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Kurt Jarnberg: Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4

Read "Down Memory Lane, Vols 3 and 4" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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 ...

Sonorama: Putting the Past in the Future

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It takes a collector to know what a collector wants. Ekkehart Fleischhammer who runs the German reissue label Sonorama has been in the record business since 2004, but he has spent far more time enjoying and searching for music. His own expertise and sense of quality is the foundation for Sonorama Records whose specialty is the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Arne Domnérus: Swede and Cool

Arne Domnérus: Swede and Cool

Back in late 1950 and '51, the cool jazz of the Mile Davis Nonet deeply influenced not only Americans but also Swedes. There are two likely reasons for this: The high skill level of Swedish musicians at the time and American jazz musicians who toured there. Arguably Sweden's greatest saxophonist at the time was Arne Domnérus, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

LSD: Trio Colossus

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The stark, somewhat austere cover art of Trio Colossus, from Swedish saxophonist Fredrik Lindborg's LSD trio, belies the warm, rich music it houses.

The sultry opening bars of “It Ain't Necessarily So" set the mood for this impressive recording, which features four Lindborg originals and carefully chosen pieces by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Swedish ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Lundgren / Bengt Hallberg: Back 2 Back

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An historic meeting of two giants of modern jazz in Sweden. Bengt Hallberg, born 1932, helped to found the idiom via his work with alto saxophonist Arne Domnérus in the 1950s and attracted international attention by recording with such US legends as Clifford Brown and Stan Getz. Leonard Feather praised his “unique light-fingered style."

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jan Johansson: In Hamburg with Georg Riedel

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Jan Johansson

In Hamburg with Georg Riedel

ACT Music

2011

The small number of posthumous releases in the 42 years since the death of Swedish jazz pianist/composer Jan Johansson at the age of 37 remains something of a mystery. Johansson--who pianist Esbjorn Svensson described as being “a very, very big influence“--has ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jan Johansson with Georg Riedel: in Hamburg

Read "in Hamburg" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Scandinavian jazz? It started with the Esbjorn Svensson Trio, didn't it? Well, no. It goes back many years further. As in Hamburg demonstrates emphatically, two early stars of Swedish jazz, pianist Jan Johansson and bassist Georg Riedel, could cut it with the best of the '60s jazz world, as instrumentalists and as composers. This beautiful album, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Arne Domnerus: Memories of You

Read "Memories of You" reviewed by Chris Mosey

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, ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Swedish Jazz Musician Arne Domnerus Dies at 83

Swedish Jazz Musician Arne Domnerus Dies at 83

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Arne Domnerus, one of Sweden's most influential jazz musicians, has died. He was 83. The alto saxophonist and orchestra leader died Tuesday morning after a long period of illness, his son, Leif Domnerus, told The Associated Press. He said Domnerus had heart surgery last year, after which he suffered pneumonia and a brain hemorrhage. Born outside Stockholm ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Arne Domnerus/Lars Erstrand: Live is Life

Read "Live is Life" reviewed by Chris Mosey

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 ...