Hard Funk In Sweden
  • East-West 4001
    East-West 4001

Tommy Potter

Hard Funk In Sweden

Jazz Connections

Tommy Potter (b), Rolf Ericson (tp), Ake Persson (tb), Erik Norstrom (ts), Lars Gullin, Stig Gabrielsson (bs), Freddie Redd (p), Joe Harris (d)

Reference: JC 1008

Bar code: 8427328510080


One of the best-respected bop bass players, Tommy Potter (1918-1988) was well-know as a member of the classic Charlie Parker quintet during the 1947-1950 period. He played alongside soloists such as Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, J.J. Johnson, Bud Powell, Duke Jordan, Al Haig, Max Roach, Fats Navarro, Stan Getz, and Count Basies group, among many others.

This edition contains the only tracks Tommy Potter recorded as a leader. They were originally issued on various EPs by the Swedish label Metronome, and later reissued on a rare LP (Hard Funk) by the American label East-West, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records.

Recorded in a Stockholm studio in September 1956, during a Sweden twomonth tour by an All-American Bop All-Stars, in addition to bassist Tommy Potter, the remainder players of the sextet are Rolf Ericson on trumpet, Ake Persson on trombone, Gunnar Hacke Bjorksten (alias Woody Birch) or Erik Norstrom on tenor sax, Stig Gabrielsson on baritone sax, Freddie Redd on piano, and Joe Harris on drums.

This CD also includes the only eight titles recorded on the July 1956 concert that took place during the same tour by trumpeter Ericson, baritone sax Lars Gullin, pianist Redd, bassist Potter, and drummer Harris. The program four standards and four originals, one in trio format, and another one featuring the bass in every one of its solos.


01. The Imp 6:02
02. Keester Parade 6:01
03. Russ and Arlene 4:37
04. Punsch 5:35
05. T. N. T. 6:37
06. Reets and I 6:30
07. Dig 5:49
08. I'll Remember April 5:05
09. Oh, Lady Be Good 6:41
10. Half Nelson 5:57
11. These Foolish Things 3:18
12. Stella by Starlight 2:34
13. A Night in Tunisia 13:59
14. The Theme 0:57

Album details

Total time: 79:53 min.

Originally issued as 12" LP East-West 4001

Personnel on #1, 5 & 6:
Tommy Potter Sextet: Rolf Ericson (tp), Ake Persson (tb), Gunnar Hacke Bjorksen (as Woody Birch) (ts), Stig Gabrielsson (bs), Freddie Redd (p), Tommy Potter (b), Joe Harris (d).
Recorded in Stockholm, September 10, 1956.

Personnel on #2-4:
Same personnel except Erik Norstrom (ts) replaces Bjorksten.
Recorded in Stockholm, September 13, 1956.

Personnel on #7-14:
Rolf Ericson (tp), Lars Gullin (bs), Freddie Redd (p), Tommy Potter (b), Joe Harris (d).
Recorded live in Folkets Park, Varnamo, Sweden. July 30, 1956

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"There is enough Swedish-American punsch in these performances to testify to the durability of hard funk An LP of first-rate emotional modern jazz."

-Leonard Feather


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