Tim Hagans, a Blue Note recording artist during the ’90s, has been the artistic director of the Norrbotten Big Band since 1996. The band is composed of some of Sweden’s best jazz musicians and performs original music with special guest soloists, which have included Joe Lovano, Chris Potter and Toots Thielemans. For this exciting live concert recording in October 2006 in Luleå, Sweden, the esteemed drummer Peter Erskine was the invited participant. Worth the wait, indeed-Hagans and Erskine first performed together in the ’70s with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Erskine’s title tune is based on “Just in Time” changes, and is expertly arranged by Hagans. The intricate melody is expanded upon in altoist Johan Hörlén’s fine bop-drenched solo. Erskine’s cogent, concise solo and Daniel Tilling’s sparkling piano solo are other highlights, as well as trumpeter Dan Johansson’s rich-toned and swinging improv.
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