Nils Landgren - Creole Love Call [2LP]
Catalogue No.: ACTLP9707-1
Release Date: 28 Oct 2022
The man with the red trombone is always on the lookout for new challenges. This is what has made Nils Landgren one of the most creative, many-sided and also most successful artists to be currently found in the European jazz scene. Since 1994 he has been under contract to the ACT Label from Munich, releasing over this period 12 albums in his own name. Seven have received the golden German Jazz Award, with two even going platinum. Meanwhile, his role as producer of Swedish singers Rigmor Gustafsson and Viktoria Tolstoy has brought him two further Gold awards.
With ‘Mr Redhorn’ Nils Landgren, who “for a long time has been at the forefront of European jazz trombonists” (Spiegel), one doesn’t solely associate the frenetic celebrated concerts of his groovy Funk Unit, which has been ceaselessly on the road
for the past year with the successful project ‘FUNKY ABBA’. You also know him from his intimate duos with Esbjörn Svensson, where they would rework Swedish folk songs, from his chamber concerts of religious music or from his collaborations with big bands.
Born in Houston, Texas, Joe Sample grew up exposed to the usual Southern mix of jazz, blues and gospel. He is known above all as a founder member, pianist, keyboardist and composer of the legendary funk jazz band The Crusaders, with which he wrote musical history over the decades. So many of his songs became worldwide hits, such as ‘Street Life’, sung by Randy Crawford in 1979. Many of these can be rediscovered on ‘Creole Love Call’. Since the late Seventies, Joe Sample has also followed a parallel career as solo pianist and accompanied stars such as Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker on numerous albums and tours.
Nils Landgren and Joe Sample have known each other for at least 20 years, from when Nils accidentally found himself in the middle of a recording session of The Crusaders in Los Angeles and then played together with Randy Crawford in Santa Barbara the following summer. Years later, after three of the original Crusaders got back together in 2003, Joe Sample invited Nils at the beginning of 2005 to join him on a major Japan tour - and thus ‘Creole Love Call’ was sealed with a simple handshake.
The band which Nils and Joe specially put together for this album mainly consists of musicians from New Orleans. With a famous exception: the pop and soul star Ray Parker Jr., especially known for the title song for the Ivan Reitman film ‘Ghostbusters’
(1984). Here he plays guitar and duets with Nils Landgren on the Otis Redding hit ‘Dock Of The Bay’. The rhythm section includes bassist Chris Severin, who is known amongst others from many Dianne Reeves albums, Raymond Weber (drums), and Lenny Castro (percussion).
Weber was in the 90s a member of Harry Connick Jr.’s Big Band and is to be seen on screen in the film ‘Ray’ as the drummer in the band of Ray Charles. The busy percussionist Lenny Castro has worked together with greats such as Al Jarreau,
Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Ricky Lee Jones, Diana Ross and Quincy Jones, and is also known for work with Joe Sample and The Crusaders.
Charmaine Neville, a member of the famous Neville Brothers clan, appears as special guest, interpreting with Nils Landgren Allen Toussaint’s classic ‘With You In Mind’, the lyrics of which are written by her uncle Aaron Neville.
Now available on vinyl.
Get Out Of My Life Woman
(Sittin’ On The) Dock Of The Bay
The Brightest Smile In Town
Don’t Take Your Love To
One Day I Fly Away
With You In Mind
I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love
Love The One You’re With
Same Old Story
Creole Love Call
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