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Jan Lundgren: Into the Night

Read "Into the Night" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


This excellent album is part of a series of modern jazz projects with a twist, featuring live recordings by many of the German label ACT's top artists, in unique, uncategorized, and often first time formations. The album comes from a 2020 set at the Ystad Festival in Sweden, which homegrown pianist Jan Lundgren founded and has directed since 2010. This trio actually arose out of necessity after a musician in Lundgren's originally scheduled group, which included Lars Danielsson, ...

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Jan Lundgren: Potsdamer Platz

Read "Potsdamer Platz" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Pianist Jan Lundgren is a fine example of a classically-trained European musician with a strong empathy with mainstream jazz. Potsdamer Platz is, in turn, a fine example of Lundgren's ability to compose fresh-sounding and often beautiful tunes, allied to a talented quartet of players who know just how to bring the pianist's ideas to life. The all-Scandinavian band is terrific--Finnish saxophonist Jukka Perko, Danish drummer Morten Lund and Lundgren's fellow Swede Dan Berglund on bass. The quartet decamped ...

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Artistry Jazz Group and Friends: Tribute!

Read "Tribute!" reviewed by Chris Mosey


An absolute gem, featuring some of the best players in Scandinavia in an extremely well thought-out program of music, paying tribute to “musicians and artists who shaped new sounds and ideas." It's the brainchild of independent record producer Torgil Rosenberg and pianist Jan Lundgren. Three top Swedish musicians, Peter Asplund on trumpet, Klas Lindqvist on alto sax and clarinet, and Janne Bengtsson on flute, join Lundgren's already all-star Artistry group, filling out the sound on selected numbers. ...

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Jan Lundgren / Bengt Hallberg: Back 2 Back

Read "Back 2 Back" reviewed by Chris Mosey


An historic meeting of two giants of modern jazz in Sweden. Bengt Hallberg, born 1932, helped to found the idiom via his work with alto saxophonist Arne Domnérus in the 1950s and attracted international attention by recording with such US legends as Clifford Brown and Stan Getz. Leonard Feather praised his “unique light-fingered style." Jan Lundgren, born 1966, gigged with Domnérus and the great Swedish clarinetist Putte Wickman before going up against such visiting American luminaries as ...

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Jan Lundgren Trio: European Standards

Read "European Standards" reviewed by John Kelman


While purists continue to debate and defend a by now non-existent demarcator between American jazz and that from everywhere else around the globe, most musicians have dispensed with such meaningless delineators and embraced music from all cultures within jazz's broad continuum. That needn't suggest that there's no place for the tradition where the music began, and Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren makes it crystal clear on European Standards that, in addition to a classical background that has infused albums like the ...

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Jan Lundgren: Magnum Mysterium

Read "Magnum Mysterium" reviewed by John Kelman


A diverse artist who has demonstrated equal aplomb covering the Great American Songbook and traditional Swedish folk songs, Jan Lundgren's musical interests seem limitless in scope. Magnum Mysterium is the Swedish pianist's most ambitious record to date, where he tackles European renaissance sacred music in collaboration with the Gustaf Sjökvist Chamber Choir and bassist/cellist Lars Danielsson. As 2007 nears its close, Magnum Mysterium may well prove to be its most purely beautiful release, an album where lush choral music is ...

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The Jan Lundgren Trio: Plays the Music of Jule Styne

Read "Plays the Music of Jule Styne" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In reviewing an earlier album by Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren ( Bird of Passage, Four Leaf Clover), I wrote that “he has, among other things, exquisite taste, marvelous touch, flawless technique, an attentive ear, power to spare... and a bounteous wellspring of creative ideas." Listeners should be pleased to learn that nothing has changed.

Well, one thing has changed--the music itself. Rather than playing mostly his own compositions, as he did on Passage and the more recent For Listeners Only ...


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