Joe McPhee | Pascal Niggenkemper | Ståle Liavik Solberg – “Imaginary Numbers” (Clean Feed, 2017)

“Imaginary Numbers” is one of the newest experimental jazz albums which were released this month by “Clean Feed Records”. The album was recorded by three great jazz masters – Joe McPhee (pocket trumpet, tenor saxophone), Pascal Niggenkemper (double bass) and Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums, percussion). Jazz legend Joe McPhee is one of the most famous avant-garde jazz musicians. He always collaborating with numerous avant-garde jazz masters, experimental music players, rock bands and other music performers. Original and expressive playing, spontaneous and inventive musical decisions, vital, contrasting and lively sound, numerous of different playing techniques – these elements are the main part of his improvising style. Own and unique sound and extraordinary playing manner also is the main element of Pascal Niggenkemper and Stale Liavik Solberg. These two avant-garde jazz masters demonstrate their marvelous improvising, ability to put together absolutely different music styles and expressions and inventive musical decisions. Shocking and stunning musical experiments, spontaneous, wild and free improvising usually create dynamic, innovative and provocative sound of their improvisations. This album is another one opportunity to hear three famous jazz legends playing and improvising together.

Album compositions based on avant-garde jazz elements. Wide range of musical expressions, unusual and colorful timbres, separate noises, memorable and expressive melodies, sharp and aggressive sound – these elements are the main and most important part of these improvisations. Collective improvisations are formed of numerous different musical language elements which are highly contrasting with each other – aggressive, provocative and expressive saxophone melodies, sharp, powerful and loud blow-outs, stunning riffs with wild fast arpeggios are put together with subtle and effective bass melodies and dynamic rhythmic. Three musicians are playing free, emotional and spontaneously. Their improvising is full of unpredictable and extraordinary choices, sudden changes of styles and moods, different characters and musical elements. Joe McPhee improvising make an effort to whole sound of compositions. Loud, powerful and sharp episodes are twisted together with soft, calm and peaceful episodes which have lyrical melodic episodes and colorful harmony. His playing in these improvisations is outstanding – Joe McPhee try out numerous of different playing techniques. Traditional and innovative ways of playing are gently blended together with his own and unique sound, playing manner and outstanding improvising style. His improvisations bring to the compositions live, bright, powerful and intense sound. Pascal Niggenkemper improvising also is masterful and stunning – he creatively combines different musical expressions, playing techniques and other musical language elements. Very colorful and gorgeous harmony, various types of rhythms, vibrant, solid and effective sound – these elements form the main basement of his improvisations. With numerous of different musical expressions Pascal Niggenkemper create original and bright musical language and interesting sound of his improvisations. The duos between Pascal Niggenkemper and Joe McPhee are effective, colorful, dynamic and one of the most episodes of the album. Own and unique playing style, outstanding virtuosity, inventive and masterful playing, expressive and energetic melodies create a vibrant and intense sound. Stale Liavik Solberg playing is very effective, essential and interesting – his playing is full of different musical expressions, rhythms, unusual and gorgeous sounds of percussion. Outstanding virtuosity, masterful playing, unique playing manner and innovative musical decisions are combined with spontaneous musical decisions and free sound experiments. The combination of all these elements create an effective, gorgeous and intense sound. Collective all three musicians improvisations are the most interesting pieces of the album – each of them shows their masterful playing, demonstrates creative, inventive and outstanding improvising. This album is a great opportunity to hear an outstanding and interesting improvisations by three avant-garde jazz legends.

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