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Hardly Standard Standards

In the Mood for Standards

One has to ask oneself if Lasse Lindgren’s Constellations with “In the Mood for Standards” (Imogena) haven’t surpassed themselves. Just the fact that they have dared to do eleven standards that have been played over and over for decades.

The oldest one, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” from 1929, comes from the 1930 film of the same name but is best known for Fred Astaire’s performance in 1946 in the film “Blue Skies”. Even Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” is included!

Trumpeter Lasse Lindgren mixes big band, quartet and a 7-piece band so that one’s interest never wanes. Interpretations in the tradition, that’s true, but free from clichés and patent phrases. Lasse’s arrangements give new life to the tunes and his own playing is a delight to hear. Lend an ear also to pianist Tommy Kotter (all the time).

Tor-Björn Lyrhed, “The Jazz Bag” Linköpingsposten