Quincy Jones (featuring Lars Gullin): Sometimes I'm Happy


Sometimes I'm Happy


Quincy Jones (leader)


Jazz Abroad (EmArcy MG 36083A)

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Quincy Jones (leader), Lars Gullin (baritone sax), Art Farmer (trumpet),

Jimmy Cleveland, Ake Persson (trombones), Arne Domnerus (alto sax, clarinet), Bengt Hallberg (piano), Simon Brehm (bass), Alan Dawson (drums)


Composed by Irving Caesar, Clifford Grey & Vincent Youmans; arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones


Recorded: Stockholm, Sweden, November 10, 1953


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Jazz Abroad presents the first recording sessions led by, respectively, Roy Haynes and Quincy Jones. Don't be confused by the album cover: the two sessions were separate, and the two artists do not appear together. Haynes, while on a European tour with Sarah Vaughan, recorded in Stockholm in October 1953, while Jones, who was on tour with Lionel Hampton, combined some of his fellow Hampton bandmates with the top Stockholm musicians for this November '53 date.

Scandinavian cool baritonist Lars Gullin begins the soloing on "Sometimes I'm Happy." Given his penchant for floating, experimental lines, it's easy to see how he hooked up with American cool and/or Tristano school musicians such as Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. Gullin has a well-defined cool jazz aesthetic under his fingers here, only months removed from the seminal Mulligan/Baker quartet sessions. He and Art Farmer play the finest solos, backed by Alan Dawson's crisp, clean brushwork.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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