Monday, February 22, 2016

GERMANY: Nils Landgren With Janis Siegel - Some Other Time (A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein) (ACT 2016)

“Jazz is the joy of playing, and hence entertainment in the best sense of the word” (Leonard Bernstein)Of all the great classical maestros of his generation, Leonard Bernstein was the key advocate of jazz. He was not only a profound authority on jazz music, he could also play it on the piano and used its elements when he composed. All the stranger that jazz musicians have practically never adapted Bernstein. These were the exact thoughts of ACT boss Siggi Loch who suggested to Nils Landgren that he create a tribute to the great 20th century composer. And Landgren didn’t have to think twice about it: “I have always been a fan of Bernstein, as a musician, as a conductor, as a composer and simply as a person. His music is unique, the way he writes is distinctive, emotional and always so human.”What Landgren didn’t know yet was that “Some...

line up

Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Janis Siegel / vocals
Jan Lundgren / piano
Dieter Ilg / bass
Wolfgang Haffner / drums

Members of the Bochumer Symphoniker
arranged & conducted by Vince Mendoza