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JAN  LUNDGREN

European Standards

Act  9482-2

 

 



1. Computer Liebe
2. Les Moulins de mon Coeur
3. Here, There and Everywhere
4. A Csitari Hegyek Alatt
5. Stets I Truure
6. Yo Vivo Enamorao
7. Un Homme et une Femme
8. Reginella
9. Il Postino
10. September Song
11. Rosemary's Baby
12. Wien, Du Stadt Meiner Träume
13. Pavane - Thoughts of a Septuagenarian
Jan Lundgren - Piano, Fender Rhodes
Mattias Svensson - Bass
Zoltan Csorsz Jr. - Drums, percussion

There has been much talk about a European school of jazz expression in recent times but, really, listening to Lundgren's trio here they sound very much like a group based in NYC, Los Angeles or, indeed, London. The leader is a lyrical player with a light and pleasant sound, not so much in the Bill Evans style as that of Keith Jarrett.  He can express emotion and warmth in a very few, well chosen notes and he knows how to use space effectively. He does have his own personal mode of expression even if he has chosen to express much of this material in the Evans/Jarrett style of gently flowing piano with fully integrated bass and drums.

It seems a good idea to pick a  baker's dozen tunes from various European countries and put his own jazz stamp on them. Les Moulins - better known in English as Windmills of your Mind, flows along seamlessly, buoyed up by the sympathetic support furnished by Svennson and Csorzs. He also romps through Un Homme et une Femme as though it were a regular jazz staple; this is certainly a first-rate jazz treatment. Even the electronic Fender instrument does not sound too out of place although his style of playing is far better served by the traditional grand piano. Fortunately most tracks here employ just such an instrument.

Lundgren is a consistently satisfying piano stylist, whether playing with a top US bassist and drummer as he has done in the past or here with his own, local musicians. Bass and drums are steady, clear and never obtrusive. Many bass and drum teams could do well to listen carefully to Svennson and Csorsz on this CD. Overall a very satisfying release.

Derek Ansell

see also review by Tony Augarde

 



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