“The six compositions titled stumps are based on a potential for variation with falling and rising short signals (notes). Repeating the theme four times establishes the piece and provides a solid ground for the ensuing improvisations. A simple repetition of the theme at the end rounds off the composition as a kind of return. The underlying tempi of the themes are rather calm, there is no fixed tempo but more of a free positioning. Within the improvisations the rhythm section operates according to the principle of free tempo/dynamic vibration. This produces swing. This is my opus magnum for small ensembles.”
—Sven-Åke Johansson

In times of vinyl shortage and production backlog, resourcefulness is key. In keeping with his well-established practice of replacing original materials with surrogates to generate new sonic experiences, Sven-Åke Johansson has devised a digital reinterpretation of the historic flexidisc in the shape of a 10inch rubber disc with engraved QR codes that let buyers access the music online.

Audio excerpts


Axel Dörner trumpet
Pierre Borel alto sax
Simon Sieger piano
Joel Grip bass
Sven-Åke Johansson drums, composition

1. stumps 1 14:45
2. stumps 2 13:51
3. stumps 3 13:51
4. stumps 4 16:07
5. stumps 5 14:29
6. stumps 6 14:35

Recorded at Au Topsi Pohl, Berlin, 2021
Recording and mixing Alexis Baskind
Mastering Werner Dafeldecker

Photo and video by Carina Khorkhordina