Jan Johansson: Visa från Utanmyra
Visa från Utanmyra
Jan Johansson (piano)
Jazz på Svenska (Heptagon HECD-030)
Recorded: Stockholm, 28th February 1962
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
The best-selling jazz album of all time in Sweden is neither Kind of Blue nor A Love Supreme, but Jan Johansson’s Jazz på Svenska. It’s an album of Swedish folk tunes adapted to jazz by the visionary pianist to whom space, clarity and meaning was all. Even today, you can put a hotel radio or TV on in Sweden and hear this performance. It’s a classic example of “local” musicians outside the USA asserting their cultural identity within the music in a way that has immediate relevance to their own musical community. Jazz going from global to glocal.
Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson