Serious Fun (Lester Bowie album)

Serious Fun
Studio album by Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy
Released 1989
Recorded April 4–6, 1989
Genre Jazz
Length 54:33
Label DIW
Lester Bowie chronology
Twilight Dreams
Serious Fun
My Way

Serious Fun is the first album by Lester Bowie recorded for the Japanese DIW label and the fourth album by his "Brass Fantasy" group. It was released in 1989 and features performances by Bowie, Vincent Chancey, Frank Lacy, Steve Turre, E. J. Allen, Gerald Brezel, Stanton Davis, Bob Stewart, Ken Crutchfield, Vinnie Johnson and Famoudou Don Moye.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars stating "Serious Fun is one of the ensemble's earlier records and the material is better than usual... on this particular project it is mostly quite successful and full of Lester Bowie's wit".[1]

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Track listing

  1. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (Brown) - 4:40
  2. "Smooth Operator" (Sade, Saint John) - 6:59
  3. "Inflated Tear" (Kirk) - 7:24
  4. "Da Butt" (Miller) - 6:05
  5. "God Bless the Child" (Herzog, Holiday) - 14:59
  6. "Don't Worry, Be Happy" (McFerrin) - 6:32
  7. "Strange Fruit" (Allan) - 7:54
  • Recorded at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY on 4–6 April 1989



  1. 1 2 Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 12, 2011
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