The great Swedish pianist Lars Sjösten died on October 19th, 70 years old. I saw him a lot back in the seventies when Dexter Gordon lived in Copenhagen. He also was a close friend and collaborator with Lars Gullin, both shared a deep fondness for 'Swedish' Melancholia.
Being the first to receive the Jan Johansson award, only a year after
Johansson's passing, show us how appreciated Sjösten was.
A rough Google translate from the swedish Wikipedia page :
Lars Sjösten, born May 7, 1941 in Oskarshamn, is a Swedish
jazz musician. In the 1960s, played Sjösten often on the world famous pub
the Golden Circle in Stockholm. He played with international greats as
Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, as the Swedish tenor
saxophonist Bernt Rosengren.
Sjösten was also the pianist in the great Swedish baritone saxophonist
and composer Lars Gullin groups. He became good friends with Gullin; this
collaboration came to mean more for Sjösten own music creation. In 1969
Lars was Sjösten the first musician who was awarded the Jan Johansson
scholarship. In 1997, the newly Sjösten Lars Gullin Award, and in 2006 he
received Christer Boustedt scholarship. Over the years, Lars Sjösten led
several groups of their own. He has made many recordings and has received
both public response and state aid. His touring has taken him to such
diverse cities as Paris, Moscow, Vittoria da Praia (Azores) and Emmaboda.
Lars Sjösten is also an established composer with a sense of strong
melodies and beautiful chord.
On the disc, Lars Sjösten flowing, melodious playing sound and on
recordings under his own name and with the likes of Dexter Gordon, Ben
Webster, Lee Konitz, Benny Bailey, Bjarne Nerem, Lars Gullin, Bernt
Rosengren and Putte Wickman, and with vocal artists such as Nannie Porres
and Gunnar "Siljabloo" Nilson.
In 1981 was appointed Sjösten LP Select Notes for this year's Golden
Disc, an honor awarded by the magazine Orkesterjournalen. On this album
you hear musicians as alto saxophonist Willy Lundin, trombonist Lars
Olofsson, trumpeter January Allan, bassist Sture Nordin, drummer Egil
Johansen and percussionist Rudi Smith.
There's a shorter english version available as well here.