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30th. Anniversary
The Complete 3 SACD Collection
Bonus DVD9 (interview 2006)




CD 1
1. Limehouse Blues
2. I'm Confessin'
3. High Life
4. Jeep's Blues
5. Lady Be Good
6. Take Five
7. Everything Happens to Me
8. Barbados
9. Stuffy

1. Over the Rainbow
2. Now's the Time
3. Out of Nowhere
4. Take the A Train
5. Here's That Rainy Day
6. Struttin with Some Barbeque
7. Poor Butterfly
8. Exactly Like You
9. Jeepers Creepers
10. How High the Moon
11. Things Ain't What They Used to Be

1. In a Mellow Tone
2. Gubben och Kallingen
3. Nancy with the Laughing Face
4. Struttin' with Some
5. It Don't Mean a Thing
6. Mood Indigo
7. Jeep's Blues
8. High Life.

Arne Domnerus - Clarinet & Alto Sax
Bengt Hallberg - Piano
Lars Estrand - Vibes
Georg Riedel - Bass
Egil Johansen - Drums

These recordings were made in 1976, since that time they have been release d in various forms and have sold in huge numbers for jazz records. As well as the Scandinavian market, they have achieved large sales volumes in Germany and Japan.
It is interesting to examine the reason for their success. First of all there is the expertise of recording engineer Gert Palmcratz, his work on these sessions was a huge step forward in sound recording techniques where jazz is concerned. The recordings have a 'live' quality which is not present in many others. Secondly, this is real jazz, there were no rehearsals, the musicians, who admittedly had played together before, just got together and worked everything out as they went along. Thirdly these are all very fine musicians who understand what jazz is all about and each has a very broad experience.

There is another reason, by the 1970's the so called avant guarde were closing jazz clubs regularly, playing music that they may have understood, but there customers didn't and even if the customers did understand what was going on, many voted against it with their feet.

In these recordings you are hearing shades of the Benny Goodman Quartet, shades of Charlie Parker and many other influences pulling together exhilarating jazz performances that have rarely been bettered.

Arne Domnerus has long been a favourite of mine, he is an extraordinary talented clarinet and alto sax player, who could hold his own with anyone in the world. Bengt Hallberg, like wise a master of both the accompaniment of soloists and also a superb keyboard improviser on any theme. Vibes man Lars Estrand is only heard on some of the tracks, but he is again very stylish and melodic in his approach. He complements the rest of the band very well. The Marimba sound he employs on some of the tracks was achieved by playing the vibes with the cover on! This gem of information comes from the informative DVD which is included in this special 30th Anniversary, Jazz at the Pawnshop package. The bass player and drummer are also a joy to listen to, both are sensitive to the needs of the soloists and both can solo with some style.

If you haven't heard any of this excellent work before, get this issue, if you have others in the series get this one as well you will not be disappointed.

Don Mather


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