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Arne Domnérus ‎: Jazz At The Pawnshop Vol.1


Label:Proprius ‎– PRCD 7778
Format:CD, Album, Reissue


This is the first of four CD volumes that fully document a legendary engagement at the Pawnshop club in Stockholm, Sweden. Featured are Arne Domnerus (doubling on alto and clarinet), pianist Bengt Hallberg, vibraphonist Lars Erstrand, bassist Georg Riedel and drummer Egil Johansen. They mostly stick to swing standards, recalling the groups of Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton. Highlights include a heated “Limehouse Blues,” the African folk song “High Life,” “Lady Be Good” and Coleman Hawkins’s “Stuffy.” All of the volumes in this series are well worth getting by straightahead jazz fans, particularly those not familiar with Arne Domnerus’s excellent playing.

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So, what’s the fuss all about? Jazz at the Pawnshop is some pretty good jazz in some pretty astounding sound. The album’s producer and engineer visited one of Sweden’s most-celebrated jazz venues, the Stampen (or The Pawnshop because of a pawnshop that used to be there), and found its acoustics ideal for recording. Then they set up their equipment to record live several of Sweden’s most-celebrated jazz musicians, a quintet that included Arne Dominerus, alto sax and clarinet; Bengt Hallberg, piano; Larss Erstrand, vibes; Georg Riedel, bass; and Egil Johansen, drums. After two evenings of recording, they came out with tapes of some of the best and most realistic-sounding jazz that anyone had ever heard. The subsequent LP and CD releases took off among audiophiles eager to demonstrate just how accurate their stereo equipment was when playing back music that live would have been largely unamplified.


1 Limehouse Blues
2 I’m Confessin’
3 High Life
4 Jeep’s Blues
5 Lady Be Good
6 Take Five
7 Everything Happens To Me
8 Barbados
9 Stuffy



Additional information

Weight 0.100 kg
Dimensions 14.00 × 15.00 × 2.0 cm