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Hamid Drake / Albert Beger / William Parker: Evolving Silence, Vol. 1

Read "Evolving Silence, Vol. 1" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Hamid Drake/Albert Beger/William Parker: Evolving Silence, Vol. 1

Read "Evolving Silence, Vol. 1" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

When Israeli saxophonist Albert Beger joined Roy Campbell's Pyramid Trio for the group's final piece at the 2005 Tel Aviv Jazz Festival five months ago, I was doubtful that he would be able to cope with the rhythm section of bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake. They excelled that night, taking Campbell's music so far that it seemed almost no one could penetrate their highly innovative communication, and Beger seemed a bit in awe of the two masters. But ...


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