Jan Johansson - Björken (Berjozka variations)





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Uploaded on Oct 4, 2009

Jan Johansson (1931-1968) piano, Georg Riedel bs, Egil Johansen dr, Arne Domnérus clr, Bo Broberg tr, Lennart Åberg tsax.

"På ängen stod en björk" (Vo pole berjozka stojala, In the meadow there was a birch tree) from Jazz på ryska (Jazz in Russian) rec. 1967.

When Jan Johansson died very young there were not so many live recordings made, I think that's why they edited these studio recordings presenting severel takes on each theme. The improvisation of the theme (Björken) is repeated three times and I chose to add all three as they're quite short and slightly different, like the 2nd a bit faster and the 3rd a little darker then vivid in the end.

Art by Ivar Arosenius (1878-1909) and Odilon Redon (1840-1916).

I thank the artists! and hope that nobody will mind the video

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