Jan Allan: Polska With Trumpet


Polska with Trumpet


Jan Allan (trumpet)


Jan Allen-70 (Phono Suecia PSCD 130)

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Jan Allan (trumpet),

Bengt Christianson (flute/piccolo), Jerker Hallden (flute/piccolo), Arne Domnerus (alto saxophone), Claes Rosendahl (flute, tenor saxophone), Bernt Rosengren (tenor saxophone), Lennart Aberg (flute/soprano saxophone), Erik Nilsson (baritone saxophone) Bengt Belfrage (French horn), Sven-Ake Landstrom (French horn), Bertil Lovgren (trumpet), Rolf Ericson (trumpet), Lennart Axelsson (trumpet), Weine Renliden (trumpet), Olle Holmquist (trombone), George Vernon (trombone), Jorgen Johansson (trombone), Olle Lind (bass trombone), Rune Gustafsson (guitar), Roman Dylag (bass), Egil Johansen (drums), Rupert Clemendore (timpani/percussion)


Composed by Nils Lindberg


Recorded: Stockholm, Sweden, December 19, 1968


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Jan Allan is one of Sweden's finest trumpet players, collaborating in live performance and recordings with such musicians as Gil Evans, George Russell, Bob Brookmeyer, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, and fellow Swedes Lars Gullin and Rolf Billberg. This track is included in an album which features three compositions for small ensemble, and three for large big band by Nils Lindberg, a classically trained composer/pianist whose music for saxophone ensemble, big band, symphony orchestra and/or choir is drenched in Swedish folk music. The ten-minute "Polska with Trumpet" is in sonata-allgreo form, and is an excellent example of composition for big band and soloist, perfectly balancing the written with the improvised. The solo in the 'A' section of the work is fully notated while the solo in the development portion is improvised, culminating in a trumpet/timpani cadenza. Also included in this section are exciting solos by Gustaffson and Aberg backed by trombones. The recording is a triumph for all participants, and not surprisingly, Jan Allan-70 won the Golden Record as the Best Swedish Jazz Recording of the Year by the magazine Orkester Journalen.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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