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Bjorn Samuelsson: Jazz Formation: A Letter To Ake Persson

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Trombone enthusiasts can rejoice at the arrival of a new voice on an instrument which has been unjustly under-represented in the jazz canon. Regardless of Björn Samuelsson's considerable technique, fine intonation and improvisational prowess, the arrival of his debut disc featuring a quartet with trombone out front is likely to raise a few eyebrows.Jazz Formation pays tribute to Swedish trombonist Åke Persson, a talent whose name might be unfamiliar to many jazz fans but whose reputation in European circles places him alongside J.J. Johnson and Curtis Fuller. He earned this reputation in the fifties and sixties backing many ...

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Bjorn Samuelsson: Jazz Formation: A Letter to Ake Persson

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Åke Persson (1932-75), widely known as “the Comet, is arguably the greatest jazz trombonist ever to come out of Sweden (certainly the best-known), a truly remarkable innovator who performed with a galaxy of American stars and was a mainstay in the legendary Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, as well as Germany's RIAS Big Band. Björn Samuelsson was born in 1976, one year after Persson drove his car into Stockholm's Djurgården canal, either accidentally or on purpose, and drowned there, so Samuelsson's images of the master rest solely on recordings he has heard. They were enough to convince him that a ...



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