"This CD grabs you with its beauty, tranquility and intimacy. It breathes calmness and warmth. The love with which the musicians gently lay the music in front of your feet can be felt with every song. A gem!"Jazzmo', 20-6-2019
All good things come in threes, they say...
...and in fact the idea of a trilogy of albums – a first recorded in Italy, a second in France, and a third in Sweden – has been present in the minds of these three musicians ever since they first started working together.
What might appear as a vapid marketing idea is the genuine result of the shared musical identity which they have continued to develop together.
The three top-flight musicians Paolo Fresu, Richard Galliano and Jan Lundgren have a great deal in common: each is a superb instrumentalist in his own right, all three of them have a love of melody as their hallmark; and they also draw on the rich musical resources of their native countries, Italy, France and Sweden.
For over 12 years they have been playing together at the highest level, their incomparable sound is the inspiration for an ever-growing audience in countless countries, and they perform in the world’s most renowned concert halls.
So it came as no surprise to me as the producer of this session when the question arose spontaneously and more or less simultaneously: when are we going back into the studio together?
Once again it was a pure pleasure to see the sheer ease with which Paolo, Richard and Jan can create such great music. The results have a completely natural flow and the joy of making music together is palpable.
And as to the question of whether this is still “jazz”, it really doesn’t need to be asked: “Call it anything” said Miles Davis way back when – and how right he was!
Jan Lundgren is part of a remarkable and long tradition of innovative pianists from Sweden like Jan Johansson who passed away early, and in more recent times Bobo Stenson and Esbjörn Svensson. Lundgren has never made life easy for himself, and has always tried to utilize his phenomenal technique to enhance his musicality. His ability to integrate the most disparate musical influences into a fascinating whole is unique in itself. Whether its contemporary classical music, the inexhaustible northern folk tradition or the pulsating groove of jazz, deeply rooted in Afro-American music: Lundgren has a unique way of leading the listener on a voyage of discovery – sometimes relaxed, sometimes utterly invigorating - through his highly individual soundscapes.
This CD grabs you with its beauty, tranquility and intimacy. It breathes calmness and warmth. The love with which the musicians gently lay the music in front of your feet can be felt with every song. A gem!