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NILS LANDGREN: CHRISTMAS WITH MY FRIENDS

För sjätte gången har Nils Landgren samlat sina vänner för att fira sin alldeles speciella, musikaliska jul. Gruppen med bland andra Sharon Dyall, Jonas Knutsson, Johan Norberg och Jeanette Köhn tolkar allt från Bach till ABBA på eget vis.
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Image Christmas With My Friends VI
Nils Landgren / trombone, vocals
Sharon Dyall / vocals
Jonas Knutsson / saxophon
Jeanette Köhn / vocals
Eva Kruse / bass
Jessica Pilnäs / vocals
Ida Sand / vocals, piano
Johan Norberg / guitar

"Christmas With My Friends VI" is a celebration, and everyone who enjoys exceptionally good Christmas songs from Bach to ABBA in new and characterful interpretations is most welcome to it. The established ensemble reinterprets also in the sixth issue Christmas songs from all over the world in a jazz spirit, bringing together the well-known with the less familiar, combining the cheerful with the contemplative.

119 kr (169 kr)
Image Christmas With My Friends VI (LP)
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Image Christmas with my Friends - The Jubilee Collection
Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Sharon Dyall / vocals
Jonas Knutsson / saxophones
Jeanette Köhn / vocals
Eva Kruse / bass
Jessica Pilnäs / vocals
Ida Sand / vocals & piano
Johan Norberg / guitars & kantele


Dear friends,

10 years of Christmas With My Friends lie behind us. Wow! But, how did it all begin?
Well, here is the story behind Christmas With My Friends:
I have been listening to music all year around since I was a toddler in the small country town of Degerfors in Sweden. My whole family was into
music and there were always someone who practised an instrument or played a record in the house. Great fun. At an early age I realized that
around Christmas, the whole musical climate changed drastically. Everything went on overload. “More is more” seemed to be the key. I liked it
up to the age of 14 but then I had enough of our annual Pat Boone sessions. Jingle Bells and Santa Claus everywhere.
I was still a music student when I at the age of 19 took the chance to become a professional musician and ever since at Christmas time, I asked
myself the same question: ‘Is there an antidote to all this?’ Very slowly and almost subconsciously I started to develop ideas for a different kind
of concept for Christmas music, free from arranged overload, jingle bells and big string sections. Many years later I felt ready to face my record
label chef Siggi Loch with the idea of making a Christmas album my way. Christmas With My Friends, reflecting my own idea of what Christmas
could be like, through the filters of my musical friends and myself. Siggi embraced the idea and after having made the choice of music and
musicians, we decided on recording a live concert both audio and video, in the beautiful medieval church of Odensala north of Stockholm. The
rest is as they say, history…
We went on tour with the first version of the band in 2006, with only one change: Bassist Eva Kruse replaced Lars Danielsson on the tour that
also featured singer Viktoria Tolstoy and guitarist Ulf Wakenius. On the recording, I had the idea of incorporating a trombone choir and my old
friend and fellow trombonist Walter Brolund helped me out in the best of ways. On tour, I hired trombone choirs all over Germany, sometimes
new every day. Hard work for me to rehearse, but a lot of fun as well.
On that first tour, we performed in Mannheim in the “Alte Feuerwache” on December 12. On that particular day we celebrate Lucia, the queen
of light all over Sweden. Big thing. We had decided to play the concert in traditional Lucia costumes, with Viktoria as Lucia for the first time in
her life, with a candle crown on her head and the rest of the girls as her maids with me, Johan, Jonas and Ulf Wakenius as stable boys. All in
white. The girls with glitter in their hair and candles in their hands, the boys with funny hats just like at home. Very Swedish indeed. We thought
it would be a great success but almost no one in the audience understood what was going on. They all stayed very quiet after we had marched
through the whole room singing Sankta Lucia, so we got out of the dresses, lights and hats as fast as we could and continued in our normal
concert clothes. It could have all stopped right after that introduction but luckily it did not, the performance was a success and now we can look
back on ten years of Christmas With My friends.
I think that none of us believed that Christmas With My Friends would turn out to be such a success and maybe that‘s why - just doing what we
wanted to do. Spreading joy through music, our way. Reflective, contemplative but not without humor and groove and always on the highest
musical level. Since the first concert in Odensala we have performed hundreds of concerts, moving audiences all over Germany and Sweden.
From the second album on, the band has been consisting of the same eight members and it is really a bliss to work with so much talent combined
with great friendship: Vocalists Jeanette Köhn, Sharon Dyall, Jessica Pilnäs and Ida Sand, who is also playing piano, my musical duo partner
since the mid eighties Johan Norberg on the guitar, Jonas Knutsson on saxes, above mentioned Eva Kruse on bass and myself. Why change a
winning team?
A big part of our success is of course Siggi Loch and our record company ACT in Munich who believed in me and the idea in the first place and
our agency Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion in Hamburg, where Ina Lieckfeldt has been working our tour schedules with great results.
At the end of the day, the audience decides if they want to join in or not and it seems like the decision is in our favor. Without all my Christmas
friends, none of this would have been possible. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart and soul for ten wonderful years.
Merry Christmas!

Love,
Nils Landgren

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Image Christmas with my Friends - The Jubilee Collection
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Image Christmas With My Friends V
Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Sharon Dyall / vocals
Jonas Knutsson / saxophones
Jeanette Köhn / vocals
Eva Kruse / bass
Jessica Pilnäs / vocals
Ida Sand / vocals, piano & school organ
Johan Norberg / guitars & kantele

Fans of Nils Landgren will know him as Mr. Redhorn. This dare-devil Action Man drives his Funk Unit heroically from the front, sweat bejewelling his forehead. That, however is just one of the many sides of this popular and immensely likeable Swedish trombonist and bandleader. The master of the in-the-pocket groove also has a much softer, more romantic side. This sentimental mode found its most natural and effective method of expression in a thought he had exactly ten years ago. Landgren’s idea was not just a good one, it was a keeper: he would gather good friends around him, and they would celebrate Christmas together, through music.

So, in 2006, on went the red satin dinner jacket for the very first time, and “Christmas With My Friends” was born. The concert in the ancient Odensala Church in Stockholm was recorded, and then issued as a CD. It was to prove the beginning of an unprecedented success story. Every two years, Landgren took himself off on a Christmas season tour, alternating between Sweden and Germany. Four albums have chronicled this developing story, and each of them has in its turn been awarded with the German Jazz Award. Three of them have gone platinum, and the most recent (so far, watch this space...) is currently gold. The press and the public got right behind these albums from the start. The widely-read German current affairs magazine Stern garlanded “Christmas With My Friends” with the description of “the most beautiful of all the Christmas CDs of the year,” praising its “unique, bright, sparkling, festive atmosphere that goes straight to the heart." Stern was just as fulsome in its recommendation of the second album: “Our verdict is still the same. This one also glistens like a starry Nordic winter night sky.” The UK critic Dave Gelly writing in the Observer has praised the albums as follows: “There is an irresistible feeling of serenity and calm about the whole thing”...” “Landgren’s concept of a Christmas album is so much more sophisticated than the norm that it's the only possible choice for this season” …. “The secret lies in the combination of simple intimacy, polished musicianship and a programme full of subtly chosen surprises.” A visit in person to one of these concerts, often held in resonant churches, almost always completely sold out, gives a sense of the special mood they create: in the audiences are always radiant expressions from blissfully happy faces, and to judge by the expressions one sees, the concerts seem to answer a need, to be everything one could ever dream of, the very best way to get completely carried along by the Christmas spirit.

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Image Christmas With My Friends V (LP)
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Image Christmas With My Friends IV
Nils Landgren / trombone & vocals
Sharon Dyall / vocals & harmonica
Jonas Knutsson / baritone & soprano sax
Jeanette Köhn / vocals
Eva Kruse / bass
Jessica Pilnäs / vocals
Ida Sand / piano, vocals & glockenspiel
Johan Norberg / guitar & kantele


And year after year it rings out at Christmastime: Nils Landgren's "Christmas With My Friends" ensemble is a loyal companion for the most wonderful time of the year. The fourth edition again presents a diverse selection of international, Swedish, traditional and modern carols and atmospheric secular popular songs, with the familiar hushed and intimate mood we have come to know and love.


169 kr
Image Christmas With My Friends III
Nils Landgren / trombone, vocals
Sharon Dyall / vocals
Jonas Knutsson / saxophones
Jeanette Köhn / vocals
Eva Kruse / bass
Jessica Pilnäs / vocals
Ida Sand / piano, vocals
Johan Norberg / guitar, kantele

Tradition is one of the things through which a person finds out where he comes from and what makes him who he is. Perhaps the most important spiritual tradition in the Western world is Christmas – and music is a big part of that. Christmas songs are their own genre around the world, which is linked to ceremonial and happy togetherness like no other. Christmas music has always had a magical attraction for jazz musicians as well. The trombonist, singer and producer Nils Landgren, one of the most versatile, creative and successful jazz musicians Europe has had to offer for a long time, has dreamed for many years of celebrating a musical Christmas – together with good friends and with a selection of the many different Christmas songs that he has encountered throughout the course of his career. He did so in 2006, and because "Christmas...



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Image Christmas With My Friends II
Nils Landgren - trombone, vocals
Jeanette Köhn - vocals
Jessica Pilnäs - vocals
Sharon Dyall - vocals
Ida Sand - piano, vocals
Jonas Knutsson - saxophones
Johan Norberg - guitar, kantele
Eva Kruse - bass

Recorded by Janne Hansson at Atlantis Studio, Stockholm, Sweden and by Johan Norberg at Studio Krubaston at Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed by Johan Norberg
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Produced by Johan Norberg
Executive Producer: Siegfried Loch


169 kr
Image Christmas Concert With My Friends
"Surely the best Christmas jazz DVD ever!" (JAZZ REVIEW, UK)

Line Up:
Nils Landgren - trombone, vocals
Viktoria Tolstoy - vocals
Jeanette Köhn - vocals
Sharon Dyall - vocals
Ida Sandlund - vocals, piano
Bugge Wesseltoft - piano
Lars Danielsson - bass, cello
Johan Norberg - guitars
Ulf Wakenius - guitars
Anders Bromander - church organ
Walter Brolund Trombone Choir

Further Musicians:
Walter Brolund Trombone Choir:
Walter Brolund, Anton Grandert, Olov Wimark, Eric Svensson, Erik Eriksson

Recorded live at Odensala Medieval Church, Stockholm-Märsta, Sweden on December 4, 2005
Music recorded, mixed and mastered by Lars Nilsson, Nilento Studio, Göteborg, Sweden
Assistant Engineer: Bo Savik
Filmed by Barracuda Film & Television AB
Coordination: Walter Brolund
Produced by Nils Landgren

PAL 16:9
Sound: Stereo PCM, Dolby Digital, dts
Regional Code: 0


239 kr
Image Christmas With My Friends
Also available on DVD: Nils Landgren Christmas Concert With My Friends (ACTDVD 99019)

Line Up:
Nils Landgren - trombone, vocals
Viktoria Tolstoy - vocals
Jeanette Köhn - vocals
Sharon Dyall - vocals
Ida Sandlund - vocals, piano
Bugge Wesseltoft - piano
Lars Danielsson - bass, cello
Johan Norberg - guitar
Ulf Wakenius - guitar
Jonas Knutsson - saxophone
Anders Bromander - church organ
Walter Brolund Trombone Choir

Further Musicians:
Walter Brolund Trombone Choir:
Walter Brolund, Anton Grandert, Olov Wimark, Eric Svensson, Erik Eriksson

Recorded on December 4, 2005 at Odensala Medieval Church, Märsta / Stockholm, Sweden
"Maybe This Christmas" was recorded by Johan Norberg
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Lasse Nilsson, Nilento Studio, Gothenburg
Assistant engineer: Bo Savik
Project coordination: Walter Brolund
Producer: Nils Landgren


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