MONICA ZETTERLUND

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Monica Zetterlund (born Monica Nilsson on September 20, 1937 in Hagfors, Värmlands län, Sweden, died May 12, 2005 in Stockholm, Sweden) was a Swedish singer and actress.

She appeared in more than 20 films and television series, including The Emigrants (1971) with Liv Ullman and Max von Sydow.

She was above all an outstanding singer, particularly noted for her jazz songs. In 1964 she recorded the jazz album Waltz for Debby with Bill Evans. She was regarded as a role model by many younger Swedish singers. Her long career also included En gång i Stockholm (Once Upon a Time in Stockholm) with which she represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1963. She finished last and scored the infamous null points, but still managed to remain successful in Sweden.

She was known to suffer from scoliosis, and as a result was forced to retire from performing in 1999.

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MONICA ZETTERLUND Discography

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MONICA ZETTERLUND Swedish Sensation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swedish Sensation
Vocal Jazz 1958
MONICA ZETTERLUND Ahh! Monica! (aka Sakta Vi Gå Genom Stan) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ahh! Monica! (aka Sakta Vi Gå Genom Stan)
Vocal Jazz 1962
MONICA ZETTERLUND Ohh! Monica! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ohh! Monica!
Vocal Jazz 1964
MONICA ZETTERLUND Make Mine Swedish Style album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Make Mine Swedish Style
Vocal Jazz 1964
MONICA ZETTERLUND Waltz For Debby (with  Bill Evans) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Waltz For Debby (with Bill Evans)
Vocal Jazz 1964
MONICA ZETTERLUND Monica Zetterlund (aka Sweet Georgie Fame) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monica Zetterlund (aka Sweet Georgie Fame)
Vocal Jazz 1967
MONICA ZETTERLUND Monica - Monica album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monica - Monica
Vocal Jazz 1971
MONICA ZETTERLUND Chicken Feathers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chicken Feathers
Vocal Jazz 1972
MONICA ZETTERLUND Hej, Man! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hej, Man!
Vocal Jazz 1975
MONICA ZETTERLUND Monica Zetterlund, Thorstein Bergman ‎: Folk Som Har Sånger Kan Inte Dö album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monica Zetterlund, Thorstein Bergman ‎: Folk Som Har Sånger Kan Inte Dö
Vocal Jazz 1976
MONICA ZETTERLUND Monica Zetterlund, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra : It Only Happens Every Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monica Zetterlund, The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra : It Only Happens Every Time
Vocal Jazz 1978
MONICA ZETTERLUND Holiday for Monica (aka For Lester And Billie (A Tribute To Lester Young And Billie Holiday)) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Holiday for Monica (aka For Lester And Billie (A Tribute To Lester Young And Billie Holiday))
Vocal Jazz 1983
MONICA ZETTERLUND Monica Zetterlund Sjunger Olle Adolphson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monica Zetterlund Sjunger Olle Adolphson
Vocal Jazz 1984
MONICA ZETTERLUND Monica Z album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monica Z
Vocal Jazz 1989
MONICA ZETTERLUND Varsamt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Varsamt
Vocal Jazz 1991
MONICA ZETTERLUND Topaz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Topaz
Vocal Jazz 1993
MONICA ZETTERLUND The Lost Tapes @ Bell Sound Studios NYC album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lost Tapes @ Bell Sound Studios NYC
Vocal Jazz 1996
MONICA ZETTERLUND Det finns dagar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Det finns dagar
Vocal Jazz 1997
MONICA ZETTERLUND Bill Remembered album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bill Remembered
Vocal Jazz 2002

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MONICA ZETTERLUND Sista Gången Du Var Med album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sista Gången Du Var Med
Vocal Jazz 2006
MONICA ZETTERLUND Monica Zetterlund Med Lasse Bagges Trio : På Café Katalin Torsdag 14 September 1989 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monica Zetterlund Med Lasse Bagges Trio : På Café Katalin Torsdag 14 September 1989
Vocal Jazz 2006

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MONICA ZETTERLUND It Only Happens Every Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It Only Happens Every Time
Vocal Jazz 1978
MONICA ZETTERLUND Ur Svenska Ords Arkiv album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ur Svenska Ords Arkiv
Vocal Jazz 1982
MONICA ZETTERLUND Nu Ar Det Skont Att Leva album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nu Ar Det Skont Att Leva
Vocal Jazz 1992
MONICA ZETTERLUND Swedish Sensation! The Complete Columbia Recordings 1958-1960 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swedish Sensation! The Complete Columbia Recordings 1958-1960
Vocal Jazz 1993
MONICA ZETTERLUND Svenska favoriter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Svenska favoriter
Vocal Jazz 1995
MONICA ZETTERLUND Gyllene blad ur Monicas dagbok album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gyllene blad ur Monicas dagbok
Vocal Jazz 1998
MONICA ZETTERLUND Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hits
Vocal Jazz 2000
MONICA ZETTERLUND Monicas bästa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monicas bästa
Vocal Jazz 2001
MONICA ZETTERLUND Den sista jäntan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Den sista jäntan
Vocal Jazz 2001
MONICA ZETTERLUND Make Mine Swedish Style album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Make Mine Swedish Style
Vocal Jazz 2001
MONICA ZETTERLUND Diamanter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Diamanter
Vocal Jazz 2004
MONICA ZETTERLUND Det bästa med Monica Zetterlund album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Det bästa med Monica Zetterlund
Vocal Jazz 2005
MONICA ZETTERLUND Sakta vi gå genom stan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sakta vi gå genom stan
Vocal Jazz 2008

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MONICA ZETTERLUND Waltz For Debby (with Bill Evans)

Album · 1964 · Vocal Jazz
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Not to be confused with the live Village Vanguard recording of Bill Evans by the same name, "Waltz For Debby" is a one-time collaboration between Swedish vocalist Monica Zetterlund and the Bill Evans Trio of 1964 (consisting of drummer Larry Bunker and bassist Chuck Israels). Zetterlund became proud of this album above her others, saying it was "the best I've done".

It's an album to be proud of. She doesn't sound as professional or virtuosic a vocalist as some of the big names out there, but despite this her voice is a nice addition to the piano style of Bill Evans, giving this album a very nice cool-jazz atmosphere. Because of this, the highlights of the album are the ballads, "Some Other Time" being a prime nomination of mine. For Bill Evans, this album allowed for a nice accessible and minimalistic contrast from his other albums with the current trio. He solos on only a few of the tracks, a fact that can be a little disappointing for listeners of his. But the solos he plays here are actually well done. Unlike other recordings with this trio his solos here are shorter and more under control, allowing for more melodic contour.

In addition to the jazz tunes Zetterlund sings what I'm assuming to be Swedish folk tunes on this album, being "Jag Vet en Dejlig Rosa (Beautiful Rose)", "Vindarna Sucka (Sorrow Wind)", and "Om Natten (In The Night)". Each of these melodies have a dark, ethereal feel to them, something that the group does a really great job of creating a cool atmosphere for. I consider them to be the superior points on the album.

Of course, as the title implies, the Bill Evans tune "Waltz For Debby" is on this album. Here Zetterlund sings Swedish lyrics to it. Although there aren't any solos played on it, the group makes it interesting by changing the feel from the spacious 3/4 waltz it starts as to the quarter-note-triplet feel in 4/4 and back.

Overall I would say this is one of the better Bill Evans recordings I have heard with Israels and Bunker. Playing with Monica Zetterlund was a good choice.

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