Reference: FSRCD 5007
Bar code: 4940603040095
"Jan Lundgren is world class"
- Ira Gitler, critic, reviewer, author of Swing to Bop
and The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz
"One of the most important, talented, imaginative and complete jazz pianists to have made his mark in recent years."
- Alun Morgan, critic, reviewer, author of Modern Jazz
"His mastery of the jazz piano is stunning nearly beyond belief."
- Russell Arthur Roberts, Jazz News
"He has that indefinable quality which sets the outstanding apart from the very good."
- Pat Hawes, Jazz Journal
"Jan Lundgren is a swinging monster when uncaged."
- Jack Bowers, Cadence
"If this album (Something to Live For) is an indication, his increasing individuality and expressiveness as a soloist will lead to important work in the new century."
- Doug Ramsey, Jazz Times
"I remembered Jan Johansson and the days when I played with him. Jan Lundgren appears very calm on the surface, but he has an enormous drive and temperament beneath."
- Arne Domnérus, saxophonist
"This is a very conscientious young man. That made a deep impression on me. He goes to the source of the music. Interpreting it as the composer meant it to be played. A lot of top pianists don´t do this. He also understands the lyrics in the original form not merely their transcription in Swedish. This is very important. To really know a song you must know the lyrics."
- Lou Levy, pianist
"Although veteran American altoist Herb Geller is the main star of this set (and is featured on every selection), Stockholm Get-Together! is most significant in introducing the playing of Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren to the greater jazz world. Lundgren has no difficulty on the faster pieces and he shows plenty of feeling on the ballads. Geller, who moved to Europe in the early '60s, became obscure in the U.S. but played very regularly in the decades since he left and has become a giant of the alto, even better than he was in the 1950s.
With bassist Lars Lundstrom and drummer Anders Langerlöf providing fine backup, Geller and Lundgren make for a highly complementary team on seven jazz standards and five group originals. This set is easily recommended as proof that Herb Geller was very much in his prime in the 1990s, and that Jan Lundgren was an up-and-coming modern mainstream pianist."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide