Exposed Blues Duo

photo: Jochem van Dijk

Here’s a live recording dated December 23rd, 2011, from a gig we did at the 55 Bar in New York with special guest Tim Dahl on electric bass; a growly version of Reverend Gary Davis’ “If I had my way”

About Exposed Blues Duo – After having played with Fay Victor in her ensemble for a couple of years she approached me with the idea of playing old blues tunes and turning them inside out, open ’em up whispering and screaming. Her voice and time feel is perfect for this, and while I hadn’t played old school blues styles much I soon realized there’s no need for that kind of role thinking as we go beyond the conventional. I’m attracted to the “arrangement” finger style of playing in early blues and fuse that with my natural expressive type of dialogue. In this duo I also get a chance to play some acoustic guitar. The intimate meets the visceral in this duo that got its debut at a blues Festival in Marseilles, France in 2007. Since then we have expanded and intertwined progressively and included more modern tunes in our repertoire as well as free improvisations. Special guests over the years have included Dean Bowman (vocals), Tomas Ulrich (cello), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Tim Dahl; (electric bass). This band could play anywhere. Our debut cd “Bare”, on which I play a variety of acoustic guitars, got raving reviews:

Reviews:

“This music is so personal yet so universal, heartfelt, challenging and alive.” –Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

“Anders Nilsson and Fay Victor open up their first duo record with Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” and they do it in a way that makes you half feel like you’ve never heard it before and whole feel that you want to hear more. Victor’s voice and Nilsson’s guitar aren’t beholden to Ellington. They’re beholden only to the song -­ enveloping it, possessing it and freeing it again. Which, time was, what made the blues the blues, back when it was a cry, before it was just a beat.”
– Kurt Gottschalk , The New York City Jazz Record

“excellent…”
–Nate Chinen, The New York Times