Tim Daisy’s Fulcrum Ensemble – “Animation” (relay, 2018)

“Animation” is the newest album of “Relay Recordings”, which is released today – on February 1, 2018. Album was recorded by “Tim Daisy’s Fulcrum Ensemble”, which members are outstanding and original jazz musicians – it’s James Falzone (clarinet), Steve Swell (trombone), Josh Berman (cornet), Fred Lonberg – Holm (cello), Dave Rempis (alto and baritone saxophones) and Tim Daisy (drums, marimba, metronomes, califone, composer). This sextet is the latest ensemble which was formed by Tim Daisy. It’s also is known as “Celebration sextet”. The improvisations by this ensemble are based on free collective improvisations, which are especially expressive and vivacious. Innovative and brave musical experiments, vivacious, vivid and striking stylistic turns, different moods and characters, unusual sounds and timbres, fascinating and original instrumentation decisions – all these elements form the basic of this ensemble compositions. There’s no need to present or introduce more these six musicians, whose are playing in this ensemble – all of them are active, famous and original avant-garde jazz masters and are always collaborating with other famous jazz improvisers. All these musicians have their own improvising manner, unique sound and are playing especially expressive, passionate and emotional.

This album compositions are based on collective improvisations and other basic avant-garde jazz elements. The elements of bebop, post-bop, hard-bop and other modern and traditional jazz styles also are heard in these compositions. The musicians have tendency to experiment, use innovative and interesting instrumentation decisions, improvise spontaneously and free. Their improvisations are full of many different musical language elements who are fused together into one place masterfully and effectively. The compositions have strong rhythmic basic, memorable, active and vivid melodic pattern and effective background. All three musical patterns highly contrasting with each other. Striking and passionate clarinet melodies, bright, vibrant and solid trombone and cornet melodies, subtle cello improvisations – the improvisations by these four different instruments are contrasting with each other. Clarinet melodies are full of virtuosic and wild fast passages, arpeggios, expressive, furious and sharp solos, unusual sounds and timbres, whose are made by using innovative methods of playing. Cornet melodies have especially bright, powerful, loud and energetic sound. Loud, striking, passionate, impressive and sharp solos are connected together with some more peaceful and calm episodes, which also are heard in this album. Cornet and clarinet melodies are gently combined with solid, deep and bass trombone melodies, which have intensive and vibrant sound, dynamic rhythmic and are based on different jazz styles elements synthesis. The trombone melodies also keeps the basic of the melodic and harmonic pattern – deep, heavy and solid trombone sounds are gently combined with vivacious and expressive clarinet melodies and bright cornet solos. Cello improvisations also are very important part of the melodic and rhythmic basement. From dynamic and vibrant solos to peaceful and tight rhythms, monotonous melodies, furious and extremely fast solos and the other elements – these improvisations have unpredictable and surprising sound. Drums and percussion section is formed by colorful and interesting instruments and have many musical expressions and elements – dynamic and furious drum solos, powerful drum rolls, sudden trills, glissando, arpeggios and other musical expressions, innovative methods of playing, all kinds of rhythms, unusual sounds and timbres played by marimba and various devices and instruments, make original and interesting sound of the compositions. The rhythmic section is strong and solid, it also has gorgeous, striking and vivacious sound. All melodies are contrasting with each other – different musical expressions, vivacious and striking improvising, spontaneous solos, pleasant and unpredictable surprises and various musical language elements are gently fused together and create original and touching sound of these improvisations.

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