Per Håkan Gessle is a Swedish pop singer and musician. He is best known as the male half of Roxette, whom he formed with Marie Fredriksson in 1986; the duo achieved international success in the late-1980s and early-1990s with their albums Look Sharp! and Joyride, topped the charts in the US four times, most notably with "It Must Have Been Love", featured in the film Pretty Woman. Prior to the formation of Roxette, he had a successful career in native Sweden as the frontman for Gyllene Tider; the band released three number-one albums during the early 1980s but disbanded shortly after their fourth effort, The Heartland Café. In-between periods in Roxette and Gyllene Tider reunions, Gessle recorded numerous solo albums, both in Swedish and English. After Fredriksson's illness in 2002 he released Mazarin; the album was a critical and commercial success for Gessle and started the beginning of a long term collaboration with the backing vocalist Helena Josefsson. With Fredriksson's continued treatment and recuperation he made three more albums, Son of a Plumber, En händig man and Party Crasher.
After Roxette's Neverending World Tour finished in 2015 he produced another set of solo efforts, En vacker natt, En vacker dag and Small Town Talk. In 2016 he started using the pseudonym Mono Mind, first releasing a few singles before delivering a full album, Mind Control, in 2019. Gessle served as the main songwriter for both Gyllene Tider. Per Gessle was a founding member of Gyllene Tider, in 1976, they became a popular group in Sweden, but after their fourth album, The Heartland Café, sold poorly compared to their previous albums, the group disbanded. Gessle wrote. "We decided to put Gyllene Tider to rest... until further notice." In 1982, Gessle released his first solo album, Per Gessle and after Gyllene Tider split-up his second album, Scener appeared in 1985. Gessle and Marie Fredriksson had been friends for a few years before they came together as Roxette in 1986. After the success of their first hit "Neverending Love", written by Gessle, they recorded Pearls of Passion using material, intended for Per's third solo album.
Roxette went on to achieve four U. S. #1's and two #2's, with their albums Look Sharp! and Joyride attaining platinum status in a number of countries. After Roxette's early nineties success, Per released a demo compilation album in 1992, På väg, 1982–86. After the release of Crash! Boom! Bang! and subsequent world tour, Roxette took a break. In 1996, after a reunion and subsequent tour of Gyllene Tider, Gessle recorded his first English solo album, using Brainpool and Gyllene Tider as backing musicians. Christoffer Lundquist from Brainpool would come to collaborate with Gessle on releases; the World According to Gessle, released in 1997, produced three singles, "Do You Wanna Be My Baby?", "Kix" and "I Want You to Know". The videos to all three songs were directed by Jonas Åkerlund; the album was re-released in 2008, with demos. In 1997 Hjärtats trakt – en samling was released as a best-of album. After Roxette released Have a Nice Day and Room Service to moderate success, Fredriksson collapsed and was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002.
While Fredriksson received treatment for her illness, Gessle continued with his solo work. The subsequent album Mazarin, was a critical and commercial success in Sweden and started the beginning of a long term collaboration with the backing vocalist Helena Josefsson. Lundquist, now Gessle's producer picked Josefsson, she first came to the attention of Lundquist after she and her band Sandy Mouche wanted to record at Lundquist's Aerosol Grey Machine studio. "I remember driving a car between Lund and Lomma when Christoffer called and wondered if I was interested in starting singing with Per who wanted a girl for his solo projects.", recalled Josefsson. Mazarin topped the charts in June that year, going five times platinum in 2004; the lead single from the album "Här kommer alla känslorna", is Gessle's most successful song in his home country, spending two months at No. 1 and was certified platinum. Following the success of the album, Gessle won numerous awards. In 2004, saw Gessle and Gyllene Tider reunite for a 25th-anniversary celebration that included the band's first album in 20 years, Finn 5 fel!, another successful tour in Sweden.
They beat the Ullevi stadium attendance record, broken by fellow Swede Håkan Hellström in 2016, the band played to half a million fans. As a result, the group was honoured with four awards in Sweden. With Son of a Plumber, he continued his association with other Swedish artists. Jens Jansson along with previous collaborators Josefsson and Lundquist, helped Gessle create his second English album. Released in November 2005, the album contains a song dedicated to Gessle's father, a plumber, "Kurt – The Fastest Plumber in the West"; the album, certified platinum, was released in several other European countries in April 2006. In June 2007, he released another solo album in Swedish with the name En händig man, which shipped three times platinum. A single of the same name was released. On October a book of "Att vara Per Gessle" was published, telling some of the unknown facts
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Promised Land is the final studio album by American hard bop tenor saxophonist Harold Land. The album was released on 27 March 2001 via Audiophoric label. David R. Adler of Allmusic wrote "Veteran tenor saxophonist Harold Land returns from a seven-year recording hiatus with Promised Land, featuring Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, Billy Higgins on drums. One would expect nothing other than beauty and grace from these four revered players, that's what they deliver, aided by the Audiophoric label's "m-phoric" recording technology, designed to capture live acoustic performance with exceptional fidelity. There's a bit of Coltrane and Joe Henderson in Land's playing—and a bit of Charlie Rouse, too, as Monk's "Ugly Beauty" reveals. Miller is in excellent form, dueting with Land on a nine-minute-plus "What's New" and taking crisp, inventive solos throughout; the program is evenly split: three standards and three of Land's straightforward, modal pieces." A reviewer of All About Jazz stated "Time allows the opportunity for self-actualization—one hopes.
After a long, under-appreciated career and sparse discography, tenor saxophonist, Harold Land, affirms his stature on this album as an individual stylist. Land’s sound has matured into something distinctly his own—a combination of the swing style of his early career and a full command of Coltrane-inspired “sheets of sound”... Notwithstanding the solid group dynamic between tenor and rhythm section, it is the leader’s voice that prevails throughout this set. Straight-ahead fans will find fulfillment in this album from an often-overlooked jazz veteran." Harold Land – tenor saxophone Ray Drummond – bass Billy Higgins – drums Mulgrew Miller – piano