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Album Review

Kurt Jarnberg: Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4

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For some of us, Memory Lane is much longer and far more crowded than it once was. Be that as it may, any trip there remains a pleasurable experience, more so when the guide is Swedish trombonist / trumpeter Kurt Jarnberg who employs his quartet, quintet, big band and a host of talented guest artists to enhance this by and large congenial four-CD anthology, Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4. Another companion on the journey is Jarnberg's lovely wife ...


Album Review

Kurt Jarnberg Quintet: Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package

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In the late 1960s, trombonist and sometime trumpeter Kurt Jarnberg led a popular jazz quintet in his native Sweden, one that lasted for only a couple of years before disbanding. Jarnberg came back with another small group in the mid-'70s, adding vocalist Ruth Asenlund (Jarnberg) to the mix, disbanded again, then returned to action with yet another group from 1986-89. The first of these bands is represented on the 2-CD set Down Memory Lane 2, the others on Volume 3, ...


Album Review

Kurt Jarnberg: Down Memory Lane 2

Read "Down Memory Lane 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This two-CD (mostly) studio set features Swedish trombonist/trumpeter Kurt Jarnberg's quintet dates from 1966-68, the years in which the group was active. After successful appearances at the Talinn and Pori Jazz Festivals, the quintet was forced to dissolve, Jarnberg writes, owing to “lack of jobs." That's a shame, as these recordings showcase a talented and hard-swinging group of bop-oriented musicians who deserved a better fate. Tenor saxophonist Roland Keijser shares the frontline with Jarnberg, while pianist Thomas ...


Multiple Reviews

Kurt Jarnberg: Down Memory Lane & Who Can I Turn To?

Read "Kurt Jarnberg: Down Memory Lane & Who Can I Turn To?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Kurt Jarnberg Down Memory Lane & Who Can I Turn To? KJR Records 1972 & 1996I can't quite remember how I was “introduced" to Swedish trombonist/trumpeter Kurt Jarnberg but I'm reasonably sure it had something to do with the internet. Whatever the circumstances, Kurt was kind enough to send me several of his albums, two of which we'll appraise without delay. The first, Down Memory Lane, is a big-band anthology recorded circa ...


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