Friday, August 7, 2009

Gary Burton - A Genuine Tong Funeral


One of vibraphonist Gary Burton's most intriguing recordings, A Genuine Tong Funeral (Carla Bley's suite which musically depicts attitudes toward death) was called by its composer a "Dark Opera Without Words." Burton's classic Quartet (which also includes guitarist Larry Coryell, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bob Moses) is augmented by six notable all-stars: soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, trumpeter Mike Mantler, Gato Barbieri on tenor, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, Howard Johnson on tuba and baritone and Bley herself on piano and organ. The music is dramatic, occasionally a little humorous, and a superb showcase for Gary Burton's vibes.

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marram62 said...

One of vibraphonist Gary Burton's most intriguing recordings, A Genuine Tong Funeral (Carla Bley's suite which musically depicts attitudes toward death) was called by its composer a "Dark Opera Without Words." Burton's classic Quartet (which also includes guitarist Larry Coryell, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bob Moses) is augmented by six notable all-stars: soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, trumpeter Mike Mantler, Gato Barbieri on tenor, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, Howard Johnson on tuba and baritone and Bley herself on piano and organ. The music is dramatic, occasionally a little humorous, and a superb showcase for Gary Burton's vibes.
Track # Track Time Composer
1 The Opening/Interlude: Shovels/The Survivors/Grave Train 6:44 Bley
2 Death Rolls 1:38 Bley
3 Morning, Pt. 1 1:46 Bley
4 Interlude: "Lament"/Intermission Music 4:34 Bley
5 Silent Spring 8:03 Bley
6 Fanfare/Mother of the Dead Man 2:55 Bley
7 Some Dirge 7:54 Bley
8 Morning, Pt. 2 1:19 Bley
9 The New Funeral March 2:43 Bley
10 The New National Anthem 6:37 Bley
11 Some Dirge 7:49 Bley
12 Morning, Pt. 2 1:19 Bley
13 The New Funeral March 2:43 Bley
14 The New National Anthem (*) 5:54 Bley
15 The Survivors (*) 0:48 Bley
16 Lofty Fake Anagram: June 15, 1967 4:55 Bley
17 Feelings and Things (*) 4:09 Bley
18 Fleurette Africaine (*) 3:43 Ellington
19 I'm Your Pal 3:07 Swallow
http://rapidshare.com/files/263062302/A_Genuine_Tong_Funeral.rar

Anonymous said...

tOOK AWHILE TO FINALLY GET TO HEAR THIS-BIG THANX!

Anonymous said...

thank you marram62

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