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Arne Domnerus

Sven Arne Domnerus was a Swedish jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist, popularly nicknamed Dompan. He was best known for his recordings with visiting American players such as jazz artists such as James Moody, Art Farmer and Clifford Brown. Domnerus also played with Charlie Parker when he made his tour in Sweden 1950. Domnerus worked with the Swedish Radio Big Band from 1956 to 1978, and wrote for television and films during the period. He also recorded extensively with Bengt Hallberg. Together with fellow Swedes Bengt-Arne Wallin, Rolf Ericson and Ake Persson (the latter two both former members of Duke Ellington's Orchestra), he participated at the Jazz Workshops, organized for the Ruhrfest in Recklinghausen by Hans Gertberg from the Hamburg radio station.

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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

Read "Sonorama: Putting the Past in the Future" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

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 ...

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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, ...

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LSD: Trio Colossus

Read "Trio Colossus" reviewed by James Pearse

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 ...

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Jan Lundgren / Bengt Hallberg: Back 2 Back

Read "Back 2 Back" reviewed by Chris Mosey

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."

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Jan Johansson: In Hamburg with Georg Riedel

Read "Jan Johansson: In Hamburg with Georg Riedel" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jan JohanssonIn Hamburg with Georg RiedelACT Music2011 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 ...

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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, ...

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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, ...

Memories of You

Label: Proprius
Released: 2008
Track listing: CD1: Poor Butterfly; Memories Of You; Take The A-Train; Blowing In The Wind; Lady Be Good; I'm Confessin'; It Don't Mean A Thing; I've Got It Bad; Jeep's Blues; Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child. CD2: Things Ain't What They Used To Be; Hymn to Freedom; The Midnight Sun Will Never Set; Autumn Leaves; Take Five; Jazz Me Blues; Lush Life; Is God A Three Letter Word For Love?; The Fable Of A Fool; Hallelujah; That Old Black Magic; Out Of Nowhere.


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