Eli Wallace – “Slideshow Junky” (Iluso Records, 2018)

“Slideshow Junky” was recently released by “Iluso Records”. Album was recorded by Eli Wallace (piano, keyboards, compositions, concept), Aaron Quinn (guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12)
), Jason Nazary (drums (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12)
), Brandon Lopez (bass (tracks 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)) and Devin Gray (drums (tracks 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)). Improvisations by these musicians have expressive and passionate playing manner, vibrant and effective sound and are filled with innovative musical decisions. Evocative and fresh sound, interesting timbres, weird noises, astonishing musical experiments and rich musical language are the most important elements of collective improvisations by this ensemble. All musicians are interesting and creative jazz musicians. They are always searching for new ways of playing and trying out innovative, specific and experimental playing techniques. Their music is played with passion and expression, has many relations with other music styles. Even though it’s based on avant-garde and experimental jazz, this music also us highly influenced by bebop, hard bop, neo bop and other modern jazz styles. That creates charming, bright and interesting sound.

“Slideshow Junky” has expressive and energetic sound. The album is based on difficult musical pattern, rich and evocative facture and original musical language. Free imrpovisations by talented jazz masters are filled with rigorous and sudden stylistic changes, provocative and interesting turns, eclectic and colorful stylistic combinations and many other similar elements. All these things are integrated together and joined in one clear and colorful musical pattern. The compositions are based on polyphony – it’s very important element, which creates a contrast between rhythmic and melodic pattern. Individual and separate melodies, played by each musician, have their own style, interesting playing manner and bright sound. Musicians are switching between different melodic intonations, stylistic illusions of modern, progressive and contemporary jazz styles. Even though that there are heard many intonations of bebop, post bop, hard bop and other modern jazz styles, all the compositions are based on free, creative, experimental and avant-garde jazz elements. Musicians are the masters of  combining and fusing together many different music styles, playing manners, rhythms and melodic intonations into one place. Organic and modern musical pattern is the place there joins together free and spontaneous improvisations, rigorous and vibrant solos, energetic and roaring bursts of energy, provocative musical decisions, sharp and colorful harmony, complicated, rapid and expressive rhythmic of modern jazz, fascinating sound experiments, open forms and many other musical language elements. Dozens of different playing techniques are used here to create warm, dynamic, gentle or provocative, harsh, depressive and roaring sound. The music is filled with many different colors – each music element has its own place, where it belongs to. Even though, there are huge amount of different musical expressions, polyrhythmic, polyharmony and other elements, which are used at the same time, that doesn’t get the chaos to the music – it makes the sound of all the compositions even more effective, energetic, extraordinary and evocative. Each musician is improvising differently from the others, but they also have much in common – especially expressive playing manner, ability to fuse together absolutely different music elements, unique sound and improvising with passion are the most important elements of their improvising. Expressive and rigorous piano solos are contrasting with gentle, warm and subtle bass solos and meet with the moving, attaching and engaging drums improvisations. Guitar improvisations also get some mild intonations of rock and avant rock styles – it’s used along with the basics of avant-garde jazz, free improvisations, turbulent and energetic bursts of energy and expressive modern jazz compositions. This music is based on marvelous synthesis of many different music language elements, which are gently joined together by talented, creative and original musicians. It brings warm, expressive, engaging and energetic sound.

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