Gordon Beeferman – Four Parts Five (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:30:30 minutes | 301 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Innova Recordings
Recorded: October 15, 2014 by Peter Karl at Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Four Parts Five, by composer and pianist Gordon Beeferman, is a quintet tour de force that takes virtuosic rhythmic ensemble playing to a new level. It’s a densely harmonious, frequently hair-raising, and deeply groovy piece of music: imagine György Ligeti, Philip Glass, Igor Stravinsky, Steve Coleman and Conlon Nancarrow having a dance party – with Morton Feldman and Count Basie watching wryly from the corner.
Performed by an ensemble consisting of Beeferman (on piano and Hammond B3 organ), Peter Hess (woodwinds), Anders Nilsson (electric guitar), James Ilgenfritz (bass), and Adam Gold (drums), the album’s four pieces showcase tight, disciplined ensemble playing that spans the sparse, punctuated spaces of “1” and the spiraling, expansive curls of “4” with equal facility.
New York-based Beeferman has created a diverse body of adventurous work spanning opera, orchestral, chamber, and vocal music, avant-jazz, free improvisation, and collaborations with dance and other arts. A “fully liberated pianist” (Cadence Magazine), Beeferman has performed extensively in New York as well as across the US and Canada.
“Gordon Beeferman’s Music for an Imaginary Band project may have a cumbersome name, but its output is some of the tightest, most skillfully arranged free jazz we’ve run across for some time. Beeferman and his collaborators…help us imagine what ’60s firebrands such as Albert Ayler would’ve sounded like set against lush, post-Ellingtonian backdrops…” —Time Out New York
“The brainiest score of the six… The claustrophobic family life is presented with bleak realism and bitterly comic flourishes… Complex and daringly modern…Mr. Beeferman’s music, with its skittish melodic lines and pungent atonal harmony, is gritty, fidgety and intriguing.” —New York Times, review of “The Rat Land”
1. Four Parts Five, Pt. 1 05:04
2. Four Parts Five, Pt. 2 10:17
3. Four Parts Five, Pt. 3 06:58
4. Four Parts Five, Pt. 4 08:11
Gordon Beeferman – piano, Hammond B3 organ
Peter Hess – alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
Anders Nilsson – electric guitar
James Ilgenfritz – double bass
Adam Gold – drums