Sabu with Cornelis Vreeswijk
Cornelis Vreeswijk: Tio vackra visor och personliga Person (Ten Beautiful Tunes and Personal Person); Metronome MLP-15313; 1968
* Sabu tracks
Sabu with Merit Hemmingson
Merit Hemmingson Plays; RCA Camden YSJL-1-547; 1968
This is it. CONTEMPORARY MUSIC -- the music of today, played with the pulse of today. Young, happy, fresh, alive. Music for the young in heart. Music for everybody who finds life an exciting adventure.
Original sounds from an unusual source...for the person responsible for this exciting brew of big Hammond organ sounds is a pretty Swedish girl: Merit Hemmingson.
For this album Merit has chosen a mixed bag of well-known numbers which you'll surely recognize. With her special talent for arrangement, Merit takes up each catchy tune and gives it a new rendering. Every performance is power-packed and delivered straight from the hip. A beaty, funky sound that her backing band swings with enthusiastically...and you will too.
It would be difficult to put Merit's music in any one category. Not jazz, not pop, not R 'n B...it's all of these...and a lot more besides. But above all, it's happy music...music that smiles and swings all the way.
Merit has had much experience in the music world. She has been playing piano and organ ever since she could climb onto a piano stool. She has led her own all-girl American band and has played with many well-known jazz musicians.
P.S. Don't be surprised to find a girl playing jazz organ, a field of music dominated by men. Merit Hemmingson is a pretty surprising girl.
P.P.S. I mean, Merit Hemmingson is a surprisingly pretty girl.
P.P.P.S. I mean...Personnel:
Recorded in Europa Film's Studio May 30 and June 6, 1968.
Trollskog (Troll Forest); Columbia E-062-34604; 1972
Merit Hemmingson plays Moog and Sabu plays congas. Musical styles range from soft acoustic soloing to jams with synthesizer and electric, "waka-waka" guitar. There are 20 tracks and about 20 other musicians.
Sabu with Radiojazzgruppen
Radiojazzgruppen: Vårdkasar (Beacons); SR Records RELP-1071; 1968Personnel:
Recorded in the Swedish Radio's Studio 2, Stockholm
Recorded in the auditoria of Sunstaskolan, Karlstad and Uppsala University.
Sabu with Kenny Clarke & Francis Boland
The Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band: Latin Kaleidoscope; MPS 1970
Recorded August 28-29, 1968, produced by Gigi Campi. (Later reissued by Prestige.)Personnel:
Side A: Latin Kaleidoscope
Side B: Cuban Fever
Sabu with Björbobandet
Coop Clinic presents Sabu and Björbobandet: Aurora Borealis; COOP LP 71-01; 1971
"Groovy, man," said Sabu Martinez, when the thought of an LP with him and Björbobandet was brought up. They had met on a jazz consert, and Sabu got turned on by the beautiful sound -- to the degree that he went home and brought out some tunes of his own, that turned on the band in its turn, so these tunes were placed on Side A. The standard repertoire of Björbobandet is found on Side B ("Inside Track" and others); you can not disappoint "old" fans. Big band jazz of the best brand is offered, with an impressive width and quality, in both the ensemble as well as the solo efforts.
The title tune "Aurora Borealis" is the opening number on Side A and is followed by Sabu's other melodies in a little suite, that quite naturally are built on Sabu and Johnny Martinez playing the conga and bongos. The rhythm section here has the opportunity to play to the full. After the pulsating Puerto Rican music that opens the B side, the band follows with swing music, and there is also a vocal track -- Hans-Olov Berglund sings Oscar Brown, Jr.'s nice blues "World full of Grey."
In order to simplify the adjustment of your stereo equipment, a so-called "Jewel," i.e. rhythm of about 30 seconds, is played, beginning in the left channel, moving to the right channel, and at the end of the side, in the opposite direction.
With this LP the Björbobandet also would like to thank Vuxenskolan that has made it possible to let the band practice as a study circle and thus to a great extent made the making of this LP possible. Finally, I hope that everybody will have a good and "groovy" time with this record -- that is in any case the thought behind it. -- Bo Harry SundinPersonnel:
Recorded at Sveriges Radio, Falun, November 14-15, 1971
Sabu with Cecilia & Pursey
Cecilia & Pursey: La Salsa; Aksent LP-149; 1976/1975 (w/Gathu, Marcus Migoya, Bebo Valdez, Americo Bellotto, Hector Bingert...)[10 tracks]
Sabu with Peter Herbolzheimer
Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass: Wide Open; MPS MPS 15.391; 1974/1973
Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass: Live at Ronnie Scott's; MPS BAP-5058; 1975/1974
Recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Club, London, May 10-11, 1974.Personnel:
Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass: Live Im Onkel Pö; Polydor 2371-564; 1975
Sabu with Charlie Mariano
Reflections; RCA YFPL-1-828; 1974
Recorded in Helsinki, March 14-15, 1974.Personnel:
Sabu with Art Farmer
A Sleeping Bee; Europafilm EFG-5015084; 1976/1974
Recorded at Europa Film Studios, Stockholm, 1974.Personnel:
Sabu with Tony Scott
Tony Scott: Manteca; Sonet Sonet SLP-2548; 1973Personnel:
Recorded 19-20 June, 1973
Sabu with Ed Thigpen
Ed Thigpen: Action re action; Sonet SNTF-689; 1974 (Sonet SLP-2558)Personnel:
Sabu with Gugge Hedrenius
Gugge Hedrenius' Big Blues Band: Blues of Europe; Polar POLS-268; 1976/1975
Recorded at Metronome Studio, Stockholm, August-November, 1975.Side A:
* Sabu tracks
Sabu with Juhani Aaltonen & Otto Donner
Strings; Love LRLP-160; 1976 (Finland)
* Sabu tracks
All compositions by Werner, recorded monaurally in 1967 with Sabu (the day he arrived in Sweden), except "Ambrosia" (Sjöwall-Werner, stereo, 1978)
For LP/CD availability, write: Dragon Records, Box 4068, S-10262, Stockholm, Sweden.
* Sabu track; Swedish Radio-Jazz Orchestra recorded live in Estrad, Sodertalje, Sweden, March 10, 1977 (his last recording)
Otherwise New York Big Band recorded August 16, 1978, New YorkGeorge Russell: Our Delight (or New York Big Band); Soul Note SN-1039; 1982/1977-78 (1 Sabu track: "Cubano Be Cubano Bop" rec. live in Sweden, Narch 10, 1977--his last recording)
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