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Philip Corner: Deutsche Bundesbahn

Sven-Åke Johansson: Night Music (first recordings)

catalog no. 923.05
LP & 2CD  2021

"Night Music" unearthes Sven-Åke Johansson's very first recordings from 1964 – made with his Tandberg tape recorder in the Kronenburg Bar, a dive bar in the red-light district in Münster/Westfalen (West Germany). There he performed jazz versions of popular songs and standards with Uwe Wegner (piano) and Gerold Flasse (double bass), sometimes joined by Dutch singer Jenny Gordee. Young Udo Lindenberg was a frequent guest at the Kronenburg Bar.

Side A of the LP features 7 songs from the Kronenburg Bar. Selected in addition, on side B and two CDs, are a later jazz quartet and a quintet: "I Hear Music – Mighty Fine Music", recorded 2001 in the b-flat club in Berlin with Axel Dörner, Henrik Walsdorff, Felix Wagner, Stephan Bleier, and Johansson. Finally "In the Heat of the Night" from 2012 with the Coolquartet (Dörner, Zoran Terzić, Jan Roder, Johansson), from the club Naherholung Sternchen in Berlin.

Edition of 300 in full-colour sleeve with artwork by Karl Horst Hödicke on the front and labels, and 8-sided booklet.

"The performances at the Kronenburg Bar were inspired by a belief in the absolute healing message of jazz (even in a red-light bar). During the pauses, a Hungarian Jew performed alone; she sang the Israeli folksong 'Hava Nagila' in this red-light milieu, very disconcerting in post-war Germany circa 1964." (Sven-Åke Johansson)

Side A
1. Like Someone in Love
2. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
3. Summertime
4. Someday My Prince Will Come
5. All My Loving
6. Over the Rainbow
7. Lover
Side B
1. Broadway
2. Long Ago (and Far Away)
3. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
4. No Moon at All
CD 1
1. Rebop
2. From This Moment On
3. Darn That Dream
4. They Say It's Wonderful
5. When Will the Blues Leave
6. Joy Spring
7. You and Night and the Music
8. Angel Eyes
9. You Stepped Out of a Dream
10. I Told Every Little Star
11. You Say You Care
12. The Very Thought of You
13. A Fine Romance
CD 2
1. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
2. I Hear Music
3. Old Devil Moon
4. Too Close for Comfort
5. Rebop (ending)
6. Cool Blues
7. Darn That Dream
8. Falling in Love with Love
9. A Night in Tunisia
10. No Moon at All
11. They Say It's Wonderful
12. Tune Up
13. Valse Hot
14. You've Changed


Kronenburg Trio: Flasse, Wegner, Johansson