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on 19 December 2010
Such is the translated title of this fourth instalment of Swedish jazz. Despite its wintry climate, Sweden seems to have been fertile soil for jazz and hot dance music (for some of the music inevitably falls into that category), because not only are there a surprisingly large number of different orchestras, also their quality is of a very high standard indeed. This twofer highlights the smaller groups, what with the big bands of Von Eichwald and Hülphers being away for prolonged engagements in Germany. Only Thore Ehrling's excellent big band (he has his own feature CD on the Swedish Dragon label; Jazz highlights 1939-1955) remained at the forefront of developments in big band jazz. The QHF inspired Svenska Hotkvintetten was a mainstay in Swedish Jazz (they also have a feature CD on the Dragon label; Svenska Hotkwintetten 1939-41), as was Sam Samson's band. Also we find the first recordings of famous singer Alice Babs.
Of the two booklets one gives info on recording dates, matrix numbers, personnel while the other documents the various bands and jazz related musical developments in general. Both are very well illustrated with photos, record labels, sheet music, paper cuttings and other illustrations. For those whose Swedish is a bit rusty, the booklet gives a synopsis in English.
The recordings are mostly drawn from studio sessions (including test pressings), but also from private recordings and air checks. Remastering is excellent and with 24 and 26 items per CD respectively the helping is generous indeed. A very worthwhile and refreshingly different issue!
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