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Jan Lundgren and Peter Asplund: California Connection

Lundgren is a 30-year-old Swedish pianist who pops up in California now and then to record with leading lights of the Los Angeles scene. For this session with bassist Dave Carpenter and drummer Paul Kreibich, he brought along trumpeter Asplund, another skilled young inheritor of the bebop tradition.

Lundgren uses his highly developed technique to explicate the legacies of Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and, to some degree, McCoy Tyner. He swings hard at medium and fast tempos and has a fine lyrical sense. To a greater extent than many jazz pianists, he varies his touch for dynamic shadings. His accompaniments are sensitive; he’s a listener. An imaginative thinker, Lundgren comes up with unexpected facets. One example: Phrases from Ellington’s “Reflections in D” as an introduction to “There Will Never Be Another You.” Another: His resourceful harmonies transforming two Swedish songs, “Att Angöra en Brygga” and “Södermalm.”

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