Magnus Lindgren´s latest record Stockholm Undergroud, produced by Nils Landgren and Siggi Loch, was released on ACT Music in September 2017. Stockholm Underground is a homage to Herbie Mann, the one of the greats of the jazz flute, and to his legendary 1969 album Memphis Underground, listed by Rolling Stone in 2013 in the “100 Best Jazz Albums” of all time. Magnus Lindgren is re-tracing the footsteps of Herbie Mann – together with Daniel Karlsson / keys, Henrik Janson / guitar, Lars DK Danielsson / electric bass and Per Lindvall / drums. Also as guests the album contains Till Brönner / trumpet, Eric Bibb / guitar & vocals, Ida Sand / vocals and Nils Landgren / trombone.
The key figure in this project is evidently Magnus Lindgren, a stalwart of the Stockholm jazz scene, and known in the role he has had for many years, as a member of the Nils Landgren Funk Unit. Lindgren is not just a hugely gifted saxophonist; he is also probably the best jazz flautist in Europe. And he is offering this aspect of his artistry for the first time in pure form: Stockholm Underground is the first album on which he plays only flute. When it comes to emulating the soft melodic lines, producing the breathy tone, or indeed other Herbie Mann hallmarks such as singing-while-playing and multiphonics (like on Penny Blue), Lindgren proves to be a complete shoo-in. He is also in the driving seat as composer/arranger, having penned eight of the twelve tracks on the album.
Magnus is a multi-talented creator of music. His ability to express himself on the tenorsax, clarinet or flute wears the sign of a real master.
Meanwhile several Big Bands and Symphonic Orchestras took note of his enormous talent as conductor and arranger. He is invited to be “Artist in Residence” for SWR Big Band and Bielefelder Symphonic Orchestra. And he is part of projects with John Beasley (Charlie Parker-SWR), HR Big Band with Dhafer Yoseff, Till Brönner & the Bochumer Symphonic Orchestra, Max Herre / Web Web (Potsdamer Symphonic Orchestra) and with Nils Landgren, Jan Lundgren and the SWR Big Band’s project Lalilu as arranger and solist. On March 12th Magnus was also conducting the famous Dutch Metropole Orkest on their online session: NPO Soul & Jazz & Metropole Orkest present the ‘Metropole Studio Sessions World Tour’. First destination: Brazil.
As for the first time the Nobel Prize in Stockholm was presented online Magnus was asked to produce a special song for the ceremony. His new piece is called 20-21 and was premiered for the Nobel Foundation in the Golden Hall at the Stockholm City Hall. Magnus is now offering this special performance as a trio including Anna-Greta Sigurdadottir on piano and Amalia Stalheim on cello.
„An easily grooving album, which transports the Memphis sound to the Stockholm archipelago.”(GALORE)