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Adåker, Ulf locked

  • Lars Westin

(b Spånga, Sweden, April 18, 1945). Swedish trumpeter, composer, and leader. He started playing in amateur bands around Stockholm while in his teens and worked towards a career as a lawyer before becoming a full-time musician in 1972, upon the formation of the group Egba; he eventually became the leader of the band and the main contributor of compositions to its repertory. Egba’s music combined jazz-rock with African and Latin rhythms and melodies, though its last album (it disbanded in 1991) incorporates drum machines and other computerized elements. Adåker also worked with Johnny Dyani, the Stockholm-based orchestra Hot Salsa, and Radiojazzgruppen (ii), among others. From the early 1990s he has appeared as a jazz soloist in a variety of settings, often playing in the hard-bop tradition. His own groups have varied in size from quartet to octet (including a string section), and he has displayed great skill and imagination as a composer of works for Radiojazzgruppen (as heard on the album Chordeography, 1986) and even for symphony orchestra. Adåker began teaching at the Kungliga Musikhögskolan (Royal College of Music) in Stockholm in the 1980s and has served as chairman of the Föreningen Sveriges Jazzmusiker (Federation of Swedish Jazz Musicians) from 1989.

Selected recordings

As leader

of Egba: Jungle-jam (1976, Sonet 2579), Electrobop (1985, Dra. 81); with Radiojazzgruppen (ii): Chordeography (1986, Phono Suecia 36); Café International (1992, Phono Suecia 69); Something Juiceful (1998, Dra. 323)


  • L Westin: “Mångsidige Ulf” [Ulf’s many sides], Orkester journalen, 61/11 (1993), 1