Lindberg, Nils & Margareta Bengtson
Prophone, 2009, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Ballads, Blues
O’s Notes: Nils leads a fine band playing a blend of originals and standards featuring vocals from Margareta Bengston. Bengston has a wonderful soprano and she uses it as an instrument to our delight. “B. B. Blues” opens with Bengston scatting in unison with Alberto Pinton on baritone sax. Then she trades the lead with Anders Paulsson on soprano sax. This one really swings. The brass is as smooth as velvet on “Dry Martini”, an excellent backdrop for Margareta. Nils shines on “Epilogue”, a dynamic piano solo. The entire band comes together for “I Remember Karella” and “Springtime” both peaceful tunes and our favorite selections of the set.