28 August 2014: September gigs reminder
Notwithstanding the release of All By Myself, the Jan Lundgren Trio is still touring Flowers Of Sendai. Just to remind you, September sees three concerts by Jan, Mattias and Zoltan in Sweden. They’re playing Fasching in Stockholm on 10 September; Palladium in Malmö on 11 September; and Nefertiti in Gothenburg on 12 September. And, in October, you can catch them performing Flowers in South Korea, Austria and Germany (go to the Concerts page of janlundgren.com for dates and venues).
28 August 2014: Don’t stop the music
A quick follow-up to our 29 July story (below) about Can you please? from I Love Jan Lundgren Trio. The track has now been streamed on Spotify over 365,000 times. That’s a staggering number and, at this rate, it may well top 400,000 streams as early as next week.
21 August 2014: 5-star modern classicism – or is it classical modernism?
Sven Bjerstedt, jazz critic of Ystads Allehanda (Ystad’s local newspaper), has given Jan’s latest album, All By Myself, no fewer than five stars. Published in yesterday’s print edition of the paper, the review (in Swedish) is headed “Perfection’s ideal”, and explains that “…there are classicists, and there are modernists. Jan Lundgren’s successful journey provides examples of both styles. Contained within these solo tracks is a moderate balance of ideals, if not perfection…”. The review hasn’t yet appeared online, so keep an eye on Ystads Allehanda’s website, where we expect Sven’s piece to show up very soon.
18 August 2014: New award for Jan
Jan has just won the 2014 Årets Medelpunkt prize, awarded by Skånskan Akademien. Roughly translated, the annual prize has been bestowed in recognition of Jan “…bringing the world’s musicians together in Skåne…” (they’re talking about the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival, of course). Skånskan Akademien (the Skåne Academy) is a very dedicated institution that supports and promotes the cultural life of the Skåne region down in southern Sweden. And, as you can see from our picture, it’s got a nicely imposing shield as its emblem.
18 August 2014: Another bumper year
An enthusiastic Michael Tucker has filed his wrap-up review of YSJF 2014 in the UK’s Jazz Journal. You can read it here. Calling 2014 “another bumper year” for the Festival, he discusses the standout performances for him personally, and he has some very nice words to say about Jan’s concerts on the Saturday and Sunday nights.
13 August 2014: Popular music
The second performance of Swedish Folklore NOW! at Skansen on Monday night (see the 21 July story below) attracted an audience of around 2,000. That makes it easily one of the biggest jazz concerts to have taken place in Stockholm this year. The turnout is far in excess of the numbers who saw the sold-out SFN! gig at YSJF 2014, or even the mammoth Quincy Jones tribute at Ystad in 2012. Good work, Jan Lundgren Trio, Bengt-Arne Wallin and the Bohuslän Big Band.
11 August 2014: Now that it’s all over
The reviews are coming in thick and fast for YSJF 2014 – and they’re very good. Jan alerts us to four articles that particularly caught his eye: Michael Tucker in Jazz Journal; Josef Woodard in DownBeat; Doug Ramsey in the Wall Street Journal; and Jan Olsson at the Swedish website DigJazz. All but the first of these pieces include coverage of Jan’s concerts on 2 and 3 August. For links to Festival reviews in Norwegian and Danish, go to YSJF’s website.
3 August 2014: Vintage Jan
There’s a new, extended interview with Jan on US-based website The Vintage Bandstand, published by Anton Garcia-Fernandez from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Jan talks to Anton about a range of subjects, with a particular focus on his Matt Dennis album, Will You Still Be Mine?, from 2003. The Vintage Bandstand is a wonderful blog, full of fascinating stories and insights into the work of both jazz ‘greats’ and of lesser-known artists whose contributions have been largely forgotten – except, that is, by the erudite Anton. FoJL thoroughly recommends it.
3 August 2014: One for the Swedes – and Danes and South Africans
We’ve just found a jolly seven-minute interview (in Swedish) with Jan, broadcast last Thursday live from YSJF 2014 on the P1 channel of Sveriges Radio. Super-talented singer Hannah Svensson – whose most recent album, Each Little Moment, was produced and played on by Jan – also answers a few questions, and there are some mini-interviews with assorted Festival-goers. These include a Danish attendee, who probably didn’t have to travel very far to get to Ystad, and an intrepid YSJF fan who’s come all the way from South Africa. How about that for dedication?
1 August 2014: So that’s what it looks like…
All By Myself, Jan’s new solo album, is now available for purchase as a CD on the Fresh Sound website. Which means that we also – finally – know what the artwork looks like. Isn’t that rather an old photo of Jan? Still, it’s the content that matters… The relevant web page at Fresh Sound includes an intriguing excerpt from Doug Ramsey’s outstanding liner notes, as well as a full track listing.