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 Bitter Funeral Beer Band With Don Cherry & K. Sridhar-Live In Frankfurt 82-NEW LP

Bitter Funeral Beer Band With Don Cherry & K. Sridhar* ‎– Live In Frankfurt 82
Black Sweat Records ‎– BS040
Vinyl, LP, Reissue
Jazz, Folk, World, & Country
Free Improvisation

First of all, Bengt Berger – a pioneer of the Swedish underground of the 70’s and historical member of bands such as the Archimedes Badkar and Arbete Och Fritid – is a versatile drummer-percussionist and well-educated ethno-musicologist with several research sojourns in India and Ghana. Deeply influenced by Hindustani, Carnatic and West Africa music, he founded in 1980 the Bitter Funeral Beer Band, an ensemble of 12 elements, basing his ideas on the traditional funeral music of the people of Lo-Birifor, in the northern region of Ghana. The marriage between this afro polyrhythmic roots, with the spiritual jazz of the eternal Don Cherry and the indian sarod of K. Sridhar is in the direction to a pan-internationalism of profound spirituality, which blends different geographical traditions in a single contemplative gaze. It is the convergence towards a music without boundaries, where every instrumental voice shines and is well fermented and integrated. Music is unity.

A1     Darafo

    Music By – Bengt Berger

A2     Chetu

    Music By – Bengt Berger

A3     Bitter Funeral Beer

    Music By – Bengt Berger

B1     Funeral Dance

    Music By – Bengt Berger


    Bass Clarinet, Flute – Björn Hellström
    Cello – Matthias Helldén*
    Electric Bass, Double Bass, Guitar – Sigge Krantz
    Mastered By – Claes Persson
    Percussion – Bosse Skoglund
    Percussion, Tenor Saxophone – Thomas Mera Gartz*
    Photography By – Paul Deker*
    Sarod – K. Sridhar*
    Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Jörgen Adolfsson
    Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Ulf Wallander
    Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Christer Bothén
    Trumpet – Tommy Adolfsson
    Trumpet [Pocket] – Don Cherry
    Violin, Guitar – Tord Bengtsson
    Xylophone [Ko-Gyil], Drum [Atsimevu, Ewe Master Drum], Producer – Bengt Berger
    Xylophone [Ko-Gyil], Voice, Percussion – Anita Livstrand

Recorded by Hessischer Rundfunk at 18 Deutsches Jazzfestival, Alte Oper, Frankfurt, 1982.


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