Monday, January 4, 2016

Harry Allen / The Jan Lundgren Quartet - Quietly There (2015)

Allen, the American master of melodic, swinging tenor saxophone, and Lundgren, a Swedish pianist of infinite subtlety, make a good partnership. They think alike and clearly enjoy each other’s playing as they immerse themselves in these nine songs by Johnny Mandel. Some of them, like the theme from M*A*S*H, are not obvious jazz material, but Mandel, like his contemporary Henry Mancini, has always been a jazzman at heart and it shows. Two numbers especially, Emily and The Shining Sea, evoke really inspired performances. Bassist Hans Backenroth and drummer Kristian Leth complete the quartet, applying an appropriately light touch. Read more...

01. Sure As You Are Born
02. Emily
03. The Shining Sea
04. Quietly There
05. A Time For Love
06. Cinnamon And Clove
07. The Shadow Of Your Smile
08. Just A Child
09. Suicide Is Painless

Harry Allen, tenor sax
Jan Lundgren, piano
Hans Backenroth, bass
Kristian Leth, drums