21 April 2018: Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie, who won the first Fog Arts-sponsored Jazz Improvisation Prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016, released his debut album on 18 April. A trio line-up with David Bowden on bass and drummer Stephen Henderson, Fergus’ Turas is a magnificently engaging and confident eight-track odyssey of McCreadie originals, inspired by the pianist’s travels around Scotland. Adding to the listening pleasure are Fergus’ helpful explanations of each composition’s provenance on his website (go here), where you can buy the CD and watch a couple of videos of the trio performing. Naturally, Turas is also available for streaming and downloading on all the usual digital platforms, including Spotify. Fergus (on the right in this photo), David (centre) and Stephen have made a very original and exciting recording debut with this album, and we look forward to many more of their creations in the years ahead.
29 March 2018: Two new Jan Lundgren reissues are coming soon to Fog Arts. After a career spanning two decades, Man In The Fog was Lundgren’s first-ever solo studio album, and it’s still only one of two such solo studio recordings that Jan’s released; the other is All By Myself (Fresh Sound, 2014). Man In The Fog sits neatly in our catalogue alongside Lundgren’s so far only live solo album, History Of Piano Jazz (2006), which Fog Arts reissued in September last year. We’ll post more details here soon, but expect Man In The Fog around late April or early May. Then, in the summer, we’ll reissue Jan Lundgren Trio’s Flowers Of Sendai (2014), which Jan recorded in 2013 with long-time collaborators Mattias Svensson on bass and drummer Zoltan Csörsz.
Both albums were originally released on the short-lived French label, Bee Jazz, which folded in December 2014. So, although they’re still very ‘young’ records, neither has been in print for well over three years, and we’re delighted to be making them available again.
The swinging Czech
8 February 2018: Czech pianist Emil Viklicky, whose two live albums Live At The Box (2011) and Jazz At The Castle (2007) were reissued by Fog Arts last year, has had a long association with Wynton Marsalis’ New York-based Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) as an arranger and composer, and as a guest pianist on occasional European tour dates. Here’s a video of Emil wearing all three of these hats at a JLCO concert in the Czech city of Brno on 1 February, playing the very swinging Part II of his Czech Suite.
Big down under
7 February 2018: Strewth mate! Fog Arts’ digital reissue of Jan Lundgren Trio’s 2001 tribute to the genius of Victor Young with guest appearances by Stacey Kent, Deborah Brown and the late Johnny Griffin – Jan Lundgren Trio Plays The Music Of Victor Young – has entered the Australian charts. Stream or download the album now to find out what the Aussies are finally getting into on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer and every other clued-up digital platform worldwide.
When Stacey met Jan
22 December 2017: Fog Arts’ Guy Jones took part in a podcast discussion earlier this week with Tennessee-based jazz blogger Anton Garcia-Fernandez about the 20-year recording career of US singer Stacey Kent. One of the eight tracks Jones picked among his Kent favourites (you’ll find the Spotify playlist here) was her version of My Foolish Heart with Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren on Fog Arts’ reissued album from 2001, Jan Lundgren Trio Plays The Music Of Victor Young. The discussion is at 39:40 until 48:45 in the YouTube video below.