3

Jesper Lundgaard Trio: 2016

Chris Mosey By

Sign in to view read count
Jesper Lundgaard Trio: 2016 Danish bassist Jesper Lundgaard likens the making of the latest album with his trio to cooking a successful meal: "Eight new songs, two standards, sax, bass, guitar, three microphones, the recording machine, 12 hours playing, 12 hours mixing, 12 hours design stuff, 12 hours practical stuff, four weeks of waiting, everything stirred thoroughly."

Or, in musical terms, "We tried to create an intimate album, utilizing a minimalistic approach." One way or another the result is a wonderfully relaxed and enjoyable listening experience.

While not all these songs are, strictly speaking, blues, all have a bluesy feel.

Lundgaard's own "K.B. Blues" gets things going. Hans Ulrik states the lilting, gently swinging theme on tenor, deftly underpinned by the leader. Even when Niclas Knudsen takes over on guitar, Ulrik can be heard repeating the theme in the background until fade-out.

Ulrik's "Walking In Circles" is more muscular, taking some interesting directions before he gives way to Knudsen for a solo that is an understated object lesson in blues guitar playing.

Lundgaard holds the rhythm of the drumless session together throughout, contributing a fine bowed solo on Ulrik's gospel-tinged "The Meeting." He's also to the fore on "The Meaning Of The Blues," written by Bobby Troup, who wrote "Route 66" and had the great good fortune to be married to Julie London. Somewhat ironically, it's a 32-bar popular song, not a blues at all.

Neither is "Vals Fra Nørrebro (Nørrebro Waltz)" the Scandinavian folk song it would appear to be, but an excellent recreation of the idiom by Knudsen.

John Coltrane wrote "Naima" for his wife. It was one of his loveliest ballads and is given a heartfelt re-run here.

My compliments to the chef.

Track Listing: K.B. Blues; Walking In Circles; The Meeting; The Meaning Of The Blues; Three Birds In Paris; Doug; Stafet; Vals Fra Nørrebro; Naima; Waltz For K.

Personnel: Jesper Lundgaard: bass; Hans Ulrik: tenor saxophone; Niclas Knudsen: guitar.

Title: 2016 | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Storyville Records


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Day After Day CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read We Know Not What We Do CD/LP/Track Review We Know Not What We Do
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Slade Alive! CD/LP/Track Review Slade Alive!
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Hope CD/LP/Track Review Hope
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 21, 2017
Read The Better Angels of Our Nature CD/LP/Track Review The Better Angels of Our Nature
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 20, 2017
Read What Brought You Here? CD/LP/Track Review What Brought You Here?
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 20, 2017
Read "The Day After" CD/LP/Track Review The Day After
by David A. Orthmann
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand" CD/LP/Track Review Galaxies Like Grains Of Sand
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 23, 2017
Read "avantNOIR" CD/LP/Track Review avantNOIR
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 29, 2017
Read "Rotterdam 1969" CD/LP/Track Review Rotterdam 1969
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 11, 2016
Read "Evolution" CD/LP/Track Review Evolution
by Greg Simmons
Published: April 23, 2017
Read "Illegal Crowns" CD/LP/Track Review Illegal Crowns
by John Sharpe
Published: December 10, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!