Jazz på Svenska
November 29, 2011 4:00 PM Subscribe
Swedish dreams: Jan Johansson
posted by mumimor (4 comments total)
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was an amazing Swedish jazz musician and composer, author of the ground-breaking Jazz på Svenska
, where Swedish folk music was combined with jazz improvisation. He inspired other European artists, like Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen
But for younger Europeans, his most important achievement is the creation of the Pippi song
. If you grew up with this, no wonder you like melancholic jazz....
In this tradition, one can find children's TV like this
A key to the Johansson album could be the 30's Scandinavian jazz recordings which echoed the contemporary American depression songs. One of my favorites is Hvorfor er lykken så lunefuld?
Why is happiness so fickle? Why is joy so short? And the guy you love, why did he leave?
There is a whole canon of sad songs from the 30's, from all the nordic countries. Translated into a new nordic jazz tradition in the post-war tradition, enhanced by a glamourous group of American exiles, like Ben Webster
and Dexter Gordon