Finally adjusting to the time zone, I hit a cool café for a breakfast wrap, and to write a bit about the fabulous evening of music we had at the Glenn Miller Café last night.
After connecting with Mattias Risberg for coffee by the Kungliga Operan, we headed over to the Glenn Miller to meet up with Jon Fält and Joe Williamson for a quick load up and sound check, followed by an early dinner of moules frites and light beer, served by the owner of the joint, the affable Ulf Sterner.
The joint was packed for the first two of three sets, with the hard core crowd sticking around for the last one. Not that a bunch of them left for not liking the music; due to restrictive liquor laws imposed by the government, the café could not anymore afford to pay for a license, forcing it to sell drinks with less than 2.5% alcohol. Don't ask... As a result, music fans have taken the habit of going to the café to hear a set of two of live music while enjoying a meal, and then leave to go to the pub for "real" beer! It doesn't help that you can taste the only genuine Pillsner Urquel beer available on tap in the country at the Bar Central, just a short distance away (we managed to catch the last call there after the gig!!!).
About the gig; Mattias brought his Zoom recorder and a pair of DPA microphone to document the evening. It was truly a pleasure to get reacquainted with Joe, and to get to play with Jon. He's a fantastic drummer, amazing listener, highly dynamic and gifted with a really deep groove. The band locked in on some conceptual improv before launching into what felt like a post-modal fast rhythmic affair. A great time was had by all!