Plays The ABBA Songbook In A Big Band Atmosphere – Lasse Lindgren (2016)

Imogena Records – IGCD 207

Lasse Lindgren – Trumpet, quarter-tone trumpet, slide trumpet, superbone, didgeridoo etc.

Released September 2015

To be honest my heart sank when I saw the words “ABBA”, “Big Band” and “Maynard Ferguson”. Not known for his restraint or taste, Maynard’s reinterpretations of many popular tunes leave me cold. From the outset, I was eating my words. This album contains many fun, clever, tasteful, groovy, cerebral and exciting arrangements of ABBA standards.

From a mystical Australian vibed take on ARRIVAL and a driving versions of MAMMA MIA and MONEY MONEY MONEY we come into a lovely big band arrangement of GIMME GIMME GIMME made by Scotland’s own Adrian Drover who used to provide charts for Maynard Ferguson.

FERNANDO has an eerie Bob Brookmeyer start and in fact Lindgren once toured with the great man himself. This is a standout track that shows of the woodwinds of the Croatian big band that provides such a high quality backing throughout this album.

KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU starts with a steaming rhythm section and leads into a swinging New York jazz soli for the band. The WINNER TAKES IT ALL and VOULEZ VOUS are ones for the Maynard fans with their mix of big band smooth and groove overlaid with screaming trumpets.

Louis Armstrong fans may have mixed feelings with the start of TAKE A CHANCE ON ME referencing his West End Blues but I, for one, enjoy it as it leads to an infectious New Orleans funky march style.

There is something for everyone from the ABBA fan through the lovers of 70’s style overblown trumpet to those who appreciate the arrangers craft. Terrific fun and some stunning well-thought out music arranging and performances.

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