Amazon.com Widgets

Avram Fefer Trio: Ritual (2009)

By Published: | 5,764 views
Avram Fefer Trio: Ritual How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Saxophonist Avram Fefer has led a diverse career since his emergence in the early 1990s. An eclectic collaborator, Fefer has performed with pianist Bobby Few
Bobby Few
Bobby Few
b.1935
piano
, The Last Poets, North and West African musicians, numerous acid jazz and trip-hop artists, and served in the big bands of Frank Lacy, Adam Lane, Butch Morris and David Murray
David Murray
David Murray
b.1955
sax, tenor
, among others.

Ritual finds Fefer reunited with his longstanding trio-mates, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Chad Taylor, whom he first met in the mid-1990s. Revis is widely known for his work with Russell Gunn

Russell Gunn
Russell Gunn
b.1971
trumpet
and Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
b.1960
saxophone
while Taylor's colleagues range from Rob Mazurek
Rob Mazurek
Rob Mazurek
b.1965
cornet
, Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot
Marc Ribot
b.1954
guitar
and Matana Roberts
Matana Roberts
Matana Roberts

sax, alto
to indie rock acts like Iron and Wine and Sam Prekop.

Fefer's varied experience, be it playing hypnotic West African traditional music or electro-acoustic trip-hop, informs his highly developed sense of swing. His coiled phrasing lends these propulsive excursions an infectious, groove-oriented focus. Even his most outward bound flights maintain course, whether fraught with chromatic slurs, multiphonic cries or altissimo squeals.

Such extended techniques are commonplace in Fefer's spiritually-charged post-Coltrane language, and his tuneful writing relies on the same unadorned folk melodies New Thing practitioners embraced in the 1960s. Lending itself to extended variations, "Testament" features a jaunty Ayler-esque refrain, while the ebullient swinger "Shepp In Wolves Clothing" is peppered with quotes from Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
and Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
, with Fefer's doubled horns invoking Rahsaan Roland Kirk on the rousing choruses. The dynamic title track and "Blinky Palermo" push further afield, evincing Fefer's mastery of thematic abstraction, fueled by Revis and Taylor's empathetic interplay.

Fefer's sensitive side materializes on the lyrical ballad "Feb.13th," bolstered by Revis' supple pedal tones and Taylor's scintillating accents. The similarly mournful "Ripple" climaxing with a crescendo of circuitous tenor volleys. An adept multi-instrumentalist, Fefer's soprano soars over the funky rhythm section feature "Club Foot" while his pungent alto scorches the frantically angular "Outspoken" and his vocalized bass clarinet ambles through the languorous modal vamp "When The Spirit Moves You."

The harmonically austere setting of the trio format is often seen as a proving ground for saxophonists. Complemented by a congenial rhythm section, Fefer's burly timbre, pithy phrasing and taut lyricism make Ritual a stellar example of the trio tradition.

Track Listing: Testament; Shepp In Wolves Clothing; Ritual; Feb. 13th; Blinky Palermo; Club Foot; Ripple; Outspoken; When The Spirit Moves You.

Personnel: Avram Fefer: alto, tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet; Eric Revis: bass; Chad Taylor: drums.

Record Label: Clean Feed Records

Style: Modern Jazz


comments powered by Disqus
Search
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mark Elf

Mark Elf

About | Enter

Stefano Bollani

Stefano Bollani

About | Enter

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

About | Enter

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Bandzoogle: GET STARTED TODAY - FREE TRIAL

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

Article Search