One of my favorite songs ever is “Nite club” by Tribal Tech. I’ve been listening to it a lot over the years but never actually played it. When I presented it to Thomas Arnesen we agrees that we have to give it a try. So, here it is, a recording from a rehearsal a few weeks ago with our trio Arnesen-Hellkvist Experience. Enjoy!
In late July I was asked to join Erik Söderlind for a concert at Stampen, Stockholm. We didn’t have much time to prepare or rehearse, so we just put together a list of good old organ jazz from our heroes from the 50’s and 60’s. Misty in the Groove Holmes version, OGD like Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery and hard swinging blues like Jimmy Mc Griff. The video here is an example of the latter. We had so much fun so we formed the Söderlind-Hellkvist Organ jazz Project (S.H.O.P.) to do more concerts. Looking forward to that. Sometimes you just need to play some straight ahead organ jazz!
In the beginning of July there was the premiere tour of Kiralina trio. A spinoff of Funkups, but with more Gospel in the repertoire. We did 4 concerts on the beautiful island of Gotland, and here’s a compilation from the second. I used my A100 with two Leslies, one 142 and one 142P. Loved the sound! More information about the trio here.
Enjoy the video!
Last week we released out 4th Trinity album! It is named “Nuages”, after one of the songs on the album. It also contains other beloved standards, as well as some of our own songs. one of the latter is my composition “Philosophical Sunday Walk”. Another one of my favorites is Skylark, to which I made a thorough reharmonization. The last song of the CD is the Swedish pop song “Himlen är oskyldigt blå”, in a more gospel like version.
It’s always a genuine pleasure to play and record with this group and I feel blessed that we’ve been able to keep it together for almost 15 years.
You can already listen to the CD on Spotify
But if you have the opporunity, come see us play and get a physical copy as well!
Boheme will be revived for a few gigs this summer so I thought it would be nice to dig up some old material to make a compilation video. This is from a concert in 2015. Enjoy!
I love doing compilation videos, picking the best parts of a concert and put them together. Short and sweet! Here’s the latest, with Hans Bollandsås from Borlänge House of Blues on May 9th this year. It think it really captures the spirit of this group. We’re aiming to a lot more gigging and recording so stay tuned! And if you would be interested in booking us, don’t hesitate to contact me!
Read more about the group here: andreashellkvist.com/hans-andreas-in-concert
This week I’ll be doing three gigs with Hans Bollandsås and Kjell Gustavsson. Really looking forward to that! Below is a short promo clip. More info here: andreashellkvist.com/hans-andreas-in-concert
Last week I went on a short tour to the south of Sweden with Arnesen Bluesband and Claes Janson. This band is really one of the “cornerstones” of my musical life and we always have a blast playing together. Saturday night in Karlshamn was no exception and maybe even more to that. I put out a little clip from my solo on “Got my mojo working that a think captures the mood of the night.
Anyway, hope to see you at some gig soon!
Last year I got to know Kiralina Salandy, a canadian singer living in Stockholm. She started a band called Funk Ups and this has been one of the most fun new projects in a while! Hope to be working a lot with this band. Below is a video from a lounge concert at Globen, Stockholm earlier this year, just to give you an idea of what it’s about. Stay tuned!
And 2017 is coming to an end. It has been a fun year in many ways. A few new projects has started 2017 and I’m very eager too keep working on them in 2018.
I ended this year by going on a short trip to Pennsylvania to try out an organ I found on ebay. Here’s a short video from that. Hope you’ll enjoy it. And with that I just want to wish you all a Happy New Year!