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A Retrospective 1944-1994

Arne Astrup

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Arne Astrup is best known for the discographies he has compiled for some of his favorite saxophonists (including Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Brew Moore) but the Dane has also been a fine tenor soloist for over a half century. This 1994 CD, despite technically covering a 47-year period, mostly features Astrup during two periods. The first nine numbers are taken from a ten-song set in 1983 during which Astrup performs swing standards and a few basic originals. His backup group (either a quartet or a quintet) is functional but not distinctive, swinging somewhat anonymously; Astrup, however, sounds fine. In addition, he is heard sounding a bit like Coleman Hawkins on a previously unreleased 1944 version of "I Found a New Baby" with Arne Skibsted's Orchestra, on ten songs from 1956-1958 with small groups (his cool tone during this period is reminiscent of Stan Getz), and on a lone number ("Gone with the Wind") from a 1991 date. The music overall is not essential, but collectors of European straight-ahead jazz will find this release of interest.

Biography

Born: 1922

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Arne Astrup is best-known as a writer who has put together bio-discographies on Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Brew Moore and Gerry Mulligan. However, he has also played tenor since he was a teenager. A cool-toned stylist, Astrup has been a steady fixture on the Danish jazz scene since the 1940s, mostly as a leader of his own combos, although in the 1950s he played with the Ib Glindemann and Peter Rasmussen big bands. A couple of selections that he made as a leader in...
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