Andrew Lisle |Alex Ward – “Doors” (Copepod Records, 2018)

“Doors” was released this month by “Copepod Records”. Album was recorded by Andrew Liste (drums) and Alex Ward (clarinet, electric guitar). The compositions by these two interesting jazz masters are full of unpredictable stylistic waves, turns, musical experiments and have an energetic sound. The main priorities of their playing style are creative, inventive and extraordinary improvising, the effort to create original and energetic sound and expand the zone of usual and simple sound. The musical language of their improvisations is rich, expressive and fascinating. It’s based on evocative musical decisions, dynamic rhythmic, colorful harmony and huge range of different playing techniques, musical expressions and other elements of musical language. The musicians try out many different ways of playing – fascinating, inventive and mdoern ways of playing are combined together all in one place. Both musicians have a tendency to create especially energetic and vivacious sound. Their compositions are based on loud, turbulent and powerful bursts of energy and spontaneous improvising. Even though, the musicians are improvising individually, creatively and free, their isn’t a chaos – independent, contrasting and bright melodies gently fit together with each other and create original  and interesting sound.

The compositions of this album is the eclectic and interesting combination between various jazz styles, playing manners, techniques and expressions. Free and creative collective improvisations are full of different and unusual ways of playing, special effects and unusual sounds. Each musician reveals his own and interesting playing style – it’s based on bright, vivid, energetic and expressive sound. Different playing manners, dynamic rhythmic, special sound effects, strange and weird timbres, rich musical language and individual melodies – all these things are the basement of their improvisations. Alex Ward clarinet and electric guitar improvisations are especially bright, energetic and vivacious. His improvisations are somewhere between free improvisations, various basic elements of avant-garde and modern jazz and soft intonations of experimental music. His solos don’t have memorable or glamorous melodies – it’s based on musical experiments. Alex Ward masterfully tries out many different and innovative ways of playing – colorful glissando, loud, powerful, harsh, aggressive and turbulent blow outs, virtuosic, abstract and spontaneous solos with extremely rapid passages – all these elements are heard in his improvisations very clearly and make an effort to whole sound. It’s also especially energetic, rapis, vivid, vivacious, sometimes even – playful, lengthy and joyful. Lengthy and expressive episodes are highly contrasting with harsh, loud and aggressive pieces. The huge range of different moods, original and specific playing manners and inventive instrumentation decisions make Alex Ward improvisations into real bursts of energy. Electric guitar solos bring a bit of rock and electronic music intonations, but mainly it’s based on avant-garde jazz. Electric guitar solos are especially energetic, active, dynamic, vivid and expressive, full of unusual timbres, strange sounds and abstract,depressive, harsh and slow excerpts. Drum improvisations by Andrew Liste gently fit together with Alex Ward clarinet and guitar. Masterful fusion of different rhythms, rhythmic formulas, special effects and sounds is heard together in one  place. Drummer masterfully try out  many different playing techniques, extract original and unusual timbres and create especially expressive, bright and solid improvisations. Loud, powerful, vivid and rapid drum rolls, vibrant fanfars, extremely virtuosic arpeggios, turbulent and free improvisations, bursts of energy are gently combined with monotonic and static pieces, which create contrasting and colorful sound. This album compositions have expressive, energetic and especially intensive sound.

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