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A Genuine Tong Funeral by Gary Burton Cd

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Gary Burton
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Perhaps the first of its kind, A Genuine Tong Funeral hasn't seen much competition in the way of jazz operas without words--or, as composer called it, a Dark Opera Without Words. In 1967-68, vibraphonist Gary Burton was at the top of his early game, looking shaggy like a rock star and playing inspired jazz that seemed at once close to rock, classical music, and jazz's fringes. Tong played to Burton's strengths, using his vibes as textural color and harmonic structure, but more central here is the ensemble. Burton's quartet, which recorded in 1967, is backed by luminaries like on soprano sax, on tenor sax, Mike Mantler on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Howard Johnson on tuba, and Bley on piano, organ, and the conducting wand. The music is symphonic in its reach, with all the minor-key blurs so key to Bley's work overall (for comparison, try her opera with words, ). Antiphony bounces from 's guitar to the raggy horns, and touches of psychedelic rock rub with fruitful compositional ambitions. Ending the reissue are five tunes from Burton's Lofty Fake Anagram, another in his rock-jazz hybrid that boggles with its look away from the power poses fusion would take so soon afterward. --Andrew Bartlett

1. The End (Prologue): The Opening
  2. The End (Prologue): Interlude: Shovels
  3. The End (Prologue): The Survivors
  4. Events Leading To The End, Part One: Grave Train
  5. Events Leading To The End, Part One: Death Rolls-Ancestors
  6. Events Leading To The End, Part One: Morning-Part One
  7. Events Leading To The End, Part One: Interlude: Lament
  8. Events Leading To The End, Part Two: Silent Spring
  9. Events Leading To The End, Part Two: Fanfare
  10. Events Leading To The End, Part Three: Mother Of The Dead Man
  11. Events Leading To The End, Part Three: Some Dirge-Hour Of The Wolf
  12. Events Leading To The End, Part Three: Morning-Part Two
  13. Events Leading To The End, Part Three: The New Funeral March
  14. A Beginning (Epilogue): The New National Anthem-Son Of Jazz
  15. A Beginning (Epilogue): The Survivors
  16. Lofty Fake Anagram: June The 15, 1967
  17. Lofty Fake Anagram: Feelings And Things
  18. Lofty Fake Anagram: Fleurette Africaine
  19. Lofty Fake Anagram: I'm Your Pal
  20. Lofty Fake Anagram: Lines
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