JONAS HELLBORG

Eclectic Fusion / Fusion / World Fusion • Sweden
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Jonas Hellborg’s music is as unique as his personal philosophies. The Swedish bass virtuoso and composer refuses to be bound by the rules of convention. He even rejects typical notions of creativity and improvisation and instead sees himself as one who simply reflects the earthly forces and realities that surround him.

The myriad of innovative musical journeys he’s embarked on serve as a testament to that outlook.

Hellborg first hit the jazz scene in the early '80s. He quickly made a name for himself with his innovative bass playing that incorporates chordal, percussive and melodic approaches.

After releasing a couple of solo albums, he was recruited to take part in Mahavishnu, an updated version of guitarist John McLaughlin's pioneering '70s fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra. During Mahavishnu’s existence from 1983 to 1988, Hellborg also worked with McLaughlin in a variety of duo and trio formats featuring drummers Billy Cobham and Trilok Gurtu.

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The Silent Life / Solo Bass 1990The Silent Life / Solo Bass 1990
Bardo Records 2014
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Art MetalArt Metal
Bardo Records 2007
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Abstract LogicAbstract Logic
Bardo Records 2006
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Temporal Analogues of ParadiseTemporal Analogues of Paradise
Day Eight 1996
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The Jazz RajThe Jazz Raj
Bardo Records 2014
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Bardo Records 1999
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Bardo Records 2005
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JONAS HELLBORG The Bassic Thing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bassic Thing
Eclectic Fusion 1979
JONAS HELLBORG Elegant Punk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elegant Punk
Eclectic Fusion 1984
JONAS HELLBORG Axis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Axis
Eclectic Fusion 1986
JONAS HELLBORG Onkyo Proudly Presents - Jonas Hellborg album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Onkyo Proudly Presents - Jonas Hellborg
Eclectic Fusion 1987
JONAS HELLBORG Bass album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bass
Eclectic Fusion 1988
JONAS HELLBORG Adfa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Adfa
Eclectic Fusion 1989
JONAS HELLBORG Jonas Hellborg Group album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jonas Hellborg Group
Eclectic Fusion 1990
JONAS HELLBORG The Silent Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Silent Life
Eclectic Fusion 1991
JONAS HELLBORG The Word album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Word
Eclectic Fusion 1991
JONAS HELLBORG e album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Eclectic Fusion 1993
JONAS HELLBORG Octave of the Holy Innocents album cover 4.17 | 2 ratings
Octave of the Holy Innocents
Eclectic Fusion 1993
JONAS HELLBORG Ars Moriende (With Glen Velez) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ars Moriende (With Glen Velez)
Eclectic Fusion 1994
JONAS HELLBORG Jonas Hellborg with Shawn Lane and Kofi Baker: Abstract Logic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jonas Hellborg with Shawn Lane and Kofi Baker: Abstract Logic
Fusion 1995
JONAS HELLBORG Good People in Times of Evil (with Shawn Lane and  V. Selvaganesh) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Good People in Times of Evil (with Shawn Lane and V. Selvaganesh)
World Fusion 2000
JONAS HELLBORG Icon: A Transcontinental Gathering (with Shawn Lane, V. Selvaganesh) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon: A Transcontinental Gathering (with Shawn Lane, V. Selvaganesh)
Fusion 2002
JONAS HELLBORG Kali's Son album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kali's Son
Eclectic Fusion 2005
JONAS HELLBORG Art Metal album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Art Metal
Eclectic Fusion 2007
JONAS HELLBORG The Jazz Raj album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz Raj
Fusion 2014

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JONAS HELLBORG Temporal Analogues of Paradise (with Shawn Lane) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Temporal Analogues of Paradise (with Shawn Lane)
Eclectic Fusion 1995
JONAS HELLBORG Time is the Enemy (with  Shawn Lane) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time is the Enemy (with Shawn Lane)
Eclectic Fusion 1997
JONAS HELLBORG Aram Of The Two Rivers - Live In Syria album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aram Of The Two Rivers - Live In Syria
Eclectic Fusion 1999
JONAS HELLBORG Zenhouse (with Shawn Lane) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zenhouse (with Shawn Lane)
Eclectic Fusion 1999
JONAS HELLBORG Personae album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Personae
Eclectic Fusion 2002

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JONAS HELLBORG The Silent Life - Solo Bass 1990 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Silent Life - Solo Bass 1990
Eclectic Fusion 2013

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JONAS HELLBORG Art Metal

Album · 2007 · Eclectic Fusion
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Hey! You got art in my metal! Hey! You got metal in my art!

Between the art and the metal lies jazz, and a nice Indian flavoring.

Really one of the top albums of 2007, hear me now and believe me later. It's been quite unappreciated so far, maybe time will tell, it came out late in the year. As I write this I'm thinking it may just take a little more time. The only musician I am familiar with on here is Jonas Hellborg. If you think you know all the great bassists in progdom and don't know Hellborg, then you have a missing piece my friend.

This band just makes some really intense and dense instrumental music. Sometimes it's nice to have instrumental music that is just simple but not too complex. Sometimes you have to have something intense, and here you are. These songs really take you to interesting places. A taste expanding experience for the metal fan as well as the non-metal progressive music fan. We can all just get along.

JONAS HELLBORG Octave of the Holy Innocents

Album · 1993 · Eclectic Fusion
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I discovered this album browsing for Buckethead stuff. I discovered Buckethead through Colonel Claypool's (Les) Bucket of Bernie Brains. Actually turned out I had already had some Buckethead in my collection - Bill Laswell's Divination, Ambient Dub Volume One, for some time. By the way, Buckethead is overdue for his own entry on this site. His solo work ranges from progressive metal, that will give any other metal artist here a run for their money, and extremely mellow stuff, too. Have just barely scratched the surface of Hellborg's albums with this one. Of course Shrieve, I knew from Santana's first lineup and Automatic Man. This is a phenomenon I like to call the progressive rock web. Just about every progressive artist is linked to another in some way. Maybe one day when I have a lot of free time on my hands I'll map it out with MS Access.

So I ordered this one not knowing what to expect on the basis of my familiarity with Buckethead and Michael Shrieve. There's really nothing in the progressive rock world that I can compare it to, which is one of the things that makes it a masterpiece. Beyond that, there's stellar compositions and awesome musicianship. Acoustic instruments pushed to their boundaries.

The opener, Rana and Fara is an over 15 minute piece that takes you on a musical journey with mellow parts and very intense parts. It's almost hard to believe that this stuff is being created on just acoustical bass, guitar. and drums. There are some occasional vocal bits that aren't credited that kind of medieval/gregorian chant sounding which give the track a rather spooky feeling.

Death That Sleeps In Them, after the intense highs and mellow lows of the previous track, this one kicks off in high gear. More of those chant like vocals, though they do take back stage to the bass, guitar, and drum. The guitar work here has a heavy Middle Eastern sound to it.

The Past Is A Different Country, I Don't Live There Anymore, reminds me of the quieter pieces on Mahavishnu Orchestra's Inner Mounting Flame. Sorrowful, melancholy music. Hellborg does some stuff with the bow on the acoustic bass that sound flue like. You'll hear stuff and think, hey that's violin, But no, it's Hellborg on bass with a bow again.

Child King starts off high energy yet subtle. I think they had Tutankhamun in mind for this one.

Kildogo also kicks off in high gear, those Gregorian chant vocalizations make another appearance here and there in this piece.

If you don't want to open a can of worms that will lead you to a bunch of music you don't have, but you must get, avoid this one like the plague.

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