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Jan Johansson: Folkvisor (HECD-000)
[audio 1 (Jazz p Svenska)] [audio 2 (Jazz p Ryska)] [browse now] [buy now]
As far as the Swedes are concerned, Folkvisor is a classic. It has sold a quarter of a million copies, making it the best selling Swedish jazz record of all time. It features haunting, sparse interpretations of Swedish folk music. Like most all of Heptagon's 60's Jazz reissues, the CD features musicians such as Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen, Arne Domnrus, et alii. (64 minutes) [info]

Jan Johansson: Den Korta Fristen (HECD-001)
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This pioneering recording of thirteen exciting and creative big band jazz arrangements won a Grammy. With the legendary Swedish National Radio Big Band. (61 minutes)

Jan Johansson: Musik genom Fyra Sekler (HECD-002)
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Music from the past four centuries. This record also has moving interpretations of Swedish folk music, from medieval to the present. It also won a Grammy. (120 minutes / 2 CDs) [info]

Jan Johansson: 8 bitar/Innertrio (HECD-005)
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Two early sixties LPs of inventive piano trio jazz, now available on one CD. These sparkling recordings were praised by the critics and the public alike. (76 minutes)

Jan Johansson: 300.000 (HECD-006)
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300.000 also won a Grammy. It has a more broad range of material, from folkore interpretations to avant-garde. Like the other Heptagon reissues, it features the elite of the Swedish 60s jazz scene. (55 minutes) [info]

Jan Johansson: Live in Tallinn (HECD-007)
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An extensive search of Estonian radio archives unearthed this vigorous live recording from the 1966 Tallinn jazz festival. It was sonically restored for this CD release. (46 minutes) [info]

Jan Johansson: En Resa i Jazz och Folkton (HECD-010)
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This diverse compilation of EPs and previously unreleased material from the sixties gives an excellent picture of the vivid Swedish jazz scene at the time. (45 minutes) [info]

Jan Johansson Spelar Musik P Sitt Eget Vis (HECD-012)
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Jan Johansson's extraordinary musical talent really shines through on this recording. Features playful and creative arrangements of a broad mixture of Swedish and American music. A double LP on a single CD. (77 minutes) [info]

Jan Johansson/Svend Asmussen: Jazz p Ungerska/In Pleno (HECD-014)
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Hungarian folk songs performed together with violinist Svend Asmussen. The record in Pleno is a more straight jazz effort. 2 LPs on one CD. (74 minutes) [info]

Jan Johansson/BA Wallin: Barnvisor (HECD-017)
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Children's songs, tastefully arranged for big band and chamber orchestra. Also included are "grown up" big band versions of some of the songs -- versions that weren't released on the original LP. Features the cream of the crop of Sweden's very vivid Jazz scene in the 60s, (Arne Domnrus and Sahib Shihab to mention two). (60 minutes) [info]

Jan Johansson: Blues (HECD-018)
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A collection of masterful interpretations of blues and jazz standards. Yet another solid record worth many listens. Like all of the CDs here, most of Sweden's Jazz elite at the time were involved. One of Heptagon's best sellers. Features Ingvar Callmer, Gunnar Johnson, Georg Riedel, Egil Johansen, Rune Gustafsson, Sabu Martinez. (65 minutes)

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