Svenska Landskap out and reviewed
14 May 2017: Jan Lundgren Trio’s 2003 foray into the Swedish landscape, Svenksa Landskap, was reissued on Friday 5 May. It’s already received an enthusiastic review from the Tennessee-based blog, Jazz Flashes, which describes the album as a “masterful melding of jazz and Scandinavian folk music”. You can read the review here.
There’s more about Svenska Landskap‘s provenance coming soon at Jan Lundgren’s fansite, www.friendsofjanlundgren.com.
Emil Viklicky comes to Fog Arts
13 April 2017: We’re delighted to have obtained the digital rights to two wonderful albums featuring the great Czech pianist and composer Emil Viklicky: the first is Live At The Box (originally released in 2014), and the second is Marcus Printup & Emil Viklicky Trio (2007), which formed part of the vast Jazz At The Castle/Jazz Na Hrade series issued by the Prague-based label, Multisonic, between 2003 and 2013. Fog Arts is releasing Live At The Box on 26 May 2017, and the Printup-Viklicky album will follow soon afterwards.
Both recordings are very special. Live At The Box is an intimate but no-holds-barred live performance by the Emil Viklicky Trio at a private house in Germany in 2011, which centres around Emil’s jazz explorations of Moravian folk music. The second album is also a live recording, in which Emil and his trio join forces with the fabulous American trumpeter Marcus Printup to play a selection of standards and Viklicky originals. This 2007 concert at Prague Castle was hosted by the then-president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, who is an ardent jazz fan with a particular affinity for hard bop.
Here’s the Emil Viklicky Trio (in a different line-up) at a recent concert in the US, playing the song Wine, oh wine, which features on Live At The Box:
For Listeners Only released
13 January 2017: Today sees the reissue by Fog Arts of Jan Lundgren Trio’s For Listeners Only on all major digital platforms worldwide for streaming and downloading. The album consists of eight original compositions by Lundgren, plus a ninth by the Trio’s bassist, Mattias Svensson. Rasmus Kihlberg is on drums. For Listeners Only was recorded at Copenhagen’s Sun Studio in December 2000, and was originally released by Sittel in the spring of 2001 on the same day as Jan Lundgren Trio Plays The Music Of Victor Young (reissued by Fog Arts on 23 September 2016).
29 November 2016: Watch the video teaser for Silent Nights, Fog Arts’ mini-album reissue (on 25 November) from Ray Aichinger and Mattias Nilsson.
Silent Nights now out
25 November 2016: Silent Nights, the 2015 Christmas-inspired mini-album by Austrian saxophonist Ray Aichinger and Swedish pianist Mattias Nilsson, is now available on all good digital platforms worldwide. The seven-song reissue comes with a brand new composition by Nilsson and Aichinger called Blue December, which has been taken from their follow-up collaboration for the 2016 festive season, Peaceful In Dreams. The duo’s new album will be released in early December by European Jazz Records in CD format only.
Lundgren reissues discussed
15 November 2016: There’s a new podcast discussion with Tennessee-based Anton Garcia-Fernandez, publisher of the Jazz Flashes and The Vintage Bandstand blogs, about Fog Arts’ first three Jan Lundgren digital reissues: Jan Lundgren Trio Plays The Music Of Victor Young: Jan Lundgren Trio Plays The Music Of Jule Styne; and Something To Live For.