Cottontop: 1946-1948

Cottontop: 1946-1948

by Stan HasselgårdStan Hasselgård

CD(Spanish Import)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 7391953003327
catalogNumber: 928438
Rank: 126076

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Hasselgård   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Barbara Carroll   Piano
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Wardell Gray   Tenor Saxophone
Tyree Glenn   Trombone,Vibes
Thore Swanerud   Piano
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Mary Lou Williams   Piano
Simon Brehm   Bass,Vocals
Clyde Lombardi   Bass
Mel Zelnick   Drums
Sten Carlberg   Guitar
Bertil Frylmark   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Barney Kessel   Composer
Mel Powell   Composer
Chuck Wayne   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Slim Gaillard   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Gene DiNovi   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Lars Westin   Liner Notes
Roger Wolfe Kahn   Composer
Nilla Westin   Art Direction
Ernie Burnett   Composer
Clifford R. Burwell   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Sten Carlberg   Composer

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