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Jan Lundgren Trio: Landscapes

Jan Lundgren is a Swedish pianist with a substantial following in his own country. Landscapes is his sixth recording for the Swedish Sittel label, and the CD is represented as “the missing link in his artistic identity: his roots in his native musical culture.” A program of traditional Swedish folk songs is supplemented with Lundgren’s own compositions on Swedish folkloric themes.

There is not one thing to dislike about this session. Lundgren is a polished player with a supple touch and disarmingly direct ideas about melody. His trio (with bassist Mattias Svensson and drummer Morten Lund) is nimble and tight. The uncluttered musicality of this record makes it an amiable companion, morning or night. The sound by engineer Boris Darley is much like the music: honest and balanced and clear.

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