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Sunday, November 30, 2014

CD Review: Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends 1V

Nils Landgren (bandleader, trombone, vocals); Sharon Dyall (vocals, harmonica); Jonas Knutsson (saxes); Jeanette Kohn (vocals); Eva Kruse (bass); Jessica Pilnas (vocals); Ida Sand (piano, vocals, glockenspiel); Johan Norberg (guitar, kantele)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Santa time is here again and so are the Christmas CDs up for review.  ‘Ugh’ I thought, ‘this will be sentimental tosh’.  But not a bit of it, this is the 4th CD in a series, popular in Germany, offering thoughtful, varied interpretations of Christmas songs, just the thing to play for the family, and not too kitsch at all.
Numbers range from The First Noel; a version of George Michael’s Last Christmas; Ellington’s Come Sunday (beautiful reverent lyrics); Angel’s Carol by classical composer John Rutter; and German carols such as O Helga Natt.  Some are jazz interpretations, such as the bluesy spiritual If Anybody Ask You(Odetta) sung by Sharon Dyall with an introduction on harmonica; The Rutter song is sung in a soprano style by Jeanette Kohn and Ida Sand; Come Sunday features Sharon Dyall, who has a dry-toned jazzy voice, with guitar and trombone; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, my favourite track, is an instrumental with effective bass and trombone; Icicles, an original tune by Johan Norberg, features a lovely tinkling, cool, glockenspiel and, I guess, the kantele, although it’s not an instrument I’m familiar with. So there is some jazz, traditional Christmas songs, hymns such as Gutav Holst’s In The Bleak Midwinter, pop songs, a bit of classical singing, something for everyone, and all performed well, with imaginative interpretations.
Enjoy this CD with your Christmas dinner!
CD Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends 1V available on ACT Label.
Ann Alex  

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