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Oddjob: Folk

Read "Folk" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Having been commissioned by Swedish Radio in the early 1960s, Jazz på Svenska (Jazz in Swedish) (Megafon Records, 1964) became--and remains--the best-selling jazz recording in that country. The spare interpretations of early Swedish folk tunes was rendered by pianist Jan Johansson and bassist Georg Riedel. More than fifty years later, that country's quintet, Oddjob, mines those ...

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Oddjob: Folk

Read "Folk" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In the mood for a snifter of schnapps, a kick back in the easy chair and a night soaking in some Swedish folk songs, tunes centered, for the most part, around the tradition of herding and goat calling? Aside from the schnapps part, that may seem like a lame idea, but the very progressive Swedish jazz/rock ...

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Don Cherry: Live in Stockholm

Read "Don Cherry: Live in Stockholm" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Trumpeter and world-music pioneer Don Cherry had a very special relationship with Sweden, a place he called home for twenty years. And Sweden had a special relationship with Cherry: the country and its musicians recognized the master in their midst, and in 1972 the state-subsidized record company Caprice put out the double album Organic Music Society ...

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Bernt Rosengren Big Band: Bernt Rosengren Big Band with Horace Parlan piano, Doug Raney guitar

Read "Bernt Rosengren Big Band with Horace Parlan piano, Doug Raney guitar" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Swedish saxophonist Bernt Rosengren had already made his mark in various small group settings by the time he turned his attention to building a big band in the mid '70s. His tenor had captured the attention of many an ear in director Roman Polanski's Knife In The Water (Zespol, 1962), and his work with trumpeter Thad ...

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Don Cherry: Organic Music Society

Read "Organic Music Society" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Reissued in analog splendor on vinyl, from the original 1972 release, free jazz trumpeter and saxophonist Ornette Coleman sideman Don Cherry renders an early world-music vibe, recorded in Sweden. These days, inferences to “organic" allude to the green movement which has become quite trendy in scope; however, in the hippie culture, organic was often the buzzword ...

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Don Cherry: Organic Music Society

Read "Don Cherry: Organic Music Society" reviewed by John Eyles

Don Cherry

Organic Music Society

Caprice

2012

By the early 1970s, trumpeter Don Cherry had moved a long way--geographically and musically--from the music that had earned him a reputation as one of free jazz's great innovators. Resident in Sweden, he had embarked on a pioneering exploration of world ...

Fredrik Ljungkvist & Yun Kan 5: Badaling

Read "Fredrik Ljungkvist & Yun Kan 5: Badaling" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Fredrik Ljungkvist & Yun Kan 5
Badaling
Caprice Records
2007

Badaling is the sophomore release of the excellent Swedish quintet Yun Kan 5. The group is led by saxophonist/clarinetist Fredrik Ljungkvist, better known as one of the key composers in the Swedish/Norwegian quintet Atomic, and for his association with saxophonist ...

Watch Out! Swedish Jazz Volume 10, 1965-1969

Read "Watch Out! Swedish Jazz Volume 10, 1965-1969" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Various Artists
Watch Out! Svensk Jazzhistoria Vol. 10 - Swedish Jazz 1965-69 (4 CD Box)
Caprice Records
2006

The late '60s were a time of transition for Swedish Jazz, as they were in the US and elsewhere, with John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and other ...

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Per Henrik Wallin: One Knife is Enough

Read "One Knife is Enough" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

The record has transformed our experience of music from a physical one to a conceptual one. In the comfort of our living room or car, we more often get only the aural nature of music, rather than the intimately visceral impact of watching a performer’s physical exertion. Swedish pianist Per Henrik Wallin, and the challenge he ...

Magnus Lindgren Quartet: The Game

Read "The Game" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

With its third recording, The Game, the Magnus Lindgren Quartet has made a jazz album for the everyman. The album’s nine cuts offer something for everyone, a pastiche of styles sure to please fans of jazz’s more traditional forms. The group takes on soul jazz with “Sofia kom hem,” lay out on the advanced hard bop ...