- Johan Berke Upstairs Five

This album - the thirteenth with the group, all released on the GASON Jazz label except one for the Phono Suecia label (SCOPE - Music by Fredrik Nordström and Johan Berke - for tentet, 2009) – is a studio recording from March 13, 2022 at BAS, Stockholm, with the exception of the two solopieces for acoustic guitar, which were recorded in February 2023 at studioupstairsfive. The tunes are written by myself except for Blue Emily, which was a collaboration with pianist Claes von Heijne. This edition of the group maintains Alberto Pinton on various reeds and welcome back Örjan Hultén on tenor & soprano saxophone, who was last featured on Nordic Scenes In Chromatic Blue (GASONJAzz CD 747, 2011). It’s also a return for double bass player Filip Augustson, who was last featured on Summer Ghosts (GASONJAzz CD 757, 2015). The new compositions offers no dramatic stylistic differences from the earlier output of the group. It’s the usual shifts between composed sections, solos and group improvs with lots of focus on dynamics in both instrumentation, tempos, mood and intensity. Hopefully with lots of melodic content, which is my primary concern, but one not so easily achieved...we keep trying!

Johan Berke, March 2023 

The line-up on this recording contains
Örjan Hultén Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
Alberto Pinton Baritone & Soprano saxophone, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Johan Berke Electric guitar, Electronics
Filip Augustson 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 Jazz CD 765 - Johan Berke Upstairs Five - Live at Fasching - June 1, 2017

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

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1. Sirius 07:34
2. No Place For A Picnic 09:05
3. Short, But Sweet no 30 01:36
4. Equilibrium 07:23
5. Blue Emily 07:51
6. Serious Matters 11:05
7. Have A Heart! 07:49
8. Short, But Sweet no 31 01:33

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