Swinging jazz accordionists have always been a rarity but Erik Frank, who had a hit in 1944 with "Novelty Accordion," has often stood apart from the crowd. The accordion was a very popular instrument in Sweden during the first half of the century and Frank was one of the few accordionists who had a real feel for jazz. He was a professional musician by the time he was 16 and, in addition to the accordion, Frank was a saxophonist who played in big bands (but did not solo). On accordion he worked steadily in the studios, (particularly with pop singers) and led sessions in 1936, 1939-42, 1944-48 and 1951-52. Frank was flexible enough to play credible bebop but is best-known for his swing era recordings and his occasional work with Alice Babs. He made few recordings after 1952 (sessions in 1968, 1980 and 1982) but Erik Frank was still active in the late 1990's, swinging away in his eighties. A Dragon CD, Novelty Accordion 1936-68, has the majority of his pre-1980 recordings as a leader.
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