Bernt Rosengren

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Bernt Rosengren
Background information
Born (1937-12-24) 24 December 1937 (age 80)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Jazz, hard bop, post bop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Tenor Saxophone, flute

Bernt Rosengren (born 24 December 1937, in Stockholm) is a Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist. His recordings have earned him five Gyllene Skivan awards in Sweden.


Rosengren first played professionally at age 19, as a member of the Jazz Club 57, and two years later in 1959 he played in the Newport Jazz Band. Roman Polanski's collaborator Krzysztof Komeda used Rosengren in the performance of his jazz score for Polanski's film Knife in the Water (1962). Rosengren recorded a string of critically acclaimed albums in the 1960s and 1970s, including Stockholm Dues (1965), Improvisations (1969), and Notes from Underground (1974).[1]

He played in a sextet led by George Russell in the 1960s in Europe. Later in the decade he moved from hard bop into post-bop experimentation, playing with Don Cherry; in the 1970s, as a member of Sevda led by trumpeter Muvaffak "Maffy" Falay, he began working with elements of Turkish and Middle Eastern music. He also formed his own big band in the 1970s.

In the 1980s Rosengren worked frequently with American Jazz musicians, including Doug Raney, George Russel, Don Cherry and Horace Parlan. Among his activities in the 1990s include an album of songs from Porgy & Bess.

Chris Mosey, a jazz critic from AllAboutJazz, said in his review of Rosengren's album I'm Flying (2009): "All in all, I'm Flying is a worthy Golden Record."[2] Jack Bowers, also writing for AllAboutJazz, wrote in his review of the same album: "Rosengren, for his part, is a model of elegance and consistency, inspiring his companions without stealing their thunder. Together they comprise a tight-knit and consistently engaging foursome. Besides blowing superbly, Rosengren wrote seven of the album's twelve selections. – Rosengren rides their talents like an Indy car driver, and the result is an exemplary team effort that is as stylish as it is rewarding."[3]


He has won five Gyllene Skivan awards in Sweden, in 1965, 1968, 1969, 1974 and 2009.[4]


As leader or co-leader[edit]

  • Bombastica! with Lars Werner (Jazzland, 1960)
  • Stockholm Dues (Columbia, 1965)
  • Improvisations (SJR, 1968/9)
  • Notes from Underground (Harvest, 1974)
  • Bernt Rosengren Quartet with Bobo Stenson (1975)
  • Bernt Rosengren Big Band with Horace Parlan & Doug Raney (Caprice, 1980)
  • Surprise Party (SteepleChase, 1983)
  • Live! (1983)
  • Summit Meeting (1984)
  • The Hug (1992)
  • Late Date: A Tribute to Lars Gullin (Mirrors, 1994)
  • Plays George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess (Liphone, 1996)
  • Bernt Rosengren Octet Plays Porgy & Bess (Arietta, 1996)
  • Bernt Rosengren Octet Plays Evert Taube (Arietta, 1999)
  • Bernt Rosengren Tentet Plays Kurt Weill (Arietta, 2000)
  • Bernt Rosengren Octet Plays Evert Taube Vol. 1 (Arietta, 2002)
  • Inside Pictures: A Tribute to Lars Gullin, Vol. 2 (2002)
  • I'm Flying (pb7, 2009)
  • Plays Swedish Jazzcompositions (pb 7, 2012)
  • In Copenhagen (Stunt, 2013)
  • Ballads (pb7, 2015)

As sideman[edit]

With Lester Bowie

With Don Cherry

With Arne Domnérus

With Krzysztof Komeda

  • Knife in the Water, 1962

With Doug Raney

With George Russell

With Tomasz Stańko

With Idrees Sulieman


  1. ^ "Bernt Rosengren | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  2. ^ Mosey, Chris (13 May 2010). "Bernt Rosengren: I'm Flying". Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Bowers, Jack (11 October 2009). "Bernt Rosengren: I'm Flying". Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  4. ^ Gyllene Skivan Award Rosengren Wins Five Gyllene Skivan Awards in Sweden

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