Lotte Anker|Pat Thomas|Ingebrigt Håker Flaten|Ståle Liavik Solberg – “His Flight’s At Ten” (Iluso Records, 2018)

“His Flight’s At Ten”  was recently released by “Iluso Records”. Album compositions were recorded by four jazz masters – Lotte Anker (saxophones), Pat Thomas (piano), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass) and Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums and percussion). All four musicians are famous in contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. Their improvisations are full of interesting musical decisions, original timbres, unique playing manners and sudden stylistic twists. Lotte Anker is a saxophonist. Her composing style is especially expressive, vivacious and touching. Turbulent, vibrant and vivid solos, filled with roaring, sharp, vibrant and aggressive blow outs, rigorous riffs and especially virtuosic passages are the main elements of her improvising. Musician has her own playing techniques and unique playing manner – she plays emotionally, expressively, likes brave and innovative musical experiments. Pat Thomas is a pianist. His music is mostly based on various avant-garde jazz styles, bright and innovative musical experiments, sharp harmony and colorful stylistic waves. His improvisations are usually made in spot, based on spontaneous musical decisions, marvelous solos and passages. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is a famous bassist and improviser. His improvisations always full of contrasts – musician always searches for new ways of playing, tries out new playing manners and creates variable, rich and bright musical language. Drummer Ståle Liavik Solberg also likes to experiment – his improvisations are especially energetic, expressive and live. Impressive solos, bright, sharp, aggressive and innovative sound, inventive musical decisions – all these elements are the main basic of his compositions.

The newest of these four musicians is full of contrasts and has expressive and dynamic sound. The synthesis between various avant-garde jazz styles and hard-bop, post-bop and bebop intonations is heard in each composition. All the elements of different music styles, timbres, expressions and sounds are gently fused together in one place. This album is especially emotional and expressive. Piano melodies are full of playful passages, colorful glissando, wild fast, furious and sharp solos, expressive melodies, spontaneous, turbulent and vibrant improvisations. Sharp, aggressive, sometimes even – rigorous and provocative sound, chords and harmony – bring colorful, interesting and expressive sound to this album. Monotonic rhythms are gently twisted together with marvelous solos, impressive and striking improvisations – Pat Thomas improvisations make a great effort to whole sound. Live, vivd, expressive, vivacious and unpredictable – that’s how we can call saxophone improvisations by Lotte Anker. The contrasts between different matters, playing techniques, characters and timbres make an effective and energetic sound. Dynamic solos, roaring, sharp and rigorous blow outs, aggressive and vivacious melodies, bright and vibrant solos – all these elements are the main basics of her improvisations. Huge variety of playing techniques, synthesis between experimental ways of playing and traditional playing techniques turn her improvisations into effective, emotional and passionate pieces. Double bass improvisations by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten are very colorful and dynamic. Sound experiments, special effects, organic synthesis between monotonic rhythms, separate tones, repetitive rhythmic forms and virtuosic, expressive, rigorous and passionate culminations are joines together in one place. Ståle Liavik Solberg drums and percussion along with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten double bass create a bright, loud, intensive and vibrant rhythmic section. Drummer’s improvising, same as all other musicians, also is especially expressive, contrastic and vivacious. Energetic drum rolls, loud, vibrant and passionate solos, turbulent and free collective improvisations are gently connected together with a little more calmer and subtle pieces. Huge variety of colorful timbres and unusual sounds, especially energetic, passionate, expressive and emotional improvising by all musicians creates effective, interesting and innovative sound.


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