The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

Christ­mas with My Friends III

ACT Mu­sic An­other shame­less at­tempt to cash in on the jazz dol­lar at Christ­mas, or an in­ter­est­ing sea­sonal se­lec­tion from tal­ented mu­si­cians? Ac­tu­ally, it’s both. You might have thought that Land­gren’s first two al­bums would have plumbed the depths of Christ­mas jazz, but in fact it seems the ge­nial Swedish trom­bon­ist has been hold­ing cer­tain gems back. As well as beau­ti­ful choral read­ings of cer­tain clas­sic carols, there’s not-too-sweet cov­ers of Joni Mitchell’s River and Ste­vie Won­der’s Some­day at Christ­mas. Land­gren is one mu­si­cian who never for­gets he’s an en­ter­tainer, and at this time of year he knows his job is to sing a few Yule­tide songs. That makes this the think­ing per­son’s Christ­mas record – par­tic­u­larly if said thinker al­ready has the other two. nil­s­land­

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