There is a synonym for the words diversity, curiosity and zeal: Nils Landgren. James Brown used to be considered the »hardest working man in showbusiness« and it now appears that the god of funk has bequeathed this title to a Swede who cheerfully travels the world with a bright red trombone. »Mr. Red Horn« swings brilliantly from one perspective to the next, also because he needs this constant change. Nils Landgren, 55 years old, when he is not touring with his band Funk Unit or other projects he is very much in demand as a producer or talent scout: He passes his expertise on to students in Hamburg and Shanghai, advises the NDR Big Band on artistic matters (with which he also played as musician for several years), works with the versatile Swedish Bohuslän Big Band and also compiles, as artistic director, the programme of the Jazzfest Berlin (until 2011). Nils Landgren is someone who feels as dedicated to the rich folklore tradition of his homeland as to the previously unheard – an idealist who ignores the boundaries between the genres and who has collaborated in joint projects with musicians such as Maceo Parker, Colin Towns, the Brecker Brothers, Airto Moreira, Till Brönner, Roy Hargrove, Fred Wesley, Steve Gadd, Richard Galliano, Michael Wollny, João Bosco, Benny Andersson, Viktoria Tolstoy, Joe Sample, Ray Parker Jr., Eddie Harris and Esbjörn Svensson and, in doing so, has continually broadened his horizons. When the audience sees Nils Landgren with his Funk Unit, the Swede shows himself from his masculine and distinct, relentlessly grooving side and acts the jazz action hero. However, there is also a gentle melancholic, highly sentimental Nils Landgren. He can be seen on the albums »Christmas With My Friends«, on »The Moon, The Stars And You« as well as on »Ballads« and »Sentimental Journey« – in which he intones on the trombone with incomparable smoothness. Nils Landgren, born in 1956, started playing the drums when he was only six years old. It was when he was 13 years old that Nils Landgren realised his calling and changed to the trombone. Between 1972 and 1978, he gained a sound classical basis at various teaching establishments and quickly put these newly acquired technical skills on the trombone into practice, also in other areas. Encounters with folk jazz pioneer Bengt-Arne Wallin and trombonist Eje Thelin accelerated his musical career change.Today he is able to stand out in almost any stylistic environment – a studio whizz. The solo career of the man who has always gone right up to his limits and beyond, both musically and conditionally, has been going strong for almost thirty years. Nils Landgren’s debut, »Planet Rock« from 1983, marked the starting point of a very impressive discography including projects which could hardly be any more different from one another. The duo recordings, for example »Layers of Light« and »Swedish Folk Modern« with pianist Esbjörn Svensson, as well as the album »Gotland«, reveal someone who is very closely connected to their homeland, who moves through Scandinavian’s sound worlds, drifts into the ethereal and into the incomprehensible. For the project »Salzau Music On The Water« Nils Landgren met vibraphonist Christopher Dell and bassist Lars Danielsson on an installation on the water near Schloss Salzau and played ethereal sounds into the dawn. However, the same Nils Landgren made a reference, for example, to the world famous fellow Swedes from ABBA with »Funky ABBA« and honoured Cannonball Adderley with the album »Paint it Blue« by his multi award winning group Funk Unit. This band does not, incidentally, only achieve great things from a musical viewpoint – the album »Funk For Life« supported, together with Doctors without Borders, a project to help musically promote children and teenagers in Kibera, one of the biggest slums in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. »Teamwork«, released in spring 2013, is another milestone in the Funk Unit history: technically outstanding, this is a group of team players who combine well with a great groove connection: James Brown meets Parliament meets Crusaders meets Funk Unit: that's one way you could describe the musical concept on »Teamwork«.