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Electronic Meditation
Tuesday April 16th, 2019 with Sean McFee
An hour with Fläsket Brinner

Fläsket Brinner, "the flesh is burning", great Swedish group from the early 70s mixing jazz, rock, and folk.
Starting with the first line-up of the group, a quintet of guitar, dual woodwinds (all three also playing keys), bass, and drums. The constant member of the line-ups is Bengt Dahlen. This was the line-up that recorded the first album, which was self-titled. The recordings here are from 1970, so before that album. The two contemporary releases by the group were both half-live, half-studio. In the case of the debut, that meant one side apiece. For the second album, which was a double, there was one studio album and one live album.

The listing of a couple of tracks here as Canadian Content is no accident; somehow, Fläsket Brinner had discovered one of Mort Garson's many "novelty" projects, The Zodiac. The album made a big impression and they included arrangements of some of the pieces in their live set.
Gunnars dilemma
Fläsket Brinner - The Swedish Radio Recordings 1970-1975 (disc 1) - Mellotronen
Tysta finskan
Fläsket Brinner - The Swedish Radio Recordings 1970-1975 (disc 1) - Mellotronen
Fläsket Brinner - The Swedish Radio Recordings 1970-1975 (disc 1) - Mellotronen Canadian
The second line-up of the group adds Bo Hansson as a full-time member (he guested previously), on organ, as well as jazz man Bobo Stenson on Fender Rhodes. Hansson has numerous releases of his own including Music Inspired by Lord of the Rings, and The Magician's Hat. The group would include some of his solo material in the live sets. In addition, saxophonist Gunner Bergsten was playing in other jazz groups at the time, including the Turkish/Swedish group Sevda. This caused Fläsket Brinner to add some Maffy Falay arrangements to their repertoire.

The live recordings here are from late 1971. The group had pretty much run its course by mid-1972, but were invited to record a second album and so reformed for that purpose, with "Fläsket" issued late in 1972. On these pieces we hear a stripped down quartet version of the group.
Fläsket Brinner - The Swedish Radio Recordings 1970-1975 (disc 3) - Mellotronen
Fläsket Brinner - Fläsket - Polydor
Bosses Låt
Fläsket Brinner - Fläsket - Polydor
Although the group would remain in various iterations throughout the 1970s, no more releases came out during their lifetime. The line-up changed a few times over the years, and in 1974 they were joined by two members of Älgarnas Trädgård. A seven piece line-up recorded a concert for the Von Kraft radio program, of which one track has been previously released. I'm closing with another Garson arrangement, because it is the most varied from what I've already played.
Fläsket Brinner - The Swedish Radio Recordings 1970-1975 (disc 4) - Mellotronen Canadian
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