Jan Johansson: Emigrantvisa
Jan Johansson (piano)
Folkvisor (Heptagon Records HECD-000)
Jan Johansson (piano),
Georg Riedel (bass).
Recorded: Stockholm, Sweden, May 6, 1964
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Also titled "De Sålde Sina Hemman" (They Sold Their Homesteads), this traditional Swedish folk song pays tribute to the immigrants who left Sweden for North America during the 19th century. Just as Jan Johansson received an initial boost with sideman work in Stan Getz's late '50s quartet, he received a second one after the LP Jazz på Svenska (Jazz in Swedish) earned him attention as a forward-thinking musician with exceptional focus. Sweden's jazz scene is at times characterized by inspiration from romantic, nationalistic folk music, and Jan Johansson helped usher in that trend through his collaborations with bassist Georg Riedel that crafted jazz duo arrangements out of melancholic old melodies such as this.
Reviewer: David Tenenholtz