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Albert Beger, Gerry Hemingway - There's Nothing Better To Do
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There's Nothing Better To Do
 Artist: Albert Beger, Gerry Hemingway
 Album: There's Nothing Better To Do
 Date of Release: 2012/04/01
 Label: OutNow Recordings
 Cat. No.: ONR007
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 Country of Release: IL
 Genre/s: Jazz


 Sub-Genre/s: Free, Avant-Garde, Contemporary
 Type: Live
   Time: 47:04
   Date of Review: 2012/05/24
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   Web Site: http://albertbeger.com/
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There's Nothing Better To Do

Released on 1st April this year on OutNow Recordings, Albert Beger and Gerry Hemingway's There's Nothing Better To Do is Beger's first release since the almost monumental Peacemaker album last year. It is the result of a one night gig in Tel Aviv with drummer/percussionist Hemingway.

Beger never stands still, and hence this album is nothing like the Evolving Silence Vol1 and Vol2 albums with Hamid Drake and William Parker as one might perhaps have anticipated. Nothing pre-composed or arranged here, not as much as some kind of prior verbal arrangement. Everything is spontaneously improvised. Free jazz, free improv, taken to its ultimate, with no holds barred as it were. Beger and Hemingway had never played together before also.

Although so far, Beger has always been perhaps the most accessible free jazz player, There's Nothing Better To Do is not as accessible as any of his previous albums. The two players may have had no problems communicating with each other and having a great affinity for each other, but this conversation between them often will leave many listeners behind and feeling excluded even. Both players look very much inward.

It's certainly no easy ride, and you need to be familiar with Beger's vocabulary and dialect, so to speak. There's Nothing Better To Do is also somewhat uneven, with some tracks more approachable and comprehensible than others. The quest for inner peace that generally characterises Beger's music seems to have been somewhat unsettled here, and in its place there often seems to be an almost panic stricken, chaotic search for freedom, for release from oppression.

Albert Beger & Gerry Hemingway's There's Nothing Better To Do may not be the most consistent album we have seen from free jazz giant Beger, but all the same for those familiar enough with his musical language it still is compelling enough.
 

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Track List:

1. Staying Alert - 6:57
2. Let Go of Your Mind - 11:26
3. Butterflies - 6:36
4. Limited Edition - 1:15
5. Missing You - 9:59
6. There's Nothing Better To Do - 10:46

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Credits:

Albert Beger - tenor & soprano saxophone
Gerry Hemingway - drums & percussion


 

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There's Nothing Better To Do can be purchased from:
 

OutNow Recordings

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