Recorded live at the Levontin 7 Club in Tel Aviv, â€śThereâ€™s Nothing Better To Doâ€ť documents the soulful interplay between saxophone legend Albert Beger and drummer/percussionist Gerry Hemingway. Completely improvisedâ€”the duo didnâ€™t even talk about the gig beforehand, let alone map out any rough ideasâ€”this documents a set that in which there are traditional moments mixed with the freeform, the busy with the laconic. Clearly both Beger and Hemingway are versed in many styles, and they cover a lot of emotional as well as tonal ground in these six tracks.
â€śStaying Alertâ€ť offers call and response: chimes and horn then percussion and horn, a spare dance which becomes slightly more atonal, though there are occasional cranky notes interspersed throughout. The eleven minute â€śLet Go Of Your Mindâ€ť builds off of that minimalism before Begerâ€™s tenor leads the duo midway into a wild bop freakout.
â€ś Butterfliesâ€ť is a field recording of sorts, with both Beger and Hemingway taking cues from that practically silent but powerful butterfly and using their instruments and voices (or whistles, to be exact) to mimic and pay tribute Two ten minute plus tracks close the outing. â€śMissing Youâ€ť is founded on the most soulful drumming on the record, one given free reign to solo before Begerâ€™s soprano kicks in and takes the piece on a more aggressive tangent before Beger adds a beautifully soft coda. The title track is more or less straight bop, though in Begerâ€™s lines there are short, deft expressions of the Cool. Throughout â€śThere’s Nothing Better To Do,â€ť Albert Beger and Gerry Hemingway explore their instruments and their interplay leisurely, but with deep listening. The result is playful but deliberate, and as confident and seamless as any live improv youâ€™re likely to hear.