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18 Jun 2017

Blue Sun "Festival" 1970 - 71 Danish Prog Jazz Fusion

Blue Sun  "Festival"  1970 - 71  Danish Prog Jazz Fusion


BLUE SUN was a group from Copenhagen founded in 1969. They started out as a hippie band with aspirations to jazz improvisation which was showcased mostly through their live recordings which were released in the early 70's. The group disbanded and reformed several times unitl they split up in 1981, with some of the members going into a latin jazz group called NADA. Music of BLUE SUN can itself be compared to some extent to other jazz acts of Denmark at the time, like BURNIN' RED IVANHOE or RAINBOW BAND/MIDNIGHT SUN. ........

This is a collection of studio-concert records of the famous Danish band Blue Sun. The first (studio) part is recorded in the studio: 7 things for 27 - 28 minutes. Well - drive and blues with some bias in jazz (with sax). Then there are 4 live tracks for 40 minutes. This is where the pre-interesting turn begins. Vigorous zapily with saksami, guitars and keyboards - truly triumph of improvised zaboychika. Very much such absolutely. Powerful and interesting. The concert was recorded in April of the year 70. Quite normal quality of recording, given the concert quality and archival.....................

Danish band, formed 1969 in Copenhagen. Originally a hippie band with roots in avant-garde jazz-rock. Most of their body of work come from live recordings - mostly improvisations dominated by sax, organ and guitar. The music is mainly instrumental, with some South African inspiration.

The band was very popular at that time among youngsters, having strong spiritual power when they performed live. Their album from 1973 presents similar style but a bit more peaceful with leading sax and vocal, alternately. Disbanded and reformed several times with changing members throughout the 1970s until they split up for good in 1981.

This is no less than Blue Sun's 2 LP's and their single on 1 CD. The first LP was a live recording from 'Tagskaegget' in Aarhus Danmark 1970 titled 'Peace be Onto You' (Spectator Records). The second LP named just 'Blue Sun' (Parlophone). Also Parlophone released their single from 1970. In a very short period Blue Sun was the prefered hippie-party band.

No one hit the hippie-wave better than this jazz-rock-soul inspired band with 2 unique front figures: Charismatic black man Dale Smith (vocal + percussion) and Jesper Zeuthen. The latter achieved in no tim reputation to be best in Dk on tenor-saxophone, based on the fact that he archieved his totally unique way of playing. The band was inspired of Dollar Brand, Jimi Hendrix and Black Soul.
by Adamus67..................

Tracks 1 and 2 recorded June 1970 in Rosenberg Studio, Copenhagen, from 7" Parlophone E 00637141 released 1970 as "Festival".
Tracks 3 to 7 recorded December 1970 - January 1971 in Rosenberg Studio, Copenhagen, from LP Parlophone 38057, released 1971 as "Blue Sun".
Tracks 8 to 11 recorded live april 1970 at "Tagskægget", Aarhus, from LP Spectator SL 1013, released 1970 as "Peace Be Unto You".

Blue Sun
*Dale Smith - Vocals, Percussion
*Jesper Zeuthen - Tenor, Soprano Saxophones
*Soren Berggreen - Flute,Alto Sax,Mouth Harp, Electric Violin
*Jan Kaspersen - Keyboards
*Niels Pontoppidan - Guitar
*Poul Ehlers - Contrabass
*Bo Jacobsen - Drums

1. Festival (Smith. Zeuthen) - 2:48
2. Katedralen (Zeuthen) - 4:26
3. På Fjeldet (Kaspersen. Zeuthen) - 3:22
4. Kære Irene (Smith. Kaspersen. Zeuthen) - 2:14
5. Afro Blue (Kaspersen) - 3:22
6. Working Man (Blue Sun, Smith) - 9:46
7. Velkomst (Zeuthen. Pontoppidan) - 4:49
8. Aum (Blue Sun) - 11:15
9. Peace Be Unto You (Smith. Kaspersen. Zeuthen) - 16:24
10.John Henry (Smith. Ehlers) - 8:40
11.Lyset (Zeuthen) - 6:51  

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