Jonas Hellborg

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Jazz World
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1958, Gothenburg, Sweden. Classically trained as a bass player, Hellborg also listened to contemporary rock and pop and as a teenager was turned towards jazz through hearing albums by John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra. He soon began moving more deeply into jazz during the 70s. In particular he was fascinated by the free jazz phenomenon while at the same time he explored many ethnic musical forms, especially those of the Indian sub-continent. In 1981, he played with Michael Brecker at the Montreux International Jazz Festival. The following year he worked on a recording project with percussionist Reebop Kwaku Baah, although Hellborg had to finish the album on his own following Baah’s untimely death. He also formed his own record label, Day Eight Music, to allow performers ‘total liberty in music creation’. The label’s first release was Hellborg’s solo debut, The Bassic Thing.

In 1983, Hellborg joined...

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