by Peeter Uuskyla

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Peeter Uuskyla, solo-drumming and spoken word
Recorded live at the Bengt Frippe Nordström Memorial Concert
January 28, 2001 at BrÖtz, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Cover photo (2006) by Amanda Protidou

The legend of Bengt Frippe Nordström (1936-2000) tells how he picked up the clarinet and the saxophone after being deeply touched by the music of Tony Scott and Sonny Rollins.
Then meeting Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler changed his musical vision; so much that he no longer fit into the contemporary jazz scene in Sweden. Frippe spoke of a spontaneous, improvised, creative music at a time when everyone else was trying to master bebop. Because of this, he was left to play alone for many years. He became "the outsider"; that nobody wanted, or had the nerve to play with. During intermissions at clubs, like the "Golden Circle", he took the opportunity to play small solo concerts and recorded himself.

He released small editions of his work on his own "Bird Notes" label. Although the recordings were mostly solo sax, on rare occasions, he was joined by Don Cherry on trumpet, bassist Sven Hessle or bassist Björn Alke who would show up to play duets with Frippe. His collection had two releases: Albert Aylers; "Something Different!!!!!! and Frippes own; "Natural Music". The other recordings were not numbered or catalogued but were released as LPs and EPs.

It was not until the mid-70s that Bengt Frippe Nordström formed his band, the "Miljövårdsverket" (the Environmental Control Office). After some years of trying different constellations, the musicians, bassist Björn Alke (1938-2000), violin player Lars Svanteson (b. 1949) and Peeter Uuskyla (b. 1951), became established as a "working unit" and cut the albums "Now's The Frippe Time" (Dragon Records), "The Environmental Control Office" (Ayler Records), "Frippe's Protocol" (Ayler Records) and "Creative Addition" (Ayler Records)

Other Recordings with Bengt Frippe Nordström:
Don Cherry: Movement Incorporated (Anagram Records)
Arthur Doyle/Sunny Murray: Live At Glenn Miller Café (Ayler Records)
Svensk Jazzhistoria vol.10: Watch Out! Swedish Jazz 1965-1969 (Caprice)
Meaningless (Blue Tower Records)
Sounds (Blue Tower Records)
G L Unit: Orangutang (EMI-Odeon)


released May 8, 2020


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