|Tags:||jazz swedish baritone sax cool nordic|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Lars Gunnar Victor Gullin, 4 May 1928, Visby, Gotland, Sweden, d. 17 May 1976, Vissefjärda, Sweden. After playing clarinet and alto saxophone, Gullin took up the baritone at the age of 21. From 1951-53 he worked with Arne Domnérus and Rolf Ericson, then formed his own quintet. An ardent bebopper, and influenced by Lennie Tristano, Gullin was a radical among Swedish musicians of the time; he also made an impact on the USA jazz scene, winning a DownBeat poll as best newcomer in 1954 (a notable achievement for a European musician). Gullin later worked chiefly as a single, playing with local rhythm sections, and recorded regularly with visiting American artists. In 1959 he toured Italy with Chet Baker. Unfortunately, his career was marred by drug addiction and he was inactive for long periods.
One of the first European jazz artists to build an international reputation, Gullins baritone playing was distinguished by his remarkable...