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Gordon Beeferman: Other Life Forms

Read "Other Life Forms" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A keyboardist and composer with ambitious reach, Gordon Beeferman creates music designed to surprise and challenge. He specializes in avant-garde contexts, whether with his Organ Trio (alongside guitarist Anders Nilsson and drummer Ches Smith) or in a larger septet format, with Music for an Imaginary Band (Generate Records, 2009). And then there's his work writing operas with librettist Charlotte Jackson, the most recent of which is The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera. So it's not really a shock to encounter ...

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Gordon Beeferman: Other Life Forms

Read "Other Life Forms" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based pianist, composer Gordon Beeferman is also a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, in addition to his multifarious career spanning several music genres and extensive collaborations with a diverse array of artists and bands. On this outing he leads a quartet, featuring a notable cast of like-minded futurists. Beeferman is armed with a distinct compositional style and is perhaps an under-recognized leader amid the 'new' music vibe, where progressive jazz is fused with classical, ...

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Gordon Beeferman: Four Parts Five

Read "Four Parts Five" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Disco assolutamente futile, persino fastidioso, nel suo incessante, inesorabile, impietoso rimuginare attorno a pochi patterns che vengono ripetuti per qualche decina di secondi (o più) ciascuno, per passare poi al successivo, e così via. Questo, lungo i quattro brani che compongono l'album (appena mezzoretta di musica, ma che fatica arrivare ciò nonostante alla fine!), senza soluzioni altre da un'autoreferenzialità totale e -come dicevamo -veramente fastidiosa, creativamente impalpabile da qualunque proiezione la si guardi. Nulla o quasi di ...

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Jeff Arnal/Gordon Beeferman/Seth Misterka: Rara Avis

Read "Rara Avis" reviewed by John Kelman

Consisting of three relatively wet-behind-the-ears yet nonetheless daring improvisers, Rara Avis is notable for its obstinate devotion to pure instrumental sounds. Most artists working in the modern creative/avant-garde area of jazz are want to use prepared instruments, play inside the piano box or bow cymbals; here percussionist Jeff Arnal, electric pianist Gordon Beeferman and saxophonist Seth Misterka stick to a more traditional approach. Still, they manage to coax a variety of sounds out of their respective instruments, creating an inventive ...


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