Lars Gullin: Ma
Lars Gullin (baritone sax)
Summertime 1954-56, Vol. 9 (Dragon Records DRCD-401)
Lars Gullin (baritone sax),
George Vernon (trombone), Arne Domnérus (clarinet, alto sax), Carl-Henrik Norin (tenor sax), Rune Falk (baritone sax), Rune Öfwerman (piano), Georg Riedel (bass), Nils-Bertil Dahlander (drums).
Recorded: Stockholm, Sweden, April 23, 1956
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Troubled by drug addiction for much of his career, Lars Gullin frequently stayed in hospitals, and this song was titled for his nurse, whom he called "Ma." It has an air of inward relaxation from Gullin, as he delicately delivers speech-like phrases over subdued padding from the band. The tune is a staple of his repertoire, in part because it bears his trademarks of structural divergence and a haunting melody (gorgeously played on clarinet by Arne Domnérus). The addition of a second baritone saxophonist, Rune Falk, makes this a unique moment in the Gullin discography.
Reviewer: David Tenenholtz