Bobby Few / Avram Fefer: Sanctuary (2006)
The music takes full advantage of the space in which it's played. The piece in honor of the much lamented saxophonist Frank Lowe ("For Frank ) presents this group in a soulful old-time herky-jerky groove. The tune builds to a gospel-tinged frenzy before subsiding into the mercuriality from which it arose. The instruments are spread across the sound stage in such a way that every detail is audible, even if seemingly far back in the mix.
To try to pigeonhole the playing here would be foolish; both leaders demonstrate allegiance to New Thing aesthetics, but even the multivalence of approach implied by such categorization goes a long way toward rendering it void. There's plenty of swing here: bassist Hill Greene and drummer Newman Taylor Baker provide thick, fat-bottom support that morphs effortlessly between R&B and hard bop rhetoric. "Club Foot raises the stakes, bringing a higher degree of compositional prowess to an already chops-heavy set. Few's chordal sweeps and Fefer's older-than-years honk, slide and vibrato form a beautiful pair, as usual, and this set is sophisticatedly raunchy fun from start to finish.
Track Listing: Far to Few; Sanctuary; for Frank (Lowe); Club Foot; Boobree; City Life.
Personnel: Bobby Few: piano; Avram Fefer: soprano & tenor saxophones; Hilliard Greene: bass; Newman Taylor Baker: drums.
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz