Szilárd Mezei, Nicola Guazzaloca – “Lucca And Bologna Concerts” (Amirani Records, 2017)

“Lucca And Bologna Concerts” – it’s another one fine and interesting avant-garde jazz album released this year by “Amirani Records”. Album had been played by two outstanding jazz musicians – pianist Nicola Guazzaloca and violinist Szilárd Mezei. Nicole Guazzaloca is creative and talented pianist which playing style consists of precisely and virtuosic playing techniques, the high variety of music styles and different expressions combinations, innovative and original improvisations and other elements. The pianist had been released many albums with other jazz improvisers such as Francesco Guerri, Thollem McDonas, Hannah Marchall and others. Her previous albums “Techniche Archaiche” and “Techniche Archaiche/Live at Angelica” were also released at “Amirani Records” and had original and dynamic sound. Szilard Mezei is Hungarian free jazz violinist. He also is the leader of various bands and ensembles such as “Szilard Mezei Trio”, “Szilard Mezei Ensemble”, “Szilard Mezei International Ensemble”, “Szilard Mezei Vocal Ensemble” and may others. Szilard Mezei has unique and original playing style and sound. His improvisations are full of unpredictable musical experiments and decisions, innovative playing techniques, virtuosic and precisely playing style. Improvisations played by these two musicians have interesting and natural sound.

Album has 8 compositions. All compositions are based on free jazz elements. Dynamic and contrastic collective improvisations are full of virtuosic and masterful played solos and duos by both musicians. The musicians put together different music elements, expressions and styles and combine it to the one composition. They do that very natural and organically, so this create original and interesting sound of this music. High diversity of playing techniques, innovative musical experiments, special sound effects and modern musical expressions also are the main elements of these compositions, This music is always changing – after rigorous and sharp episodes there comes virtuosic and very fast solos which also suddenly change in silent and calm episodes. The sharp and colorful harmony and dynamic rhythmic are also very important part of these compositions. It makes the compositions sound more effective and interesting. Expressive and marvelous playing, high variety of playing styles and musical decisions and other elements make innovative and organic sound of this album.

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