DELL|BRECHT|LILLINGER| WESTERGAARD – “Boulez Materialism” (plaist, 2018)

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“Boulez Materialism”is the newest release of “plaist” label. Album was recorded by four great jazz masters – it’s Christopher Dell (vibraphone), Johannes Brecht (live electronics), Christian Lillinger (drums) and Jonas Westergaard (bass). All four musicians are famous and experienced jazz masters – their music has dynamic and vibrant sound, expressive playing manner and colorful musical language. The music is totally based on avant-garde jazz, experimental music, contemporary academical music intonations and various intonations of modern jazz styles. The musicians have interesting and bright playing manner – they like to improvise spontaneously, make rigorous and sudden turns, changes of various musical pattern details and experiment in all fields of musical language. Their music is always played and improvised with passion, has delightful, expressive and remarkable sound.

“Boulez Materialism” is based on abstract musical pattern and original playing manner. The music is formed by many different pieces, which have its own character, style and mood, The main part of the compositions strongly depends of free improvisation – musicians like to improvise freely, creatively and spontaneously. Their music is filled with sudden turns, drastic changes and colorful special effects. The music of this album has many relations with other music styles – free jazz, avant-garde jazz, experimental jazz and other similar jazz styles and genres are connected together with contemporary academical music elements. Repetitive composing techniques, puantilism, concrete music, spectral and ambient music, experimental music and academic avant-garde – all these elements contain the main part of the compositions and are gently connected together with free improvisation. The form is free, not strictly based – it’s constructed by various open and academical music forms. Masterful synthesis of different types of forms creates original and free form, which is constantly changing all the time. Dynamic rhythmic, abstract and separate melodies, colorful harmony, wide range of different playing techniques, expressions and special effects – musicians masterfully connect all these things in one place. The chords varie between very sharp, aggressive and expressive dissonances to soft, subtle and calm consonances. That makes an effort to whole huge palette of new shapes, colors and strange tunes. The orchestration is based on inventive and moern musical decisions. Musicians don’t hesitate to try out new and extended ways of playing – finally it blends together with huge range of contemporary academical music playing techniques, special effects and sound experiments. Live electronics by Johannes Brecht are filled with various unusual sounds, full of inventive and experimental ways of playing and has a bright and evocative sound. Musician uses huge range of electronics playing techniques – glitch, drone, sound alterations, timbres modifications, field recordings, imitations of nature sounds, noises of environment, tape recordings and amny other similar elements are organically fused together in one place. Electronics certainly make a huge effort to the sound – it makes it bright, interesting and modern. Synthesized and strange electronics noises are highly contrasting with acoustic instruments, create solid and colorful background. Bass improvisations by Jonas Westergaard are subtle and constantly changing. Improviser tries out many different playing techniques – from the subtle and silent pizzicato, repetitive and monotonic bass lines he gets to the virtuosic, sparkling and expressive solos, illustrated with colorful timbres, unusual noises and sounds. His music has warm, natural and charming sound – it’s the opposite to the electronics. The huge contrast between electronics and acoustics gently and organically fuses together with other instruments. Solid rhythmic section is created by Christian Lillinger. His music is energetic, filled with spontaneous solos, extravagant musical decisions and innovative instrumentation decisions. He fuses together many different moods, characters, expressions and sounds – from the subtle, calm and ambient sound the music suddenly gets to expressive, passionate, light, joyful or playful mood. Vibraphones melodies by Christopher Dell create a colorful and bright background. It’s used only as colouristic instrument, but still makes an effort to whole musical pattern – vibraphones solos gently fit together with all the instruments, electronics, acoustics and rhythmic section. It makes music to sound more brightly, fresh and evocative. The music of this album has remarkable, interesting and evocative sound.

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