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Primary Instrument: Sax, baritone

Born: May 4, 1928 | Died: May 17, 1976    

Lars Gullin

Lars Gullin was born May 4, 1928, on the island of Gotland, off the Swedish east coast. Legend say he could read music before he learned to read Swedish. His first instrument was an accordion of the simplest kind. A few years later it was exchanged for a larger one with piano keys, and at the age of five he composed simple polkas. He actually won an accordion contest, still a juvenile.

At the age of nine or ten he led his own little band, playing in local vaudevilles. The “book” consisted of tunes like After You've Gone and Tiger Rag, no doubt learned from Sonora 78s with accordionist Nisse Lind....
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    Summertime: Vol. 9, 1954-56

    Dragon Records
    2007
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    Danny's Dream: Volume 8, 1953-55

    Dragon Records
    2006
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    Fine Together: The Artistry Of Lars Gullin

    The ACT Company
    2004
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    Guldkorn

    The ACT Company
    2000
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    Fäbodjazz

    The ACT Company
    1998
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    Danny's Dream

    The ACT Company
    1995
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    1954/55 Vol 3 Late Summer

    The ACT Company
    1994
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Featured recording “Baritone Sax: Lars Gullin/Lars Gullin Swings”

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Baritone Sax: Lars Gullin/Lars Gullin Swings

(1999)
Commemorative stamp by Ceslav Slania.

Scott Yanow on Lars Gullin: ”One of the top baritone saxophonists of all times and a giant of European jazz, Lars Gullin would be better known if he had visited the US often and if excessive drug use had not cut short his career... All bop and cool jazz collectors should be aware of Lars Gullin and own several of his sets.” All Music Guide to Jazz; Miller Freeman Books 1998

Brian Priestly on Lars Gullin: ”The first musician after Django Reinhardt to have an impact in the USA without relocating there, Gullin has never been duplicated or surpassed...

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