Lars Gullin

1951/52, Vol. 5: First Walk

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The superior reissue series on Dragon features Swedish baritonist Lars Gullin in his prime. The fifth CD, First Walk, showcases Gullin in three quartets and with three medium-size groups. Key sidemen include pianist Bengt Hallberg, trombonist Ake Persson, the Lee Konitz-inspired altoist Jonas Berstrom, and trumpeter Rolf Ericson. However, Gullin, who was a perfect baritonist for cool jazz, is the star throughout, not only contributing solos but memorable originals in "That's It," "Danny-O," and "First Walk"; the latter has Gullin making a rare appearance on bass clarinet. All 26 selections will be enjoyed by fans of 1950s West Coast-style jazz. Highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:54 Amazon
2 2:43 Amazon
3
3:01 Amazon
4 2:35 Amazon
5 3:00 Amazon
6 3:12 Amazon
7 2:58 Amazon
8 2:50 Amazon
9 2:52 Amazon
10 2:57 Amazon
11 2:35 Amazon
12 3:01 Amazon
13 2:40 Amazon
14 2:55 Amazon
15 3:09 Amazon
16 3:33 Amazon
17 3:13 Amazon
18 3:11 Amazon
19 2:39 Amazon
20 2:59
21 2:59 Amazon
22 2:41 Amazon
23 2:51
24 2:47 Amazon
25 3:03 Amazon
26
3:00 Amazon
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