JAZZ CD OF THE WEEK.
NILS LANDGREN Nils Landgren can refer to the following people:
Swedish trombonist Landgren scored a recent hit to these ears with his "Chet Baker for the 90s" vocal album, but this disc shows his other, even more entertaining, side. With pianist Esbjorn Svensson and the marvellously named bassist Magnum Coltrane Price in the band, and guests of the calibre of Tim Hagans and Roy Hargrove on trumpets, Don Alias on percussion and the legendary James Brown alumnus ALUMNUS, civil law. A child which one has nursed; a foster child. Dig. 40, 2, 14. Fred Wesley on trombone trombone [Ital.,=large trumpet], brass wind musical instrument of cylindrical bore, twice bent on itself, having a sliding section that lengthens or shortens it and thus regulates the pitch. The descendant of the sackbut, it was developed in the 15th cent. , Landgren has a cooking session on his hands. All the titles are originals with the exception of Bjork's Venus As A Boy. While the soul/funk of the opener Da Fonk sets the good-time mood perfectly you might not care for a whole album of it. And that is exactly what you don't get - the following title track mixes a slowly building pulse beat with a sitar sitar (sĭtär`), fretted string instrument with a gourdlike body and a long neck, similar to the lute. It has from 3 to 7 gut strings, tuned in fourths or fifths (or both), and a lower course of 12 wire strings that vibrate sympathetically with guitar adding a distinctly contrasting mood.
It's this ability to mix jazz, world and soul music in with the funk to create a seamless coat of many colours that singles Landgren out as a real star. For the funk to work you need a tight band too and this is the tightest. HHHH
WORLD CD OF THE WEEK
JOYCE Hard Bossa (Farout): The golden age of Brazilian samba may have passed away with its king and queen, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina, but there are plenty of princes and princesses keeping the traditions alive, and Joyce is perhaps the star of the current crop. Not only is she a lovely singer and guitarist, but she is a strong and versatile composer too. This disc of all-new songs shows her writing in all its glory - melodies that enter heart and mind before you've realised it, leaving you convinced you've known them for ages.
London Samba is a particularly pretty tune and the title track is a reminder of how the best players from Rio can sound laid back without ever sounding bland or wishy-washy. HHHH
L SUBRAMANIAM Global Fusion (Detour): The virtuoso Indian violinist who is equally at home playing classical or jazz fusion, here joins forces with, separately, Indonesian chanters, the Chinese erhu The erhu (Chinese: ; Pinyin: èrhú), also called nanhu (, literally "southern fiddle"), and sometimes known in the West as the "Chinese violin" or "Chinese two-string fiddle," is a player Jie Bing Chen and flamenco guitarist Jorge Struntz, along with fellow Indian players. He even adds a third country to the mix in some cases, with Australian didgeridoo giving a low cushion to the Burst Wangi Choir. The slowly developing meditational nature of Indian raga mixed with more urgent beats from both Asian and European folk musics makes for some beguiling and sensuous sounds. Fusion in the best sense of the word. HHHH