Quincy Jones: The Midnight Sun Never Sets

Track

The Midnight Sun Never Sets

Group

Harry Arnold Radio Band (featuring Quincy Jones)

CD

Harry Arnold The Big Band in Concert 1957/1958 (Dragon DRCD 283)

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Musicians:

18-piece big band featuring Arne Domnérus (alto sax) and Quincy Jones (conductor, composer/arranger)

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Recorded: Stockholm, Sweden, April 28, 1958

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Rating: 83/100 (learn more)

Jones spent a couple days in Stockholm hurriedly writing music for a performance with the Harry Arnold Radio Band. He wrote this ballad on the cab ride to the home of his friend Bengt-Arne Wallin just before the show. Ever since Arne Domnérus, Sweden’s greatest altoist, performed “The Midnight Sun” on that night, it has remained a part of his repertoire, for better or worse. At the tune’s end, you can hear Jones say of Domnérus, “That’s what you call ‘Soul.’”

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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