You are not going to find too many posts about Free jazz on the Lofiles site. The main reason is that I am afraid I`d get lost in this endless world, so usually, I don’t even try. But there are exceptions. One example is Albert Beger. Albert is considered the Israeli free-jazz and avantgarde movement ambassador, he is a gifted musician, a brilliant saxophone and flute player, and if that`s not enough, an academy lecturer and teacher.
I really dig this new album of his, ‘Peacemaker‘. You know why? Cause it makes me think, and ask questions, and dream about stuff. Great records do that to me. It has the power to carry you away, and puts you in a better place. One might think Peacemaker is about this divided battle fed land we live in, or deals with other dramatic international issues no one could solve. But it isn’t. It is a personal journey, about one of the most difficult challenges you`ll ever encounter, which is to learn to live in peace with yourself, something not to many are lucky enough to achieve during their life time. It seems like Albert did, although , the life of an artist who doesn’t compromise his art is not easy .
The sound of ‘Peacemaker’, is the sound of a mature player, who doesn’t have to prove he is a virtuoso to no one .
The Electroacoustic band complements Albert`s style , the electric gtr sounds sparse, clean & sweet , blends nicely with the Upright and the Brushes, plus tasteful addition of electronic textures .
Albert, without exaggerating, is an appropriate successor to the legends he was influenced by, the likes of Sonny Rollins, Steve Lacy, Ornette Coleman and… Trane…