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Bengt Hallberg: All-Star Sessions 1953 / 54

Read "All-Star Sessions 1953 / 54" reviewed by Jack Bowers


By 1953-54, when these sessions were recorded in Stockholm, pianist Bengt Hallberg had been a resplendent star on the Swedish jazz scene for more than half a dozen years. Unremarkable, one might surmise, until he learns that Hallberg turned twenty-two on September 13, 1954, by which time he had already won a nationwide competition for young composers and recorded with such American stars as saxophonist Stan Getz and trumpeter Clifford Brown.

Hallberg was a fifteen-year-old high ...


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