Nils Lindberg

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Trisection Review

by Scott Yanow

Although cool jazz was considered passé in the United States by the early '60s, it was still a major part of the Swedish jazz scene during 1962-1963, when this album was recorded. The talented pianist/composer Nils Lindberg (29 at the time) used a 12-piece group to form his three-part suite "Trisection" and three briefer originals, including "Day-Dreaming" (which is similar to "Darn That Dream"). Although most of the musicians never became known in the U.S. (the only "names" are trumpeter Idrees Sulieman and trombonist Eje Thelin), the level of musicianship is quite high, and the soloists fit quite well into the music. This out of print LP was Lindberg's only appearance as a leader on an American album, although he would record steadily in Sweden into the '90s. Worth searching for.