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In the somewhat circumscribed world of Swedish popular music, Kjell Öhman has been there, done that and bought the T-shirt. The keyboard wizard, born in 1943, has worked as a studio musician on more than three thousand recordings, with stars ranging from keyboardist/singer Georgie Fame
. Now he's doing his own thing on an album of jazz standards, playing piano with Hans Backenroth, one of the best bassists on the Scandinavian scene, and drummer Joakim "Jocke" Ekbergwho, like Öhman, has hitherto worked primarily as a studio and TV musician.
The trio runs through seven jazz standards, two film numbers, Glenn Miller
. Melodic, verging on catchy, but by no means easy to play (Brubeck originally planned to call it "The Duke Meets Darius Milhaud"). Öhman & Co, undaunted by a welter of covers from some of the greatest names in jazz, makes a really good fist of this one.
Track Listing: Kelly's Blues; One For The Woofer; Stairway To The Stars; The Duke;
Squatty Roo; Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?; When Summer
Comes; The Best Things In Life Are Free; My Foolish Heart; Afternoon In
Personnel: Kjell Öhman: piano; Hans Backenroth: bass; Joakim Ekberg: drums.