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Avram Fefer

Born: June 9    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Avram Fefer

Avram Fefer is a musical force to be reckoned with. He has led or co-led bands through ten highly regarded albums, and contributed to many more as a sideman. With a distinctive voice on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, as well as Bb and bass clarinet, he brings depth, intelligence, and soulfulness to every situation he's in. These include performances and recordings of straight-ahead and avant-garde jazz, as well as jazz-funk, West-African, modern orchestral music, and free jazz. His latest release, Eliyahu (NotTwo Records 2011), brings these varied passions and explorations into a beautiful unity, resulting in perhaps his best album yet....
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RITUAL---”A ruggedly appealing new CD” --- NYTimes

“The fire ignited by saxophonist Avram Fefer is fresh, yet it sounds as eternal as all things avant in jazz... a stellar example of the trio tradition.

Fefer's varied experience, be it playing hypnotic West African traditional music or electro-acoustic trip-hop, informs his highly developed sense of swing. His coiled phrasing lends these propulsive excursions an infectious, groove-oriented focus.” (Allaboutjazz.com)

“Ear-grabbing work from this killer trio. ...has a sense of groove that's undeniable…. drawn-out, soulful explorations that ring out with a sense of freedom and an inherent swing” (Dustygroove.com)

“This is great new jazz. What else is there to say?” (gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot.com)

“Fefer leads a scalding trio on this disc.

There was a raw and palpable sense that the musicians were reaching for something special. All three musicians worked together, supporting each other and combing their talents in pursuit of a common goal.” (Jazzandblues.blogspot.com)

“True surprises in jazz may be rare these days, but the Avram Fefer Trio's ability to upset the status quo seems like a sure thing.”

Derek Taylor (OneFinalNote.com)

“Possessed of an undeniably spiritual feel for the music, Avram Fefer understands the importance of percussion for connecting with the human pulse, as well as the use of horn lines to express what the heart, in all of its complexity, feels.”

Don Williamson (AllAboutJazz.com)

“Three things strike the listener immediately upon hearing this recording (Calling All Spirits). The first is the big tone that Avram Fefer projects on saxophone, particularly on the opening tune, an unusual version of Mingus' Orange Was the Color of Her Dress in which Fefer recalls the cavernous sound of Coleman Hawkins. The second is Fefer's sense of melody. The saxophonist has little difficulty exposing himself in front of only bass and drums, a risky business to be sure, but one in which he appears comfortable, in part due to his grasp of a song's essence. Which brings us to the third characteristic, his ability to take a familiar (or at least seemingly familiar) song and turn it inside out without emasculating its essence.”

Steven Loewy (All Music Guide)

”Fefer is definitely fashioning an unshakable identity.”

Ken Waxman (JazzWeekly.com)

“Sometimes lightning strikes twice. As proof, legendary expatriate Bobby Few has teamed with fellow sound explorer Avram Fefer for two fresh releases of very different character, and with near-perfect results. (Kindred Spirits and Heavenly Places)”

Chad Kushins (AllAboutJazz.com)

As a Leader

Eliyahu
NotTwo Records
2006
Tracks: Song for Dyani; Wishful Thinking; Appropriated Landsl; Eliyahu; Trued Right; A Taste for Love; Essaouira; City Life; Eliyahu tk. 2.
Personnel: Avram Fefer: Saxes. Chad Taylor: drums. Eric Revis:Bass

Ritual
Clean Feed Records
2006
Tracks: Testament; Shepp in Wolves Clothing; Ritual; Feb. 13th; Blinky Polermo; Club Foot; Ripple; Outspoken; When the Spirit Moves You.
Personnel: Avram Fefer: Saxes. Chad Taylor: drums. Eric Revis:Bass

Sanctuary
CIMP
2006
Tracks: Far to Few; Sanctuary; for Frank (Lowe) Club Foot; Boobree; City Life.
Personnel: Avram Fefer: Saxes. Bobby Few: Piano. Newman Baker:drums. Hill Greene:Bass

Kindred Spirits
Boxholder Records
2005
Tracks: Ask Me Now; Light Blue; Reincarnation Of A Lovebird; Come Sunday; Pannonica; Friday The 13th; Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Blue Silk; Heavenly Places; Kingdom Come (clarinet); Kingdom Come (tenor sax).
Personnel: Avram Fefer: Saxes, Clarinet. Bobby Few: Piano.

Heavenly Places
Boxholder Records
2005
Tracks: Happy Hour; Heavenly Places; Improv/Kingdom Come.
Personnel: Avram Fefer: Saxes, Clarinet. Bobby Few: Piano.

Painting Breath, Stoking Fire
CIMP
2005
Tracks: Ancestral Voices; BC Reverie; Inner Child; Love (Keepin'on); Rio Largo y Sinuoso; Miss Understood; Glide; Rumblings (ear to the ground); Happy Go Lucky; City Life; Tipping Point; Love (Keepin'on).
Personnel: Avram Fefer:saxes, clarinets, flutes; Michael Bisio: Bass.

Shades of the Muse
CIMP
2004
Tracks: Shepp in Wolves' Clothing; Love Crept In (again); Gates of Baghdad; Oblique Departures; Brother Ibrahim; BC Reverie; Sacred Passage (for Syma).
Personnel: Avram Fefer: Saxes, Clarinets; Ken Filiano: Bass; Tomas Ulrich: Cello; Jay Rosen: Drums.

Lucille's Gemini Dream
CIMP
2002
Tracks: Loss (for Flo); Ripple; Cycle of Fits;Lucille's Gemini Dream; Going Nowhere Fast; Heavenly Places; African Interlude.
Personnel: Avram Fefer: Saxes, Clarinets; Steve Swell: Trombone; Igal Foni: Drums; Wilber Morris: Bass.

Few and Far Between
Boxholder Records
2002
Tracks: Continental Jazz Express; Chazz; Loss (for Flo); Nostalgia in Times Square.
Personnel: Avram Fefer: Tenor Sax; Bobby Few: Piano; Wilber Morris: Bass.

Calling All Spirits
Cadence Records
2001
Tracks: Orange was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk; African Interlude; Mothers of the Veil; Guinea; Going Nowhere Fast; Loss (for Flo); Calling All Spirits, Calling All Poets.
Personnel: Avram Fefer: Saxes, Bass Clarinet; Igal Foni: Drums; Eric Revis: Bass.

As a Sideman

Adam Lane Large Ensemble
Ashcan rantings
Clean Feed
2011

Michael Bisio Quartet
AM
CIMP
2009

Michael Bisio Quartet
Live at the Vision festival XII
Not Two
2008

Michael Bisio Quartet
Circle This
CIMP
2007

Michael Bisio Quartet
Connections
CIMP
2005

Burnt Sugar
More Than Post-Human
TruGroid Records
2006

Shariff Simmons
The Echoeffect
TruGroid Records
2004

Stars Like Fleas
Sun Lights Down on the Fence
Praemedia
2003

Great Atomic Power
The Mushroom of Destruction
Transcendental Records
1999

Manhattan New Music Project
The Soul of Grace
Soul Note Records
1998

Steve McCraven w/Archie Shepp
Song of the Forest Boogeraboo
World Mmc Records
1994

The Last Poets
Scatterap
Bondage Records
1993

Beigels Daisy Toasts
Eat that Beigel
Virgin Records
1995

Beigels Daisy Toasts
Omnibus
Virgin Records
1993

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Primary Instrument:
Saxophone

Location:
New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Beginners

Credentials/Background:
Patient, inspiring private teacher with 20 years experience is now accepting new students. See what a difference a really great teacher can make! We will address issues of rhythm, melody, harmony, tone production/breath, ear training, and improvisation. All ages, levels and styles are accepted and encouraged. Sax, Clarinet, Flute, and/or Specialized Improvisation lessons are all available. Sliding scale fees, flexible Times, and convenient location in downtown Manhattan. Call 212-460-8709 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              212-460-8709      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for details.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Clinics available for all levels and styles. Private and Ensemble lessons. We will cover listening habits, breath support for wind players, rhythm, melody, harmony, composition, motific development for all instruments. Chords, chord changes, free improvisation. Balance, tempo, range, articulation, interaction for ensembles.

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Tenor--Selmer Balanced Action; Alto--Selmer Balanced Action; Soprano-- Selmer MK VI; Bari--Weltklang; Bass Clarinet-- Selmer low Eb; Clarinet--Buffet R13.

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