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To try to categorise the music by Nils Lindberg is virtually impossible. The well-known Swedish music critic Seth Karlsson once described him as a kind of musical knight, riding on the frontiers of music. He sees Nils as someone who resides in a musical borderland. As his coat-of-arms he bears the triangle. One corner represents jazz, one symphonic works and the third folk music. When listening to the compositions and arrangements of Nils Lindberg, it soon becomes evident that his musical roots are from his native Dalarna, the traditional home of Swedish folk music. It is this background which has been his major influence, and inspiration for his highly personal interpretation of the great musical heritage of Sweden

News: Obituary

Nils Lindberg (1933-2022)

Nils Lindberg (1933-2022)

Nils Lindberg, one of Sweden's finest jazz pianists and orchestral composer-arrangers who collaborated in Stockholm with American jazz musicians including Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman and Red Mitchell, died on February 20. He was 88. Among his albums that Americans jazz fans need to hear are Sax Appeal (1960) and Trisection (1962). Most recently, I posted in ...

News: Recording

Margareta Bengtson and Nils Lindberg

Margareta Bengtson and Nils Lindberg

Back in November, I posted about the Real Group, a hugely popular a cappella vocal ensemble from Sweden. Well, the other day, I stumbled across a 2008 album by the group's former soprano, Margareta Bengtson. The album is As We Are (Prophone) led by Swedish pianist and arranger Nils Lindberg. Several years ago, I interviewed Nils. ...

News: Interview

Interview: Nils Lindberg

Interview: Nils Lindberg

Yesterday I posted on composer, arranger and pianist Nils Lindberg's 1963 album Trisection, a superb but almost unknown orchestral jazz recording. I also provided a bit of background on Sweden's 100-year love affair with jazz. Today, a conversation with Nils on Sax Appeal (1960) and Trisection (1963)—two of his early jazz albums recorded in Stockholm: JazzWax: ...

News: Recording

Nils Lindberg: "Trisection" (1962)

Nils Lindberg: "Trisection" (1962)

Today I'm going to tell you about one of the finest jazz albums recorded in the early '60s—an album that is likely unfamiliar to you but will surely become one of your favorites. The album is Trisection by Swedish composer, arranger and pianist Nils Lindberg. (Tomorrow I'll have an interview with Nils from Stockholm about the ...


Article: Album Review

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 ...


Article: Big Band Report

Deck the Halls with Big Band Carols

Read "Deck the Halls with Big Band Carols" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With the holiday season on track and hastening toward us like a runaway locomotive, it's time once again to hunker down and prepare for the annual onslaught of “Rudolph," “Frosty the Snowman," “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," “Sleigh Ride," “Silver Bells," chestnuts roasting on an open fire and everyone's perennial favorite, “White Christmas." Not to ...


As We Are

Label: Prophone Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Remember; B.B. Blues; As You Are; Springtime; I Remember Karelia; Santa Barbara; Skylark; Tingsmarschen; Tomorrow; Dry Martini; Blues for Bill; Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?; Epilogue.


Article: Album Review

Nils Lindberg / Margareta Bengtson: As We Are

Read "As We Are" reviewed by Chris Mosey

With climate change and recent weather, the Shakespearean sonnet “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" would seem to have become a trifle outmoded. Still, where there's a Will there's a way and Nils Lindberg has set the piece to music. Lindberg is a true Renaissance man. From his home in Gagnef, a small village ...


Timeless (Seven Dalecarlian Paintings)

Label: Prophone Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Torn Erik


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