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Avram Fefer Quartet: Testament

Read "Testament" reviewed by Mark Corroto

After a blindfold listening test, maybe the greatest compliment you can give Testament is to guess the leader's name to be drummer Chad Taylor, or maybe bassist Eric Revis, guitarist Marc Ribot or saxophonist Avram Fefer himself. This misapprehension is attributed to the equal footing each of the four musicians is given on the recording. Partly this, and credit must be shared with the mixing engineer Eli Crews for his application of parity. Nevertheless, this is the Avram ...

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Avram Fefer Trio: Ritual

Read "Ritual" reviewed by Troy Collins

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, 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, among others.

Ritual finds Fefer reunited with his longstanding trio-mates, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Chad Taylor, whom he first met in the ...

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Avram Fefer and Bobby Few: Kindred Spirits

Read "Kindred Spirits" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Multiple reedist Avram Fefer and pianist Bobby Few team up here to play some jazz standards by Monk, Ellington, and Mingus--not what you'd expect from a pair of artists better known for their free jazz credentials. Few played for ten years with Steve Lacy, and Fefer put out several fine sets on the CIMP label; they collaborated with the late bassist Wilbur Morris on the outstanding Few and Far Between (Boxholder, '02). Few, who has been called a true American ...

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Avram Fefer, Bobby Few & Wilbur Morris: Few and Far Between

Read "Few and Far Between" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Sometimes you hearken back to the old days to a time when musicians used music to really explore. Songs were songs and men were men. The greatest contribution of the '60s “New Thing" were players firmly rooted in the tradition of composing but adept and bold enough to write music for successful and innovative improvisation. Those times may have passed but New York stalwart Avram Fefer hasn't given up their lofty ideals yet. Fefer's latest disc on Boxholder is actually ...

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Avram Fefer: Lucille's Gemini Dream

Read "Lucille's Gemini Dream" reviewed by David Adler

Saxophonist Avram Fefer follows up the remarkable Calling All Spirits (Cadence) with the compelling, though quite different Lucille’s Gemini Dream. Opting for a quartet this time rather than a trio, Fefer keeps drummer Igal Foni on board and adds a second horn, trombonist Steve Swell. Wilber Morris replaces Eric Revis on bass. Like all CIMP recordings, this is an ultra-acoustic affair, with no mixing or compression or “electronic fiddling," in the words of the CIMP Statement of Purpose. The recording ...

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Avram Fefer Quartet: Lucille

Read "Lucille" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Avram Fefer’s debut release, Calling All Spirits, on Cadence Jazz Records is that rare pedigree of disc- one that threw me for a loop upon first listen. Everything (from the playing and arranging to engineering) caught my ears and refused to relinquish them until the disc had run its course. Upon numerous subsequent listens the effect was so inescapable that the album is now an early entry in my Best of 2000 list. Gushing praise of this nature may seem ...

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Avram Fefer: Calling All Spirits

Read "Calling All Spirits" reviewed by Bill Donaldson

Even though Avram Fefer has been performing on the periphery of public consciousness, he actually has been in the center of several important jazz scenes. As a result, he has absorbed strong influences and contributed to the development of new forms in several jazz centers.Born in Seattle, moving to Harvard to receive a degree in psychology, going on to the New England Conservatory Of Music to study with George Russell and Ran Blake, moving to Paris for five ...


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