Theme for the March edition of Jazzspinneriet was “Jazz in Norwegian and Swedish”. Forming the basis for the repertoire was a selection of the enchanting Swedish folk tunes from Jan Johanssons legendary record, “Jazz på Svenska”.
Although the originals were recorded in the duo format by Johannson and Georg Riedel (upright bass), we made simple rearrangements adding soprano sax (Pia) and drums (Jan Tore) as can be heard on this live recording from our March concert: Visa från Utanmyra and Brudmarsch efter Larshöga Jonke.
Although not a folk song, we felt like adding Garbarek / Jarret’s classic My Song to our repertoire. It has a “cantabile” quality which makes it fit nicely with the rest of the set.
From the Norwegian song book, we picked Henning Sommero’s Blå salme and Sande / Tveitt’s Fløytelåt (pianosolo) . Kristallen den fina is a folksong from Skattungbyn in Dalarna, Sweden. Here the piano solo is captured.