Saturday, December 6, 2014


The Country & Eastern record label is located in Sweden and it has a focus on jazz and on world music.
Their most recent release focussed on improvised jazz, remembering Kjell Westling.

The liner notes explain:
Spjärnsvallet was formed when Bengt Berger, who had studied music in India (and was on his way to Ghana), met Christer Bothén who had learned in Mali (and was on his way to Morocco) for a long time collaboration with Don Cherry starting in 1973 in New York where 'Innocence' is recorded. This was the starting point for the group with Nikke Ström and Kjell Westling. In 1976 we recorded the minor classic album "Spjärnsvallet" together. Some material that was not released then or was shortened to fit the LP format makes up the main part of this album together with 'Innocence' and a recording the three of us did just now: 'Again' - in remembrance of deceased multi instrument genius Kjell Westling, where we improvise around a couple of the tunes we used to play 40 years back.

The result is fascinating to say the least.
If you're in to improvised jazz you most definitely need to check this out !

Out on Country & Eastern

Here's a track from the original 1975 Spjärnsvallet album :

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