Various Artists

Danish Jazz in the 50's, Vol. 1

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While Sweden became known for its talented cool jazz performers during the 1950s, Denmark's interesting scene of the period has long been neglected. On the first of two Olufsen LPs to document the era, there are broadcasts by groups led by musicians unfamiliar to most Americans: tenor-saxophonist Max Bruel, trumpeter Jorgen Ryg, pianists Otto Francker and Bertrand Bech and big bands headed by Peter Rasmussen and Ib Glindemann. Along with a few originals, the players perform bop and swing standards with subtle creativity and a surprising amount of individuality. The two LPs are worth checking out by bop fans who think they have heard everything.