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Lars Gullin


Lars Gullin was born May 4, 1928, on the island of Gotland, off the Swedish east coast. Legend say he could read music before he learned to read Swedish. His first instrument was an accordion of the simplest kind. A few years later it was exchanged for a larger one with piano keys, and at the age of five he composed simple polkas. He actually won an accordion contest, still a juvenile. At the age of nine or ten he led his own little band, playing in local vaudevilles. The "book" consisted of tunes like After You've Gone and Tiger Rag, no doubt learned from Sonora 78s with accordionist Nisse Lind. At 13 Lars joined the military band in Visby, the main city on the island, as a clarinet player


Wade Legge Trio

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Play, Legge, Play; Flabbee-Do; Bagdad Express; I Only Have Eyes for You; Perdido; Dream a Little Dream of Me; Wade Leg’s Blues; A Swedish Folksong (Dear Old Stockholm); Dance of the Infidels; Aren’t You Glad You’re You; These Foolish Things; Why Don’t You Believe Me; Sweet Sue, Just You; All the Things You Are; The Squirrel; Gene’s Stew; Spice; Music House; Joyce’s Choice; Spice; Bradley’s Beans; Sugar Hips.


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Chris Hazelton: After Dark

Read "After Dark" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Imagine walking down a street After Dark, with nothing important happening, when the sound of music nearby can be heard. Pausing for a moment to listen more closely, the thought occurs that “this is really rather good; I should hang around for a while." That is exactly the vibe that Kansas City-based organist Chris Hazelton and ...


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Randal Despommier: A Midsummer Odyssey

Read "A Midsummer Odyssey" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Lars Gullin was a Swedish baritone saxophonist active mainly in the Fifties and Sixties and known for his work on his native jazz scene as well as playing with American stars such as Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. His compositions were an early example of a European musician mixing the sounds of his home country with ...


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Fredrik Lindborg Trio & String Quartet: Riedel

Read "Riedel" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Riedel of the title is Georg Riedel, the renowned Czech-born, Swedish bassist and composer. Active since the 1950s, Riedel played in the ensembles of Arne Domnérus and Lars Gullin, as well as leading his own combos for decades. But he is perhaps best known for his collaborations with pianist Jan Johansson, particularly the enormously popular ...


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Randal Despommier: A Midsummer Odyssey

Read "A Midsummer Odyssey" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If it was possible to fall in love with a set of music, Randal Despommier's A Midsummer Odyssey might be the one. The backstory to this recording begins in Perugia, Italy in 2005, where the American saxophonist heard the composition “Danny's Dream," by the Swedish saxophonist Lars Gullin (1928--1976). He was captivated by the music performed ...


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Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin

Read "Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A mystery project bearing the DNA of the late Hal Willner and Sun Ra, a project inspired by the poetry of that same Herman Poole Blount, tributes to Carla Bley and Lars Gullin, saxophonists on the rise, and a teenage sensation.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...


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Maridalen: Bortenfor

Read "Bortenfor" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Maridalen's eponymous 2021 debut for Jazzland Recordings was quite the breakout success. Earning strong coverage across the British music press, it proved that sometimes the media gods are with you. A host of other fine Norwegian albums made less impact back then, but Maridalen look determined to seize the moment. And, with their follow-up record Bortenfor, ...


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Arturo Sandoval & Max Haymer

Read "Arturo Sandoval & Max Haymer" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From a new live album recorded in Los Angeles, we start the 708th Episode of Neon Jazz with Max Haymer. We also delve into new material from musicians making 2021 vibrant from the likes of David Detweiler, Dave Shelton, Hailey Brinnel and Tobias Meinhart. In between, we listen to tracks from a variety of mentors to ...


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A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Companion Mixtape

Read "A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From Charles Gayle's alter ego, Streets the Clown, to the music performed by the Kamikaze Ground Crew for the Flying Karamazov Brothers, from the countless jazz renditions of the iconi themes that Nino Rota wrote for Federico Fellini's movies to the equally countless jazz tunes inspired by circus acts... Jazz and Circus have a long history ...


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