Lipscomb Quartet – “Fodder” (SR, 2018)

“Fodder” was released this month – on January 13, 2018. This interesting experimental jazz album was recorded by “Lipscomb Quartet”. The leader of this ensemble is Jon Lipscomb (guitar), together with him there’s also play Nick Jazwiak (bass), Sam Weinberg (tenor sax) and Dave Treut (drums). All four musicians are experienced and creative avant-garde jazz musicians. Their interesting and original playing manner, unique improvising style and sound, masterful virtuosity and rich musical language usually create evocative and extraordinary sound of their improvisations. Improvisations are based on experimental and avant-garde jazz styles, but also have much in common with various rock and modern jazz styles, especially – bebop and hard bop. Their improvisations are based on innovative, brave and interesting musical experiments, sudden and unpredictable stylistic turns and waves and other elements. Expressive and memorable melodies, evocative and vivacious musical language, spontaneous and vivid improvisations – all these elements create innovative sound.

The compositions of this quartet newest album “Fodder” have all the most important elements and basics of avant-garde jazz. Free and spontaneous improvisations, contrasting and expressive melodies, dynamic and vivid rhythmic, all kinds of different musical expressions, playing techniques, rhythms, harmony chords and other musical language elements are masterfully fused together in one place. Though album compositions are based on avant-garde jazz, there’s also are heard the intonations of bebop, hard-bop, post-bop, other contemporary and modern jazz styles and rock styles melodic elements. The musicians improvisations are based on contrasting and unexpected musical language changes and innovative instrumentation decisions. Guitar improvisations by Jon Lipscomb are lively, vivid, striking and expressive. These improvisations have much melodic intonations which are similar to various rock styles, and are sounding very energetic, vibrant, solid and sharp. Guitarist try out many different playing techniques, his improvisations are full of unusual and strange stylistic waves, sudden moods and characters changes and other musical language changes. Guitar improvisations gently fit together with other instruments solos, especially – with tenor saxophone and bass. Sam Weinberg saxophone improvisations are extremely bright, intensive, have sharp, aggressive and turbulence sound. Various playing techniques, innovative methods of playing, powerful and loud blow outs, dynamic and stunning riffs, wild fast and furious solos and other elements create gorgeous, sharp, expressive, vivid and active sound of his improvisations. Nick Jazwiak bass improvisations are subtle and dynamic. Active, speedy and energetic solos suddenly turn out to peaceful, silent and solid pieces, free and spontaneous musical experiments. Bassist always searches for new ways of playing, his improvisations, like other musicians of this quartet, are dynamic, constantly changing, contrasting and gently fit together with other instruments. Dave Treut drums section is dynamic and turbulence. The rhythmic of these compositions for the most of the time is very active, dynamic, expressive, full of powerful drums solos, loud and solid tremolos, original and unusual ways of playing and musical experiments. Collective improvisations of all four musicians are the most effective and turbulent episodes of whole album – different themes, melodies, improvisations and moods are combined in one place and create extremely sharp, aggressive, powerful, dynamic and innovative sound.

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