“A Pride of Lions” was released on April 9, 2018 by “The Bridge Sessions”. Album was recorded by a group of creative jazz masters – Daunik Lazro (tenor, baritone saxophones), Joe McPhee (tenor saxophone, pocket trumpet), Joshua Abrams (double bass, guembri), Guillaume Séguron (double bass) and Chad Taylor (drums, mbira). Interesting, innovative and remarkable improvising style, original and specific musical decisions, brave and shockink musical experiments, experimental ways of playing and own playing manners – all these elements are the main part of all these musicians improvisations. The main mood and improvising manner is based on especially expressive and evocative sound. Eclectic and sudden stylistic turns, expressive solos, jumps from the lowest to the deepest registres of the instruments, huge range of different playing manners, colors, sounds, timbres, expressions and moods – musicians gently and organically reveal their masterful abilities of improvising. They are trying to express various emotions, senses, moods, also are always searching for new ways of playing. Their collective improvisations are the samples of innovative and evocative contemporary avant-garde jazz – are especially turbulent, active and striking, have vivacious and expressive sound.
The compositions of the newest album are based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz and modern jazz styles. Free jazz, creative jazz, basic elements of free improvisation, bebop, post-bop and hard-bop intonations make a organic synthesis. Musicians gently combine all these elements in one place. Individual melodies, timbres and moods, which are expressed by each improviser, highly differ from the others and have specific sound. Joe McPhee tenor saxophone and pocket trumpet melodies have remarkable and impressive sound. Famous and creative jazz masters all the time is twisting between rigorous and sharp blow outs, roaring and furious solos, vivacious, joyful, passionate and lengthy melodies, spontaneous and free improvisations, sudden pauses, silent and relaxing pieces and many other things. Joe McPhee is using his own and specific playing manners and combines them with musical experiments, strange sounds and noises. He masterfully expresses different and contrasting moods and create interesting and bright sound. Daunik Lazro saxophones gently get elong together with Joe McPhee improvisations. Live, vivacious, expressive and striking solos, marvelous passages, deep and monotonic bass lines, interesting rhythmic, sharp harmony and sound experiments. All these elements turn Daunik Lazro improvisations into remarkable and interesting pieces. Joshua Abrams and Guillaume Séguron double basses and guembri improvisations are effective and full of unusual sounds and effects. Musicians masterfully tries out many different playing techniques – from the pizzicatto, glissando, staccato and other traditional ways of playing they moves to innovative and experimental playing techniques and his own playing manners. His music has unpredictable sound – sometimes it’s noisy and harsh, evocative and bright or soft, subtle and relaxing. Two double basses make solid, deep and firm rhythmic section and keep colorful and interesting harmony. Chad Taylor drums section and mbira sounds are the basics of the rhythmic section of the compositions. He masterfully gets from the silent, subtle and static pieces to turbulent, rigorous, powerful, harsh and loud culminations, uses silmunateously different rhythmic formulas and combines them with exotic and unusual timbres. The music of this album has interesting and evocative sound.