Hans Peter Hiby – “Roots” (Not Two Records, 2017)

“Roots” was released in 2017 by “Not Two” records. This avant-garde jazz album was recorded by Hans Peter Hiby (alto and tenor sax), Michael Bardon (bass) and Paul Hession (drums). All these three musicians are interesting and original jazz masters. Their improvising style is based on extraordinary musical decisions, spontaneous solos, inventive and shocking instrumentation and wide range of different musical expressions and styles. Their improvisations sound is very variable and dynamic – loud, expressive, energetic and turbulent solos are connected with soft, subtle and lyrical mood episodes. Three musicians formed and masterfully improved original playing manner, dynamic sound and vivacious improvising. Musicians had been improvising together many times before and recorded albums as a trio and also collaborated with other jazz musicians – Peter Kowald, Paul Rodgers, Dieter Manderscheid, Martin Theurer, Paul Rutherford, Peter Brotzmann and many others.

This album compositions reveal the original playing manner and especially expressive sound of all three musicians. Turbulent, expressive, vital and loud collective improvisations are based on wide range of unusual timbres, strange noises, shocking and experimental ways of playing, rich, vivacious and adventurous musical language. Sudden stylistic changes, absolutely different musical expressions and playing techniques are masterfully combined together in one composition. Musicians like brave and shocking musical experiments – they expand from the traditional and usual zone of sound and improvising. Interesting, spontaneous and striking solos, vivacious and expressive melodies, very well-known methods of playing are mixed together with innovative playing techniques. Saxophones melodies are full of bright and vivid sound. Wild fast, furious and especially sharp solos, loud, powerful and turbulent blow-outs and fascinating riffs brings very much energy and live to these improvisations. Bass melodies are the opposites to the saxophone – it has many subtle and silent episodes, very much unusual and strange timbres, vibrant and intense solos. Intense and vibrant bass solos, virtuosic pizzicato, glissando, various spontaneous solos are marvelously mixed together with extravagant and sharp saxophone melodies. Drums improvisations also are especially expressive, dynamic and emotional – various kinds of rhythms are masterfully used in these compositions. Energetic, vibrant, turbulent and vivid drum rolls, loud and powerful arpeggios and tremolo mixed with wide range of unusual, colorful and gorgeous percussion sounds. Interesting and dynamic rhythmical improvisations gently fit together with saxophones and bass, and also form colorful and solid rhythmical basic and background of the improvisations. Big palette of various colors, sounds, timbres, tones and noises are heard in these compositions. The improvisations are based on free, not strictly-based structure and form – independent and individual melodies which are absolute opposites to each other, are put together one against other. Big amount of contrasts, musical expressions, playing techniques, moods and characters are the main elements which make an effort to essential sound and basement of these compositions. Rich, bright and adventurous musical language, innovative improvising make original and modern sound of this album compositions.


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