Jan Lundgren: Angel Eyes
Jan Lundgren (piano)
Will You Still Be Mine? (Fresh Sound FSR 5040)
Jan Lundgren (piano),
Tom Warrington (bass), Joe La Barbera (drums).
Composed by Matt Dennis.
Recorded: Hollywood, May 10-11, 2003
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
The fact that one of today's finest straight-ahead jazz pianists should be Swedish is nothing to wonder about. Europe, and specifically Scandinavia, has seen a lot of U.S. musicians come and preach the good word during the last decades (think of Dexter, Getz, Marsh, Red Mitchell, et al.), and their disciples have flowered. Lundgren's refined piano touch is a source of constant wonder on this ballad. He swings and improvises with the help of his excellent American partners in a delicate but never introverted manner, and his trio gives a truly timeless version of this beautiful standard.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum