Photo: Gunnar Holmberg
On this page (under construction) I will place some music and pictures about my group
Salamander from the '80s.
Some material might not be legal to put here, and sometimes I don't remember who took the photo.
Please, if needed, complain to: info (at) welaforlag (dot) se.
Salamander | Tenor sax battle 1982
November: Salamander's second LP "In the Darkest Month"(1983) was released in digital format by Wela Records/Plugged, courtesy of Dragon Records.
September 30: Got the autumn edition of the Swedish music magazine Lira, where 100 jazz recordings were selected to represent all important Swedish Jazz over the years, including greats like Lars Gullin and Monica Zetterlund. Just outside these 100 there were about 50 others listed, that had been discussed and "bubbled" about, and among these I found Salamander. Very proud to be mentioned at all among all these renowned musicians! LIRA 3 2020 page 65.
March 20: Got
the february issue of Jazz Journal, where the
reissue of Salamander/Live at Northsea Jazz
Festival got 4**** and a fine, long and detailed
review. "All the musicians are at the top of
their game ... ... A fine and valuable
Salamander's original quintet plays at Brötz in
Göteborg! Cecilia Wennerström, Katarina
Karlsson, Susanna Lindeborg, Stig Boström, Vanja
Review in Sweden´s most important jazz site Dig
Jazz where Thord Ehnberg gave the re-release
five out of five "digs".
December: Review in Sweden's main jazz magazine Orkesterjournalen. "The music is completely overwhelming and the freshest re-listening that has reached my ears for a long time!" wrote Roger Bergner and gave us a big red heart and credited the music for withstanding time so that it could well be have been made today. OJ recension på svenska
Long interview at Brazilian website Oganpazan
with Cecilia Wennerström about her early music
life and up to the period with Salamander.
November 17: Releaseparty for WELACD006 Salamander/Live at Northsea Jazz Festival on Friday Nov 17 kl.17.00 at Music Lover Records, Kyrkogatan 13, Göteborg (innanför vallgraven). The original quintet on stage after 36 years! Cecilia Wennerström, Katarina Karlsson, Susanna Lindeborg, Stig Boström, Vanja Holm. Welcome/Välkomna!
November 14: Interview in Göteborgs Fria by Tobias Magnusson. http://www.goteborgsfria.se/artikel/131701
October 23: First review! Första recensionen skrev Peter på Mono Magasin: http://monomagasin.se/nyheter/salamander-live-at-northsea-jazz-festival/
October 21: Long
article at Brazilian website Oganpazan Oct 21 by
Carlim about the relaunch of Salamander/Live at
October 20: Releaseparty for
WELACD006 Salamander/Live at Northsea Jazz
Festival on Friday Oct 20 kl 18.00 Plugged Records
Stora Nygatan 45 Stockholm (Gamla Stan). Cecilia
Wennerström tenor, Maria Kvist piano, Filip
May 19: Salamanders music from Jazzfest Berlin 1981 was played in german radio: https://www.kulturradio.de/programm/schema/sendungen/jazz_berlin/playlisten/2017/05/170519_2000.html
Salamander's first LP "Live at Northsea Jazz Festival" 1981 will be re-released on CD in 2017 by Wela Records/Plugged courtesy of Dragon records
Interview for Brazilian music website (Oganpazan) is on-going
Salamander was referred to with text and photo in a new book about Kansas City Women's Jazz Festival ("Changing the Tune" University of North Texas Press 2017)
From 1979-91 Cecilia Wennerström (me) was the
leader of Salamander, a free jazz group that
toured a lot in Sweden and Europe on festivals
and clubs in the beginning of the '80s.
Salamander made its international debut 1981 at
the Women´s Jazz Festival in Kansas City, USA,
and the concert made the legendary jazz critic Leonard
Feather write a long review in Los Angeles
Times, praising the band (read
it here). The same year
Salamander played at the North Sea Jazz Festival
with such a success that the band was engaged
for an extra concert the next day, and later on
for the next year as well.
Live at Northsea Jazz
In the darkest month (Dragon
SALAMANDER: Spirit of fire (amf-records amf 1017 1984)
Some important gigs:
1980 Jazz i Emmaboda, Sweden
1981 Women's Jazz Festival, Kansas City,USA
1981 North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Holland
1981 Extra concert North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Holland
1981 Jazzfest Berlin,
1982 North Sea Jazz Festival, Den Haag, Holland
1982 Vossa Jazz, Norway
1983 Kölner Jazzhaus Festival, Germany
1983 Jazz Festival Balver Höhle, Germany
1984 Jazzbuhne Berlin, DDR
1990 Lysekils Jazz Festival, Sweden
1991 Jazz & Blues Festival, Haparanda, Sweden
Salamander Reunion: Susanna Lindeborg, Stig Boström, Cecilia Wennerström, Vanja Holm (mars 2018).
Reunion: Cecilia Wennerström, Katarina Karlsson, Stig Boström, Susanna Lindeborg, Vanja Holm (november 2017).
WELACD 006 - re-release 2017.
Artwork: Jan Nimark
Cecilia Wennerström ts, Katarina Karlsson as, Susanna Lindeborg p, Stig Boström b, Vanja Holm dr
Cecilia Wennerström ts, Susanna Lindeborg p, Stig Boström b, Vanja Holm dr
Photo: Gunnar Holmberg
Salamander 1980: Vanja Holm, Susanna Lindeborg, Stig Boström, Katarina Karlsson, Cecilia Wennerström
Foto: Anders Jirås
Photo: Hyou Vielz
Tenor Sax Battle
Den Haag, North Sea Jazz Festival
Benny Golson- ts,
Turk Mauro- ts,
John Gilmore- ts,
Cecilia Wennerström- ts,
Red Holloway- ts,as,
Rein de Graaf- p,
Leroy Vinnegar- b
Al Tootie Heath- dr,
Mel Lewis- dr* replaces Albert Heath
01. Blue’n’Boogie 16:06 (Solooist
are as follows. Red Holloway- ts, Benny Golson- ts, John Gilmore-
ts,Turk Mauro-ts, Cecilia Wennerstrom- ts, Red de Graaf- p),
02. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise 16:15 (Red Holloway- ts,John Gilmore- ts, Benny Golson- ts, Cecilia Wennerström- ts, Turk Mauro-ts, Red de Graaf- p),
03. Woody’n You (fade-out) 14:45, (Benny Golson- ts, Red Hollway- ts, John Gilmore- ts,Turk Mauro- ts, Cecilia Wennerstrom- ts, Red de Graaf- p, Albert Heath- d),
04.* Bags’ Groove 15:41, (Red Holloway- as, Benny Golson- ts, John Gilmore- ts, Turk Mauro- ts, Cecilia Wennerstrom- ts, Red de Graaf- p).
This is where I found the music.
Search for my name and voila! an mp3 with the whole concert is
available, and so is the information above. Indeed interesting to hear
it after 30 years ... I have been a bit embarrassed for this concert, so
it was a relief to hear what actually happened. UPDATE: This link
doesn't work anymore. Glad that I saved the music.
A fan of Sun Ra now has put the entire concert on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao6aCJR9gTA UPDATE: This link doesn´t work, the guy probably had to remove it.
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