“A” TRIO & AMM – “AAMM” (Al Maslakch, 2018)

“AAMM” is one of the newest release of “Al Maslakch” records. Album was recorded by “A” trio and “AMM” – it’s Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), Sharif Sehnaoui (acoustic guitar), Raed Yassin (double bass), John Tilbury (piano) and Eddie Prevost (percussion). The music of two ensembles is different and contrasting with each other. The duo of Eddie Prevost and John Tilbury likes noisy, brave and evocative musical experiments. Their music is based on American avant-garde jazz traditions, basic elements of experimental jazz and free improvisation. It also has an influenze of other jazz styles – bebop, post bop, hard bop and other modern jazz styles. Both musicians have expressive and passionate playing manner – they are improvising inventively and colorfully. Music is filled with vivacious and remarkable soloss, original and bright sounds, inventive and colorful instrumentation and wide range of unusual timbres. The musicians of “A” trio have original and unqiue sound and playing style. Musicians fuse various music rhythms, intonations and other elements of musical language in one place. Free improvisation all the time rests the most important element of all – it joins together contrasting and absolutely different musical elements in one organic and natural combination of styles and sounds. Avant-garde jazz traditions, various intonations of modern and contemporary jazz styles, experimental music, contemporary academical music and ambient music are mixed together in one place. That makes an effort to unique, interesting and original sound.

“AAMM” has an interesting, fresh and innovative sound. It’s based ono difficult, rich and colorful musical language. Various experimental and modern jazz styles, free jazz, creative jazz, experimental jazz, contemporary academical music, the elements of concrete, spectral and ambient music contain the main musical pattern. Musicians are trying out new ways of playing, expanding the technical abilities of their instruments and experiments in all fields of musical language. That especially hears in instrumentation’s section, which is very colorful, modern, bright and vivacious. Wide range of extended playing techniques is used here – it’s mixed together with experimental and specific ways of playing and unusual sounds. Musicians take the free improvisation for the basic of the compositions – it’s filled with intense and strange timbres, unusual sounds, special sound effects, vibrant tunes, separate melodic and rhythmic elements and many other similar elements. The free form is used in most part of the improvisations – it’s constructed by various kinds of open forms, which are the typical elements of experimental and avant-garde jazz. Huge range of colorful and extended musical expressions, innovative playing techniques, all kinds of rhythms, unusual sounds, scales and chords create a colorful, modern and rich musical language. Mazen Kerbaj trumpet is dynamic and contrasting. It’s filled with intense solos, glamorous and virtuosic passages, expressive melodic intonations, colorful and unusual timbres. Musician masterfully mixes together the elements of Western Europe music with free improvisation, concrete music and the intonations of ambient music. Exotic and eclectic instrumental combinations are very frequently heard in compositions of this improviser – it creates colorful, vivacious and inovative sound. John Tilbury piano improvisations are based on abstract musical pattern, colorful, sharp and expressive chords, separate and short melodic intonations, all kinds of rhythms and sound experiments. He masterfully switches between different moods, expressions, rhythms and other elements – the improvisations are played with passion, energy and expression. The main mood of his improvisations is subtle and calm  – it has an abstract musical pattern, soft and calm mood, slow tempo and repetitive melodic and rhythmic elements. Sharif Sehnaoui acoustic guitar improvisations are very contrasting and filled with fascinating sound experiments. The search of strange and unique sounds is the main priority of this musician’s improvisations. He improvises expressively, makes interesting and inventive musical decisions, sudden and energetic turns, mood changes and other similar elements. That makes an effort to vivacious and contrasting sound, dynamic mood and rich musical language. Strong and solid rhythmic pattern also is created and hears for the most of the time. The improvisations also don’t have separate melodic or rhythmic pattern – all the rhythms, melodic intonations, expressions, chords and timbres are organically mixed in one place. Raed Yassin double bass – deep, dark, independent and solid. Musician keeps firm and strong bass and rhythm line. Dark, harsh and deep sounds grow out to huge variety of colorful timbres, unusual sounds, loud and dynamic melodic intonations and makes a remarkable sound. His music is based on contrasting and dynamic sound, which is changing all the time. Percussion of Eddie Prevost is colorful and gorgeous – it’s formed by wide range of unusual timbres and weird sounds. By using extended, modern and experimental ways of playing, musician creates an interesting, bright and variable background. He also likes to make eclectic combinations of instruments, rhythms, styles and sounds. The music of this album joins together avant-garde jazz, fascinating and interesting musical experiments, ambient music, concrete and spectral music and various similar styles of contemporary academical music and academic avant-garde – all elements are organically mixed together and create a original, evocative and remarkable sound.

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