Magnus Lindgren / Malmö Opera Orchestra: Music for the Neighbours (2006)
Even though this is jazz for white tie and tails, it is not lacking in heat or passion, thanks in part to Lindgren's colorful charts, which make good use of the ample musical resources at his disposal. While Lindgren's expressive tenor is prominently featured, as it should be, it is hardly dominant, acceding at times to the lush orchestral passages and strong reinforcement from vocalist Rigmor Gustafsson ("Delion, "Sunny People"), pianist Matthias Algotsson ("My Bridge ), drummers Jonas Holgersson and Magnus Persson (the aptly named "Double Drummer ) and bassist Fredrik Jonsson ("Sunny People"). Lindgren plays flute on "People, tenor and flute on the rhythmic "Movements from Stockholm, clarinet on the ruminative and delightful "Vienna Calls. The concert's bonus track, "Holyem, is a sumptuous ballad on which Lindgren's radiant tenor and Gustafsson's wordless vocal complement perfectly the rich orchestral harmonies.
The album was recorded live at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The overall sound is quite respectable, but pianist Algotsson is somewhat over-recorded on "Bridge. As a bonus, the disc is two-sided, with a DVD of the concert on Side B that includes one extra track, "Six Stories. As noted, Music for Neighbours is symphonic jazz, far removed from the turbulence and spontaneity that one usually associates with big bands. On the other hand, it is well-written, wonderfully performed and invariably engaging.
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Track Listing: Delion; Megeve; My Bridge; Double Drummer; Sunny People; Vienna Calls; Movements from Stockholm (56:26). Holyem; Six Stories (DVD only).
Personnel: Magnus Lindgren Quartet: Magnus Lindgren: saxophones, flute, clarinet; Mathias Algotsson: piano; Fredrik Jonsson: bass; Jonas Holgersson: drums. Guests: Rigmor Gustafsson: vocals; Magnus Persson: percussion. With the Malmö Opera Orchestra: Per-Ola Nilsson: music director; Franciszek Lejczak, Andreas Hagman, Viktoria Bentzel- Axell, Anna Blomkvist, Tomas Gunnarsson, Jolanta Mazurek, Anna-Karin Vikström- Nilsson, Johanna Andersson, Kanerva Juutilainen, Jens Solgaard: violin 1; Per Modin, Irina Binder, Maj Kullberg, Urban Borg, Maria Rodrick, Torsten Hedlund, Susanne Holmsrom, Hanna Ydmark: violin 2; Stanislav Popov, Asa Weiler, Erik Ring, Michael Leifer, Roxana Santa, Martin Ranefalk: viola; Nils Rigeblad, Johan Theorin, Emma Samuelsson, John Löfgren: cello; Magnus Dagerhem, Robert Sonne: double bass; Karin Lindström, Kristin Ormstad: flute; Karin Nanne-Larsen, Maria Uhrenfeldt: oboe; Anders Ĺberg, Thomas Lander: clarinet; Hugo Langéen, Linda Vistam: bassoon; Bo Demant, Andreas Pettersson, Rolf Nygärd, Hans Svensson: horn; Garry Nilsmyr, Jonas Wiik: trumpet; Gunnar Eneroth, Lars Carlsson-Zeppezauer: trombone; Nicklas Holmberg, Thomas Rodrick: percussion; Marie Ĺström: harp.
Record Label: Amigo Musik
Style: Big Band