“LIVE IN ZURICH” was released on March 16 by “Intakt Records”. Album was recorded by “Aruan Ortiz Trio” – it’s Aruan Ortiz (piano), Brad Jones (bass) and Chad Taylor (drums). The compositions, played by three interesting and experienced jazz masters, have expressive and passionate sound. Each of them has its own and original playing style, unique sound and evocative playing manner. Musicians are active members of contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. Their music is based on synthesis between various jazz styles. Bebop, post-bop, the intonations of other modern jazz styles, are gently combined together with avant-garde jazz and free improvisations. The main aim of their improvisations is to create interesting, modern and extraordinary sound by using many different playing manners, sounds, styles and ways of playing. Musicians masterfully switch between furiuos and wild fast solos, active and dynamic rhythmic and free, turbulent and expressive improvisations. The musicians also trying to express different moods and characters – their music is very dynamic and filled with unpredictable musical decisions.

The compositions of this album have interesting and original sound. It’s based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz and modern jazz styles. Three musicians are improvising individualy and differently from each other – they try out many different playing techniques, reveal its own playing manner and make interesting musical decisions. Piano melodies by Aruan Ortiz bring vivacious, active, energetic and dynamic mood to the compositions. His solos are filled with unpredictable musical decisions, wild fast and furious passages, virtuosic arpeggios, passionate melodies, dynamic and constantly changing rhythmic and expressive musical language. Aruan Ortiz playing style is consisted of many different playing manners – bebop, post-bop, free bop and other elements of modern jazz styles intonations are gently combined together with free improvisations, turbulent and fascinating musical experiments and fascinating solos. Brad Jones bass melodies are full of subtle, vibrant and passionate sound – he tries out many different playing techniques. Usual and traditional techniques are combined together with experimental and unique ways of playing – dramatic vibrato, passionate and vibrant solos with joyful pizzicato and sudden glissando, sharp dissonances, subtle and silent pieces are based on repetitive and monotonic bass line. All his improvisations usually grow to dramatic, turbulent, vibrant, vivacious and expressive bursts of energy with loud and virtuosic solos and colorful timbres. Chad Taylor drums improvisations form solid and independent rhythmic section. Drummer is experienced to mix together all different kinds of types of rhythms – he fuse together wild fast and monotonic bebop rhythms, the rhythms of ethnic South and North Americas countries music, free jazz and spontaneous improvisations. This masterful synthesis between many different types ofrhythms are gently illustrated with colorful and unusual timbres. Three musicians improvisations have vivacious, passionate, modern and interesting sound.

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