And here´s a real funny and at the same time very interesting album from a swedish musician:
Axel Ivar Rune Öfwerman, born 24 December 1932 in Maria Magdalena parish in Stockholm, died 13 December 2013 in Stockholm Cathedral parish, was a Swedish conductor, music arranger and musician (piano). He worked under the pseudonym Gregor Vein.
Öfwerman was the son of department head Iwar Öfwerman and Anna-Lisa Wikander. He began playing jazz at the age of twelve, forming the band Boogie Bop Six in 1948 with Lasse Bagge and Georg Riedel. He formed the Rune Öfwerman Quintet, a school orchestra, which came second in the Orkesterjournal competition in 1950. He won the AT-jazz trio competition with Riedel and guitarist Ove Rolén.
Rune Öfwerman played with Tony Mason’s orchestra (from 1952), with Carl-Henrik Norin (1954-1956), with Hacke Björksten and with the Almstedt-Lind sextet. He has accompanied Siw Malmkvist and Lill-Babs for two summers each. He had a long-term collaboration with Sylvia Vrethammar, whose accompanist and manager he was from 1969 to 1990.
He and Dag Häggqvist founded the Gazell record label in 1957, which became Sonet and was later taken over by Polygram, with Häggqvist and Öfwerman returning with Gazell. He launched Ulf Wakenius and produced records with Zoot Sims and others.
In addition to his work as an accompanist, he made songs such as “Old Spice”, “Stöten” and “Big Bass Boogie” and released four albums of his own.
Öfwerman was married 1957-1970 to Mai Stierna (born 1938), daughter of farmer Birger Stierna and Britt Mark, and 1980-1990 to singer Sylvia Vrethammar (born 1945) and later cohabited until her death with singer Britt Damberg (1937-2019). He is buried at Skogskyrkogården in Stockholm.
Öfwerman is the father of Clarence Öfwerman (born 1957), Staffan Öfwerman (born 1962), Poffi Öfwerman (born 1965) and Nick Öfwerman (born 1971). Sons Clarence and Staffan have enjoyed success as rock musicians and have worked with Roxette. (wikipedia)
And here´s a album by Rune Öfwerman, recorded with his “groovey friends” … and we hear instrumental versions of popular and classic tunes from this period of music ..
… and we hear a real crazy mixture between easy listening music and psych-jazz-sounds…
If you ever looking for rare versions of song like “Proud Mary”, “Hush”, “Hony Tonk Woman”, “Mrs. Robinson”or “Spinning Wheel” … you will find them here !
Rune Öfwerman (piano)
Arne Gustafsson – Erik Allan Forsberg – Allan Andersson – John Tapper – John Blixt – Allan Ewert – Ture Wolf – Lena Skook
The Labels from the German edition:
01. Proud Mary (Fogerty) 3.06
02. Aquarius (MacDermot/Rado/Ragni) 2.15
03. Hony Tonk Woman (Jage/Richards) 2.53
04. Mrs. Robinson (Simon) 3.06
05. If I Only Had Time (Fugain) 2.53
06. Spinning Wheel (Thomas) 2.45
07. Hush (South) 2.20
08. Good Morning Starshine (MacDermot/Rado/Ragni) 2.45
09. Eeny Meeny Miney Moe (Geijerstam) 2.20
10. My Groovy Friends (Öfwerman) 4.24