Aram Shelton & Håkon Berre – “Dormancy” (2018)

“Dormancy” was released on April 10, 2018. Album was recorded a duo – Aram Shelton (alto saxophone) and Hakon Berne (drums). These two musicians are famous and active members of avant-garde jazz scene. Their improvising is full of interesting musical decisions, brave and creative experiments, search of unusual sounds and timbres, extraction of colorful and weird timbres. Aram Shelton music is especially expressive and passionate. He can masterfully combine together different musical language elements and expressions. Vivacious, striking and vivid solos, rigorous and loud blow outs, repetitive and meditative excerpts or very subtle and abstract episodes – all these elements are gently combined together in his music. His music is usually based on free and experimental jazz, but also has the intonations of modern jazz – especially bebop, post-bop, neo-bop and other similar intonations. Hakon Berne drums improvisations are dedictaed for extraction of weird timbres and search of innovative and original sound. The drummer uses huge range of different playing techniques, rhythmic forms and expressions. The sound is always changing in his improvisations – from turbulent and loud it gets to silent, abstract and soft, or to – bright, vivacious and colorful. Both musicians are paying the highest attention to creation of new and innovative sound. They are not hesitating to try out unique and specific ways of playing and expand the traditional sound zone of their instruments.

The main sound of their newest album is very dynamic and expressive. Both musicians are trying out new and experimental ways of playing, using huge variety of playing techniques and expressions. The improvisations are based on free improvising. All the compositions have rich and evocative musical pattern which is contained by many different music elements and expressions. Independent and colorful melodic elements, the elements of polyrhythmy, colorful and innovative harmony, unusual timbres and sounds and eclectic combinations are the most important elements of this music. Aram Shelton saxophone improvisations have abstract musical pattern and are based on free musical experiments, unusual timbres and contrasts between different characters and moods. His music doensn’t have emorable and bright melodies – it’s mostly based on separate melodic elements, which are silmunateously and organicaly combined together. Spontaneous and free solos, vibrant and abstract melodies, all kinds of different musical expressions and sounds, rapid passages, colorful arpeggios, effective vibrato and weird timbres contain the basic of his music. All these elements are connected in one place and make bright, evocative and unusual sounds. The musician masterfully combines together different kinds of rhythmic – free and dynamic rhythmic is combined together with repetitive and monotonic rhythms which help to create meditative and effective sound. Aram Shelton music is based on organic synthesis between free jazz, experimental jazz, bebop, neo bop, post-bop and other contemporary modern jazz styles and even some mild intonations of traditional jazz. Hakon Berne improvisations are full of original and inventvie musical decisions. It’s also based on free structure and abstract musical pattern. Variable and dynamic rhythmic has many different colors and characters. Drummer masterfully tries out different ways of playing, express huge variety of moods and expressions. From repetitive and monotonic rhythms this music gets to vivacious, playful, touching, bright and turbulent solos, expressive and passionate culminations, rigorous and loud solos or calm, soft and quiet solos. This music is full of different colors, characters, moods and expressions – masterful and remarkable improvising by both musicians bring original and interesting sound to this album.

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