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ARTIST
TITLE
A Genuine Tong Funeral
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
LSP 3988LP LSP 3988LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/25/2014

A "Dark Opera Without Words" by Carla Bley; featuring Gary Burton (vibes), Larry Coryell (guitar), Steve Swallow (bass) and Lonesome Dragon (drums). "A Genuine Tong Funeral is a dramatic musical production based on emotions towards death -- from the most irreverent to those of deepest loss. It is meant to be performed on a stage, with lights and costumes. The Funeral was written throughout the year 1967, except for 'Sient Spring,' which was commissioned by Steve Swallow as a string-bass piece and was written between January and March of 1966, and 'The Survivors' and 'The New National Anthem,' which were written in 1964. All of the pieces featuring the Quartet were written specifically for Gary Burton when in July of 1967 he expressed interest in recording the 'Funeral.' Any similarity to Chinese music or folklore, other than in the Funeral's underlying Oriental dramatic quality, was not intended." --Carla Bley