The Moon, The Stars and You

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Nils Landgren
original title: Nils Landgren - The Moon, The Stars and You

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  • Jazz has always had a certain fascination for the moon. After love, it is one of the more common topics for jazz standards, and for Nils Landgren is no exception. For some time he has planned a ballad album as a sequel to his highly successful "Sentimental Journey", which according to the newspaper Die Welt "stole the hearts of the
    audience". "The moon and the stars are just wonderful to look at - especially with someone special. The moon is closely connected with love," says Landgren, showing his romantic side. "I knew that there are so many good songs about the moon to choose from." These songs include jazz standards, such as Henry Mancini's "Moon River" or Herbie Hancock's "Stars in Your Eyes", as well as folk and pop songs like Kris Kristofferson's "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" or "Moonshadow" by Cat Stevens, and he also includes South American song by Kurt Weill called "Holofotes" alongside his own compositions. As such, "The Moon, the Stars and You" has grown into a concept album with a whole spectrum of different moods - meditative, longing, occasionally funky yet continuously inspired and swinging.
    With "The Moon, the Stars and You", Landgren was able to fulfil some wishes that he had long been waiting to realise. "For instance, I've been keen on doing something together with Richard Galliano for a while, and vice versa." Galliano's unmistakable accordion sound, occasionally sounding like a blues harmonica, provides "Moonshadow" and "Moonriver" with completely new musical shades. "The whole project started with Richard and after that I knew I was headed in the right direction," Landgren says. One by one, famous friends and colleagues joined in; singer Caecilie Norby, who brought along her own song "Angels of Fortune"; Vince Mendoza, who arranged Jimmy Webb's hymnic "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress" for the NDR Big Band and Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars" for the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra"; and Michael Wollny presents his exceptional technical and
    improvisatory skills on eight tracks as an accompanist. And finally Joao Bosco, one of the greatest singers and composers of the Musica Popula Brasileira, was brought on board. Landgren met him while in Brazil with the NDR Big Band and asked him whether they should work together. "He said straight away that he would probably even
    have a song for me. It was called "Holofotes" and it also deals with the moon and stars. I loved the song and so we recorded it."
  • Nils Landgren

    Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
    Michael Wollny / piano
    Lars Danielsson / bass
    Rasmus Kihlberg / drums

    Special Guests:
    Joe Sample / piano
    João Bosco / guitar & vocals
    Richard Galliano / accordion
    Steve Gadd / drums
    Caecilie Norby / vocals
    NDR Bigband
    Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 1 CD - 0h 53mn 0s
    upc/ean. 614427950529
    ref. ACT9505-2
    release date. 2011-09-05

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