Spinifex – “Amphibian Ardour” (2017)

“Amphibian Ardour” was released in November, 2017. Album was recorded by experimental jazz ensemble “Spinifex” – it’s Bart Maris (trumpet), Tobias Klein (alto saxophone), John Dikeman (tenor saxophone), Gonçalo Almeida (bass), Jasper Stadhouders (guitar) and Philipp Moser (drums). Interesting, energetic and active improvisations, glamorous and outstanding solos, deep and solid bass improvisations, powerful and turbulent blow-outs, dynamic and active rhythmic – these elements are the main elements of this ensemble playing style. Musicians are improvising masterfully and originally – they like to express different moods, senses and try out new and innovetive playing techniques. The sound of this ensemble improvisations for the most of the time is extremely active, sharp, rigorous and furious with powerfulloud and shrieky solos and masterful virtuosity. Musical experiments, original and expressive solos, vivacious, joyful and astonishing melodies, unusual sounds and timbres make an effort to whole sound of the ensemble. All musicians are active, famous and talented avant-garde jazz masters – with huge variety of different playing techniques, expressions, experiments, sounds, timbres and special sounds effects they create extraordinary, emotional, passionate and dynamic sound.

This album compositions are based on dynamic sounds and collective improvisations. The most part of the improvisations are turbuelent and energetic collective improvisations. The musicians create especially energetic, loud, solid and intensive sound of all improvisations. Memorable, active, expressive, passionate and vivacious melodies bring live and energy to the compositions. Alto and tenor saxophones melodies and outstanding duets are full of many different musical expressions and playing techniques. Loud and powerful blow outs, fascinating and memorable riffs, wild fast, rigorous and shrieky solos, vivid and passionate melodies, weird timbres and rhythms, dynamic rhythmic and huge range of contrastic episodes – all these elements are heard the most in these two  musicians improvisations. Bass and guitar improvisations create the synthesis between various rock styles and avant-garde jazz. Deep, monotonous and loud guitar solos, static and repetitive rhythmic, the melodic and rhythmic elements of various rock styles are gently combined together with effective solos, spontaneous and free improvisations, unusual and weird sounds. Bass improvisations are dynamic and constantly changing – the bassist try out many different playing techniques and moods. From silent and subtle episodes, his improvisations suddenly switch to turbulent, free, active, rigorous and innovative improvisations. Colorful and active drum section connect together many different rhythmes, timbres and extraordinary sounds. Monotonic and repetitive, very active and dynamic, speedy and slow, rigorous and sharp or soft and lengthy – all kinds and types of rhythms, drum playing techniques and manners are used here. These album improvisations are placed somewhere between avant-garde jazz, hard-bop and bebop. These three basic styles make a marvelous synthesis with various rock styles and intonations of melodic and rhythmic elements of ethnic musical of various Europe and Asia countries. This album has gorgeous, active, sharp, turbulent and original sound.

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