Steve Cohn|John Marglin|Carl Baugher – “Futurity” (Tube Room Records, 2018)

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“Futurity” was released this year by “Tube Room Records”. Album was recorded by three avant-garde jazz experimenters – Steve Cohn, John Marglin and Carl Baughner. These three interesting musicians have their own and original playing style. They are always dedicated to try out new styles, playing manners, eclectic and strange styles combinations and make inventive musical decisions. Their music is full of conrasts, very energetic and dynamic. The main elements of avant-garde jazz, modern jazz (bebop, post-bop, hard-bop) are connected together with the intonations of electronic and experimental music, various rock, the rhythms of Africa and Asia countries ethnical music and contemporary jazz. Marvelous and organic synthesis between these absolutely different music styles is made in the music of these three jazz masters. Each of them is improvising differently from the others – through the years of creative activity they had formed their own playing manner and unique sound.

Their newest album compositions have original and interesting sound. All three musicians are trying out new playing techniques, make original and inventive musical decisions and fuse together different music styles. Expressive piano melodies, loud and vibrant guitar improvisations, colorful percussion and huge variety of playing techniques and expressions. The compositions are based on difficult and dynamic musical language. Polyphonic musical pattern, many different layers, independent and expressive melodies, special sound effects, inventive musical decisions and evocative playing techniques make an effort to bright and interesting sound. Polyrhythmy, very colorful harmony, dynamic and sudden stylistic changes – all these elements make a sharp and interesting harmonic pattern and effect whole sound of the album. Piano improvisations are full of vivacious, rapid and expressive solos, sharp and colorful chords, marvelous, loud and effective passages, vivid and striking melodies and is the synthesis of different jazz styles. Pianist connects together free improvisation, avant-garde jazz (especially free and creative) and modern jazz styles such as bebop, post-bop, hard-bop and others. He’s also adds the intonations of ethnic music of Asian and Africa countries. This organic synthesis between all these different music styles make an innovative and contrasting sound. Various wind instruments improvisations are also heard in this album – it’s full of rapid and loud solos, roaring and vibrant blow outs, expressive, touching and passionate melodies, spontaneous improvisations, unusual sounds, special effects and musical experiments – all these elements are gently combined together with piano, guitar and percussion. The guitar improvisations bring rock intonations to the music. The guitar solos are usually based on simple structure – bright, loud and vibrant solos are masterfully combined together with free and spontaneous solos. From the silent and abstract episodes guitar melodies suddenly turn out to vibrant, turbulent, extremely loud and rapid culminations, free improvisations which have especially expressive and active sound. The drums and percussion section is full of different timbres and rhythms. The rhythms of Africa and Asia music are connected together with various basic rhythms of modern and experimental jazz. This music has bright and evocative musical language and expressive, innovative and interesting sound.

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