Jan Lundgren

Stockholm Get-Together!

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Although veteran American altoist Herb Geller is the main star of this set (and is featured on every selection), Stockholm Get-Together! is most significant in introducing the playing of Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren to the greater jazz world. Lundgren has no difficulty on the faster pieces and he shows plenty of feeling on the ballads. Geller, who moved to Europe in the early '60s, became obscure in the U.S. but played very regularly in the decades since he left and has become a giant of the alto, even better than he was in the 1950s. With bassist Lars Lundstrom and drummer Anders Langerlöf providing fine backup, Geller and Lundgren make for a highly complementary team on seven jazz standards and five group originals. This set is easily recommended as proof that Herb Geller was very much in his prime in the 1990s, and that Jan Lundgren was an up-and-coming modern mainstream pianist.

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