Swedish bassist Jonas Hellborg has, for many years, been known as something of a wild man of jazz improvisation. Since his emergence from Sweden in the early '80s, he's pursued free-form jazz and fusi

Swedish bassist Jonas Hellborg has, for many years, been known as something of a wild man of jazz improvisation. Since his emergence from Sweden in the early '80s, he's pursued free-form jazz and fusion with a passion. Icon, his latest project, is guaranteed to be as much of an adventure for the listener as it was for Hellborg. Collaborating with Shawn Lane (guitar), V. Umamahesh (vocals), V. Umashankar (percussion), and V. Selvaganesh (percussion), Hellborg has tracked four songs that total about 59 minutes. They are surely fully fledged improvisations, yet each has an uncanny cohesiveness. Familiar Indian rhythmic patterns often dominate, while Hellborg and Lane's solos venture from world beat to rock to jazz. The dexterity and imagination of these musicians is something to behold. Racked in the U.S. by City

Hall Records.—PVV

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