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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sven Klang's Kvintett

Last night, talking about plays written about bands, brought this 1976 gem to mind.
"Sven Klang's Kvintett" is a low budget, sub-titled, 1976 Swedish film centred around the highs and lows of the small function band that gave the film its title. Critics have said it is based very loosely around the life of a Swedish jazzman, the late Lars Gullin, although personally I can't see it. Nevertheless, the situations in the film are familiar to anyone who has played in any type of band anywhere in the world. There is also some brilliant alto playing by a Swedish actor whose name I can't remember. Yes I can, it's Christer Boustead. (thank you Google). A good actor and an even better alto player.
I don't think it is on vid or DVD but it sometimes appears on tv (maybe every ten years, so perhaps it is due.)
I'm lucky inasmuch as I taped it the last time around.
Synopsis Sweden 1958. In a small provincial town there is a band who plays dance music twice every week. All decisions are made by Sven Klang, the undisputed leader of the band. A new member joins them, saxophone player Lasse. He starts to criticize Sven's decisions, questions the way they divide the money and he also wants them to be more of a jazz band.

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