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Yoni Kretzmer's New Dilemma: Yoni Kretzmer's New Dilemma

Read "Yoni Kretzmer's New Dilemma" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Unlike many young jazz players in Israel, tenor saxophonist Kretzmer chose to broaden his musical education in France, instead of the United States. This appears to have exposed him to a much more varied scene, and a more open and flexible definition of jazz genres.

His musical world is rooted in the fusion-meets-progressive rock ...

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 ...

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Hamid Drake / Albert Beger / William Parker: Evolving Silence, Vol. 2

Read "Evolving Silence, Vol. 2" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Evolving Silence, Vol. 2 follows a year after Vol. 1, which documented the first ever meeting in the studio of Israeli saxophonist Albert Beger and the great rhythm section of William Parker and Hamid Drake. This disc was recorded a day after an unforgettable performance by trumpeter Roy Campbell's Pyramid Trio on which Beger was featured ...

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 ...

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

Read "Evolving Silence Vol. 1" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

The Wyman and Watts of jazz, bassist William Parker and percussionist Hamid Drake, traveled to Israel to perform with Roy Campbell in the Pyramid Trio in February, 2005. The next day, after having sat in with the band, Israeli saxophonist Albert Beger recorded his own trio session with Parker and Drake in the studio. The resulting ...

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 ...

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Albert Beger 5: Listening

Read "Listening" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

“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, ...