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Albert Beger Trio: The Way To Go

Read "The Way To Go" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Israeli sax hero Albert Beger's new album presents this restless composer and ambitious improviser in two, schizophrenic forms. On one hand, The Way to Go features some of Beger's most impressive compositions, mostly written after his beloved mother's death, showing Beger as a restless musician who seeks to expand his compositional ideas and vocabulary as an improviser. On the other hand, he opts for the classic trio format he used on Hevel Havalim (Earsay's Jazz, 2003), and later with the ...

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Albert Beger / Gerry Hemingway: There’s Nothing Better To Do

Read "There’s Nothing Better To Do" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This live album documents the first musical meeting between Israeli sax hero Albert Beger and master drummer Gerry Hemingway. The two met in November, 2011 in Tel Aviv's Levontin 7 club. They did not exchange any notes before their gig, or even sketch a loose road map for the improvisations to follow. Instead, both trusted their musical intuition and instincts--and they were absolutely right. There's Nothing Better To Do captures a rare, immediate musical affinity, a breadth of shared musical ...

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Albert Beger Electroacoustic Band: Peacemaker

Read "Peacemaker" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Peacemaker, from Albert Beger, marks a new beginning for the innovative Israeli saxophonist. Beger introduces a new quintet that adds, for the first time, live electronics to his fiery-spirited palette of sounds, and a new approach to composition and playing that stresses thematic structure. He is also recording for a new local label that is identified with alternative music. Like on his previous Big Mother (Jazzear, 2008), which dealt with the damage that humans are inflicting upon ...

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Take Five with Albert Beger

Read "Take Five with Albert Beger" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Albert Beger:Albert Beger, the free-jazz pioneer and innovator, with his ninth album Peacemaker. Accompanied by his new electro-acoustic band, combining acoustic instruments and noise/glitches laptop works. Albert brings his music to a new level of creation and band dynamic. Following his critically acclaimed Big Mother, Peacemaker returns to a more personal, introspective observation of the inner self, and merges delicacy and aggression in one of the most unique jazz records of recent times. Instrument(s):

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The New Albert Beger Quartet: Big Mother

Read "Big Mother" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The cover of Israeli saxophonist Albert Beger's Big Mother captures your attention immediately. Yinon Tubi's photos of an anonymous, depressing rubbish dump frame Beger's love cry on behalf of all mothers, a conceptual six-part suite that calls us to action before it's too late.

The new work challenges Beger, who usually opts for shorter compositions that emphasize his abilities as an improviser and his close interplay with his partners. Most noteworthy, these have included bassist William Parker and ...

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Albert Beger 5: Listening

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“We don't determine music, the music determines us; we only follow it to the end of our life: then it goes on without us." --Steve Lacy

Israeli free jazz saxophonist Albert Beger, 45, has dedicated his fifth disc, Listening , to the late great saxophonist Steve Lacy. But unlike the Lacy quote, on Listening Beger delays his surrender to the music and opts for a more accessible musical statement. This disc, the first outing with a ...