The fifth release from Johan Berke Upstairs Five contains a newly composed suite in four parts, just under 52 minutes long, premiered at Swedish Jazz Celebration 2011.

This work is an extension and also a summary of the stylistic treads present on Upstairs Five (2004), The Cactus Suite (2006), Eastern Scene in Grey Minor (2008) and the Phono Suecia-release: Scope - music by Fredrik Nordström and Johan Berke (PSCD181 / 2009) which saw the jazz quintet augumented by a brass quintet.

Nordic Scenes in Chromatic Blue contains both long passages of composed ensemble work with slowly evolving melodic and harmonic themes, free improvising within a larger framework of structure and electronic soundscapes contrasting the acoustic jazz instrumentation, pushing the music into uncharted territory - all woven into a seamless and coherent whole.

Johan Berke, electric and acoustic guitars, electronics
Håkan Goohde, electric guitar
Örjan Hultén, tenor and soprano saxophone
Charlie Malmberg, baritone and alto saxophone
Filip Augustson, bass
Fredrik Rundqvist, drums

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Johan Berke: Nordic Scenes in Chromatic Blue Part 1

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 2739 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - EASTERN SCENE IN GREY MINOR (2CD)

and GASON CD 726 - Bob´s Your Uncle
GASON CD 735 - Bob´s Your Uncle - Spilling Over

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1Part 111:01
2Part 214:41
3Part 39:55
4Part 416:11

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