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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, John Eyles, Robert Gibson, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Dalecarlian Paintings





  1. Tom Erik’s Song
  2. Marching Tune from Western Dalecarlia
  3. Sparf Anders’ Polska
  4. The Blessed Day
  5. Thoughts on a Shieling Hymn
  6. Dal Jerk’s Polska
  7. Ballad from Mockfjard
  8. Shieling Tune from Hogbo
  9. Waltz from Enviken
  10. Old Wedding Tune from Ahl
  11. Song from Djura

Putte Wickman – Clarinet (2)

Arne Domnerus – Alto (3 & 6)

Bjarne Nerem, Anders Lindskog – Tenor (3 & 6)

Eric Nilsson – Baritone (3,6,8&10)

Torgny Nilsson – Trombone (8 & 10)

Jan Allan – Trumpet, Alto Horn (1,7,8,9&10)

The Fresk Quartet (1&7)

Sockentrio from Rattvik (3&6)

Nils Lindberg – Piano (All tracks)

Bjorn Alke – Bass (8,9,10)

Sture Nordin – Bass (1,2,5,7)

Roman Dylag – Bass (8,9,! 0)

Fredrik Noren – Drums (1,3,6,7)

Nils-Eric Slorner Drums – (2,5,8,9,10)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra – (2,5)


In the 19th Century there appeared in the Swedish province of Dalecarlia, so called curbitz painters. They were naivists who staged in strong colours the happenings of the Holy Bible. Their subjects were dressed in the bright colours of their own dress. Nils Lindberg’s intention in this work is similar to that of the original painters, but using the media of music. He grew up in Dalecarlia and was therefore very familiar with the traditions of the area.

All the tunes have their roots in medieval times but they are very attractive and full of good melodic lines. The arrangements have successfully combined folk music with jazz, a comparatively rare occurrence.

The musicians involved are of the very best, as soon as I saw that Arne Domnerus, who is a saxophone player I have always admired, was involved my expectations were high and I was not disappointed. Trumpeter Jan Allen has a great sound and develops some fine solos on the tracks he is involved with. I hope in the future to hear more of Putte Wickman, his contribution to the second track is outstanding.

Anyone buying this record will enjoy an unusual musical experience in this blend of folk music with jazz. I recommend it without reservation.

Swedish people take both their traditions and their music very seriously, which could be why this album worked out so well.

Don Mather

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