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Album Review

This duo recording featuring Swedish guitarist Jan Johansson with veteran bassist Red Mitchell is one of several intimate sessions recorded in Mitchell's Stockholm apartment. The guitarist had played a few concerts with Mitchell prior to the recording, and their chemistry together is readily apparent. Johansson's lively "Bluesplankan" is the masterpiece of his three originals, while Mitchell (a very underrated composer) sings and plays piano during his hilarious blues "Bureau Blues," which laments the headaches of bureaucracies. The bulk of the date is dedicated to time-tested standards, including a memorable "In a Sentimental Mood" and an extended workout of "Loverman." Like all small-group recordings featuring Red Mitchell, fans of the late bassist will enjoy this date.


Born: September 16, 1931 in Söderhamn, Sweden

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Although not well known in the U.S., Jan Johansson was among Sweden's top jazz pianists of the 1950s and '60s and commanded tremendous respect in Scandinavian jazz circles. Johansson (who also played guitar, organ, and accordion) was born and raised in Soderhamn in Sweden's Halsingland province, where he studied classical piano as a child before becoming interested in swing and bebop as a teenager. As a high school student in the late '40s, he played locally with various Soderhamn swing and dance...
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Blaus, Jan Johansson
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, World
  • Released: Feb 07, 1994

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