Jeppe Zeeberg – “Four Seasons” (Barefoot Records, 2017)

The Four Seasons

“Four Seasons” is the new modern jazz album released by “Barefoot Records”. Album was recorded by a group of talented jazz musicians – it’s Erik Kimestad Pedersen (trumpet),  Lars Greve (saxophone, clarinet), Petter Hängsel (trombone),  Kristian Tangvik (tuba),  Henrik Olsson (guitar),  Casper Nyvang Rask (bass),  Rune Lohse (drums, percussion), Teis Søgaard  (drums), Jonas Graverholt (percussion) and Jeppe Zeeberg (piano, synth, organ). Musicians improvisations have interesting, vivacious, vivid and interesting sound. It’s usually based memorable and expressive melodies, dynamic and constantly changing rhythmic, interesting and contrasting episodes which are masterfully combined together. All these musicians had been improvising together for a long time, so independent melodies, playing styles and unique sound by each member of this ensemble gently fit together in one improvisation. Ensemble improvisations style is somewhere between modern jazz and rock music elements.

This album compositions are based on various modern jazz elements and collective improvisations. Cool, bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz basic elements and intonations are combined together with rock music melodic elements and rhythms. Memorable and expressive melodies, full of wild fast solos, arpeggios, glissando and other traditional playing techniques, interesting harmony and solid rhythmic basement – these elements form the main basic of compositions. Musicians try out many different musical expressions to make this music sound lively, energetic and vivacious. Reeds section instruments form vivid and bright melodic basic – striking trumpet melodies, expressive and wild fast saxophones and clarinets, powerful, solid and vibrant trombone and tuba bring marvelous, colorful and dynamic sound to these compositions. Guitar, bass and strong drums and percussion section form a solid rhythmic pattern. Strong and powerful drums, wild fast solos, unusual sounds and colorful timbres of percussion – these elements are just a part of musical language expressions which form the basement of the compositions. Dynamic and vary fast or monotonic, static and slow – various kinds and types of rhythms and its formulas are used together silmunateously or at the different time. The variety of different music elements, playing techniques and other expressions is used to bring original and interesting sound to this album. Musical language and inventive instrumentation are not the only things which make evocative sound of these compositions. The synthesis between bebop, post-bop, hard-bop, fusion, cool, some elements of traditional and contemporary main stream jazz and various rock styles helps musicians to create rich and bright music. All these absolutely different styles elements, various playing techniques, expressions and unique improvising styles of each musician are marvelously combined together. Outstanding improvising, interesting and bright musical language, inventive and shocking musical decisions make original sound of this album.

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