Avram Fefer: Lucille's Gemini Dream
Fefer’s tenor sound combines something of the gruffness and playfulness of Sonny Rollins with the searing intensity of John Coltrane. While Calling All Spirits had a free-bop vibe somewhat reminiscent of Rollins’s East Broadway Rundown, the new quartet release veers far more often into complete freedom. Three of the tracks, however, appear on both discs; they are Fefer’s "African Interlude," "Going Nowhere Fast," and "Loss (For Flo)." Back-to-back listens of each contrasting version prove fascinating. (It’s worth noting, for instance, that Fefer plays alto on both versions of "Going Nowhere Fast.") The leader’s hypnotic ostinato-swing invention "Heavenly Places" is another highlight, as is Steve Swell’s angular medium swing line "Cycle of Fits." Swell lays out on "Ripple," a dark and somewhat mellower rubato piece. The title track is collaboratively composed by the quartet.
While Calling All Spirits is a more effective showcase for Fefer’s muscular horn, Lucille’s Gemini Dream is also recommended, as it reveals other facets of Fefer’s identity as a leader and composer.
Track Listing: 1. Loss (For Flo) 2. Ripple 3. Cycle of Fits 4. Lucille
Personnel: Avram Fefer, clarinet, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones; Steve Swell, trombone; Wilber Morris, bass; Igal Foni, drums
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz