The album represents the culmination of a long journey for Nilsson, and the discovery of an individual voice, combined with a deep-seated love for the music of his homeland. It is also the most difficult of configurations for a piano player: solo, alone in front of his instrument.
Demonstrating his devotion to the timeless traditions of jazz piano, Nilsson complements his palette of musical colours with the rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns, native composers and, not least, his original compositions. With a very warm, personal touch in mind, he aims to create and share with listeners a musical universe which is combined with a unique sense for the melody and poetry of jazz.
"Pianist Mattias Nilsson's solo debut successfully blends a classical approach with improvisational freedom and imagination."
(***** 5/5, Sven Bjerstedt - Ystads Allehanda, SE)
"...some might want to place him among the Swedish pianists that followed after Jan Johansson, but Nilsson is so much more than that." (Jan Granlie - Salt peanuts, Nordic)
"Nilsson is more than just an extraordinarily talent"..."a composer and piano soloist at world-class level"..."a style that's very much his own: warm, sensible, empathetic and lyrical." (Björn Gustavsson - Lira, SE)
"This musician from the south of Sweden ought to be one Sweden´s most talked-about players on his instrument"..."Every note and pause come across as meaningful and considered"..."His solo piano mixes Nordic chamber music with a jazzy attitude in a remarkable way." (***** 5/5, Mats Hallberg - Kulturbloggen, SE)
"It's almost a spiritual experience to listen to the pianist Mattias Nilsson in his 'Dreams of Belonging'. With delicate brush strokes, Mattias paints images of chalets, mists, shadows, intense sunlight, and all shades in between. The music is a mix of folk, Peterson-Berger, Swanerud and Mattias himself, but with a focus on the lyrical and heartfelt." (Tor-Björn Lyrhed - Folkbladet, SE)
"Touch, phrasing and blending with keyboard and pedal are among Nilsson’s strong suits. They are valuable assets in the performance of his lyrical title tune." (Doug Ramsey - Rifftides, US)
"It's a beautiful record that blends jazz and Swedish folk music"..."is worth several listens!" (Anton Erin Garcia-Fernandez - Jazz Flashes & The Vintage Bandstand, US)