Full Name: Rune Urban Gustafsson

Description: Guitarist, Sweden
Known For: 1975 – Release the Prisoners to Spring

Instruments: Guitar
Music Styles: Jazz

Location: Sweden

Date Born: 25th August 1933
Location Born: Gothenburg, Sweden

Date Died: 15th June 2012
Location Died: Stockholm, Sweden

Web Site: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Rune+Gustafsson

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Rune Gustafsson

A Swedish jazz musician (guitar) and composer, known in particular for the soundtrack of Swedish films The Man Who Quit Smoking (1972), Release the Prisoners to Spring (1975), and Sunday’s Children (1992).

Rune Gustafsson was born in 1933 in Gothenburg. He moved to Stockholm in the 1950s to work with Putte Wickman (Swedisk Jazz Kings, EP, 1957) and Arne Domnérus Radio band and Radio Jazz Group. His first published works were Young Guitar (Metronome, MLP 15 072, 1961) with Arne Domnérus, Jan Johansson, Jimmy Woode, Bjarne Nerem, Börje Fredriksson and Jan Allan.

Rune at the Top was published in 1969 and included the Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen. He played in the Arne Domnérus duo (Dialog, 1972) and his various orchestras, with Jan Johansson, Georg Riedel, Cornelis Vreeswijk. Rune Gustafsson Himself Plays Gilbert O’Sullivan (1973), Killing Me Softly (1973) and Move (1977), was recorded with Egil Johansen, who was one of Gustafsson’s most popular jazz partners.

On a Clear Day (Sonet, SLP 2581, 1976) included Red Mitchell and Duke Ellington’s drummer Ed Thigpen. He played with Zoot Sims on two recordings: The Sweetest Sounds and In a Sentimental Mood, the latter was Sims last album.

Rune Gustafsson died in 2012 in Stockholm after short illness.

AwardsGustafsson received the Albin Hagstrom Memorial Price in 1997, The Thore Ehrling scholarship in 2001, and Guitar People’s Prize in 2004. In 2009 he was awarded the Lars Gullin Award, for having been “the trend for young guitarists in Sweden and abroad”.

In 2010 he was awarded the Monica Zetterlund memorial fund scolarship.

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1972 – The Man Who Quit Smoking
1975 – Release the Prisoners to Spring
1992 – Sunday’s Childre