Harry Arnold led one of the top European big bands of the late '50s. This live set from Stockholm was released on a 1993 CD from the Swedish Ancha label; all of the liner notes except one page are in Swedish. The music, however, is very easy to understand, featuring Arnold's 17-piece group which includes trumpeter Benny Bailey (the band's one American member), trombonist Ake Persson, Arne Domnerus on alto, and pianist Bengt Hallberg. Monica Zetterlund sings two numbers and Chris Dane one ("Chicago"), but it is such instrumentals as "Quincy's Home Again," "Kinda Blues" and "Bohemia After Dark" that are the highlights. In addition, there is a reunion of the Paris Orchestra, a small group that had been a hit at the 1949 Paris Jazz Festival. This outfit backs singer Alice Babs on "A Sailboat in the Moonlight" (she also has one vocal with the big band) and plays Dixieland on "Indiana"; trumpeter Gosta Torner, clarinetist Putte Wickman and altoist Domnerus are among the members of the septet. Overall, a fine show.
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