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A Genuine Tong Funeral

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A Genuine Tong Funeral
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 1967
ProducerBrad McCuen
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The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3.5/4 stars [1]

A Genuine Tong Funeral is an album by vibraphonist Gary Burton featuring compositions by Carla Bley recorded in 1967 and released on the RCA label.[2]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars, stating: "One of vibraphonist Gary Burton's most intriguing recordings... The music is dramatic, occasionally a little humorous, and a superb showcase for Gary Burton's vibes".[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Carla Bley.

  1. "The Opening / Interlude : Shovels / The Survivors / Grave Train" - 6:37
  2. "Death Rolls" - 1:36
  3. "Morning (Part 1)" - 1:43
  4. "Interlude : Lament / Intermission Music" - 4:28
  5. "Silent Spring" - 7:58
  6. "Fanfare / Mother of the Dead Man" - 2:51
  7. "Some Dirge" - 7:47
  8. "Morning (Part 2)" - 1:17
  9. "The New Funeral March" - 2:40
  10. "The New National Anthem / The Survivors" - 6:34
  • Recorded in New York City in July 1967.



  1. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Gary Burton discography Archived 2012-01-19 at the Wayback Machine accessed November 21, 2011
  3. ^ Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed November 21, 2011
  4. ^ On the album's original release Moses was credited as "Lonesome Dragon" at his request due to creative disagreements with Bley; they later reconciled and Moses became a vocal supporter of her music. See Ethan Iverson, A Lifetime of Carla Bley, The New Yorker, May 13, 2018

Further reading

  • Burks, John (January 4, 1969). "A Genuine Tong Funeral". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.
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