The notion of applying a funk-jazz coating to history's ultimate superlative for pop music—ABBA—may sound absurd in concept, but there are some delightfully inspired moments on "Funky AB

The notion of applying a funk-jazz coating to history's ultimate superlative for pop music—ABBA—may sound absurd in concept, but there are some delightfully inspired moments on "Funky ABBA." Swedish trombonist/ vocalist Nils Landgren conceived the album with the blessing of ABBA co-writer Benny Andersson. The project was recorded at the famed Polar Studio A in Stockholm, the very room where ABBA made its original magic. "Voulez-Vous" and "Take a Chance on Me" lend themselves particularly well to reinterpretation, but surprises abound, like a full-fledged rap in "SOS." The quintessential number is a melancholy ballad version of "When All Is Said and Done," featuring Andersson on piano, which finally gets its due as a song about resignation at the end of a relationship. This album may have limited, oddball appeal, but its ambition and sincerity shine with reward for those willing to go down a different road with Landgren and the most enduring pop group of all time.—CT