Nils Landgren - Some Other Time - A Tribute To Leonard Bernstein (LP)

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'A worthy and at times achingly beautiful tribute.'

180 gram Black Virgin Vinyl with a free Download Code included!

Of all the great classical maestros of his generation, Leonard Bernstein was the key advocate of jazz. Swedish trombonist/singer Nils Landgren: 'I have always been a fan of Bernstein, as a musician, as a conductor, as a composer and simply as a person. His music is unique, the way he writes is distinctive, emotional and always so human.' For his tribute Landgren managed to put together an 'absolute dream team': the outstanding sound machine of 18 members of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, an exquisite jazz band, the world-class arranger Vince Mendoza and a vocalist for the authentic New York vibe: Janis Siegel from the legendary 'The Manhattan Transfer'. All of them approached the work with the greatest respect for Bernstein's legacy. 'Some Other Time' did not become a big-band project: it is symphonic in its composing and it remains symphonic. 'Vince and I looked for the classical sound with a jazzy twist,' Landgren explains. He is most proud of the joint accomplishment: 'Everyone put their favourites into the mix, then we cooked it all down in a big pot until what we thought were the best bits were left.' The repertoire stretches across the spectrum, starting with pieces from Bernstein's first musical 'On The Town'. It also provided the title 'Some Other Time', that was then and is now ambiguous in its sense: nostalgic, futuristic or a musical promise. Songs for 'Wonderful Town' like 'A Quiet Girl', which have been unjustly largely forgotten over time are explored, as are 'A Simple Song' from Bernstein's 1971 'Mass'. The core element is of course 'West Side Story', from the overture 'America' to 'Maria' and 'Cool' and on to 'Somewhere'. Melodies and music without limits or borders from a rare catalogue of timeless masterpieces. Reanimated in their very own special way by musicians who breathe life into the work of Leonard Bernstein.

Track Listing

    • Overture: America
    • Some Other Time
    • Cool
    • Maria
    • Somewhere
    • The Story of My Life
    • One Hand, One Heart
    • Something's Coming
    • Lonely Town
    • A Quiet Girl
    • Lucky to Be Me
    • A Simple Song

    Additional Details

    Label: Act

    Genre: Jazz

    Run Time: 63 mins

    Release Date: 01/29/16

    UPC: 614427981318

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