- Johan Berke Upstairs Five

This album - the twelfth with the group - contains a live recording from the Stockholm jazz venue Fasching.

The tunes are written by myself, with the exception of Short, But Sweet no 28, which was a collaboration with Yasuhito Mori who provided the "lyrics" (japanese sweets!) and voice for the electronic soundscape used in live performances of the tune.

The tunes we play are mainly taken from our 2017 album: SIMPATICO, but "The Big Krumbukto", a staple of our live set, was first recorded on EASTERN SCENE IN GREY MINOR (2008) and on the live: OPEN DOOR (2012), which was recorded at another Stockholm jazz venue: Glenn Miller Café. The tune "Pushover" was premiered on that album too, in a somewhat different version.

Johan Berke, December 2018 

The line-up on this recording contains
Fredrik Nordström Tenor & Alto Saxophone
Alberto Pinton Baritone, Alto & Soprano saxophone, Clarinet
Johan Berke Electric guitar, Electronics
Robert Erlandsson Bass
Fredrik Rundqvist Drums


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)
GASON Jazz CD 747 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - Nordic Scenes in Chromatic Blue
GASON Jazz CD 753 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - Open Door
GASON Jazz CD 756 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - Consistency
GASON Jazz CD 757 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - Summer Ghosts
GASON Jazz CD 761 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - Simpatico
GASON Jazz CD 763 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - RESISTANCE BLUES
GASON Jazz CD 764 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - METEOROLOGICAL INTERLUDE

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

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1 While We're... Jong! 8:15
2 The Big Krumbukto 10:23
3 Comfort Zone D 9:52
4 Summer Ghosts 4:44
5 Pushover 9:51
6 Short, But Sweet no 28 (Oyatsu no jikan 8:46
7 Mola Mola 10:02
total time 61:56

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