11/17/16

Thore Ehrlings orkester

Thore Ehling led one of the best swing bands in Sweden during the late 1930s and 40s. The played both hot and sweet tunes and was a very popular dance orchestra in Stockholm at the time. Ehrling started his recording career already in 1929 and would go on to participate in more than 1000 recordings up to the 70s. In the 30s he recorded with, among others, Thore Jederby and Hakon von Eichwald (both worth checking out as well) before forming his own orchestra in 1938. Members of his band backed singer Alice Babs on some of her earliest recordings, including her hit 'Swing it, magistern' in 1940.

Many of Thore Ehrling's best songs are available on the Dragon CD 'Jazz highlights 1939–55', but there are plenty of tracks that have never made it into the digital realm. Here I feature two tracks from the mid 40s, both original compositions, that were reissued on an Odeon LP. On the hot uptempo number 'Kansas Jump' I imagine that the band is trying to sound like Count Basie, while on 'Clarinet Blues' they are emulating Artie Shaw's orchestra, complete with "jungle drums" and solo clarinet. John Björling's tone is very different from Shaw's, but he still does a very good job on this dramatic number that he wrote himself.

Discographical data from The Jazz Discography by Tom Lord and the LP liner notes:

Thore Ehrlings orkester: Thore Ehrling, Olle Jacobsson, Rune Ander (tp) Georg Vernon (tb,vcl) Sverre Oredson (tb) John Björling, Ove Rönn (as) Carl-Henrik Norin, Curt Blomquist (ts) Casper Hjukstrom (bar) Stig Holm (p) Sven Stiberg (g) Thore Jederby (b) Uffe Baadh (d) Sven Janthe (arr)

Stockholm, May 31, 1944
2441    Kansas Jump (sj arr)       HMV (Swd) X7088

Thore Ehrlings orkester: Thore Ehrling, Gösta Törner,  Rune Ander (tp) Georg Vernon, Sverre Oredson (tb) Yngve Nilsson (v-tb) John Björling (cl,arr) Ove Rönn (as) Carl-Henrik Norin, Curt Blomquist (ts) Casper Hjukstrom (bar) Stig Holm (p) Sven Stiberg (g) Thore Jederby (b) Gösta Hedén (d) 

Stockholm, February 15, 1945
2496    Clarinet Blues (jb arr)     HMV (Swd) X7120





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