Takashi Sugawa Trio – “Outgrowing” (JPT, 2018)

“Outgrowing” was released by “JPT” label on 2018. Album was reocrded by “Takashi Sugawa Trio”. This trio is formed from three great and creative jazz masters. All of them have their own style, unique sound and surprising ways of improvising. Takashi Sugawa (contrabass (02, 05, 07), cello (01, 03, 04, 06, 08), Leo Genovese (piano) and Tom Rainey (drums) are playing together in free collective improvisations. Musicians had been improvising together many times in various combos with other jazz masters. Their music is a burst of energy. Hot spills, moving solos, passionate melodies, all mixed up with expression, pressure, intensivity and radiance energy. Avant-garde jazz and modern jazz styles make the base of most part of compositions. Complicated and furious solos of bebop, post bop and hard bop are connected with turbulent free improvisations, gorgeous timbres, special effects, bright and moving culminations, dizzy passages and crazy wild roulades. Musicians are improvising creatively – they use expressive, inventive and extraordinary wats of playing. Their music is filled with remarkable melodies, driving breaking sessions and tremendous tunes.

Trio has its own, expressive and very well known playing style, who is heard all the time in “Outgrowing”. This album recovers all the main elements of each improviser’s style. Dynamica and moving musical pattern has dozens of colors, universal arsenal of instrumentation, wide range of expressions and timbres. The musical facture is colorful and expressive – ornaments, passages, abbreviations, blow outs, vibrations, trembling solos, tweets, glissando and various special effects contain the main base of it. Musicians manage to find the suitable combo of all the most important elements – vibrant and tremendous playing style, expressive and precise playing technique, the best quality of sound, effective and vivacious melodies, solid basements, who highly contrasting with each other, and other important elements are brought together in creative and original way. The musicians are using they wide imagination, fantasy and spontanity – they improvise free, expressive, passionate and wild free. Improvisations are dynamic and expressive. Leo Genovese piano improvisations are dynamic and bright. Pianist travels through wild, frantic and aggressive mood to subtle, silent and relaxing. He tries out experimental ways of playing, combines hot playing manner with free improvisation, harsh and furious solos. Leo Genovese has hot, expressive and tremendous playing manner. He’s experimenting in various cases of musical language. Loud, expressive and heavy bursts of energy, frantic scandals, passionate and charming melodies, vivid and free rhythmic improvisations and subtle excerpts base the music of the album. Relaxing and peaceful solos suddenly go straight to luminous, powerful and bright culminations, soft timbres -to sharp and aggressive tunes, furious and wild passages – to expressive, joy, dizzy and light passages or terrific roulades. That makes an effort to interesting and energetic sound. The piano really makes an effort to whole sound. It keeps the melodic line, colorfully illustrates it with coloristics, special effects, timbres and rhythms and creates dynamic and terrific mood. Pianist shows his wide range of styles, manners, techniques and moods. He gently goes from the vivid and bright mood to lyric, melodic and solemn, aggressive and scandalous, or simply light, dreamy or romantic. It gives the main tune to impros of whole album. Takashi Sugawa is a great bassist and cellist. His cello melodies effectively sound together with piano – it’s the most beautiful episodes of whole album. Twirlings, swiftlings, shrieky and harsh tunes, gentle and light pizzicatto, flowing and dizzy passages or deep, melodic and moving melodies. All wide range of cello technical abilities is revealed in these improvisations. Bass also keeps its important function – form and lead the main bass line all the time. Repetitive vibrant and deep tunes, trembling solos, intense noises or weird timbres contain the main part of the improvisations. Musician reveals his best abilities in cello and piano duos. Two musicians are very sensitive to each other’s playing. If the piano rises up, cello burst in sparkling, light and vivid solos, when two instruments gets camn, relaxing, lyric and contemplative or rise to turbulent and marvelous collective improvisations. Sometimes it seems a little chaotic, but never get out of order. Musicians are improvising independently, but still manage to join together all sounds, themes and tunes. Tom Rainey leads the drums section. It’s stable and firm. The rhythms of modern jazz are mostly used here and combined together with free improvisation. Breaking sessions, vibrant sounds, heavy beats, complicated rhythms and rolling drum rolls are mixed up with gorgeous and colorful percussion. The music of this album is dynamic and vivid, it has modern and passionate sound.


Achim Kaufmann, Torsten Müller, and Dylan van der Schyff – “Cicatrices Intérieure” (Whirlboom, 2019)

“Cicatrices Intérieure” is one of the freshest release of 2019 – it was released on January 15 by “Whirlboom Records”. Album was recorded by three great jazz masters – Achim Kaufmann (piano), Torsten Müller (contrabass) and Dylan van der Schyff (drums and percussion). These three musicians are famous at international avant-garde jazz scene. They have dynamic and effective improvising style, exciting playing manner and expressive sound. REach of them is making a priority to search and creation of new and innovative avant-garde jazz. The music is based on avant-garde and experimental jazz, but still has many relations with other jazz styles. Bebop, post bop, other modern jazz styles are gently connected with experimental music and some elements of academic avant-garde. Musicians had been improvising together in various combos – they are collaborating with other famous and talented jazz masters. The improvisations of this trio are the bursts of energy, silmunateously connected with subtle searches of unusual sounds and timbres, relaxing moods and played with passion, drive and emotion.

“Cicatrices Intérieure”  is filled with fresh ideas, engaging improvisations and expressive sound. The album joins together three great jazz masters with individual point of view and unique sound. Improvisations have intense and moving mood for the most of the time, who is switching to subtle, relaxing or silent excerpts. The contrasts of different pieces is the main principe of composing. Musicians sense each other very-well – if one of them get on sparkling and moving solos, others two also add some effective elements or ways of playing. Together musicians create rich and evocative musical pattern. It’s multi-layed, formed from dozens compounds, colors, moods and techniques. Incredible instrumentation join together traditional and experimental ways of playing. The open form, abstract basics, no strict frames or rules get musicians to the space of spontaneous, fascinating and impressive musical experiments. Music is very interesting in stylistic way. Roots of 1960’s or 1970’s avant-garde jazz, basics of improvising and typical improvising elements of free jazz are used together with musicians own and experimental ways of playing, effective playing techniques, colorful and grogeous expressions, bordering dynamics, vivacious and variable harmony and breaking rhythmic sessions. The piano solos of Achim Kaufmann are moody and bright. Improviser is full fresh and inventive ideas of improvising. He’s masterfully using unconventional ways of improvising, shocking ways of playing and rich variety of expressions and moods. He likes spontanity and improvising in the spot. That’s why his improvisations are more similsr to free spot of games or playground. Noisy, shrieky, low, deep, tight and aggressive, intense or soft – improviser always search for new and unusual timbres and its original extraction by piano. Roaring solos, humorous, passionate, melodic or tremendous melodies, risky combos, charming passages, enchanting and breaking roulades, abstract tunes or sounds sequences are brought together in effective and interesting way. Torsten Müller is another one great bassist. His contrabass improvisations are subtle and engaging at the same time. Improviser knows dozens of playing techniques and expressions, who are used in shocking, scandalous or frantic way. Adventurous and ambitious experiments is the key of his compositions. Bassist doesn’t stay on one mood – his solos are always in change. It goes to another mood, color or another character. Subtle tunes, weird noises, ambient sounds, weird timbres are used all together with dynamic, deep and slow solos or moving, trembling and terrific culminations. Dylan van der Schyff is leading the drums and percussion section. Musician masterfully get together bright energy’s explosions, vivid and moving solos, trembling and loud drum rolls, dramatic and turbulent culminations, numerous of typical rhythmic forms of various modern jazz styles. The album has independent rhythmic and harmonic section – it’s highly contrasting with each other anf make an impressive and bright sound.

Andrew Lamb Trio – “Casbah Of Love” (Birdwatcher Records, 2018)

“Casbah Of Love” was released by “Birdwatcher Records” on 2018. Album was recorded by “Andrew Lamb Trio”. Trio has exciting and moving sound – it’s always based on avant-garde and modern jazz synthesis. The collaboration of three great jazz masters had brought up and innovative sound with expressive spirit – here together plays Andrew Lamb (tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet, flute), Tom Abbs (bass, cello) and Ryan Jewell (drums). Each of them has unique sound, suggestive and exciting playing manner and innovative point of view. The music played by this trio, always is filled with surprises, passionate solos, spontaneous changes and impressive experiments. Musicians are real innovators of avant-garde jazz – they make dozens of interesting, creative, exotic or eclectic combos. Each of them always interested in search of new sounds, specific and fascinating timbres or extended playing techniques. That’s why their music is filled with special effects, fascinating musical experiments, exotic combos and colorful melodies.

“Casbah Of Love” has an expressive and engaging sound, who is typical to “Andrew Lamb Trio”. Album compositions are based on synthesis of avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and bebop, neo bop, post bop and other modern jazz styles. The music is dynamic and vital filled with shrieky solos, charming and virtuosic passages, trembling arpeggio and other ways of playing. Musical pattern is rich and colorful = it has doezns of layers. Each of them is contrasting with the others by its mood, character, expressiona and other details. Polyphony is used together with homophony – musicians are improvising together, making and varieying their own melodies, but still go dtraight on sparkling bursts of energy or tremendous solos. The contrast between collective improvising and solos is huge – musicians show their best abilities of improvising and expand the technical abilities of their instruments as much as they can. That effects engaging, expressive and bright sound. The harmony is dynamic and variable – it’s modern and constantly changing. Chords sequences are repeated one after the other. Sharp dissonances are against soft, dreamy and colorful consonances or the pitches of extraordinary and unconventional combos. Dozens of colors and timbres are brought up to compositions by the harmony – it’s very important and effective elements of musical language. The rhythmic is sharp, complicated and dynamic – mostly it’s related with furious and aggressive solos of bebop and post bop, more frequently it goes straight to tremendous, variable and bright free improvising. Musicians are using innovative and impressive instrumentation – it’s formed from traditions and innovations. Roots of avant-garde jazz, basic and ordinary playing techniques of contemporary academical music are joined together with new, extraordinary, shocking, driving and effective ways of playing, who also create an imaginary and bright musical language. Andrew Lamb is playing of various kinds of saxophones, clarinets and flutes. Expression, passion and drive make his playing manner bright and effective. Improviser gently fuses together moving and vivacious saxophones, luminous clarinets and soft flute. The saxophones and clarinets improvisations are based on similar basics – it’s dynamic and moving all the time. The improvisations have a tendency to start in silent and calm mood and when grow out to splendid, impressive and roaring blow outs, expressive melodies, remarkable and enchanting passages, turbulent culminations or search of weird timbres. The flute brings in calm and relaxing mood – here Andrew Lamb is playing with cool and relaxing mood. gorgeous timbres, light melodies, a bit of shrieky and harsh low tunes, buzzing tunes, repetitive chords sequencies and colorful glissando. All these elements create contrasting and interesting mood. Andrew Lamb leads the melodic line and gives the main tune to the active and dynamic mood. Tom Abbs is playing bass and cello. His improvisations are the mix of subtle searches of sounds, organic combos of eclectic styles or contrasting moods. Melodic and remarkable cello is switching between sweet, relaxing and sweet solos to dramatic, aggressive and exciting culminations. Dizzy passages, moving solos, spontaneous changes, pleasant surprises, bordering dynamics, effective coloristics and other background’s elements make evocative and colorful sound. Deep tunes of bass form tight and solid bass line. It keeps strong harmonic pattern and is highly contrasting with roaring, tremendous, nervous and intense solos of other instruments. Ryan Jewell is leading the drum section. Special effects, specific and home-made instruments, tremendousculminations, breaking sessions, mix of millions of timbres and rhythms – all these elements make a solid, colorful, expressive and terrific drums section. Musicians are playing in exciting and energetic mood. Their compositions are based on collective improvisations – hot spills of energy, trembling and moving solos, furiously fast, scandalous and franzy riffs, dizzy passages and other elements make an effort to remarkable and bright sound.

EurOpus | GoetheJazz | Hans Lüdemann TransEuropeExpress – “Poly Jazz” (BMC, 2018)

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“Poly Jazz” was released on 2018 by “BMC Records”. Album was recorded by “TransEuropeExpress” – it’s an innovative, expressive and interesting avant-garde jazz ensemble who join together great musicians of Germany and France. Ensemble was formed on 2013 – its bright, new and fresh musical decisions and exceptional sound is the main element, why ensemble became famous at international avant-garde jazz scene. Here’s together playing Hans Lüdemann (piano and virtual piano), Yves Robert (trombone), Silke Eberhard (alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Silke Eberhard (alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Théo Ceccaldi (violin), Ronny Graupe (guitar), Sébastien Boisseau (double bass) and Dejan Terzic (drums, percussion). Ensemble is playing with drive, energy and passion. Their improvisations have difficult and multi-layed structure, electronics, experimental music and free improvisation are brought together in one place. Musicians are experimenting in various cases and fields – they like to make eclectic combos, weird sounds, special effects, create tremendous and charming solos or admiring melodies. Their music is a great result of collaboration of great and creative jazz masters, who always want to create and search something innovative and new.

“Poly Jazz” has enchanting sound, expressive musical language and engaging free improvisations. The musicians manage to join together wide range of styles. The compositions connect together avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, modern and contemporary jazz styles, electronics, contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde and experimental music. This huge stylistic variety also brings wide palette of colors, themes, timbres and moods. Musicians like to fuse together contrasts and expressive xompounds – each of them always has individual sound. Each improviser has its ow nand unique style – the music is engaging, charming, enchanting and driving. Musicians are paying attention to everything – it seems that where’s no element, who wouldn’t be important. The best sound quality, precise and suggestive playing, expression of moods, dynamic turns from one mood to another, exotic and eclectic combos of styles, innovative instrumentation, rich musical language, admiring and driving melodies, sounds experiments, special effects, combo of electronics and acoustics and certainly – space for free, bright and moving improvisation for each musician. Musicians manage to join all these elements to one place – that’s how great and interesting result is created. Musical pattern is polyphonic and multi-colorful – it’s formed from dozens of different compounds. The bordering dynamics, wide and universal kit of instrumentation, expression of moods, sudden changes and passionate turns – musicians surely know how to create effective and interesting sound. They also are using huge range of composing techniques – home-made, specific or unique techniques are combined with sounds or chords sequences, repetitive rhythmic or melodic series, serialism, polyphony and various electronics. The musical language is joyful and vivid – it’s changing and twisting all the time. Piano and virtual piano melodies gently got together. Natural and warm piano is filled with energetic and passionate solos, vivid melodies, admiring, shrieky and bright culminations and breaking sessions of chords or rhythms. Virtual piano has snthetic, unusual and modern sound. Alterated tunes, modified timbres, sonic system’s experiments and other special effects are used here. It creates an effective coloristic background to the piano melodies, who frequently leads the main mood and melodic line. Ambitious, aggressive and angry melodies filled with gorgeous timbres, harsh and sharp chords sequences, loud and powerful culminations, dizzy passages and rolling roulades really makes an effort to whole sound. Reeds are charming and expressive. Different kinds of saxophones and clarinets are moving and bright, or very calm, lyric and relaxing. It’s gently fit together with trombone, who forms strong and solid bass line and has a deep, loud and bright tunes, who slowly moving together with active and sparkling reeds solos. Strings section is formed from violin, guitar and double bass. All these instruments bring different intonations to the music. Shrieky, scandalous and drmatic violin solos along with deep, heavy and solid trombone create glorious and suggestive mood. Loud, dramatic and harsh solos, passionate and light pizzicatto, furious scandals or soft pauses of violin also brings the soft intonations of contemporary academical music. Double bass is soft, subtle and deep – it’s keeping bright and intense bass line along with trombone or bursts into sparkling, twiasting and engaging solos, light and charming passages, soft and playful pizzicatto. Guitar brings vivid and driving mood – it’s mopstly filled with expressive, touching and terrific solos, flowing and remarkable melodies, soft harmony and intense sound. Percussion and drums are energetic and solid – it’s multi-layed and colorful. Dozens of colors, sounds and rhythms are used here. Roaring solos, loud and trembling rolls, fusious fast passages, colorful glissando, special effects or specific timbres of home-made instruments and percussions – all these elements form independent and intense drums section. All musicians are improvising just marvelous – their music is suggestive, engaging, innovative and expressive. Together they get on adventurous and risky collective improvisations. It’s the most effective and tremendous episodes – here each improviser shows his best, jumps on spontaneous solos, tremendous bursts of energy, driving melodies or simply beautiful combos of timbres or sounds. The music is expressive, innovative and bright.

Myra Melford – “12 from 2” (Firehouse 12, 2018)

“12 from 2” is the release of “Firehouse 12” records, released on 2018. Album was recorded by various great jazz masters, who was leaded by Myra Melford. Famous, attractive, bright and moving solos for various combos and ensembles were played and recorded in one album to celebrate 25 years of career of great European avant-garde jazz innovator and pianist Myra Melford. Here Myra Melford is playing with different musicians in each track – it’s Duo with Allison Miller; Spindrift with Nicole Mitchell & Tyshawn Sorey; Dialogue with Ben Goldberg; Trio with Mary Halvorson & Miya Masaoka; Be Bread with Cuong Vu, Ben Goldberg, Brandon Ross, Stomu Takeishi & Matt Wilson; Same River, Twice with Dave Douglas, Chris Speed, Erik Friedlander & Michael Sarin; Snowy Egret with Ron Miles, Liberty Ellman, Stomu Takeishi & Ted Poor; Duo with Marty Ehrlich; Myra Melford Trio with Lindsey Horner & Reggie Nicholson. Bunch of fantastic jazz masters, energy, drive, passion and innovative playing style – all these elements are joined together and make a tremendous and remarkable sound.

“12 from 2” is filled with dozens of colors, extended playing techniques, expressions and specific timbres. Each composition is different from the others, but all of them has something in common. Bright expression, modern and fresh improvising, driving playing manner, hot and sharp sound who meets the soft, dreamy, romantic or cold tunes are the basics of most part of compositions. Musicians are the masters of their art. Each of them had been known for years and decades in international or European avant-garde jazz scene. Virtuosity, precise and marvelous playing technique, inventive decisions, new and admiring expressions, specific and exotic textures, risky adventures and passionate movings – dozens of ornaments, coloristics, specific timbres and exotic combos are used here. Compositions are based on synthesis of avant-garde and modern jazz styles. Collective improvisation and free jazz are the basics of almost all the pieces. It brings joyful, passionate and ambitious playing with bursting and hot spills of energy, tremendous blow outs and fascinating riffs. Open form, many layers, colors, polyphony and homophony, modern harmony, wide stylistic variety, bordering dynamics, chords or rhythms sequences, surprising and innovative instrumentation form spectacular and bright musical pattern with rich facture. The musicians are creative and free – they can easily get on risky, weird or simply crazy combos, exotic styles, strange sounds or ambitious musical decisions. Tremendous, terrific and turbulent collective improvisations are always filled with energy, joy, vividness, drive and passion. The music of this album recovers the virtuosity and imagination of Myra Melford – he’s the only one musician who’s playing in all the compositions with different musicians. This improviser has a marvelous ability to switch and moderate with different musicians, who have absolutely contrasting playing style. His improvisation ar efilled with bursts of energy, powerful and impulsive spills of energy, hotness and passion. He flies in with passionate and light solos, charming and dizzy passages, when goes to dreamy or romantic pieces, subtle and calm episodes or crazy, frantic and expressive free improvisation, who has enormously effective playing manner and precise virtuosity. Myra Melford once more shows his creativity, fresh point of view and suggestive playing manner. The other instruments also are bright, dynamic and colorful. It’s filled with colors and admiring themes. Cool and relaxing saxophones meet the shrieky guitars, bright and luminous piano solos, variable percussion, original and moving blow outs or dramatic, tremendous and passionate culminations or cool guitar riffs. The msuciians are expressing numerous of moods  – music is an enchanting mix of sounds, moods, factures and styles. Thought the basic is avant-garde jazz, mostly brought in by Myra Melford, it’s gently connects with other jazz styles. Bebop, post bop, neo bop, cool, progressive and other modern and contemporary jazz styles are joined together with fusion, a littke bit of academical music and electronics. The contrasts come very suddenly – vividness and sorrow, sadness and joy, passion and depression, relaxation and scandal, furious and shrieky culminations or silent and subtle downs – all these elements change each other without any special effort or way. It’s hard to describe completely, what is this music like – it’s simply gorgeous, bright, passionate and expressive.

10³²K – “The Law of Vibration” (SR, 2018)

“The Law of Vibration” was released on 2018. Album was recorded by “10³²K” – it’s a trio of creative and experienced jazz masters. This occasion had got together Frank Lacy (trombone,trumpet), Kevin Ray (bass), Andrew Drury (percussion) featuring the special guest Roswell Rudd (trombone on “Yankee No-How”). The music is bright, light and expressive. Trio musicians have a will to experiment and create new forms of avant-garde jazz,as well as make it attractive and glamurous for the listener. Special effects, expressions, specific timbres, exotic combos, bordering dynamics, variable rhythmic and huge stylistic variety always make the base of trio compositions. They find an artsy and original combo of avant-garde, experimental, modern and contemporary jazz. Absolutely contasting and different pieces gently fit together – expressive bebop with sharp and aggressive free improvisations, turbulent culminations, terrific riffs, breaking sessions, repetitive series of chords or rhythms join stable rhythmic, gentle and soft timbres, romantic or sweet mood, cool and calm pieces or other moods. Roswell Rudd is a creative and interesting trombonist. He has modern and extraordinary playing style – just like his colleagues, he likes to investigate and search for new forms, bright sounds, inventive and exceptional musical decisions or simply gorgeous and modern ideas.

“The Law of Vibration” is a nice combo of various jazz styles. Musicians choose a gentle and natural way to express the emotions and illustrate the huge contrast of various pieces. All musicians have bright and tremendous playing style – exceptional masterful playing technique, precision, expression, drive and passion make a great combo. The improvisations have their own character – some of them are furious and aggressive, the other calm, relaxing or sweet. Musicians make the best effort to create colorful and dynamic compositions. The main aim is, that the effective and expressive sound would ce created and rest through all the album. That’s managed just great in every way. Compositions have variabkle and colorful musical language. It’s simple and static in some compositions, difficult and expressive or stable, luminous and innovative in oother pieces. Musicians go the long way through moving solos, rapid changes, tremendous and remarkable melodies, romantic pauses, gorgeous dreams or light and soft pieces. The contrast is the main principe of composing. Just like in the other albums of this trio, where’s no barrieres between softness and aggression, intense and relaxing, energy’s explosions or calm pauses. Musicians together go on surprising and ambitious adventures – they explore new timbres, produce weird sounds, construct interesting forms and create innovative and modern sound. Turbulent and spontaneous avant-garde jazz, moving and emotional bebop, cool and relaxing contemporary, fusion or sweet, simple and beautiful pieces of contemporary or progressive jazz are fused together in the most precise, organic and effective way. It’s so gently fit together, that it’s impossible to hear, when the musicians go from the one mood to another. Two trombones keep main melodic line – Frank Lacy plays solo in all compositions except the “Yankee No-How”, where another great trombonist Roswell Rudd is improvising. Trombone and trumpet by Frank Lacy are bright, moving and rapid. Light, loud, bright and expressive trumpet filled with vital melodies, sudden jumps, weird timbres, special effects and dizzy passages. It’s real burst of energy, virtuosity and action for whole album. Trombone is a little bit subtle and calm. Deep tunes, repetitive series of rhythms contain the solid bass line. There’s also are sparkling solos, soft and gentle excerpts or roaring and blowing culminations. Calm, stable and tight trombone keep the bass line to the opposite to trumpet, who bursts in charming passages, roaring blow outs, expressive and touching risings or turbulente culminations. We have a chance to hear impressive improvisation by Roswell Rudd in his own composition “Yankee No-How”. He’s got driving, passionate and impulsive playing manner. From deep, calm and tight solos he jumps straight to bursts of energy, turbulent culminations, vibrant riffs with special effects, coloristics and hot expressions. Aggressive and strict playing manner is joined together with calm, relaxing and soft mood – musician get through wide scale of moods and technique without any force or effort. His improvisation is more rapid, active, expressive and impulsive than Frank Lacy’s solos, but it’s gently fit together and create a bright and passionate mood. Bass melodies by Kevin Ray are subtle and tight. It mostly consists from repetitive tunes, who form solid bass line. Subtle, sweet, gentle and light melodies, dynamic rhythms, colorful expressions and extended playing techniques make an interesting and original sound. Bass is the opposite to trombones – its soft, gorgeous, sometimes weird and outrageous tunes are against roaring blow outs, and rigorous energy’s explosions. Andrew Drury leads the percussion’s section. It’s expressive, moving and bright, formed from different timbres and expressions. Gorgeous timbres, bright and roaring rolls, load fanfars, sweet and static, expressive, dynamic, complicated, cool, franky or explosing rhythmic sessions relate the music with one of jazz styles. The music is filled with gorgeous timbres, driving improvisations, extended playing techniques and expressive sound.

Sophie Bernado/Hugues Mayot/Rafaelle Rinaudo – “Ikui Doki” (Ayler Records, 2018)

“Ikui Doki” was released on 2018 by “Ayler Records”. Album was recorded by Sophie Bernado (bassoon, voice), Hugues Mayot (saxophone, clarinet) and Rafaelle Rinaudo (harp, effects). These three musicians form the trio “Ikui Doki”. Radical, bright, evocative and extatic solos, innovations, synthesis of electronics and acoustics contain the main part of album. The musicians have original point of view – they are dedicated to create evocative, fresh and new avant-garde jazz, who’s also is radical and shocking. Experimental and contemporary academical music also is highly related with these compositions. There are many intonations of classical or modern harmony, traditional instrumentation’s decisions, far intonations of Asian music, who are twisted together with avant-garde jazz. Free improvisation is the main element of all compositions of “Ikui Doki” for the most of the time. Musicians are exploring, traveling from the one mood to another – all together they create new sounds, furious scandals, humoristic or funny episodes, gentle pieces, sweet and romantic excerpts or simply driving and crazy moods. The music is bright, intense and vibrant.

“Ikui Doki” has a multi-layed structure, rich musical pattern and is based on dynamic mood. The compositions are based on avant-garde, experimental and modern jazz, which is mixed with free improvisation. Improvisers are great jazz masters – each of them has its own and original style. Hot and expressive playing manner, evocative decisions, stunning instrumentation, sound experiments, weird timbres and special effects contain the main part of the musical pattern. This album is one of these, where musicians manage to create an organic and interesting synthesis of avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music – forms, elements, chords, typical basics and expressions of these two genres are gently brought together. The melodic pattern is the most luminous, loud and bright. It’s based on individual melodies, played by each instrument. Bright, colorfully ornamented with passages and glissando, the melodies are flowing to dramatic culminations, romantic and silent pieces, relaxing moods or meditative excerpts. Musicians are paying huge attention to the melody – it’s huge and long, constructed from dozens of different pieces, composing techniques and expressions. The melodies spread without any force all through wide and colorful musical pattern – each melody is remarkable, expressive, imaginary and colorful. Though the open form is the most frequently used, the melodies are more similar to contemporary academical or experimental music compositions. That’s especially hears on subtle pieces with slow, lyrical and relaxing mood. Special effects, abandoned and depressive mood, short and abstract melodic excerpts are the main compounds of these episodes. It’s contrasting with vivid, gentle, light, expressive, sometimes – roaring and tremendous culminations and collective improvisations. The musicians are improvising expressively and with passion – their music is dynamic, vivid and always in change. Reeds melodies surely are the most important for melodic line. Bassoon, saxophone and clarinet keep strong harmonic pattern and make engaging, passionate and marvelous melodic line. These three instruments contain the basics of melodic line – it’s brings dozens of colors, expressions and moods. Sophie Bernado and Hugues Mayot make a pleasant duo. They both gently fit together – each of them adds his own sound and playing techniques, who are absolutely different, but still organically get together. Gentle pieces, soft and warm timbres, passionate and dizzy solos, roaring blow outs who passe to growling, aggressive and turbulente culmination or to light, abstract, academic and expressive mood. The reeds certainly form the main mood, conception and sound of the compositions. Voice elements are exceptional and interesting – it appears suddenly and like from nowhere – spoken elements, recitals, various timbres and sounds, extended and innovative techniques, dramatic and energetic playing style are main elements of Sophie Bernado’s voice improvisations. The harp and effects are leaded by Rafaelle Rinaudo. The improviser creates wide and rich conception of harp – it’s warm, joyful and bright. Harp is used here as universal instrument – it adds much more colors to melodic line, brings specific intonations, exotic timbres, colorful expressions, creates rhythmic basis, harmonic pattern and coloristic background. All these functions are dine and combined splendidly – charming passages, tight tunes, weird timbres, bright and expressive melodies, light and gentle playing techniqye bring effective and moving sound. Special effects are made from synthesized sounds, computer devices, radio tunes, ambient, glitch, drone, alterated sounds, modified timbres and dozens of other special effects. Music of this album is bright and fresh – it’s made by three great improvisers, who have splendid playing techniques and effective improvising style.