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Israeli tenor saxophonist Albert Beger uses a no-nonsense blood-and-guts attack during most of this turbocharged, free-form modern jazz exposition. Beger goes toe-to-toe with two famed jazz artists, bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake, whose fluid, driving rhythms set the stage for this action-packed session. On "Naked Truth, Drake's sweeping press rolls behind Parker's briskly flowing bass lines serve as a heated foundation for Beger's jaunts into the stratosphere. Rather judiciously, they feed off each other's ideas on this collection of off-kilter funk grooves and spirited improvisation-drenched exercises.
The trio splinters off into duos on two aptly titled pieces, "Duo #1 and "Duo #2. Parker picks up the doussn'gouni (West African hunter's harp) during "Rain is Coming, where Beger's yearning lines are marked by vocal attributes. Elsewhere, Drake peppers the trio with snappy rim-shots and polyrhythmic tom-generated fills.
Beger is one of Israel's top jazz saxophonists, and his talent shines forth rather prominently on Evolving Silence. He rises to the occasion with the support of a dream rhythm section that injects the necessary ingredients, allowing the artists' respective energies to be continually redistributed. Not to be overlooked.
Track Listing: Naked Truth; Duo #1; Duo #2; Rain Is Coming.
Personnel: Hamid Drake: drums, percussion; Albert Beger: tenor saxophone, alto flute; William Parker:
bass, doussnígouni (African hunter's harp).
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.