SONG OF THE DAY Hansson & Karlsson – Pick-Up

moonIn the two short years they were active, Swedish Jazz rockers, Hansson & Karlsson released three albums and a couple of singles. Despite Janne Carlsson spelling his last name with C, the duo ended up spelling their name ‘Hansson & Karlsson’ because of a mistake made by a poster painter who misunderstood and printed Karlsson with K. This happy accident stuck, as Bosse and Janne thought it looked good, so they kept that spelling!

The band got together in 1967 and specialised in instrumental jazz, especially that of the free-flowing and psychedelic kind! Their music was orientated around improvisations, which gave their live shows an edge, with each performance always varied and always different every time!  Towards the end of the 1960’s they became acquainted with Jimi Hendrix and performed with him a few times, which included gigs at the club Filips in Stockholm. Hendrix was interested in the duo’s music and recorded Hansson & Karlsson’s composition “Tax Free”.

I’ve yet to fully familiarise myself with more of their music, but Pick-Up seems like a good place to start! Taken from their 1969 third full-length, Man at the Moon, this instrumental delight lured me it with its glorious rudimentary percussion and hypnotic keyboard melody line. Check it out above.

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