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Jazz - Released January 22, 2010 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released September 24, 2001 | ACT Music

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
Trombonist Nils Landgren covers a variety of funky styles on Fonk da World. There are a few throwaway vocals (the opening "Booty Rock" has some rap) but also some worthwhile soloing from Landgren, altoist Per Rusktrask Johansson, and the oversized rhythm section. Most of the songs are a bit lightweight (other than "Freedom Jazz Dance") and little unexpected happens so this set (which ranges from funky jazz to early fusion and soul-jazz) is not overly memorable. But used for background dancing or light listening, Fonk da World succeeds on its own limited terms. ~ Scott Yanow

Jazz - Released September 25, 1998 | ACT Music

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard

Jazz - Released January 12, 1997 | ACT Music

Distinctions The Qobuz Standard
One of trombonist Nils Landgren's early inspirations was Cannonball Adderley's group. Paint It Blue is dedicated to Adderley with Landgren performing five songs associated with the altoist plus seven originals that pay tribute to Cannonball's bands. Some of the music is in the soul-jazz vein while other tunes (particularly the originals) are more modern, even incorporating a little bit of rap in a couple places. Landgren is a fine trombonist (sometimes a little reminiscent of Wayne Henderson) and he manages to keep up with Michael and Randy Brecker, who in this situation are superior supportive soloists. Without merely copying the past, Landgren expands on the legacy of Adderley quite successfully. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released April 26, 2013 | ACT Music

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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released June 30, 2017 | ACT Music

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A sparkling groove machine: Nils Landgren’s Funk Unit upholds the flame of the most virtuoso jazz funk. For their tenth album, the internationally acclaimed gang welcomes a prestigious guest: guitarist Ray Parker Jr., the funk expert from Detroit with a resume the length of the Great Wall of China, on which Stevie Wonder, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Michael Henderson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Boz Scaggs, Herbie Hancock, Tina Turner, Diana Ross and even Ghostbuster’s soundtrack coexist! Another big name took part in the making of Unbreakable: trumpeter Randy Brecker, strengthening an already virtuoso gang (Magnum Coltrane Price on bass, Andy Pfeiler on the guitar, Jonas Wall on the saxophone, Petter Bergander on keyboard and Robert Ikiz on drums) led with a strong hand by the Swedish trumpeter. Unbreakable glides with ease between jazz fusion, pure funk, soul and rock, with a particular attention to vocals, without omitting to honour past legends (beautiful covers of Allen Toussaint’s Just a Kiss Away and Marvin Gaye’s Rockin'After Midnight). An album that thumping bass and effusive brass sections enthusiasts will certainly appreciate. © CM/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released June 9, 2017 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released May 26, 2017 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released April 30, 2014 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released August 31, 2007 | ACT Music

Licence to Funk is the eighth album by the Nils Landgren Funk Unit, and again, the Swedish trombonist reconfigures the band's personnel to keep things fresh. He keeps the rhythm section of German drummer Wolfgang Haffner and bassist Magnum Coltrane Price and adds reedman Magnus Lindgren, keyboardist and vocalist Ida Sand, and -- the biggest surprise here -- Detroit guitarist Ray Parker, Jr., author of the hit single "Ghostbusters," who had retired from music in the early '90s and then reappeared on Landgren's collaboration with pianist Joe Sample, Creole Love Call, in 2005. After the previous record's experimentation with ABBA tunes (Funky ABBA), Licence to Funk is basically an homage to various types of old-school '70s funk: the dry, hard-edged funk of James Brown's famous rhythm section is celebrated in an energetic cover of Fred Wesley's "House Party," another cover brings back the bouncy disco-funk of the Ashford & Simpson/Quincy Jones classic "Stuff Like That," and there are several nods toward the smooth soul-funk of the Crusaders -- for example, Landgren's own composition "24Hours," with its soft electric piano, relaxed background vocals, and sweet flute melody, or his near-instrumental "Capetown Shuffle" (not to mention a cover of Crusaders bassist Wilton Felder's "Brazos River Breakdown"). Despite the three cover tunes and the large number of comparisons the music brings to mind, Licence to Funk is neither a full retro album nor a slavish imitation of all those acts -- the Funk Unit is in top form, with tightly locked grooves and inspired soloing, and the record is an excellent showcase for a band that knows how to use a funk rhythm as a springboard to exciting interplay. While all of the musicians are great (and all, except for Lindgren, contribute original songs), Ray Parker, Jr.'s presence is what gives the group that something extra: listening to his opening guitar licks on "Freak U" and the bluesy "Secret" alone makes you glad he's back. The two songs he's written are among the album's highlights: the gritty, driving rhythm of "SampleRayT" inspires some soulful soloing by saxman Magnus Lindgren, and Parker even sings in his instantly recognizable voice on "For Those Who Like to Party." If the Nils Landgren Funk Unit continue to record albums this good, their title-giving licence will never be revoked. ~ Christian Genzel
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Jazz - Released March 29, 2004 | ACT Music

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Jazz - Released September 24, 1999 | ACT Music