Summit Quartet – “Live in Sant’ Anna Arresi” (Catalytic Sound, 2017)

“Live in Sant’ Anna Arresi” is the newest release by “Catalytic Sound Records”. The album was recorded by Ken Vandermark and his “Summit Quartet”. The quartet members are famous avant-garde jazz masters – Ken Vandermark (tenor, baritone saxophones), Mats Gustafsoon (baritone saxophone), Luc Ex (bass) and Hamid Drake (drums). These four musicians had been improvising together for a long time. They all are talented and experienced jazz masters which had created original and innovative playing and improvising style since the beginning of their careers. The improvisations by this quartet always are very expressive, evocative and colorful. It also based on various musical experiments and interesting instrumentation decisions. This album is another one great opportunity to hear four famous and talented jazz masters playing together.

The compositions of this album are based on expressive and free improvising. Collective improvisations of “Summit Quartet” members are evocative, emotional, expressive, sometimes – very sharp, aggresive and loud. The musicians improvisations are put together against each other and have their own and unique sound. Evocative, loud and fast saxophones solos, loud and powerful blow outs, expressive and colorful melodies, subtle and contrasting solos of bass and very dynamic and variable rhythmic are the main elements of these compositions. “Summit Quartet” as same as their other albums, demonstrate interesting, lively and expressive sound in these compositions. They try out many different playing techniques. The traditional ones essentially connect with unusual and innovative ways of playing. High variety of extended and innovative playing techniques is used to expand the technical abilities of the instruments and create an extraordinary sound. The musicians essentially combine together various playing techniques and musical expressions. This music is also very moody – from loud and fast collective improvisations the musicians suddenly turn out to very calm and relaxing episodes and then – to more powerful and energetic improvisations. The most interesting episodes of this album are there musicians start a “conversation” between 3 saxophones. The dialogues between these instruments are based on wide range of different expressions, playing techniques and dissonance harmony. The rhythmic of the compositions also is based on various rhythmical formulas and elements which are essentially combined together and gently fit with wild and evocative saxophones and bass melodies. This compositions set by “Summit Quartet” has a typical sound of this quartet – evocative, loud, expressive and moody improvisations which are based on different music elements and sounds.

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