These videos by the Swedish Jazz Kings were recorded at the 1999 Akersunds Jazz Festival. And they are, as they used to say, just my thing. Thanks to “jazze1947” for posting them on YouTube: I became an instant subscriber!
That’s Bent Persson on trumpet or cornet; Tom Baker on trombone, tenor sax, and vocal; Tomas Ornberg and Joep Peeters on reeds; Martin Litton on piano; Olle Nyman, banjo and guitar; Bo Juhlin, tuba. I could write a good deal about the passionate intensity of the soloists, their individualized reflections of Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and more – – – but I’d rather let my readers skip the analysis and jump in neck-deep into the music. What music it is!
Here’s APEX BLUES. Sometimes long performances become wearisome, but I think six-and-a-half minutes of this wasn’t enough:
MANDY LEE BLUES:
Here’s KNEE DROPS (which I assume refers to a dance move — but, more importantly, refers to Louis and Earl in 1928):
And the theme song of our century, MONEY BLUES (with the verse as only Bent can do it):
and something tender: a duet on STARDUST by Tom Baker (now on tenor — in a Webster vein) with Martin Litton:
Thanks to jazz scholar Bill Haessler from Australia, I now know that the next song is “What Makes Me Love You So?”:
Here’s a lovely OLD FASHIONED LOVE, which is regrettably incomplete (just when Tom is singing so beautifully):
And a concert-ending performance of PAPA DIP (thanks to Bill Lowden for telling me this!):
Thanks to the musicians, the promoter, the videographer, “jazze1947,” and more. Wow!