Avram Fefer and Bobby Few: Kindred Spirits (2005)
Four of tunes here are from Monk's pen: "Ask Me Now," "Light Blue," "Pannonica," and the seldom done (even by Monk) "Friday the 13th," drawing from Few's Lacy band tenure. Two are by Mingus"Reincarnation of a Lovebird" and "Orange Was the Color of Her Hair Then Blue Silk," which comes off wee-hours bluesyand one by Ellington, "Come Sunday." The closers are both Fefer originals: "Heavenly Places" and "Kingdom Come," which appears in two takes featuring clarinet and tenor, respectively.
The disc is part of a welcome burst of recording activity by Fefer, with Kindred Spirits being released simutaneously by Boxholder along with a second, freer set by the Fefer/Few duo, Heavenly Places, in addition to two CIMP releases, one as leader and one as a sideman.
Kindred Spirits showcases two major, if underappreciated, talents in a beautifully accessible settingFew luxuriant and bluesy, glimmering harp-like at times, and Fefer in a rich-toned, straightforward mode, playing classic sounds with reverence and a contained joy.
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Track Listing: Ask Me Now, Light Blue, Reincarnation of a Lovebird, Come sunday, Pannonica, Friday the 13th, Orange Was the Color of Her Hair Then Blue Silk, Heavenly Places, Kingdom Come--clarinet, Kingdom Come--tenor
Personnel: Avram Fefer--tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet; Bobby Few--piano
Record Label: Boxholder Records