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Jonathan Fritzén

‘Ballads’, the sixth solo recording from the Billboard chart-topping Jonathan Fritzén, finds him in the mellow yet expansive mood that his legion of fans around the world have, up until this time, experienced only briefly. That said, despite showing off a different side to his musical persona, this stunning twelve-track tour de force shimmers with the readily recognizable Fritzén vibe that has been front back and center of his discography to date. Take for example the critically acclaimed ‘Magical’ CD, from which the title cut blasted a path to #1 on every smooth jazz airplay chart on the planet, or his sensational 2015 project ‘Fritzenized’ that included outstanding performances from Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren.

Quite simply the Swedish American Fritzén remains one of the hottest composers, producers and keyboard players around and here, joined as he variously is by Peter Ferencz on violin, Alex Crown and Andreas Rydman on guitars plus his mother, Katarina Fritzén, on flute, he creates a modern day masterpiece while strengthening ties with individuals he is personally close to. Crown is one of Fritzén’s oldest friends. They grew up together in Stockholm, Sweden while the more recent acquaintance Jonathan has made with Ferencz came about when they both performed on the Dave Koz Jazz Cruise in 2016.

Not surprisingly this meeting of minds and rekindling of friendships, new and old, has resulted in an end product made with love and totally in keeping with Fritzén’s goal to create music that will bring calmness and tranquillity to all who listen.

As Jonathan explains it himself, “We are in an era where forces are pulling us away from our natural state of well being. I'm hoping that with ‘Ballads’ I can bring some of that back. It is my first ‘concept’ record and I wanted to build something that will not only dial into a certain state of mind but also retain it for the entirety of the album. Every song has it's own story but with reoccurring melodies and themes there is a strong connection between each them. It’s a musical journey.”

All things considered ‘Ballads’ is a recording that brings serenity, crosses genres and rejuvenates the soul.

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