Best of 2019 #58: Avram Fefer Quartet – “Testament”


So very often on the 2019 release from Avram Fefer, the impression given is of one teetering on the brink of it all falling apart.  And, yet, there is another impression, much greater its impact so that it eclipses the first… and that is of a choreographed dance, where the chaos is merely a single component of a much larger theme of celebration.  And that is what Testament boils down to, a celebration, a dance of joy, of the blues for their sadness and their hope and their astounding approximation of the miracle/curse of life.  This was an album that 2019 needed desperately.

Your album personnel:  Avram Fefer (alto & tenor saxophones), Marc Ribot (electric guitar), Eric Revis (acoustic bass), and Chad Taylor (drums).

Released on Clean Feed Records.

Music from New York City.

I wrote about this album for The Bandcamp Daily.

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