Joe McPhee / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder – “Six Situations” (Not Two Records, 2017)

“Six Situations” – it’s a new album released by “Not Two Records”. Album had been recorded by three famous avant-garde jazz masters – Joe McPhee (tenor saxophone, voice), Damon Smith (double bass) and Alvin Fielder (drums). These three jazz musicians are famous for their original and expressive improvising style, innovative and progressive sound and musical experiments. The music played by these musicians is full of expressive, rigorous and very energetic solos, strange and unheard sounds and timbres, virtuosic elements and innovative musical decisions. The musicians had been improvising together many times in the past in various ensembles.

Album has 6 compositions. All of them are based on avant-garde jazz elements. Expressive and rigorous collective improvisations are full of many different music elements. Virtuosic and astonishing solos, dynamic rhytmic, several different melodies combined with each other and various sound effects – these elements are the main elements of improvisations. The musicians are improvising free and creative. Their improvisations is full of various music elements, short and expressive melodies, innovative musical decisions and strange noises. The music of this album is unpredictable and full of surprises – after virtuosic and dynamic solos there suddenly comes silent and soft episodes with static rhytmic and calm melodies. Effective and innovative sound of the compositions mostly depends on musicians. They show their talent and abilities in their masterfully improvisations and try out high variety of music styles, elements and expressions. Even though they improvising very different from each other, their melodies masterfully combine in one composition.

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