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Beches Brew (Big)

Country&Eastern Music. The music itself decides the direction.

Finally Bengt Berger has managed to get a band together that conveys all his charateristics as composer, musician and band leader: The modal, the ethnic, the melodies, rhythms, the oldfashioned, avante garde, odd meters, humour and seriousness, chastity and sex, childishness, wisdom and senility, in a word: Beches Brew.

Music, like most things, is not a question of style but of individuality and personal connection. You don’t want to listen to "jazz”, you want to hear John Coltrane. You don’t want to listen to ”classical music”, you want to hear Stravinsky. Not ”indian” but T.R. Mahalingam; Not ”operetta” but Offenbach. Not ”musical”....
Not any contemporary group, you want to hear Beches Brew, Probably the Best Band in the World!

This music is not done out of any expectations, own or anyone else’s. So here we have music that only can be labeled as ”Country & Eastern” or ”Other Music”. The music itself decides the direction. Ten minute pieces are followed by themes of less than a minute, a lullabye by free form, afro by slapstick, long modal hypnotics by narrative or poetic texts by Niklas Rådström or Torkel Rasmusson.

We are eagerly waiting to make music for you!


BECHES BREW BIG!
Bengt Berger – Drums, tablas, percussion
Thomas Gustafsson – Saxophones
Sir Thomas Jäderlund – Saxophones, bas cklarinet, vocal
Göran Klinghagen – Guitars, banjo
Jonas Knutsson – Saxophones
Livet Nord – Violin, viola, voice
Max Schultz – Guitar, banjo, voice
Mats Öberg – Keyboards, mouth harmonica, voice
Stefan Bellnäs – Bass, pedal steel guitar

West Coast Edition
Bengt Berger – Drums
Thomas Gustafsson – Saxophones
Sir Thomas Jäderlund – Saxophones
Göran Klinghagen – Guitar
Livet Nord – Violin
Stefan Bellnäs – Bass

More info: www.beche.se

Live

21/3 Nefertiti, Gothenburg, SWE

Live albums

Recorded at Nefertiti (GOthenburg) and Fasching (Stockholm)

ORDER HERE!

REVIEWS

(In english)
United Mutations
"Beches Brew Big" is an excellent follow-up to Bengt 'Beche' Berger's "Beches Brew". As one can expect from this incredible line-up, there is some great music to be enjoyed.
http://united-mutations.blogspot.be/2013/09/bengt-berger-beches-brew-big.html

(In Norweigan)

Nettavisen
Fusjonert med impulser blant annet fra jazzens akustiske 60- talls hardbop-språk og mye humor, så har Berger med «Beches Brew Big» virkelig gitt oss ei vitamininnsprøytning som vi kan møte høsten og vinteren med. Med et håndplukka band med noen av Sveriges aller mest uttrykksfulle musikanter, har dette blitt en musikalsk fest. Innspillinga blei gjort live i Stockholm og Göteborg i løpet av to septemberkvelder i fjo. Det er hørbart at publikum hadde det hyggelig uansett om det var i Göteborg eller Stockholm og slik er det så absolutt her i stua også. Dette er nok et prov på at Bengt Berger har noe helt spesielt å fare med og sjøl om han kunne ha pensjonert seg, så er han mer livsfrisk og vital enn noen gang – i alle fall er musikken hans det. PS Er det noen festivalarrangører der ute som trenger et fyrrig band med sprudlende, original og livsbejaende musikk, så er dette å betrakte som et tips.

Jazznytt.no http://jazznytt.jazzinorge.no/2013/09/06/bengt-berger/

(In Swedish)

Aftonbladet http://www.aftonbladet.se/kultur/article17364304.ab

Tidningen Kulturen
http://tidningenkulturen.se/artiklar/musik/musikkritik/15590-musik-bengt-berger-beches-brew-big

Sydsvenskan
http://www.sydsvenskan.se/kultur--nojen/musik/skivrecensioner/bengt-berger-1/

Värmlands Folkblad http://www.vf.se/kultur-noje/skivor/bengt-berger

Lira http://www.lira.se/skivrecension/beches-brew-big/

SvD från releasen http://blog.svd.se/konsertbloggen/2013/09/12/beches-brew-big-mosebacke-11-september/