The Real Thing

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The Real Thing is a Norwegian jazz quartet. Due to the sudden death of the band's saxophonist Sigurd Køhn in December 2004 The Real Thing has been hibernating since Køhn's death. The members of the quartet is Paul Wagnberg on Hammond organ, Staffan William-Olsson on guitar, Børre Dalhaug on drums and the late Sigurd Køhn on alto saxophone. The quartet has released eight albums, their debut in 1992 with the album The Real Thing and later both live and studio recordings. The group was started in 1991 with Carl Størmer on drums. Størmer was replaced by Torstein Ellingsen in 1995. Børre Dalhaug took over for Ellingsen in 1998. The music of The Real Thing consists of mostly original material. The music combines influences from American Blue Note jazz (represented by people such as Jimmy Smith, George Benson and Wes Montgomery) and elements from modern popular music. The result is a mixture of genres including swing, blues, soul, Latin, funk and rock.