Bernt has over the years inspired and played with several generations of Swedish jazz musicians. 1975 formed Bernt Rosengren his first big band. Before that, he mostly heard in various small groups with many of the era’s finest jazz musicians. Many of these are included in the 19-strong big band heard on this recording. It has virtually the entire Swedish jazz elite from 70 - and 80’s but also a couple of very well-known American guests. Pianist Horace Parlan, with a history of such Charlie Mingus, and guitarist Doug Raney, one of the 70’s most acclaimed young American guitarists. Cooperation between Bernt and Americans had begun in Copenhagen a few years before this recording. Like so many other jazz musicians had chosen Copenhagen as their home. Horace and Doug was for several years a more or less regular in Bernt Rosengren Big Band. In the 70s, Bernt had in many ways tried to create game sessions for big band. Eg he rented for several seasons dancing instead Bal Palais in Stockholm, a real success. A tradition which incidentally was then taken over by the Guggenheim Hedrenius Big Blues Band.
It was after these years of Bal Palais Caprice Records recorded the band in May 1980. The music is arranged by Bernt, who also composed seven of the disc’s nine tracks. The other two numbers is John Coltrane’s Naima and Irving Berling How Deep is the Ocean, known melodies Bernt given a new musical outfit. In addition to Doug and Horace are mainly Bernt heard as soloist on flute, alto and tenor saxophone. He gets this space to show what a great instrumentalist he is. The fine trumpeter Lars Färnlöf is also a soloist on a track.
"Big Band Jazz need to turn, you should be able to dance to it. And the music must be based on the soloists, just like in the old Count Basie band in the 30’s. I’m not particularly fond of the more pretentious things like concert suite for big band ... and stuff! "Words are Bernt prior to recording the plate for the first time released on CD. And you will understand exactly what he means. The over thirty years old recording sounds great and yes, it swings like crazy. The album is part of Caprice Records reissue series, amazing music that was the end of the disc, but now again made available in digital format.
Bernt Rosengren Big Band:
Bertil Lovgren, Tim Hagans, Maffy Falay, Lars Färnlöf trumpets; Stanislav Cieslak, Lars Olofsson, Nils Landgren, Sven Larsson trombones; Bernt Rosengren flute, alto and tenor sax; Lennart Åberg, Peter Gullin altsaxar; Stefan Isaksson, Tommy Koverhult tenor scissors; Gunnar Bergsten baritonsax; Hakan Nyquist French horn; Horace Parlan piano, Doug Raney guitar; Torbjorn Hultcrantz base; Leif Wennerstrom drums.