GASON JAZZ cd 2739

This double CD, the third release from Johan Berke w/Upstairs Five, Eastern Scene in Grey Minor, sees composer/guitarist Johan Berke and the musicians further explore areas present on the earlier releases with the same group: Upstairs Five (2005) and The Cactus Suite (2006).
There's the tightly arranged ensemble work on the more melodic tunes, sort of "in the tradition", then there's the free improvising within a larger framework of structure and there's the extended suite and the short pieces which hints on European Contemporary Classical with, this time around, an undefined flavour of the East.

As on the earlier CD:s the group is sometimes augmented by Jan Eriksson on Pedal & Lap Steel. This CD sees him get more room as soloist than the previous ones. Also present, as on The Cactus Suite, is electric/experimental guitarist Barry Cleveland, who has provided a couple of atmospherical soundscapes for the title track.

All compositions are by Johan Berke
except track 6:1/CD1 by Berke / Cleveland
track 7/CD1 by Bill Evans
track 8/CD2 by Jimmy Van Heusen

Johan Berke, electric and acoustic guitars
Örjan Hultén, tenor and soprano saxophone
Fredrik Nordström, tenor and alto saxophone
Filip Augustson, bass
Fredrik Rundqvist, drums

featuring Jan Eriksson, lap steel & pedal steel
and Barry Cleveland, soundscape

You need Real Audio to listen to these files:
Johan Berke: Sports Illustrated
Johan Berke: Short, but sweet no 4

Johan Berke is also available on
nosag CD 195 - Scener ur det förgångna
GASON CD 705 - den tatuerade reportern
GASON Jazz CD 718 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five
GASON Jazz CD 731 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - The Cactus Suite
GASON Jazz CD 747 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - Nordic Scenes in Chromatic Blue

and GASON CD 726 - Bobīs Your Uncle
GASON CD 735 - Bobīs Your Uncle - Spilling Over

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1Short, but sweet no 120:38
2The Big Krumbukto6:39
3Will You?8:55
4Short, but sweet no 150:22
5Sports Illustrated5:46
6Eastern Scene in Grey Minor12:08
7Turn out the stars4:46
1Waltz for Joni9:40
2Arvet & Skatten7:37
3Short, but sweet no 40:58
4One of those days (in the life)7:54
7Some kind of blues5:18
8I thought about You3:42

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