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Monday, August 28, 2006

Lost jazz-prog treasures

Åke Eriksson, of Wasa Express (as well as numerous of other bands and constellations...) shares some rare jazz-prog treasures with a big Swedish touch.

'Pop Workshop - Song of the Pterodactyl' (fantastic cover art work by Hans Arnold)

Åke tells us: "Don´t let the title fool you, this has nothing to do with pop. In 1974 Tony Williams was invited to a session in Stockholm and this is the result. They really wanted Billy Cobham since he was the number one skin basher of the day. But since he couldn´t, or wouldn´t ,make it They "had to do" with Tony.
An international all star band was put together with Janne Schaffer, Wlodek Gulgowski, Mads Vinding and Zbigniew Namyslovski.

At the airport after the session Mr. Gulgowski asked for an autograph. "For the kids". Tony Signed a piece of papper, folded it and waved goodbye. When Mr. Gulgowski took a look it said : Billy Cobham !"

And lots of other treasures to be find (one such being Lasse Färnlöfs jazz score for the cult movie "The Chameleon" (Kameleonterna, directed by Torbjörn Axelman).

Lost jazz-prog treasures that probably never will see a re-issue