Wow!!!.....Pull up a chair and listen to this wonderful Sandviken Big Band and this superb trumpeter, Lasse lindgren. This will be some very pleasureable listening for any Big Band fans and especially if you like a lot of high-powered trumpet acrobatics.
Lasse Lindgren is one of the new breed of young players who has spent a tremendous amount of time learning alot about the various styles of trumpet playing throughout history. You’ll hear a lyrical ballad style ala Harry James; you’ll hear tremendous technical facility ala Doc Severinsen; you’ll hear influences of Maynard Ferguson and Arturo Sandoval’s upper register skills; and tucked away in there are Swing and Be-Bop influences of Dizzy Gillespie and especially Clark Terry and Roy Eldrige. As a trumpet player myself, I can tell you he is really SOMTHING ELSE!!
The Sandviken Big Band sounds better then ever. I had the opportunity to perform with them a couple of years ago and was more then impressed at that time, but NOW, they sound BETTER, STRONGER; MORE EXITING. It sounds as they really loved doing this recording. The energy level is really explosive and the swing feel overall is just wonderful!
My compliments also to the arrangers… very nice writing. I hope the entire musical world gets the opportunity to hear this super_CD! Thanks for being ther guys!
Jazz trumpet artist
born 1962 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
During the 1980's Lasse was active as a freelance lead-trumpet and soloist and in this capacity he held a resident post with the Sandviken Big Band 1989-1997. At the same time he worked with the Bohuslan Big Band 1991-97 and with the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra 1997-2000. From then on he has worked as a freelance soloist, teacher and leader for LL BIG CONSTELLATION, LL HIP BOP CONSTELLATION and LL QUARTET CONSTELLATION. During his years of study in Stockholm, Lasse soon became highly regarded as lead trumpeter and jazz soloist among big bands, jazz groups, TV shows, studios and touring bands. His exceptional command of the high register, his brilliant sound, coupled with his capacity to lead a trumpet section, make him one of Europe's absolute top musicians in this very demanding role.
His personal solo playing and compositions are characterized by humour, imagination and energy. Lasse's deeply emotional and well-developed sense of lyricism, in combination with the warm tone of his flugelhorn makes him a sensitive interpreter of ballads. Listen for instance to his beautiful composition "To My Friends". In contrast, he creates bright, scintillating colours by the use of his electric trumpet coupled to the beat of contemporary grooves. Lasse's great talent for utilizing mutes is particularly effective for instance when the music of Duke Ellington is portrayed. His ability to combine the roles of lead trumpeter and jazz soloist of the highest class is unique and has led to a reputation which has gained him international respect.
Lasse Lindgren has played with: Brass Brothers, Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Baltica Ensemble, Arne Domnerus Oktett, Gugge Hedrenius Big Blues Band, Jan Levander's Oktett, Jukka Linkola Tentett, NDR Big Band, Swedish Radio Jazz Group, Mikael Raberg's Big Band, Sandviken Big Band, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Swedish Jazz Composers Orchestra, Bengt-Arne Wallin's Big Band, Rolf Wikstrom's Hjartslag, UMO Jazzorchestra, Gavle Symphony Orchestra, Ray Anderson, Django Bates, Bob Brookmeyer*, Deborah Brown, Ray Charles, George Gruntz, Joe Henderson, Chuck Israels, Rob McConnell, Jim McNeely, Vince Mendoza, Palle Mikkelborg, Bob Mintzer, Jerome Richardson, The Real Thing, David Sandborn, Lew Soloff, Maria Schneider, Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, Putte Wickman, Nils Landgren, Nils-Henning Orsted Pederson among many others.