In August of 2015 I invited Albert Beger
to take part in the Singer Jazz Festival in Warsaw as our resident artist. He played as a guest artist for six consecutive nights
with six different Polish ensembles he never met before, stunning both his fellow musicians and the ecstatic audiences with his power of expression and extraordinary virtuosity. The music ranged from highly advanced avant-garde, via contemporary modern Jazz and ended with a crescendo of Jazz-Rock Fusion and
Beger felt completely at ease in all of these musical idioms, which of course made me realize that he is a truly universal musician.
This album, which is Beger's twelfth album as a leader and his second release on my Jazzis Records label, continues his artistic path, which combines continuity and a constant movement forward, always discovering new musical planes and pushing
his personal limits ever further towards the ultimate expression. As usual, his ensemble, a quartet this time, comprises of highly talented young Israeli musicians, who are at the early stages of their development but under Beger's guidance and
coaching achieve spectacular results, considering their age. Although Beger is the composer of the music and the undisputable leader of the quartet, when the music starts all four musicians are treated as absolute equals and the result is an
amalgam of their combined creative forces. There is so much mutual respect and comradeship in this music, that the final result is much bigger than the sum of the
I can only hope that this music will give the listeners as much pleasure and illumination as it gives me. The music of Albert Beger is a never-ending adventure.
released January 24, 2016
Albert Beger- Saxophones
Milton Michaeli- Piano
Shay Hazan- Bass
Adam Cohen- Drums & Percussion
supported by 4 fans who also own “Freedom Is An Option”
Brilliant ensemble interplay,tight composition,fierce and committed soloing...a rare outing from Malik as a leader (and I really like Glenn Spearman on this recording...he is on fire!)...this album is a diamond in the dust and it is intense.
This is free jazz in the correct (to my way of thinking) sense...meaning unfettered and with unrestrained joy.
Put your ears and mind in the same frame for maximum reward.