Kasper Tranberg – “Strawboss” (ILK Music, 2018)

Kasper Tranberg: Strawboss

“Strawboss” is the newest release of “ILK Music” records. Album was recorded by great and famous avant-garde jazz improvisers – it’s Kasper Tranberg (trumpet, cornet), Tony Malaby (saxophone), Pandelis Karayorgis (piano), Nils Davidson (bass), Adam Pultz Melbye (electronics, bass) and Yasuhiro Yoshigaki (drums, percussion). The music improvised by these interesting and creative jazz masters is filled with gorgeous sounds, weird and eclectic stylistic combinations, bright and provocative musical decisions and innovative musical experiments. Japan improvisational music, the melodic and rhtyhmic elements of Asian countries ethnical music, free improvisation and the newest tendencies of avant-garde and experimental jazz – this huge variety of different music styles contain the base of musical pattern of collective improvisations. Each musician is individual and unique – he has its own and original playing style, bright and innovative playing manner and is open for new, fresh, brave, provocative and interesting musical decisions. The organic and effective synthesis between various jazz styles and cultures makes an effort to innovative, marvelous and inspiring sound.

“Strawboss” is filled with original musical decisions and bright experiments. Free improvisations contain the main base of this album compositions. The music is based on open structure, abstract musical pattern, free and spontaneous improvising, innovative and marvelous instrumentation and rich musical language. Each musician has hhis own and specific way of playing – all improvisers demonstrate their innovative and unique sound and original way of improvising. They are improvising with passion, thrill and expression. That makes an effort to effective, thrilling, hot, remarkable and emotional sound. Huge variety of senses, emotions, expressions and elements of musical language are fused in the most effective and inventive way. The music has especially intense and vibrant sound – bright, evocative and roaring imrpovisations, turbulent and spontaneous solos, specific and self-created playing techniques and tremendous musical experiments make a huge effect to that. All kinds of different scales, sounds, rhythms and melodic intonations are conected in one pattern. Polyphony, polyrhythmy, polyharmony, microtones, Asian music harmony and ethnic music elements of Japan, Asian and Africa countries music – musicians are blending together all different intonations and elements of various music styles. This masterful synthesis is very important element of whole compositions. Inspiring, marvelosu, sparkling and dizzing solos, vibrant and bright melodies, spontaneous, tremendous and remarkable improvisations, powerful, extremely loud and roaring blow outs – all these elements are heard very frequently in marvelous, inspiring, engaging and innovative improvising of all musicians. That’s the most important reason, why the music of this album is gorgeous, suggestive and expressive. Saxophone solos by Tony Malaby are based on active and vital mood. Improviser masterfully combined together bright, light and vivid solos, remarkable and expressive melodies, original and innovative musical decisions and fascinating musical experiments. Rapid, shapr and complicated rhythms of modern jazz styles and free improvisations are fused with unusual timbres, dizzy, thrilling and sparkling solos and roaring bursts of energy. Silent, slow and light episodes are also heard here – it contrastingly meets together with bright and tremendous collective improvisations. Bass melodies by Nils Davidson and Adam Pultz Melbye are filled with weird and colorful sounds, unusual timbres and noises. Gentle, tight and silent pieces, solid, deep and monotonic bass line make a bright contrast with roaring and tremendous solos, aggressive, harsh, moving and attractive improvisations and other similar elements. Especially loud, clair and powerful sound is brought in by Kasper Tranberg. His trumpet and cornet improvisations are filled with dizzy, furiously rapid and virtuosic passages, speldid riffs, vibrant and energetic blow outs and light, playful, joyful and gentle episodes. Huge contrast between various elements of musical language makes unique, interesting and original sound of the compositions. Piano improvisations also are moving and touching – Pandelis Karayorgis has especially expressive, sensible and emotional playing manner and unique sound. Just like the other improvisers, he’s the master of fusing together contrasting musical language elements, wide range of different timbres, sounds and noises, switch through wide and colorful variety of moods and expressions. Roaring roulades, virtuosic and furiously fast passages, bright solos, turbulent and passionate culminations, which gently meet silent,relaxing and peaceful episodes. His improvisations have remarkable, formidable and suggestive sound. Drums and percussion section is leaded by Yasuhiro Yoshigaki. The rhythms of traditioal Japan music, rapid and monotonic rhythmic forms of Africa and afro-american music, free improvisation, provocative and complicated bebop rhythms, soft intonations of soul, world music, various rock styles and experimental music are blended in one place. Extremely huge and wide range of styles, expressions, rhythms and other elements of musical language make an effort to bright, remarkable, colorful and vital sound and form solid, independent and firm rhythmic section and gorgeous background. All musicians are improvising marvelously and with passion. Precise and wonderful playing technique is gently and masterfully integrated with inspiring, touching, sensible and expressive improvising – pleasant meeting between these two aspects makes an effort to remarkable, unpredictable, dynamic and thrilling sound of the album.

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