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Magnus Lindgren / Malm: Music for the Neighbours

Read "Music for the Neighbours" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The last time I heard tenor saxophonist Magnus Lindgren on record, he was scampering through a straight-ahead gig with the Swedish Radio Jazz Group at Jazzclub Fasching in Stockholm (Paradise Open Caprice, 2001). But to Lindgren, jazz transcends stereotyping, and it should be as much at home in an amphitheatre or opera house as it is in nightclubs or jam sessions. Ever since he heard Bill Evans playing with a symphony orchestra, Lindgren writes, “I have been longing to do ...

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Magnus Lindgren: Music for the Neighbours

Read "Music for the Neighbours" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

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Magnus Lindgren Quartet: The Game

Read "The Game" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

With its third recording, The Game, the Magnus Lindgren Quartet has made a jazz album for the everyman. The album’s nine cuts offer something for everyone, a pastiche of styles sure to please fans of jazz’s more traditional forms. The group takes on soul jazz with “Sofia kom hem,” lay out on the advanced hard bop of “Blue Star,” experiment with the exotica of “Ethnomore,” and interpret two standards, “Softly As in a Morning Sunrise” and “Caravan.” This traditionalism is ...

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Magnus Lindgren & the Swedish Radio Jazz Group: Paradise Open

Read "Paradise Open" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Word apparently hasn’t reached Sweden that the big bands are dead, as you’ll seldom hear livelier or more colorful music than on Paradise Lost, written and arranged by young lion Magnus Lindgren and expertly performed by the fabulous Swedish Radio Jazz Group for an understandably appreciative audience at Stockholm’s Jazzclub Fasching. Lindgren, who’s not yet thirty, must be a quick study; his songs and arrangements are consistently breathtaking, embodying the sort of depth and ingenuity that one usually associates with ...


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