By Larry Hollis
It may be a
long distance geographically from Chicago to Denmark, but judging
from Dan Klarskov, it`s not that far musically. Unlike his two previous
issues, the two-disc packet contains a compact disc and a DVD of
Dan Klarskov`s engagement at the Jazzhus Dexter early last year.
Wielding a vintage
Fender Stratocaster, he leads the octet through two numbers with
only two being his own. Like Stroger (Chicago blues artist: Bob
Stroger), he is not all that great shakes as a singer, his main
strength being his fluid guitar work which is cleanly and forcefully.
to be an affinity for T-Bone Walker, not only the leader`s mindset,
but in the in the entire program which is more dominated by the
Kansas City and the South Western Strain strain of Jump Blues than
Bob Stroger`s Chicago sounds. The backing band is particularly sharp
with lots of good solo spots from tenorman Gaardmand, both keyboardists
and slideman Kroner.
As for the
second disc, be forewarned: since it is from Europe, it is in the
PAL format so it probably won`t play on most domestic players. It
is well worth viewing if one can convert it over. The first part
contains material from the Dexter that is on the CD, except for
the mournful “Blues Man” (By Danish Musician Troels
Jensen and which clocks in at over eight minutes) along with four
and one -half minutes of backstage banter. There are brief Black
and White clips from the studio recording session of “Cancer
Blues” and “Undecided Blues.” Next are two selections
performed at an earlier festival with a sextet. The Joe Turner title
“Wee Wee Baby” is repeated and coupled with B.B. Kings
“All Over Again” with satisfying results. Klarskov seems
less stiff on these segments than on the main Dexter`s portion.
A photograph gallery follows with several color stills and no music.
handsome produced package that proves we Americans aren`t the only
ones to get the blues.
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