Bengt-Arne Wallin: Som Stjärnan På Himmelen Så Klar


Som Stjärnan På Himmelen Så Klar (Like a Star in the Clear Sky)


Bengt-Arne Wallin (flugelhorn)


The Birth and Rebirth of Swedish Folk Jazz (ACT Music)

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Bengt-Arne Wallin (flugelhorn),

29-piece big band including string quartet, harp, additional percussion


Recorded: Stockholm, Sweden, June 5 or 18, 1962


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Here is a brilliantly conceived chart from a legend in the Scandinavian jazz world. Bengt-Arne Wallin gives the melody of this pensive song to the trombone section, having the trumpets remain subdued until their climactic blasts move the arrangement onto new ground. Rune Gustafsson's guitar, and bongos by Christer Jägerhuldt, set the stage for a passionate but succinct solo by Wallin. The same finesse was often shown by one of Wallin's friends and musical partners, Quincy Jones. During the early 1960s, Wallin's trumpet and flugelhorn lent themselves excellently to various ensemble situations, but he later left the performing life behind. His recent career has focused mostly on composition and arranging. He has also mentored such standouts of the newer generations of Swedish jazz artists as pianist Esbjörn Svensson and trombonist Nils Landgren.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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