What you’re about to experience is a unique journey.
A journey that can be taken by each and every individual – a trip to inner self.
Albert Beger’s new album was recorded and played from a perspective of a musician who’s been living and dedicating his life to a deeper, thorough observation of himself and of the world.
In contrary to his previous album Big Mother, where Albert dealt with global warming and the danger to our planet, Peacemaker presents the other side of the idea – the state of a human being.
Peacemaker is an album with a mission to deliver.
Its concept is very clear and simple – a living creature’s own peace with himself, the strong will to save himself from the highs and lows and their extreme characteristics, and have a full and happy life, thanks to the feeling of a whole, which exists in each of us.
Even with the melancholy that starts and ends the album with the main theme of Long Story, this album shouldn’t be treated as a sad perspective on life.
On the contrary, it’s a celebration of life in its most honest and private way. The sharp edges of Long Story‘s melodies are a bit like life, with their highs, lows, and the majority of between.
Albert Beger is a pioneer, visionary and productive musician. He is the torchbearer of Israeli free-jazz and avant-garde movement, and an academy lecturer.
Albert is passing a tradition onwards, and exploring new ideas that never stop in Albert’s life, and this album bears a clear and simple lesson.
Life, is a celebration of colors and sounds, and one who’s in a complete acceptance and embracing of his life – will be saved even from those sharp edges, of the highs, lows, and in-betweens.
released September 15, 2010
The Albert Beger Electroacoustic Band:
Albert Beger - Saxophones
Avi Elbaz - Laptops and Electronics
Assaf Hakimi - Double Bass
Dan Benedikt - Drums
Ido Bukelman - Guitars
So,so pleased and gratified to see Henry's Pi Recordings on BC!
He is, without exception, one of the most visionary and extraordinary composers of the 20th/21st Century, in my humble view...I have listened to him for decades (the Mosaic Box Set is an essential experience) and his current band, Zooid is very important, I think (but then, he doesn't need my approbation; I listen with old ears)...if you don't know his work then listen to anything/everything you can get your hands on...
His musical acumen astounds me...this new album is no exception...recommended; body and soul... John Cratchley
Three consummate artists at the top of their game and in full flight...disparate improvisors all finding fertile common ground...the language of love, respect and understanding making uplifting music... John Cratchley
This is one awesome band and it doesn't convene that often (more's the pity)...originally an LP only release,I seem to remember,it's great to have this released by Catalytic Sound.It is a wonderful album...driving,gutsy,raw energy;it's unclassifiable (manna from heaven for me!) and it's live!! In my estimation there are five contemporary jazz composers/players who are the 21st Century vanguard and Ken Vandermark is one of them...(the other four? John Zorn,Dave Douglas,Tim Berne and Bill Frisell...there's a book to be written there!).
Great, great band, The Engines...this live recording (The Green Mill, Chicago) just hits the sweet spot continuously...
The playing, the improvising, the interplay, the energy and the verve just don't get better than this for me...all Ken Vandermark associates, all quality guaranteed composers.
Lots of exceptional stuff on this label (Dave Rempis' Aerophonic Records) too...check it all out, it's worth your time and effort. John Cratchley