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Arne Domnerus: Memories of You

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With the death of Arne Domnerus, at the age of 83, on September 2, 2008, a great and all-pervading light went out on the Swedish jazz scene. “Dompan," as he was universally known in his homeland, started out playing Benny Goodman-influenced clarinet in a Stockholm college band in his teens, graduated to alto saxophone in diverse, long forgotten Swedish dance orchestras, then played in the Swedish jazz band that took the 1949 Paris jazz festival by storm. Later that year ...

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Charlie Parker & Arne Domnerus: In Sweden - November 22, 1950

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Charlie Parker certainly had his share of imitators, some of whom adopted his destructive lifestyle in hopes that it was the key to his success. One who stayed clean became one of the best (and least known) of the Parker disciples: Arne Domnerus.  He was also fortunate enough to share a concert with Parker, released as In Sweden - November 22, 1950.  Although the two didn't play together, both sets are filled with intense, delicious bebop.

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Charlie Parker/Arne Domnerus: In Sweden (Nov. 22, 1950)

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In today's growingly fractured jazz world, it's hard to fathom how strong was the hegemony of Charlie Parker and bebop over the jazz world in the decade after World War II, especially during the years, like 1950-51, when Parker was actively touring. For proof of bebop's international reach and appeal, this is a prime historical document: a recording from a concert in Malmo, Sweden featuring Parker with local musicians in a typical bebop quintet setting. At least for some of ...

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Arne Domnerus/Lars Erstrand: Live is Life

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This is billed as being as close as you can get to a follow-up to the classic 1976 Swedish session, Jazz at the Pawnshop (Proprius). It was recorded in 1995 by the same sound engineer, Gert Palmcrantz, and with two of the original participants, Arne Domnerus and Lars Erstrand. Sadly, times have changed. The cheerful mayhem of the pawnshop, Stampen, in Stockholm's old town is no more, replaced here by the antiseptic atmosphere of Club Doppingen in the university city ...

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Arne Domnerus: Jazz at the Pawnshop - 30th Anniversary Edition

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On December 6 and 7, 1976, in a small jazz club called Stampen (The Pawn Shop) in Stockholm's Old Town, Swedish sound engineer Gert Palmcrantz recorded a group of leading Scandinavian jazzmen live, trying to get “the tight, harmonious sound of the records of my childhood." Conditions were less than ideal. A full house, a great deal of background noise. No rehearsals. No sound checks. The musicians just started playing with no one knowing what would be next on the ...


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