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Bejazzo Gets A Facelift
Nrg Ensemble, Ken Vandermark
Bejazzo Gets A Facelift
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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The NRG Ensemble's rough-and-tumble jazz improv is an entirely unique affair. Along with tenor saxophone-mate Ken Vandermark, two bass players, and a drummer, Chicagoan Mars Williams explores the legacy of free jazz to gre...  more »

      
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All Artists: Nrg Ensemble, Ken Vandermark
Title: Bejazzo Gets A Facelift
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: ATAVISTIC
Original Release Date: 3/31/1998
Re-Release Date: 3/31/2009
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 735286197327, 0735286197327, 803680125854

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The NRG Ensemble's rough-and-tumble jazz improv is an entirely unique affair. Along with tenor saxophone-mate Ken Vandermark, two bass players, and a drummer, Chicagoan Mars Williams explores the legacy of free jazz to great effect. Honking and squealing like a pair of wild boars in heat, Williams and Vandermark show remarkable empathy to each other and their equally talented bandmates. There are also some sober interludes on this disc, which showcase the instrumental virtuosity of all involved. While Williams' saxophone debt to tenor titans Albert Ayler and John Coltrane has yet to be paid in full, Bejazzo Gets a Facelift is a mature effort from a seasoned band of improvisers. This is modern avant-garde jazz with real rock sensibility. Dig it. --Mitch Myers

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Variation on Vandermark 5
Anthony Cooper | Louisville, KY United States | 11/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The NRG Ensemble came before the Vandermark 5 group, but "Bejazzo Gets A Facelift" comes after the first Vandermark 5 group. Since the two groups share much of the same personnel, there is a strong overlap in the sound. The four "Improvision" songs are all free tunes by the band. They are true songs, not merely annoying interludes (a pet peeve of mine). The named songs mix up twin-saxophone firepower, fuzz guitar, quiet sections, and soloing. The overall effect is about equal in quality to the average Vandermark 5 disc. Fans of the Vandermark 5 should check this disc out.

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