“Lavaman” is the newest avant-garde jazz album which was released by “Intakt Records” this month. The album was recorded by “Die Enttauschung” quintet – it’s Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet, clarinet), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Christof Thewes (trombone), Jan Roder (bass) and Michael Griener (drums). These five musicians had been improvising together for many years. Their original, unique and interesting improvising styles, different musical languages, playing manners and styles are masterfully twisted all together in one improvisation. Full of unexpected stylistic waves, turns and changes – imptovisations by thjs quintet are always interesting and have a fabulous and dynamic sound. All five musicians are great jazz masters. Their improvising style is based on various jazz styles synthesis – modern and avant-garde jazz traditions and main elements are highly effected by American and Europe experimental jazz elements which are quiet different from each other. Etended playing techniques, constantly changing and dynamic musical language, bright, stunning and vivid sound – all these elements form the most part of this quintet improvisations.
Album improvisations are based on synthesis between various jazz styles. Bebop, hard-bop, some elements of traiditional jazz styles are gently connected with experimental jazz. Collective improvisations, wild fast solos, unexpected stylistic turns, sudden changes of moods and characters of the compositions, high variety of different musical expressions – all these elements bring expressive, especially emotional and interesting sound to the compositions. Album improvisations are based on free form, which has not strictly based structure, colorful harmony, gorgeous background and constantly changing rhythmic. The sound of the compositions has many different colors and unheard timbres in it. Extended playing techniques, colorful harmony, memorable and expressive melodies, bright and rich musical language make an effort to the compositions sound. Musicians try out and masterfully combine together various traiditional ways of playing and innovative playing techniques. This wide range of different playing techniques helps musicians to extract new, unheard and unusual timbres which are making musical background more colorful and gorgeous. It’s also used as anj important colouristic element. Rudi Mahall clarinet melodies are very expressive and full of numerous different expressions and musical language elements – his musical language is very rich, evocative, innovative and bright, based on extravagant and unusual musical decisions. Emotional and vivacious melodies are gently combined together with other instruments – Axel Dorner trumpet and Christof Thewes trombone melodies. Trumpet improvisations as same as clarinet, are emotional and expressive. Various elements of modern jazz styles are heard in these two instruments improvisations. Trombone melodies gently fit together – solid, intense and vibrant sound is highly contrasting with speedy, vivacious, striking and vivid trumpet and clarinet melodies. Trombone sounds more solid, powerful and static – Christof Thewes improvisations are full of spontaneous musical decisions, melodic and memorable improvisations, interesting timbres and harmony. Trumpet, clarinet and trombone improvisations form a very solid and strong melodic basic which also is colorful, evocative and striking. Jan Roder bass and Michael Griener drums improvisations are based on numerous of different rhythmic formulas and types. Dynamic, fast and vivacious rhythms are professionally combined together with static, slow and monotonic rhythms which are not heard very much in these improvisations. All music of this album is very moody and colorful – because of outstanding and marvelous improvising the main sound of the album is bright, interesting and expressive.