the thrill of attending the first recordings made by Karl Emil on 1952.
They were with the already then quite famous Chris Barber (still going
strong) playing with The Ramblers. The recording equipment was quite
primitive: an ordinary microphone and (as far as I remember) a mono
tape-recorder of the Norwegian brand Tandberg. The label was ‘Memory’. I
still have all four recordings.
that same year that Karl Emil got polio. I remember visiting him at ‘Blegdamshospitalet’,
where I only could communicate with him during a glass-panel. The
disease is very infectious. He recovered as we all know; however this
was the incident, I think, that finally made him give up his studies.
my graduation (1955) and marriage (1956) my connection with Karl Emil
weakened. And the rest is history ...
him though a couple of times at his home on Ermelundsvej, where I
remember hearing the Dutch Swing College for the first time. We also
listened to the fine English trumpet player Humphrey Lyttelton. His
collection of 78s was enormous.
his later years we again met occasionally at Dortheavej. It was another
‘Knald’ I met there. He had become a slightly more cynical and surly
person. He had to me always been a mixture of an enthusiastic jazz lover
and a shrewd business man. It was if the latter had taken over. His
health was failing, as we all know, and that may have been a reason.
is the jazz enthusiast, who introduced me to so much good music, that I
remember with gratitude.