Ole ”Fessor” Lindgreen (born 16. may 1938) is a Danish jazz musician.From 1956 he played with different traditional jazz orchestras, and in 1958 he became a member of Knud Rath’s big orchestra. After his military duty he toured with Danish groups in West-Germany, and in the years 1961-1966 he was a member of Ricardos Jazzmen. In 1968 he created his own orchestra, the Fessor’s Big City Band, which became his main focus. In 1995 he was awarded with the Ben Webster Award.
This CD, recorded in New Orleans in 1999, is the result of a collaboration between three Danes and three New Orleanians, led by the hip granddaddy of Danish New Orleans jazz – Ole “Fessor” Lindgreen. While this is totally authentic New Orleans music, it is anything but “trad jazz”. Rather, the music here is inspired by the more contemporary, funky New Orleans jazz-style. This is a nicely rounded set of New Orleans classics, one gospel number, a few jazz standards and three fine Fessor originals. Basically, if you’re into modern New Orleans rhythm & blues or jazz – or simply dig swinging, funky music – this album is for you! Each tune features tasty solos and seamless ensemble-playing – tunes that you’ll catch yourself whistling as you walk down the street. The three Danes on this session play like New Orleans natives. Søren Frost’s authentic shuffle beat and second-line drumming make you dance straight out of your seat. As for the New Orleans musicians, who can resist Matt Perrine’s sousaphone bass-line or Leroy Jones’ world-renowned, masterful trumpet playing?!