Tuesday 31 May 2011

Bengt "Frippe" Nordström: Now's the "Frippe" Time

After a quite a hiatus, here's finally a new post to this blog. The reason why there has been so few posts lately is simply that I haven't bought any suitable records for a while. I have bought records, but they've been either non-free jazz or free jazz that has been reissued or issued originally by FMP. (And FMP I won't be posting, they don't allow that at all).

Frippe was a legendary Swedish free jazz reedsman, responsible for, among other things, releasing some of the first Scandinavian free jazz on his Bird Notes -label, and for the noble task of issuing the first recordings of Albert Ayler. The record posted here is one of his rare own recordings, from the 1980's. I don't think I need to say much more, but I recommend reading the excellent post by Clifford Allen in his blog:

 Lest We Forget... Bengt "Frippe" Nordstrom (1936-2000)

And here for the music:

Bengt "Frippe" Nordström & Miljövårdsverket: Now's the Frippe Time (Dragon DRLP 82, 1985)

Bengt "Frippe" Nordström - clarinet, contrabass clarinet, tenor saxophone, vocals
Lars Svantesson - violin
Björn Alke - bass
Jan Adefeldt - bass (2, 5, 6)
Peter Axelsson - bass (2, 5, 6)
Peeter Uuskyla - drums


Enjoy and please comment. (PS. apologies for the lousy photos, I've moved and my new apartment isn't really suited for proper photographing.)


  1. Great post. Thank you!!!!

  2. Picked this LP up for $5 in Philly. Had no idea who Frippe was (apparently neither did the record dealer) but the mention of Ayler on the back cover was enough for me. One of my very lucky finds. A fine album too.

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  4. Thanks for finding and sharing such nice record after a long time. - Vinnie