Beches Brew

Beches Brew

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: Country & Eastern.

The CD was nominated both for a Swedish Grammy and Manifest awards.

“Beches Brew, one of the most spectacular records to come out of Europe in 2009. The music is sophisticated and lurid, downright earthy and sensuous yet deeply mystical, magical and mysterious, bringing the best forms of surprise….Beches Brew in its entirety, is a wonderfully crafted suite. It is a world of music that ebbs and flows through the soul of Berger, memorably interpreted by his fellow journeymen.” Full All About Jazz review 


  1. New Gyil (3:21)
  2. Oskar's Lullabye (2:57)
  3. Kakraba High Five (4:09)
  4. Livet (5:30)
  5. Laila (1:43)
  6. Dagar, Djur (10:22)
  7. Simon Says (6:27)
  8. Jag Palperar Platons Grotta - till Björner T (0:19)
  9. Nada (9:45)
  10. Sperings Gånglåt - Canary version (1:46)
  11. Familjen Bra (0:20)
  12. Pizza Excess (0:53)
  13. Gurukul (2:27)
  14. Apart (5:09)
  15. Sperings Gånglåt - live version (0:35)
  16. Flabby Dick (8:19)


Thomas Gustafsson, soprano and tenor saxophones (slightly to the right)
Lindha Kallerdahl, voice
Jonas Knutsson, soprano- alto and baritone saxophones (slightly to the left), percussion
Max Schultz, guitar, banjo, bass and voice
Mats Öberg, keyboard, harmonica and voice
Bengt Berger, drums and percussion
Sigge Krantz, sound, bass on 7, background vocals on 5

Photos by Matthias Lundblad

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“Probably the best band in the world”