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Beger / Taubenfeld / Hazan / Drake: Cosmic Waves (NoBusiness)

Two studio sessions of ebullient improv from the quartet of Israeli tenor saxophonist Albert Beger, bass clarinetist Ziv Taubenfeld, double bassist & guimbri player Shay Hazan, and Chicago drummer Hamid Drake, from hard-blowing collective interplay to introspective discourse, ending with Beger's reflective composition "Astral Visit"; a perfectly balanced album of modern jazz.
 

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Albert Beger-tenor saxophone, percussion

Ziv Taubenfeld-bass clarinet, percussion

Shay Hazan-guimbri, double bass

Hamid Drake-drums


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Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBCD 167
Squidco Product Code: 34933

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: Jewel Case
Tracks 1 and 4 recorded at Levontin 7, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 10th, 2023.

Tracks 2 and 3 recorded at Kitcha Studios, in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 8th, 2023, by Uri "Momo" Barak.

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Two studio sessions of ebullient improv from the quartet of Israeli tenor saxophonist Albert Beger, bass clarinetist Ziv Taubenfeld, double bassist & guimbri player Shay Hazan, and Chicago drummer Hamid Drake, from hard-blowing collective interplay to introspective discourse, ending with Beger's reflective composition "Astral Visit"; a perfectly balanced album of modern jazz.



"A dream state... Playing with Hamid Drake, Albert Beger and Shay Hazan feels like getting caught up in a net of energy waves that makes communication so direct that there is no other way but improvising."-Ziv Taubenfeld


Artist Biographies

"Albert Beger (born 1959) is a saxophonist, flutist and an academy lecturer from Israel. Beger is a composer in the fields of post-bop, hard-bop, free-jazz and avant-garde music.

Albert Beger was born in the city of Istanbul, Turkey, in 1959 and immigrated to Israel with his parents when he was three years old.

From an early age, he was exposed to the cultural fusion in the new born state of Israel, a mixture of Eastern-Europe, Western-Europe and Arabic food, clothes and music.

In his youth, he was mainly listening to the pop/rock music of the sixties, and got carried away in the prog-rock wave of early seventies.

Upon listening to Jethro Tull's music for the first time, and hearing Ian Anderson's flute - Albert was immediately attracted to the sound that was produced by the instrument and during his army service he got himself a flute and started learning the instrument by himself.

Post his army service, Albert studied classical music with legendary Israeli flutist Uri Teplitz, while discovering the tenor saxophone in the age of 25-26. According to Albert, the flute couldn't carry the energy that he wanted to produce and the tenor fitted right for this need.

AT the age of 27, Albert received a scholarship from the Berklee School of Music in Boston and went to study in the prestigious institute for three years.

This is time when he was introduced with the more free shapes of jazz, and was introduced to the music of Albert Ayler, Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and Art Ensemble of Chicago.

In 1995 Albert released his debut album The Primitive, a collection of early compositions that gathered together to make a surprising debut.

This Life followed in 1997 and was released in Israel by the biggest record label in the country NMC records, and got a distribution deal from Columbia Records.

Art Of The Moment followed in 2000, featuring Menachem Zibziner on Guitars, Gabi Meir on Bass and Amir David on drums.

In 2003, a turning point in Albert's career, he was signed to the new label Earsay's Jazz, by producer Yossi Acchoti, with a request to follow Albert for future albums to come.

With Earsay's Jazz, Albert released Hevel Havalim in 2003, with his new trio (including Gabriel Meyer on bass and Hagai Fershtman on drums), and Listening in 2004 with his quintet (the former album trio augmented by Yoni Silver on alt saxophone and bass clarinet, and Yiftach Kadan on guitar).

In 2005, Albert received his first formal recognition from the country, when he won the Landau Award for Performing Arts. In a jazz festival that year in Tel Aviv, Albert shared the stage with two of the most dominant figures in the free jazz world - Hamid Drake (drums) and William Parker (bass).

Albert, Drake and Parker, booked a studio session and recorded couple of Albert's compositions, and the session was released in a two volume album called Evolving Silence (released 2005 and 2006).

In 2008, Albert had released his eight album Big Mother. Big Mother dealt with the topic of ecology and the danger human beings cause the planet. This album was the first to include a pianist (played by Aviran Ben Naim).

The year after, Albert received Israel's highest honor for musicians, the prestigious Prime Minister's Award for Composers.

In 2010, Albert had signed a record deal with the relatively new label Anova Music, and released Peacemaker, a six piece conceptual suit."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Beger)
7/10/2024

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"Born in the Galil region, Northern Israel, Ziv Taubenfeld started playing the clarinet as part of his primary school orchestra and continued with classical studies at the local conservatory. Following the attraction to low sounds, he added the bass clarinet as a second instrument that soon became his main focus. Taubenfeld's interest in improvised music grew bigger after meeting the influential saxophone player Albert Beger, who opened up a path that led to further studies of the bass clarinet with Michael Moore in the Netherlands. Amsterdam's improvised music scene turned out to be Taubenfeld's creative home for the coming years, resulting in collaborations that continue to this day.

In parallel to the Amsterdam based activities, Taubenfeld developes compositional concepts with Bones between 2015-2019. In 2017 Taubenfeld was offered to present the music of Bones at the North Sea Jazz Festival, July 2017. This was followed by several European tours. The third album of Bones- Reptiles- was released in fall 2019 on NoBusiness Records.

Taubenfeld's most recent project - FULL SUN â€" brings together strong individuals from the international creative music community. This flexible unit is dedicated to compositions with an exploratory spirit, often using the gongs, balafon, bells, and whistles to widen the sound palette of the ensemble. The Full Sun pool of musicians include: Michael Moore, Joost Buis, Luis Vicente, Nicolas Chientaroli, Marta Warelis, Yung-Tuan Ku, Rozemarie Heggen, Shay Hazan, Omer Govreen, Onno Govaert and Dudù Kouate.

Other bands Taubenfeld takes part in include Kuhn Fu, ZYFT, CosJazzul and Xavier Pamplona Ensemble. Recent collaborations include Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Hamid Drake, Ada Rave, Wilbert de Joode, Frank Gratkowski, Michael Formanek, Olie Brice, Tobias Delius and Carlos "Zingaro" among others."

-Ziv Taubenfeld 7/10/2024

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"Shay Hazan born in Israel, November 22nd 1989. Started playing the electric bass at age 12. In 2007 his musical path has changed radically when he took on himself the work of studying the double bass. While studying at the Jerusalem Academy for Music & Dance Shay was preforming original and improvised music in different settings around the country. Soon after graduation Mr. Hazan started playing in the New Albert Beger Quartet, Stephen Horenstein Sextet, Bones and occasional groups dedicated to his own compositions."

-Bones Trio (http://www.bonestrio.com/about)
7/10/2024

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"Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.

Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)

He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamid_Drake)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. A Question of Universality 19:01

2. Into the Horizon 11:11

3. The Steamer 09:30

4. Astral Visit 04:24

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