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Bobby Few: Lights and Shadows

Read "Lights and Shadows" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Bobby Few has had an impressive career as a pianist. Though he studied classical music, he weaned himself from that when he first heard jazz. His playing now rides several styles that open in a swell of harmonic inventions and rich chord structures. His ability has seen him in the comfort zone with Steve Lacy, Archie Shepp, Alan Silva, Noah Howard and, more recently, Avram Fefer.

Few goes solo here with six of his own compositions and one ...

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Bobby Few: Lights and Shadows

Read "Lights and Shadows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Count pianist Bobby Few as one of those jazz artists deserving more recognition. Chalk his low profile up to expatriation--he's lived in Paris since 1969. Unless you've followed the career of Albert Ayler--Few played on Ayler's Music is the Healing Force of the Universe (Impulse!, 1969)--or soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (Few was the pianist in Lacy's sextet from 1982-92), chances are that this distinctive stylist hasn't cascaded, with his lush and tumultuous approach, onto your listening radar.Though appearing ...

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Bobby Few / Avram Fefer: Sanctuary

Read "Sanctuary" reviewed by Marc Medwin

The duo of pianist Bobby Few and saxophonist Avram Fefer has been well documented for several years now, but this first quartet date is a cut above the rest in terms of recorded sound. Even given CIMP's high standards, the set is wonderfully transparent and gritty by turn, at just the right moments, often within the same piece of music. The recording seems to be a bit less dry than others on the label, the added bit of room atmosphere ...

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Bobby Few & Avram Fefer Quartet: Sanctuary

Read "Sanctuary" reviewed by Derek Taylor

A misplaced piano, a dropped soprano and an aurally-intrusive air-conditioning system all conspired to derail this CIMP session by the jointly-led Few-Fefer Quartet. Fortunately, cool heads prevailed and the music persevered. The co-leaders' associations go back to the mid-1990s in Paris, though audio evidence of their collaborations proved slow in surfacing. Boxholder stepped into fill the gap, releasing a small cache of albums, but this date marks the duo's debut with conventional jazz quartet instrumentation. Coincidentally, it's also Fefer's first ...

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Bobby Few is Coming Through

Read "Bobby Few is Coming Through" reviewed by Clifford Allen

The course of an expatriate artist can go in several different directions; there are those for whom the experience of living and working in another country provides a deeper understanding of 'home' and 'place,' and for whom a return is necessary, and there are those who find that these things can be found in self and experience, wherever one is. For every group like the Art Ensemble of Chicago, which found a return necessary, there are those like Steve Lacy, ...

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Bobby Few, Avram Fefer, Wilber Morris: Few and Far Between

Read "Few and Far Between" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Our loss is Europe's gain--an old story in jazz. But sometimes we get lucky, and they come back home and give us some music.Pianist Bobby Few has made Paris his home for thirty years, though he has been heard over here on Steve Lacy Sextet recordings. Now Boxholder Records--who have, over the past couple of yers put out a string of very high quality live CDs, is offering up Few in a live trio setting, with saxophonist Avram ...