Ove Johansson
(1936.12.03 - 2015.12.25)
Tenorsaxophone / EWI

Ove JohanssonOve Johansson, tenorsax, has since the end of the fifties been leading his own groups and been a driving force of the Swedish jazz scene, he is also musical director of MWENDO DAWA. Although he has been very active on the Swedish jazz scene since several years his most rewarding efforts has been with MWENDO DAWA.

Ove Johansson's musical work stretches all the way from straight ahead, free form and electronic jazz to the acoustic and electroacoustical mix of today. With MWENDO DAWA he has been able to present his music throughout the world- both in Europe and North and South America, and he has produced 32 albums with his own material and with the group. 


The style of Ove Johansson has always been very personal with a powerful and intense performance and a sound and technique you seldom hear in Europe. Contrary to a lot of other players, he has not got caught in the style he began to play in, but has during the years all the time been renewing his own playing and musical expression as well as MWENDO DAWA's. He is always in the frontline according to new music. From being active in teaching saxophone and improvisation at the Music Conservatory in Gothenburg during the 70th and 80th, he has since 1989 started his own record label LJ Records to present his own and new Scandinavian jazz music internationally.

Ove Johansson's Solo CDs
In a different world:
"The sound of a musician creating new sounds new rhythms and new deep soul piercing notes is very refreshing for a Jazz fanatic. "Improvisational" Jazz at its very best."
Morrice, JazzReview USA (CD of the week)

Music from Steninge:
“There´s a helpful pointer to Steninge. If this is the kind of stuff that passas there with any regularity, it should be an essential destination.”
Brian Morton , The Wire, UK

Ove Johansson "Solo" "Solo in a different world" "Logic steps"
"Music from Steninge"





LJCD5202 LJCD5214 LJCD5231 LJCD5239 LJCD5251


There are few white saxophone players that has such a black feeling like Ove Johansson.

Ove Johansson's tenor playing has a force and intensy that is rare in Swedish jazz.

The tenor player Ove Johansson is a very powerful and inventive saxplayer, who all the time strives to really improvise.

When Ove Johansson blew his horn, the audience was faced with an intense, adrinalized artist of wall-moving power.


Ove Johansson complete Swe CV
Ove Johansson complete Eng CV


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Discography: 1979 - 2015      

Mwendo Dawa

"Basic Lines"

Sonet SLP2634

  "Bright Openings" LJRecords LJCD5204
"Live at Montreux Jazzfestival"

Dragon DRLP28

  "Structures" LJRecords LJCD5222
"Mwendo Dawa 80"

Dragon DRLP30

  "Lines" LJRecords LJCD5240
"Free Lines"

Dragon DRLP33

  ”Thoughtful World” LJRecords LJCD5253
"New York Lines"

Dragon DRLP41

"Four Voices"

Dragon DRLP47

"Street Lines"

Dragon DRLP72

  "Natural Artefacts" LJRecords LJCD5228
"Mwendo Dawa at Northsea Jazzf"

Dragon DRLP78

  "Like Jazz" LJRecords LJCD5241
"City Beat"

Dragon DRLP92

  "California Connection" LJRecords LJCD5258

Dragon DRLP123

"Human Walk"

Dragon DRLP155

  Ove Johansson "Solo" LJRecords LJCD5202
"Live is here again"

LJRecords LJCD5203

  "Solo in a different world" LJRecords LJCD5214
"The New Scene"

LJRecords LJCD5208

  "Logic steps"
LJRecords LJCD5231
"Breathing Clusters"

LJRecords LJCD5211

  "Music from Steninge"
LJRecords LJCD5239
"Enter the Outloop" LJRecords LJCD5217   "Coast" LJRecords LJCD5251
"Live in Göteborg"  LJRecords LJCD5225   Tenorsaxophone Solo 7CD LJRecords LJCD5259
"Time Sign" LJRecords LJCD5234      
"Live at Fasching" LJRecords LJCD5244 Electronic Quartet
"A taste of four free minds" LJRecords LJCD5248 "Sudden Meeting" LJRecords LJCD5257
"Mwendo Dawa Music" LJRecords LJCD5256

Ove Johansson CDs online at LJ Records

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