Big Mother

  • Code: ES078
  • Producteur: Earsay Records (Izrael)
  • Code du producteur: 7290010420780
  • Prix: 59,99 zł
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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
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kontynent: Azja
kraj: Israel
opakowanie: plastikowe etui
Płyta nowego kwartetu Alberta Begera, jednego z najbardziej znanych izraelskich muzyków jazzowych.
Od czasu dwóch wyjątkowych albumów 'Evolvin Silence vol. 1 i vol. 2' jego nazwisko zagościło w świadomości jazzowej publiczności całego świata.

Albert Beger urodził się w Istambule w Turcji i przybył do Izraela w wieku 3 lat. Ukończył Muzyczną Szkołę im. Berklee w Bostonie, USA., w 1991roku, po czym wrócił do Izraela. Od tego czasu stał się ważną postacią na scenie muzycznej. Nagrał 8 płyt i pracuje ze znanymi muzykami z Izraela oraz z innych krajów, jak William Parker, Hamid Drake, Marty Erlich, Roberto Danny i z wieloma innymi.
Aviran Ben Naim, pianista: kompozytor i wykonawca, dobrze znany na izraelskiej scenie muzycznej. Jest liderem zespołów, które mają jego nazwisko w nazwie.
Gabriel Mayer: oryginalny basista, udzielający się w wielu projektach izraelskiego jazz'u. Gra z Albertem od 1992roku i włączył się w pierwszych nagraniach AB Quartet.
Yoav Zohar: bardzo utalentowany i znakomity perkusista; występuje z Albertem od ostatnich dwóch lat a także bierze udział w innych projektach.
The New Albert Beger Quartet będzie gwiazdą drugiej edycji TZADIK POZNAŃ FESTIWAL w Poznaniu, wystąpi 09.08.2008 na głównej scenie.

Editor's info:
The saxophonist and composer Albert Beger, which is considered to be one of Israel's premiere Jazz musician, is launching his new album - 'Big Mother' . The new album contains new and original materials he has composed, which he dedicates to nature in general and to mother earth in particular.
Albert Beger's quartet has been working together for the past two years, establishing their playing on close interaction and cohesive work, as well as their mutual aspiration to make a new and bold statement.

All About Jazz, rating: Highly recommended

The cover of Israeli saxophone player Albert Beger's Big Mother captures your attention immediately. Yinon Tubi's photos of an anonymous, depressing rubbish dump frame Beger's love cry on behalf of all mothers, a conceptual six-part suite that calls us to action before it's too late.

The new work challenges Beger, who usually opts for shorter compositions that emphasize his abilities as an improviser and his close interplay with his partners. Most noteworthy, these have included bass player William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake, with whom he recorded Evolving Silence, Vol.1 and Evolving Silence, Vol. 2 [Earsay, 2005 and 2006]. This time Beger has chosen to focus on the collective qualities of his new quartet.

The line-up feature Beger's trusty bass player Gabriel Meir, and two new members, piano player Aviran Ben Naim and drummer Yoav Zohar. Naim brings a deeper dimension to the quartet with his Ellingotinian harmonic sophistication, and with well-articulated solos that contrast and comment on Beger's fiery Aylerian blowing. The muscular drumming of Zohar supplies a steady beat, and enables Meir to use extended techniques on the bass and to introduce more sounds and colors to the palette. Beger concentrates on tenor saxophone.

The suite begins with Naim introducing the dark and dramatic "The One'. Beger's playing is more reserved than usual, but still intense and expressive, and the whole quartet move as a collective unit in which each player fills his role in a complex and dramatic puzzle. The following "Yellow' offers a looser framework for improvisation. Beger begins and closes with short, optimistic solos, followed by a Naim, who reflects on Beger's statements while Meir and Zohar explore different rhythmic patterns.

"Tales Of Beelzebub', a variation on G.I. Gurdjieff's famous book, Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson, is the most exciting piece here, and a highlight in Beger's recent performances. Its dramatic shifts and split-second stops, the well-built tension and the clear affinity between all members the quartet, lead to spirited solos from Beger and Naim.

Beger duets with Naim on the slow and meditative "Point Of No Return', before the two introduce "Big mother', a dark, march-like piece that revolves around Meir's inventive arco playing and Zohar's tough drumming. Beger, in his most exciting and free playing here, digs deeper into the repetitive "tribal' groove before returning to the emotional opening theme.

The concluding "The One For Hope' features Naim, who repeats the dramatic opening theme of the suite. This time around the quartet sound is more focused and perhaps more determined to suggest a belief in the power of music to inspire us to heal the ailing Big Mother. Highly recommended.
By Eyal Hareuveni * * * *:
Israeli tenor saxophonist Albert Beger can be fierce, and also very gentle, yet he's always expansive. He appears to be influenced by both Coltrane and Ayler, at times sounding like Redman. His new quartet further consists of Aviran Ben Naim on piano, Gabriel Meir on bass and Yoav Zohar on drums. In contrast to his trios with William Parker and Hamid Drake, the addition of the piano brings the music more into post-bop territory, with a lyricism and emotional outbursts which will surely please the fans of Jarrett's early 80s quartets, with sax and piano having changed the lead role, of course. And even the more mainstream, more composed tracks such as "Tales Of Beelzebub", quickly evolve into very powerful improvisations by sax and piano, pushed forward by a strong rhythm section, ending in abrupt stop-and-go unison breaks. "Point Of No Return" is a heartrending duet for sax and piano. "Big Mother" refers to nature and mother earth, as an ode and a lament about the deterioration of the planet, as illustrated by the sad album cover on which a mother and child look at a waste dump. The march-like cadence of the track gives the inevitability of progress, or vaguely reminiscent of the Sorcerer's Apprentice in Disney's Fantasia, over which first the arco bass, then a mournful sax wails and weeps. Yet the last track "The One For Hope", shows some light at the end of the tunnel, although starting very sad, with a very loose structure and rhythm, gradually moving to a more light-footed approach, especially because of the piano's high-toned playing and Beger's soaring sax, leading to a gentle composed ending. A strong achievement.
by Stef

Albert Beger: tenor saxophone
Aviran Ben Naim: piano
Gabriel Mayer: bass
Yoav Zohar: drums

1. The One
2. Yellow
3. Tales of Beelzebub
4. Point of No Return
5. Big Mother
6. The One Of Hope

wydano: 2008
nagrano: Recorded at Bardo Studios on April 2007, by Yoram Lev

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