BIS’ first-ever DVD is dedicated to one of the label’s most charismatic and longest-standing artists: Christian Lindberg. It forms an extensive - 3h 40 minutes - portrayal of this multi-facetted musician who since his début on disc (on BIS 258) in 1984 almost single-handedly has turned the trombone into a solo instrument. But those who have followed his career, and his discography on BIS, will know that over the past few years Lindberg has also been developing a reputation as a composer and conductor. In celebration of his 50th birthday, BIS is therefore releasing this DVD which reflects all aspects of his extraordinary career. The DVD includes two hour-long documentaries. One of these is a highly personal portrait of Lindberg in all his capacities featuring him with friends, colleagues and various members of the two orchestras of which he is principal conductor. The second chronicles the making of Chick'a'bone Checkout, a concerto commissioned from Lindberg for bass trombonist Charlie Vernon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The DVD also constitutes the long-awaited re-release of four filmed performances originally issued on Laser Disc in 1992. These include Jan Sandström’s Motorbike Concerto, which has become a signature piece for Lindberg - he has performed it literally hundreds of times, including at the Last Night of the Proms in the Albert Hall! In a set of newly produced interviews included on the DVD, Lindberg discusses these vintage performances, which are complemented by a video made in 2007 with Lindberg enacting his own Bombay Bay Barracuda for trombone and tape - mostly filmed under water! The final component of this far-ranging DVD is Brassbones, a twenty-minute feature film which brings together some of the world’s finest brass players, including Christian Lindberg, Håkan Hardenberger and Ole-Edvard Antonsen in a highly entertaining take on both music and Western movies, filmed on the sets used by Sergio Leone for classics such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!