“Past The Potatoes” is another one avant-garde jazz improvisations set released last month. Album was recorded by Blaise Siwula (alto saxophone), John Loggia (drums) and Aron Namenwirth (banjo/guitar). These musicians are creative talented avant-garde jazz improvisers. Their creativity, original and interesting playing and improvising style had been the main element of their improvisations through the years of creative activity. Modern and avant-garde jazz styles synthesis, dynamic improvisations, contrasts and unexpected stylistic waves and turns, high variety of different timbres, musical experiments and expressions – these are the main elements of musicians improvisations. Three jazz masters are improvising together not for a first time. They had collaborated and improvised together in earlier years. They also had improvised with many other famous jazz stars.
Album has 8 compositions. All of them are based on various jazz styles synthesis. These compositions have soft, calm and relaxing sound which is connected with lively, dynamic and interesting episodes. The main element of the album is collective improvisations. Motoric and dynamic rhythmic, some episodes of virtuosic solos, other bebop, post-bop and other modern jazz styles are connected with avant-garde jazz. Though this album is more affiliated with modern and traditional jazz styles than free jazz, all these styles are masterfully combined together. Some compositions are based on modern and traditional jazz. Soft, melodic and memorable solos, static and monotonous rhythmic, colorful and relaxing harmony are the main elements of these compositions. The compositions of this type are contrasting with avant-garde jazz improvisations which have absolutely different basics. Free jazz improvisations in this album are most interesting and lively – the melodic and rhythmic basement is very dynamic and constantly changing, solos are full of virtuosic elements, soft harmony suddenly turns into sharp and unpredictable. Outstanding and expressive improvisations are full of innovative playing techniques, modern and traditional jazz, blues elements, different timbres and singular sounds. So these improvisations are the most interesting places of all album. Contrasts, unpredictable and sudden stylistic turns and surprises, synthesis of various jazz styles, expressive and free improvisations create an extraordinary and interesting sound of this album.