Sweden's Anders Jormin is a progressive bassist with a bent toward atmospheric classical and folk-influenced jazz. Emerging in the 1970s, Jormin came into his own working alongside such well-regarded luminaries as Bobo Stenson, Don Cherry, Charles Lloyd, and Tomasz Stańko. He is both a highly regarded performer and educator, having taught for over 30 years at Gothenburg's Musikhögskolan.
Born in Jönköping, Sweden in 1957, Jormin was first introduced to music via his jazz musician father, who helped him (and his brother, percussionist Christian Jormin) learn standards at a young age. Later, Jormin studied classical piano and bass at the University of Gothenburg, where he graduated in 1979. Also during the '70s, Jormin found work performing with such established acts as Mwendo Dawa and Rena Rama, the latter of which featured longtime Jormin associate Stenson.
By the early '80s Jormin was an established jazz sideman, appearing on albums by pianist Lars Jansson and singer Claes Janson. In 1984, he made his debut as a leader with Nordic Light on Dragon. He then followed up with several more outings for Dragon, including Eight Pieces (1988), Alone (1991), Jord (1995), and Silvae (1998). During the '90s, Jormin also collaborated on albums by a bevy of highly regarded forward-thinking artists, including pianist Stenson, trumpeter Cherry, saxophonist Lloyd, and trumpeter Stańko.