Kustbandet have during the last 30 years become famous as genuine exponents of New Orleans music and the early swing music of the Jazz Age.
It has been a great pleasure to spread the original, American jazzmusic all over Sweden - and the world -on tours, concerts, records, radio- and TV-shows in over 20 countrys. Even on Nobel Prize galas!
A few years ago we started to discuss the possibilities of recording an album of Swedish compositions and arrangements. Here you are!
As soon as jazz had obtained a firm foothold in Sweden in the 1920's, the Swedish jazz-musicians started to write their own music. "KUSTBANDET IN SWEDEN - ÖSREGN" is a tribute to some of those pineers: Folke "Göken" Andersson, Thore Ehrling, Charles Redland, Helge Lindberg and "Miff" Görling to name a few (as a "special gift" to our listeners we present two compositions by our own members Ola Pålsson and John Högman).
Many of the numbers on this CD have never been recorded before, not even by their composers. The original scores are from Svenskt Visarkiv's Jazz Department. In some cases we have transcribed the music from recordings of the era. Some of the arrangements are being played as written, others have been modified to suit Kustbandet's Harlem-style lineup and still others are early swing style originals by the band members mentioned above.
We have had a lot if fun while making this album. Now it is your turn to enjoy our music!
Jens Lindgren BANDLEADER