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Lars Gullin: Summertime: Vol. 9, 1954-56

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Anyone who has been paying attention should be well aware of my stance toward the late Swedish saxophonist Lars Gullin. In reviewing Volume 8 of Dragon's loosely chronological multi-disc survey of Gullin's music, I wrote that he was “a giant among baritone saxophonists, a “truly original voice and “one of the greatest jazz musicians who ever lived. No ambiguity there, and Volume 9, covering the years 1954-56, explicitly reinforces that opinion.

The album encompasses eight songs recorded in June '54 ...

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Lars Gullin: Danny's Dream: Volume 8, 1953-55

Read "Danny's Dream: Volume 8, 1953-55" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dragon Records continues its quasi-chronological survey of music by the great Swedish baritone saxophonist Lars Gullin with Volume 8, scanning the years 1953-55. (Volume 2, Modern Sounds, is devoted entirely to recordings made in 1953, while Volumes 7 and 3 review the years 1951-53 and 1954-55, respectively.) Unlike previous volumes, which have included guest appearances by such well-known American jazz artists as Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, Lee Konitz, James Moody and Stan Getz along with Swedish stars Arne Domnérus, Rolf ...

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Lars Gullin: In Germany 1955, 1956, and 1959, vol. 2

Read "In Germany 1955, 1956, and 1959, vol. 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Until recently I had no idea that the great Swedish baritone saxophonist Lars Gullin had recorded with any big bands, as I’d heard him only with smaller groups, usually a quartet or quintet. Then came Swedish Jazz 1952–55: The Golden Years (Caprice), on which Gullin performs with the Lulle Ellboj Orchestra, and now In Germany 1955, 1956 and 1959, vol. 2, wherein he appears with the Erwin Lehn and Kurt Edelhagen Orchestras. Perhaps vol. 1 includes more of the same. ...

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Lars Gullin: Baritone Sax/Lars Gullin Swings

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Baritone Sax/Lars Gullin Swings arrive by way of a rather unlikely source. Released by Collectables Records, a company famous for its 7-inch singles and rock ‘n’ roll reissues, this single CD compiles all of the tracks, save one, from two terrific sessions. Both albums, Baritone Sax (Atlantic, 1956) and Lars Gullin Swings (East-West, 1958), feature Swedish baritone master Lars Gullin improvising with an all-star cast of jazz compatriots. Whether he is performing in a quartet, quintet, sextet, octet or big ...


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