GARY BURTON — A Genuine Tong Funeral

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Album · 1968

Tracklist

A1 The Opening; Interlude (Shovels); The Survivors; Grave Train
A2 Death Rolls
A3 Morning - Part One
A4 Interlude: "Lament"; Intermission Music
A5 Silent Spring
B1 Fanfare; Mother Of The Dead Man
B2 Some Dirge
B3 Morning - Part Two
B4 The New Funeral March
B5 The New National Anthem; The Survivors

Total Time: 43:52

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Steve Swallow
Drums – Lonesome Dragon
Guitar – Larry Coryell
Piano, Organ, Leader – Carla Bley
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
Tenor Saxophone – Lenadro "Gato" Barbieri
Trombone, Trombone [Bass] – Jimmy Knepper
Trumpet – Michael Mantler
Tuba, Baritone Saxophone – Howard Johnson
Vibraphone – Gary Burton

About this release

RCA Victor ‎– LSP-3988 (US)

Recorded in New York City in July 1967

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Gary Burton is widely known as a leading jazz vibraphonist who produces quality melodic and accessible contemporary jazz albums, as well as several duets with Chick Corea. I believe not everyone knows his other face - an experimental jazz musician.

"A Genuine Tong Funeral" is possibly the best illustration of how different Burton's music was forty-something years ago. OK, it was a different time and different world, and grass was greener...

This album is based on Carla Bley's suite "Dark Opera Without Words" (Carla plays piano and organ on Burton's recording as well). Burton's music on here is dark and complex, but also melodic and quite an accessible listening at the same time. "Tong Funeral" features an excellent team of leading jazz artists of the time (Steve Lacy and Gato Barbieri on saxes, Steve Swallow on bass and Larry Coryell on guitar as well as others). Musically this album is an organic mix of avant-garde jazz, experimental jazz orchestral music and early jazz fusion. Burton's vibraphone isn't a very casual instrument, but it fits perfectly to the mix.

A great example of how accessible and pleasant avant-garde jazz can sometimes be.

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