Peter Kuhn|Dave Sewelson|Dan Clucas|Scott Walton|Alex Cline – “Dependent Origination” (FMR, 2018)

“Dependent Origination” was released by “FMR Records” this year. Album was recorded by interesting and creative jazz masters – Peter Kuhn (Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone), Dave Sewelson (Baritone Saxophone, Sopranino Saxophone), Dan Clucas (Cornet), Scott Walton (bass) and Alex Cline (drums). These five musicians are experimenting together and create evocative and energetic sound. Their music is bright, has rich and colorful musical language, is full of unpredictable stylistic waves and spontaneous solos. Musicians are improvising free, creatively, innovatively and expressively. They produce and extract unusual timbres, create and try out new and innovative ways of playing. Their music is based on avant-garde jazz elements and collective improvisations. For the most of the time, improvisations are rapid, active, have sharp, expressive and evocative sound. Special effects, unusual sounds and timbres, wide range of different playing styles and expressions are organically combined together with unique playing style. Each musician is experienced and famous member of avant-garde jazz scene – each of them has its own and individual playing style, which is based on innovative and expressive improvising.

This album compositions are based on contrasts and have masterful quality of sound. The musicians create interesting, engaging and evocative sound by using many different playing techniques and musical expressions. Each of them is improvising differently from the others. The musicians have a tendency to use inventive and modern musical decisions, experiment in all ways of musical language. All these elements they combine with the basic and the most important elements of their playing style. Free and spontaneous reeds improvisations by Dave Sewelson, Peter Kuhn and Dan Clucas form bright and energetic sound of the album. Bright, expressive, passionate and active solos are filled with many different timbres and musical expressions. Free and vibrant blow outs, sharp and aggressive solos, expressive and vivacious melodies, wide range of unusual timbres and sounds are the main elements of these improvisations. Shrieky, vibrant and loud saxophones, expressive, evocative and bright clarinet, deep and active cornet – these three instruments have their own and independent melodies, which gently and organically are connected together. Their improvisations are based on wild and furious blow outs, sharp and provocative stylistic waves, powerful bursts of energy which are masterfully fused together with soft and calm episodes. The contrasts of different timbres, characters, moods, melodies and other elements of musical language effect whole sound of the album. Scott Walton bass melodies form bright and solid bass section, are highly contrasting with reeds and colorfully illustrates their melodies. Bass improvisations are always somewhere between calm, monotonic and repetitive tones and vibrant, energetic and passionate solos. Sudden turns, modofications of timbres and sounds make the sound more contrastic, interesting and variable. Drums section is leaded by Alex Cline. His furiouos drum rolls, energetic, engaging, aggressive and provocative solos, furious and rapid passages, various types of rhythms and unusual percussion sounds bring especially energetic and expressive sound and interesting rhythmic basic. All five musicians are improvising spontaneously, creatively and free. The improvisations of this album has evocative, bright, rich and innovative musical language and expressive sound.

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