Kazuo Imai|Roger Turner – “Molecules” (Ftarri, 2018)

“Molecules” is the newest release of “Ftarri Records”. Album was recorded by outstanding duo – Kazuo Imai (guitar) and Roger Turner (snare drum, tom tom, cymbal, percussion, drums). Both musicians are great and creative improvisers. Their music is based on avant-garde jazz, contemporary experimental jazz and free improvisation. Gorgeous sounds, special effects, sound experiments, innovative and bright instrumentation, fresh and evocative musical language – these are the basic elements which effect whole playing and improvising style of both musicians. Jazz masters never hesitate to make interesting and spontaneous musical decisions – some of them are very provocative, sharp or eclectic. The music is always changing – musicians are playing with many different timbres, sounds, expressions, styles and other elements of musical language. Unexpected, surprising and dynamic sound is based on sudden and colorful stylistic changes, turbulent and vibrant free improvisations, sudden abruptions or silent pauses. All these elements are joined together in the most effective and original way – that makes an effort to gorgeous, colorful and modern sound.

The compositions of “Molecules” are based on all main elements of free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. Both improvisers are playing especially expressive, passionately and brightly. Main elements of their both playing styles and manners are used here – the musical language is constructed by huge variety of extended playing techniques, specific ways of playing, colorful expressions and dozen of other elements of musical language. Solid melodic section, strong and firm rhythmic section, gorgeous, modern, colorful and inspiring bacjground – all these elements form the polyphonic and poly-layed structure, which is based on many different independent layers. Individual and bright guitar melodies by Kazuo Imai are based on dynamic and constantly changing sound. Improviser is using creative and specific playing manner – it’s based on sudden and unexpected stylistic changes, bright, unique and interesting stylisatic combinations, melodic and rhythmic inversions, huge variety of colouristic elements.Kazuo Imai music is always in change – musician choose and twists together the most incompairable and different musical language elements. Playful, joyful and gentle melodic intonations are blended together with harsh, rigorous, hard and sharp bursts of energy. Silent, relaxing and peaceful pieces finally grow out to turbulent, depressive, active, harsh and bright culminations. There’s also are many similar elements to hard core, mild intonations of avant-rock and rock music, sound experiments and experimental music. Kazuo Imai organically fuses together conceptal and contrasting moods and characters – same thing he does with instrumentation amd other sections of musical language. His playing style is totally based on free and experimental improvising. Absolutely spontaneously, cordially, sensibly and passionately he turns on different and contrasting turns, eclectic styles and moods. The changes are made spontaneously and free – even though it’s highly contrasting with each other, each element of the combinations are gently putted in his place. It also brings new color and fresh sound to the cmpositions. Vright and expressive melodies, gentle and joyful games, energetic and vibrant culminations, hard, turbulent and passionate “conversations” with drums and percussion, silent, soft, slow and peaceful episodes – all these elements are gently joined together in Kazuo Imai improvisations. The drums section by Roger Turner is based on original musical decisions, inventive and modern instrumentation and expressive musical language. The playing style of Roger Turner is similar to Kazuo’s Imai’s – musicians also likes touse silmunateously huge variety of different expressions, moods, characters and styles. The form is mixed from the open forms, quadratic structure and abstract musical pattern. This interesting combination of various forms makes a suitable and natural space, which is filled with organic, fascinating and gorgeous musical experiments. Drummer experiments in all case and sections of musical language – he switches between various moods, characters and styles. From provocative and difficulte bebop and post bop rhythmic, the music turns to free, turbulent, hard, harsh and bright culminations and improvisations. Spontaneous olos, gorgeous and unusual timbres, colorful percussion colorfully illustrates all the musical pattern and its layers. The music of this album has organic, bright, interesting and dynamic sound.

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