Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Four Parts Five 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 which gives nods to such varied composers as György Ligeti and Count Basie. New York-based composer Gordon 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. Performed by an ensemble consisting of Beeferman, Peter Hess, Anders Nilsson, James Ilgenfritz, and Adam Gold, the album's four pieces showcase tight, disciplined ensemble playing that spans the sparse, punctuated spaces of "Part 1" and the spiraling, expansive curls of "Part 4" with equal facility.
Personnel: Peter Hess (flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone); James Ilgenfritz (double bass); Gordon Beeferman (piano); Adam Gold (drums); Anders Nilsson (electric guitar).
Audio Mixers: Gordon Beeferman; Kato Hideki; Anders Nilsson .
Liner Note Author: Anders Nilsson .
Recording information: Peter Karl Studio, Brooklyn, NY (10/15/2014).
Directors: Philip Blackburn; Chris Campbell .