Putte Wickman

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Hans-Olof Wickman, 10 September 1924, Falun, Sweden. He played clarinet from childhood, emerging in the years after World War II as a distinguished player in the swing era style of Benny Goodman. Soon, however, he began to adapt to the new sounds of bop, and was thus one of very few clarinettists to make the move. By the early 50s he was sufficiently well regarded to be on regular call to support visiting American jazz musicians and he also played with fellow-countryman Lars Gullin. In the 60s he moved into more commercial music, forming a dance band that became successful. In the 70s he returned to jazz, playing with increasing technical mastery as the years passed. His recordings of the 90s demonstrate a sometimes clinical accuracy, although Wickman never fails to swing.

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