonsson and Christian
Falk formed the rhythm section and thus the core of the club
house-band. And we all experienced how they made Sweden conscious of
great soul music!
When Martin and Christian took Blacknuss further to record albums, they
invited many of the guests from the club. They put together such
brilliant musicians as Mattias Torell (guitarist of Eagle-Eye Cherry),
Malando Gassama, Desmond Foster, David Nyström, Pierre Swärd,
Esbjörn Svensson (of E.S.T.), Goran Kajfes and Per
“Ruskträsk” Johansson. To top that, they invited great
vocalists such as Titiyo (who has had an international hit with Come
Along), Robyn (who had a big hit in the States with Show Me Love) ,
Jennifer Brown, Lisa Nilsson, Stephen Simmonds, ADL, SwingFly, Dilba,
Viktoria Tolstoy and André De Lang. The result is music history.
So far the collective has recorded three albums; Made in Sweden, Allstars and 3.
The line-up has changed as much as the musical direction. In each and
every incarnation, Blacknuss has given the artists and musicians room
to be creative and free in mind. The large and dynamic collective took
off in the jazz oriented dance music of the early nineties to move on
via funk, disco and fusion, and has elegantly landed in the well
polished r’n’b of today.
With the drummer and producer, Martin Jonsson, as the assembling force,
Blacknuss has kept in pace with the evolving styles on the dance floor
without ever forgoing the rock solid groove. New talents have been
introduced in constellations with established stars, and covers such as
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Rising to the Top and It Should Have
Been You have been mixed with own material and instrumental jazzfusion.
The same fearless adventurousness as in the repertoire has also made
Blacknuss one of Swedens best live bands, and they have been rewarded
with a Swedish Grammis in the category Best Modern Dance. With the new
single, All Your Lovin’, Blacknuss yet again show their flair at
looking ahead. ADL and Awa Manneh complement each other perfectly in
the duet with oriental influences. This is r’n’b for the
new millennium. Pure Gold.