Monday, 24 August 2009

Nils Landgren Funk Unit “Paint It Blue”

Nils Landgren Funk Unit

“Paint It Blue”
( LP ACT Music, 1997 )
Catalog # ACT 9243

Tracklisting:
1. Walk Tall
2. You Dig
3. Why Am I Treated So Bad
4. Brother Nat
5. Inside Straight
6. Cannonball
7. Mercy Mercy Mercy
8. Mother Fonk
9. Primitivo
10. After the Party
11. Love All, Serve All
12. Julian

Personnel & Credits:
Michael Brecker – Sax (Tenor)
Randy Brecker – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Till Brönner Trumpet
Lars Danielsson – Guitar, Guitar (Bass)
Sebastian Hartz – Photography
Petra Horn – Art Direction
Henrik Janson – Guitar
Per “Texas” Johansson – Saxophone
Nils Landgren – Trombone, Trumpet, Liner Notes
Sigfried Loch – Photography
Airto Moreira – Percussion
Magnum Coltrane Price – Synthesizer, Vocals
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie – Drums
Steffen Schorn – Clarinet (Bass)
Esbjörn Svensson – Keyboards

Review:
One of trombonist Nils Landgren’s early inspirations was Cannonball Adderley’s group. Paint It Blue is dedicated to Adderley with Landgren performing five songs associated with the altoist plus seven originals that pay tribute to Cannonball’s bands. Some of the music is in the soul-jazz vein while other tunes (particularly the originals) are more modern, even incorporating a little bit of rap in a couple places. Landgren is a fine trombonist (sometimes a little reminiscent of Wayne Henderson) and he manages to keep up with Michael and Randy Brecker, who in this situation are superior supportive soloists. Without merely copying the past, Landgren expands on the legacy of Adderley quite successfully.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

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