I'm always surprised--although I suppose I shouldn't be--by the number of jazz fans I encounter, musicians among them, who've never heard of Lars Gullin, one of the greatest (my opinion) baritone saxophonists who ever lived. The reason, I presume, is that Gullin (1928-1976) was Swedish, and although he performed with such outstanding American players as Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, Clifford Brown, James Moody, Chet Baker and others, he rarely left his native country and never visited the US.
Even so, Gullin was an awesome talent, clearly in a class with Mulligan, Chaloff, Cecil Payne and more recent masters such as ...read more
Here’s another album to file under “p” for “pleasant surprises” — even though one shouldn’t really be surprised by the quality of any group whose rhythm section includes bassist Mads Vinding and drummer Ed Thigpen. More eye–opening are the singular talents of guitarist / leader Andreas Pettersson and his good friend, pianist Daniel Karlsson, who add the melodic flexibility to Vinding / Thigpen’s rhythmic backbone. Without making any comparisons, let’s say that each of them is a masterful post–bopper with an ample storehouse of persuasive ideas. They’re comfortable at any tempo from ballad to blazer, as, of course, are Vinding ...read more