178

Magnus Lindgren: Music for the Neighbours

John Kelman By

Sign in to view read count
Magnus Lindgren: Music for the Neighbours It's all too easy to underestimate the European jazz scene's vibrancy from a distant perch in North America. After all, while labels like ECM, ACT, and Hatology have international distribution, there are far more that rarely see the light of day outside their own countries. Fortunately, the global access of the internet has made it possible for such labels, and the artists they represent, to gain a foothold in markets hitherto unreachable.

Barely into his thirties, Swedish saxophonist Magnus Lindgren has a considerable reputation in his own country, with Way Out (Caprice, 1999) nominated for a Swedish Grammy in 2000. Rooted in tradition but undeniably contemporary, Lindgren combines clear virtuosity on saxophone, flute and clarinet with a vivid thematic approach bearing some resemblance to Michael Brecker. Music for the Neighbours finds Lindgren inspired by jazz-meets-orchestra collaborations including pianist Bill Evans' Trio with Symphony Orchestra (Verve, 1966), but unlike Evans Lindgren focuses entirely on his own writing. This recording, taped at a September, 2004 concert, demonstrates Lindgren's rich tone and clarity of thought, as well as an accessible but multifaceted writing style.

While bearing little direct stylistic resemblance, fans of Brecker's Wide Angles (Verve, 2003) and guitarist Pat Metheny's Secret Story (Geffen, 1992) will find much to like about Music for the Neighbours. With the same sweeping sense of scope and range of instrumental colors, like those two records it also leaves space for improvisation by a core group—in this case Lundgren's quartet, augmented by vocalist Rigmore Gustafsson and percussionist Magnus Persson.

Gustafsson's I Will Wait for You (ACT, 2003) demonstrated her evocatively understated ability. Here her wordless vocals range from rapid-fire bop lines in unison with Lundgren and the strings on the up-tempo swinger "Delion, to mining more languid Norma Winstone territory on the lightly funky and Latin-inflected "Megeve.

Lundgren makes full use of the 48-piece orchestra for color and counterpoint, with a firm sense of construction defining the program. Still, there's plenty of room for the quartet to let loose. "My Bridge begins as a gentle tone poem, with Lundgren soloing over the orchestra, but ultimately evolves into a lithe samba for pianist Matthias Algotsson's powerful solo. "Double Drummer begins with brief orchestral bombast, but Persson and drummer Jonas Holgersson quickly rein things in with a funky but dense backbeat to support Lindgren's strongest solo of the set. Lindgren switches to flute for "Sunny People, a tune that brings Metheny's bright Midwestern ambience to mind, and gives bassist Fredrik Jonsson a chance to stretch.

Utilizing DualDisc technology, Music for the Neighbours features a CD side of the audio program with one bonus track, and a DVD side with the entire performance plus two bonus tracks as well as an interview with Lindgren in Swedish with English subtitles. The ability to hear and see Lindgren perform, as well as gain insight through the interviews, makes Music for the Neighbours a terrific introduction to those unfamiliar with this clear talent and a treasure trove for those already in the know.


Track Listing: CD Side: Delion; Meg

Personnel: Magnus Lindgren Quartet: Magnus Lindgren: saxophones, flute, clarinet; Matthias Algotsson: piano; Fredrik Jonsson: double bass; Jonas Holgersson: drums; with Rigmore Gustafsson: vocal; Magnus Persson: percussion; Malm

Title: Music for the Neighbours | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Amigo Musik


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Towards Language CD/LP/Track Review Towards Language
by John Eyles
Published: June 23, 2017
Read The Romeo and Juliet Project CD/LP/Track Review The Romeo and Juliet Project
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 23, 2017
Read Saluting Sgt. Pepper CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 23, 2017
Read Crystal Machine CD/LP/Track Review Crystal Machine
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 23, 2017
Read Saluting Sgt. Pepper CD/LP/Track Review Saluting Sgt. Pepper
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 22, 2017
Read Thick as Thieves CD/LP/Track Review Thick as Thieves
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 22, 2017
Read "Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin" CD/LP/Track Review Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 23, 2017
Read "Beguiled" CD/LP/Track Review Beguiled
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 9, 2016
Read "Get Up And Go" CD/LP/Track Review Get Up And Go
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 2, 2017
Read "Josh At Midnight" CD/LP/Track Review Josh At Midnight
by James Nadal
Published: July 19, 2016
Read "Soundscapes" CD/LP/Track Review Soundscapes
by Jim Olin
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "Eros" CD/LP/Track Review Eros
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 15, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.