Martin Blume, Wilbert De Joode, John Butcher – “Low Yellow” (Jazzwerkstatt, 2018)

“Low Yellow” was recently released by “Jazzwerkstatt” label. Album was recorded by a trio – Wilbert de Joode (double bass), John Butcher (tenor saxophone) and Martin Blume (drums). All three musicians are creative and inventive jazz experimentators. Their music is full of expressive, bright, sharp and vivacious solos, roaring and loud blow outs, strange and evocative timbres, provocative and original musical decisions. The musicians have their own playing manner – it’s very expressive, passionate and vivacious. The search of unusual timbres, extended playing techniques is the main field of musicians experiments. They are also trying to expand the zone of traditional zone of their instruments. Wilbert de Joode is a talented bassist. He’s active in avant-garde jazz scene and are concerting with other famous jazz masters. The music of Wilbert de Joode is based on avant-garde jazz and various intonations of modern jazz styles synthesis. It’s has dynamic, vivacious, expressive and modern sound. John Butcher is an avant-garde jazz saxophonist. His music is filled with roaring. loud, vibrant and effective blow outs, splendid riffs, touching solos and unusual timbres. Musician also likes fuse together different styles and playing manners, experiment in all fields of musical language and search for new timbres and sounds. Martin Blume drums improvisations are rapid and energetic. Turbulent and rapid bursts of energy, sound experiments, original and twisting turns, striking solos – all these elements are the most important part of Martin Blume improvisations.

The music of this album has modern and interesting sound. Collective improvisations are full of vivacious and turbulent solos, spontaneous musical decisions and have a huge variety of different playing techniques, sounds and expressions. The musicians are experimenting in all fields of musical language – search of new ways of playing makes an effort to huge range of colorful and strange timbres. John Butcher tenor saxophone improvisations have bright and vibrant sound. It’s full of mooving and striking solos, expressive, remarkable and impressive melodies, sharp, rigorous and intensive blow outs, wild rapid, harsh and furious arpeggios and virtuosic passages. All these elements are merged together in one place. Saxophonist tries out new ways of playing – his own playing techniques are synthesized with traditional ways of playing and expressions – glissando, passages, arpeggio, tremolo, vibrato and many others. That makes an effort to whole sound of the album. Wilbert de Joode double bass melodies are full of extravagant musical decisions, extended playing techniques and contrasts. Musician masterfully twists together furious arpeggios, vibrant, energetic, intensive and emotional solos, virtuosic passages and monotonic, deep and static bass line. The contrasting episodes are colorful and gorgeous – different playing manners, expressions, extended playing techniques, variable harmony and dynamic rhythmic, modern musical decisions and inventive instrumentation are the main elements of the double bass improvisations. Double bass improvisations gently fit together with tenor saxophone melodies – intensive, sharp, vibrant and expressive solos are organically joint together. Passionate and emotional improvising is the main element of all three musicians. Drums section is leaded by Martin Blume. His improvisations are real bursts of energy. Mostly, it’s based on free and spontaneous improvisations, dynamic rhythmic and huge range of special effects and unusual sounds. Drummer merge together main rhythmic forms of various modern jazz styles, afroamerican music, free jazz, avant-garde jazz and other similar music styles. The culminations are turbulent and free improvisations – it’s extremely loud, powerful, intensive and rigorous. Musician shows his masterful ability to twist together contrasting musical language elements and switch between various moods, senses, expressions and ways of playing. This music is made with passion – all compositions have expressive, innovative and dynamic sound.

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