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BENGT BERGER / BECHES BREW

«Gothenburg»
COUINTRY & EASTERN CE41, 018

There are groups that even if its musicians would spend most of their time stuck in a relatively small city, they still can guarantee an enchanting journey to some, faraway exotic territories. «Gothenburg» asserts this thesis.
Every Saturday afternoon during the first half of 2018 the West Coast edition of Beches Brew – a thinner version of legendary drummer Bengt ‘Beche’ Berger’s loved group – performed at Gothenburg’s Studio HPKSM before devoted audiences. After five months of performances Beches Brew decided to document its work. The West Coast Edition of Beches Brew still makes tons of joyful noise, as if there were many more people in studio or on stage. All the musicians have played in Beche Brew latest album, «Beches Indian Brew» (Country & Eastern, 2017) – Berger on the drums and is the composes of most of the new pieces, reeds player Thomas, Gustafsson and Sir Thomas Jäderlund, guitarist Göran Klinghagen and bass player Stefan Bellnäs. Trumpeter Staffan Svensson and double player Viktor Reuter joined Beches Brew on two tracks.

Bengt and his comrades know how to sketch strong melodic themes, full of captivating dramas and an engaging interplay, that keeps linger in your head for days. «Mingus», for instance, with Reuter powerful bass work, invites the sacred soul of the master double bass player to an African polyrhythmic dance. The touching ballad «Another Song» is another example of such strong melody, with beautiful, subtle solos of Gustafsson and Klinghagen. «Hanuman Dance» and «Penye Gahu» distill the group experiences from its latest Indian tour and ongoing collaborations with Indian musicians into emotional piece that highlights the the telepathic conversations of Gustafsson and Jäderlund.

The CD version of offers a free, digital-only, half-a-hour version of «Gothenburg Live», a recording from Studio HPKSM for the Swedish Radio from March 2018, which offers different versions of the studio pieces.

Eyal Hareuveni

Stefan Bellnäs (b), Bengt Berger (dr), Thomas Gustafsson (ss), Sir Thomas Jäderlund (sopranino s, as, bcl), Göran Klinghagen (g), Viktor Reuter (b), Staffan Svensson (tp)