Stream tracks from a new collection of recordings by the Norwegian jazz vocalist
Rob Young interviews Karin Krog in The Wire 377 starting with her appearance on a seminal compilation that marked a new sensibility in Norwegian jazz emanating from an Oslo club: "Metropol Jazz marked the passing of the old guard and the advance of the avant garde of the day. As well as more trad material from the likes of Rowland Greenberg, Big Chief Jazzband and Helge Hurum Orkester, it compiled recordings from some of the younger jazz modernists who frequented the club’s tiny stage, and who often played together in constantly rotating permutations. There were trombonist Frode Thingnæs, Bjørn Johansen, Jan Berger and Erik Amundsen, and vocalist Laila Dalseth. But the album’s hands down star track was a vocal version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein tune recently shaken up by John Coltrane, “My Favorite Things”. The singer on that one was a 26 year old Osloite named Karin Krog, who had been singing since the mid-1950s and fronting her own groups for the past year. Her quartet included Jon Christensen on drums, Egil Kapstad on piano and Erik Amundsen on bass. The LP’s compiler was her husband at the time, Johs Bergh. As a music writer, tastemaker, concert promoter and general shaker-upper, his compilation delineated the shape of Nordic jazz to come."
Karin Krog: Don’t Just Sing: An Anthology 1963–1999 is released by Light In The Attic