177

The Jazz Doctors: Swede

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
The Jazz Doctors: Swede Happy–time music from the trad Jazz book (with some modern touches), enthusiastically performed by a septet of Swedes who seem to know precisely what the doctor ordered. One of the nicest aspects of the album is that the songs the Jazz Doctors play aren’t the same ones we’re so used to hearing from such groups, the “Basin Street Blues,” “Muskrat Rambles,” “Twelfth Street Rags” and so on, but original compositions by the Swedes themselves — half a dozen by saxophonist Benny Rigman, five by trumpeter Staffan Kjellmor and one by bassist Göran Petersson. Even so, most are highly syncopated, anchored in the tradition, and thoroughly delightful, even more so for being fresh and new to one’s ears. The instrumentation is much the same as in most Dixieland bands with Helger Gross keeping the rhythm going on banjo (six tracks) or guitar (five). Tubaist Bo Juhlin is added on the last two tracks, conguero Lars Johnson on Kjellmor’s well–cooked “Steamboat Steak.” Track four, “A Special Way of Feeling,” is a duet between Kjellmor (who also wrote it) and pianist Bernt Helsing. Rigman is an excellent writer, crafting a number of soulful melodies and even throwing in a lighthearted waltz, “Three Quarter Doctor,” and a slightly more “modern” piece, “Before Sunrise,” that shows the Doctors’ versatility. Kjellmor’s “Steamboat Steak” is built along those same lines (the Lighthouse All–Stars meet the New Orleans Rhythm Kings?) with typically solid solos by Rigman, Helsing, trombonist Gunnar Larsson and the author. On “A Gentle Song,” Kjellmor is joined on the front line by Larsson and accompanied only by guitarist Gross and bassist Pettersson, while Pettersson’s “Ol’ Times” is another composition that embodies only the merest traces of the Dixie heritage. Despite its brief forty–two minute playing time, a positive cure for anyone’s blues courtesy of the resourceful Jazz Doctors.

Contact: STIM / Svensk Musik (Swedish Music Center), Box 27327, SE–102 54, Stockholm, Sweden. Phone +46 8 783 88 00. E–mail swedmic@stim.se ; web site, www.mic.stim.se .


Track Listing: Swede

Personnel: Staffan Kjellmor, trumpet, flugelhorn; Gunnar Larsson, trombone (except 4); Benny Rigman, tenor, soprano saxophone, piano; Bernt Helsing (1

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Favorit | Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Our Second Set" CD/LP/Track Review Our Second Set
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 23, 2016
Read "Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)" CD/LP/Track Review Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)
by John Eyles
Published: October 16, 2016
Read "Storyteller" CD/LP/Track Review Storyteller
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: February 5, 2017
Read "Bambulaye" CD/LP/Track Review Bambulaye
by James Nadal
Published: March 10, 2016
Read "Collectables" CD/LP/Track Review Collectables
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 2, 2016
Read "AHEO" CD/LP/Track Review AHEO
by James Nadal
Published: May 23, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!