I'm a trombonist and composer, and so I'm delighted to review this CD, A Lindberg Extravaganza, featuring trombonist Christian Lindberg. Lindberg has recently turned his hand to both conducting and composing, but neither of those talents appears on this disc. Instead, we have a cornucopia of trombone music, from a great arrangement of the jazz standards that open the disc, originally made famous by Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Jack Teagarden, to a selection of opera highlights in which the trombone replaces the singers. Actually, several of the tracks were originally vocal works that sound wonderful on the trombone, including a tribute to Swedish operatic tenor Jussi Björling. The latter piece juxtaposes several Scandanavian songs and a couple of operatic arias in a gorgeous arrangement by Anders Högstedt. He is the full-time arranger for the Swedish Wind Ensemble, who back Lindberg beautifully throughout the CD. Arranger Högstedt is responsible for fully half of the adaptations on this CD, and they are almost uniformly superb. My favorite is his lovely version of A Christian Song, a piece written specifically for Christian Lindberg--thus the title--by long-time collaborator Jan Sandstrom, whose Song to Lotta is also on this disc. The oddest piece, by far, is Högstedt's arrangement of Vivaldi's Spring from the Four Seasons. The original is a virtuostic violin solo accompanied by strings and continuo, and it is hard to believe that an alto trombone could replace the violin, or that a wind ensemble could replace the string orchestra. What surprises me is not that it really doesn't quite work--but that so much of it DOES work. Of course, Lindberg knows that what he's doing is for fun, and pretty absurd, not to be taken too seriously, and he shows it by breaking out into a cackle and the end of the first movement of Spring. (I'm greatly amused that Lindberg's laughter is credited as "vocals" in the program notes!) What chops this guy has--and he only started playing the trombone at age 17! The second and third movements work rather better for the trombone, and get a more respectful treatment--it's as though Lindberg is saying, "Of course this is ridiculous, now let's do it as though it weren't." But even in the silly parts, Lindberg sounds great--he was once named one of the five greatest brass players of the 20th Century, along with Louis Armstrong, Maurice Andre, Dennis Brain, and Miles Davis. Any trombone player will have to have this recording, but it's more than just a specialist CD. Anyone in love with beautiful sounds and long lyric melodic lines will want this. As proof, just listen to the gorgeous Swedish song Gammal Farbodpsalm.