Some people try to separate musical genres. Every style of music should be neatly labeled and put in a designated drawer; if you open one you shouldn’t open another. Then there are those who believe it’s all connected – it’s all music, right? – and it’s OK to combine what you like as long as you do it with love, sincerity and discretion.
Patrick Rydman belongs to the latter category.
Chances are that you, without knowing it, have come across his work before. He has been a driving force in the critically acclaimed vocal ensemble Amanda, has produced and written songs for other artists, worked as a theater musician and composer for stage and radio, toured as a jazz singer with everything from Big Bands and orchestras (Bohuslän Big Band, Göteborg Wind Orchestra) to smaller settings, sung Burt Bacharach-hits in the playfully fictional cult show The Missing Fortnight, and just recently released the duo album Catwalk, where Patrick, together with piano player Anders Persson, gives a new spin on jazz standards, 60’s classics and pop tunes, reminiscent of Bill Evans' collaborations with Tony Bennett.