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Jens Johansson: Ten Seasons (HECD-008)
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Ten Seasons is the first solo piano effort of world-renowned Swedish keyboardist Jens Johansson. Swedish press called it "exciting and projective" and "rich in association and saturated with atmosphere". (55 minutes) [info]

Benny Jansson: Virtual Humanity (HECD-009)
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Benny Jansson is one of the hottest Swedish guitarists today. On Virtual Humanity, his first solo record, he presents an exciting mixture of jazz and heavy metal. (48 minutes) [info]

Anders/Jens Johansson and Allan Holdsworth: Heavy Machinery (HECD-011)
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Heavier than most of Allan's previous session work. Plenty of nuances, and fresh, unpolished grooves. Nice melodies and fluent, keen, melodic improvisations. Dynamic yet uncompromisingly brutal drum work. Friends of sophisticated instrumental music will not be disappointed (51 minutes) [info]

The Colubrids (HECD-013)
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The progenitors of Swedish power pop make their Heptagon debut with 14 strong pop songs. Part of the same scene/sound/movement as Brainpool and Cardigans. (51 minutes)

Anders Johansson: Red Shift (HECD-015)
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Drummer/producer Anders Johansson paints fourteen sketches pulsating with rhythm. With the help of musicians from Europe, China and the Middle East he creates sonic panoramas that sparkle with creative energy. On this record he has succeeded in finding a link between Europe's millennium-long tradition of serious music and the rest of the world. Jonas Hellborg plays fretless and fretted basses on many of the tracks. Anders also demonstrates that he still has the monster drum chops of a master. Features Jamal Evans, Dieter Köpfke, and others. (67 minutes) [info]

Jens Johansson: Fission (HECD-016)
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A progressive keyboard record. Features Anders Johansson, and the guitarists Shawn Lane, and Mike Stern. Jens wields fairly massive chunks of complex material, seemingly without much effort. The musical connections are carefully illuminated and reveal themselves forthright. The music feels fresh and lucid, and avoids the common pitfalls for composers in this genre. There is no heavy metal influence at all, rather, the music has its roots in 70s and 90s progressive rock culture. At times, you can hear echoes of Mahavishnu, UK and Zappa; at times completely new ground is broken. The interplay feels natural, and the fluent, precise drumming alone is reason enough to sit up and take notice. The three soloists (Jens, Mike, Shawn) show richness in imagination and speed, but also in phrasing and melodic feeling. (69 minutes) [info]

Johansson: "The Johansson Brothers" and "Sonic Winter" (HECD-021/022)
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Rock music. 2 CDs for the price of one! "The Johansson Brothers" was released in 1994, "Sonic Winter" in 1997. Features Leif Sundin, Anders and Jens, Yngwie Malmsteen, Marcel Jacob, John Levén, and others. (117 minutes / 2 CDs)

Johansson: The Last Viking (HECD-023)
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Melodic Scandinavian 80s-style metal featuring Jens, Anders, Göran Edman (also formerly with Yngwie) and Mike Romeo (of Symphony X fame). Neoclassical finesse and solid songwriting. Stellar performances, but without the customary noodling. (49 minutes)

Benny Jansson: Flume Ride (HECD-024)
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Benny's second solo album of spectacular and very melodic, inventive and tight fusion, in a style similar to those Holdsworth and Henderson popularized. Also features Anders and Jens Johansson, and Patrik Albin. (54 minutes)

Elvis Pelvis (HECD-025)
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Fresh, updated pop/rock versions of the best Elvis classics. A great party album! Features Jakob Hydén and Anders Johansson. (50 minutes)

Magnus Rosén: Imagine a Place (HECD-026)
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Hammerfall bass player Magnus Rosén does the unexpected on his first solo album, together with jazz sax player/flautist Biggi Vinkeloe. A lyrical, melodious, sometimes serene record. (71 minutes)

Magnus Rosén: Reminiscence (HECD-027)
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Hammerfall bass player Magnus Rosén's second solo album. (59 minutes)

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