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1953-55 vol 8 - Danny's Dream

Lars Gullin

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Sweden's most important jazz musician of the 1950s, baritonist Lars Gullin had a tone somewhere between Gerry Mulligan and Serge Chaloff and a dry but swinging style. Danny's Dream, the eighth in a series of Dragon CDs that reissue many of his most important sessions, has three dates that put the spotlight on Gullin's playing in small groups. The first numbers are quartet/quintet numbers with tenor saxophonist Carl-Henrik Norin on three numbers. That set and the two other quartet sessions all feature guitarist Rolf Berg as a key soloist and also include George Riedel's tasteful bass. The drums chair changes on each date and Gullin switches to piano for "Lars Meets Jeff," "A La Carte," and "Soho." The most famous selection is Gullin's "Danny's Dream," a haunting ballad that was considered his greatest "hit." Overall, this volume gives listeners a strong sampling of Lars Gullin's baritone performing West Coast-style cool jazz.

Biography

Born: 04 May 1928 in Visby, Sweden

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

One of the top baritone saxophonists of all time and a giant of European jazz, Lars Gullin would be better known today if he had visited the U.S. often and if excessive drug use had not cut short his career. Early on he learned to play bugle, clarinet, and piano, and was actually a professional altoist until switching to baritone when he was 21. Sounding somewhere between Gerry Mulligan and Serge Chaloff, Gullin played in local big bands in the late '40s and was in Arne Domnerus' sextet (1951-1953),...
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