JAZZ WITH A SWEDISH ACCENT
Another very rare album from Paul D.'s mythical treasure vault. This time an LP recorded in 1971, in Sweden, by Swedish-born / US resident drummer Bert Dahlander.
The album was posted briefly on the FJD blog in non-downloadable format. I copy its introduction to the album, I wouldn't write it better (I hope the FJD blog owner won’t mind):
“Never judge a record by its cover. That's the lesson you'll learn if you ever get the chance to spin Swedish drummer Bert Dahlander's "Jazz With A Swedish Accent" (which you never will, because I'm the only one on earth who owns it). Despite looking straight out of the Fernwood Tonight show, this is is very swingin' jazz record with strong sax work, memorable compositions (by Dahlander himself) and, most suprising, a funky Hammond organ that wouldn't be out of place a the old Five Spot (…)
I wish to add just two comments
(i) even more surprising than the funky Hammond, is Lill Magnus’ boppish accordion somewhat reminiscent of Matt Matthews or Art Van Damme.
(ii) No mate, you're not the only one on earth owning this album, there are actually two people in the world owning a copy of this album : you and Paul D.
Tracks and credits: see sleeve. All composition by Bert Dahlander
Nils-Bertil Dahlander was born May 13, 1928 in Göteborg, Sweden to Nils and Engla Karlmark Dahlander.
As a young child he was given piano and violin lessons, but he loved rhythm and became an internationally acclaimed jazz drummer. When he was 14, his parents gave him a book on Picasso, which fueled his interest as an artist. In Sweden, he led a quartet and played in a radio band. After making some recordings with celebrated Swedish jazz musician Lars Gullin in 1951 and 1952, his interests turned to the United States. He came to New York in 1958, knowing no one and unable to speak English. He started playing at the Metropole, the “jazz center” of New York. As he built his reputation, he became friends with legendary jazz drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. He also signed an endorsement with the drum maker Slingerland, supplying him with his drums. Bert eventually met and played with people such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Dave Brubeck. He was a member of Chet Baker group, and was in a trio with Teddy Wilson.
Bert also had a love for painting. His paintings were inspired by his music and he named several of them after songs. He often painted after playing until two or three in the morning to relax. He never did like to sell his paintings because “You can never replace a painting.”
Bert died at the age of 83, on Monday, June 6, 2011, in Mesquite, Nevada.
OOP album. Link in comments (WAV).
By the way, I haven't received much comments - if any - on the recently posted albums. If you download the music, just say Thanks, it will be appreciated.