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    bob erwig

    by bob erwig

    Peggy Carter 1980

    Benny Carter in Sweden
    Kustbandet is a big band from the Stockholm area of Sweden. They play in the style of the late twenties and the thirties and do it better than any band I've ever heard. Initially under the leadership of reedplayer Kenneth Arnstrom they started in 1965 or 66 ar the Detta Kust Band. In 1969 the name was changed to Kustbandet and today, the band, with many of the same musicians from the seventies are still playing festivals and concerts all over the world.
    These clips are from a midnight concert in the summer of 1980 and the band has Carter as a special guest.
    Benny, (1907-2003) played in the late twenties with Don Redman's McKinney's Cottonpickers and started his own band in 1932.
    While with the Cottonpickers a recording was made in 1929 of a tune called Peggy. Kustbandet plays Peggy again some 50 years later, and Benny with his alto sax just fits in if he has been playing this tune yesterday. Brilliant!