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Swedish Jazz History Vol. 3 1937-39 (2CD)
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on 19 December 2010
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 third instalment of developments in Swedish jazz features the tautologously named Swing Swingers, who were also featured on vol. 2, Arne Hülphers' big band (his "Out the Window", "Baltimore" and "Swingin' in the Promised Land" are splendid swing recordings), Thore Ehrling (whose offerings are slightly tentative at first in a semi-dixieland vein, but whose band gets more advanced with time), Hakon von Eichwald (who was no longer at the forefront of developments by now) and a host of other excellent smaller bands. Some take their inspiration from famous examples, such as the Svenska Hotkvintetten, which was of course modelled after Django's QHF, or Sam Samson's band whose recordings show a strong Ellington influence, while Nisse Lind's small band tries to fuse indigenous styles with jazz of a kind.
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 27 and 26 items per CD respectively the helping is generous indeed. A very worthwhile and refreshingly different issue!
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