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German Jazz Award
Hymn for Funk HeavenNils Landgren, the man with the metallic-red lacquered trombone and this year’s head of the tradition-laden Berlin Jazz festival, calls his Funk Unit "the tightest band I’ve ever played with". Whoever has experienced a performance of the group knows what he means. The quintet’s teamwork is extraordinary, and the group swings with an impressive, relentless rhythmic drive that pushes the music forward in a continuous powerful flow. In a word, they groove. In innumerable appearances from Stockholm to Montrieux through Beijing they have consistently left a jubilant crowd in their wake. The crowd is elevated not only by an elemental rhythmic force that makes them want to shake their booties: Landgren is a master jazz instrumentalist who, with his subtle stylistically ever-changing solos, again and again lifts t...line up
Nils Landgren - trombone, fluegelhorn, vocals
Magnum Coltrane Price - Fender bass, rap and vocals, synthesizers
Jesper Nordenström - Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B3 organ, synthesizers
Robert Östlund - guitars, Hammond B3 organ solo on ''Calvados'', synthesizer, vibraphone
Niklas Gabrielsson - drums, vocals, congas on '' Fonk da world''
Magnus Öström - percussion
Per Ruskträsk Johansson - alto saxophone
Esbjörn Svensson - Fender Rhodes piano on '' What's up, What's up'','' Booty Rock'' and ''New Morning''
Oscar Traugott - Handclaps on ''What's up, What's up''
Recorded and mixed by Jan Ugand at Nord Studio 3 Stockholm, Sweden in June 2001
"Calvados" and "Riders on the storm" recorded by Fredrik Andersson
Produced by Esbjörn Svensson