Stan Hasselg�rd - Cottontop (1946-1948) (Music CD)

Release Date: 16 June 2011
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The history of jazz is full of tragic, untimely deaths. Many were brought on by self-destructive behavior -- no one forced Charlie Parker or Wardell Gray to use heroin -- while others were killed by freak accidents (Lem Winchester), angry girlfriends (Lee Morgan), or car accidents (Clifford Brown). It was a car accident that claimed the life of Stan Hasselgard when he was only 26. Released by the Swedish Dragon label in 1998, this collection takes a look at some of the recordings that Hasselgard made during the last few years of his life. The sound quality on these 1946-1948 recordings is often scratchy, but the performances are generally pleasing. Whether the clarinetist is playing Benny Goodman-influenced swing or exploring bebop and incorporating the ideas of Charlie Parker, it's clear that he had a lot of potential. Much of the CD finds Hasselgard playing in a sidemen role, and his employers range from bassist Simon Brehms in Stockholm to Benny Goodman in White Plains, NY. When the clarinets of Goodman and Hasselgard are heard side by side on Mel Powell's "Mel's Idea" and Barney Kessel's "Swedish Pastry" (in 1948), it becomes clear that while Goodman was the Swede's main influence, Hasselgard was certainly his own man. Cottontop concludes with four recordings from the clarinetist's own session on November 18, 1948 -- only five days before his death. Like other Hasselgard collections from Dragon, Cottontop is well worth obtaining. ~ Alex Henderson
Release Date: 16 June 2011

1. Somebody Loves Me
2. Hallelujah
3. Crazy Rhythm
4. All the Things You Are
5. Hit That Jive, Jack
6. Mud in Your Eye
7. Just One of Those Things
8. Cement Mixer
9. My Melancholy Baby
10. On the Sunny Side of the Street
11. My Melancholy Baby - Glenn, Tyree
12. Sweet Lorraine - Glenn, Tyree
13. Swedish Pastry - Goodman, Benny Group
14. Mel's Idea - Goodman, Benny
15. Patsy's Idea
16. Patsy's Idea
17. You Took Advantage of Me
18. Cottontop

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Catalogue No: DRCD332