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Jonas Hellborg

Jazzed Magazine • November 2006What's on Your Playlist? • November 1, 2006

Having showcased his extraordinary talents on projects with the likes of John McLaughlin, Shawn Lane, Ginger Baker, and V. Selvaganesh, Jonas Hellborg has long been held in high regard as one of contemporary music’s preeminent progressive jazz and World fusion bassists.Jonas recently shared with JAZZed what artists and tracks are getting the most repeat listens on his mp3 player.

1. “Sonata for Keyboard no 56 in D major”

Composer:Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809),Performer:Glenn Gould (Piano)
“Maybe the greatest pianist in the 20th century.”

2. Divine Sounds of the Bamboo Flute, “Mali”

T. R. Mahalingam
“Flute Mali, as he was called, is one of two musicians who Westerners interested in Indian Music really should know, but usually don’t.The other is S. Balachander…”

3. “Raga Malahari”

S. Balachander (Veena)

4. “Volunteered Slavery”

Rahsan Roland Kirk
“The great, great – and sadly overlooked – giant of Music, Rahsan Roland Kirk …”

5. “Refrain”

Composer: Karl Heinz Stockhausen
Performer:David Tudor Christoph Caskel
“The man who changed what music is in one of his most beautiful pieces.”

6. Bach cello suites

Janos Starker
“Music would not be music without Bach and Starker has recorded my favorite Cello suites performance.”

7. “Venus”

John Coltrane – Interstellar Space “Coltrane and Rashid Ali – pure passion”

8. Sapthaakshara

Vikku Vinayakram
“Vikku is the true genius of percussion in the world today. This is his concept group; divine.”

9. “Yaguden Gogogogo”

“Mongolian singing, which is, for me, a new musical territory to explore.”

10. Radiance

Keith Jarrett
“Keith Jarret at his best is ‘improvisation as composing in real time’ on a level nobody else even approaches.”

Jonas Hellborg’s newest CD, Kali’s Son (Bardo Records), and other releases are available at

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