Rempis/Reid/Abrams – “Ithra” (Aerophonic, 2018)

“Ithra” is a new release of “Aerophonic Records”. Album was recorded by Dave Rempis (alto, tenor saxophone), Tomeka Reid (cello) and Joshua Abrams (bass). Three famous, talented and innovative musicians certainly are the central figures of Chicago and New York avant-garde jazz scene. Original playing manner, specific and expressive playing manner, extended playing techniques and dozens of evocative, fascinating and passionate musical decisions – musicians really know how to blend together huge amount of musical language elements in one composition. Their music is based on free improvisaiton, the basics of avant-garde and experimental jazz. Musicians are connecting together the traditions of 1960’s avant-garde jazz and its the most famous improvisers music with their own sound, creative and innovative musical decisions and the newest tendencies of avant-garde jazz. Their collective improvisations are like real bursts of energy – exclusive solos, remarkable and expressive melodies, passionate, aggressive and rigorous sounds, provocative and shocking musical decisions are the main elements of the compositions. That makes an effort to bright, enchanting, effective and expressive sound.

“Ithra” is based on extravagant musical decisions, open form ,free structure and adventurous collective improvisations. The music is based on avant-garde jazz elements and free improvisations. It also has some intonations of bebop, hard bop, post bop, and other similar modern jazz styles. Musicians are manipulating with huge variety of expressions, styles, timbres, sounds, noises and rhythms. They are dedicated to express various moods, fuse them together and extract new, unusual and strange timbres by using extraordinary ways of playing. All their improvising is based on senses, rich and impressive expression of emotions, wide palette of sounds, timbres and noises, which are produced by musicians. That makes an effort to bright, luminous and interesting sound of this album. Sharp, colorful, aggressive and harsh harmony is  formed by dissonances and consonances. Wide range of different types of rhythms and rhythmic forms is used here – monotonic, static and stable bass line is blended together with rapid, dynamic, bright and passionate rhythms, provocative and complicated bebop, hard bop and post bop rhythms and turbulent, dramatic, terrific and extremely powerful bursts of energy. The compositions have solid and independent melodic section, firm structure, free and abstract form, gorgeous and colorful background, dynamic, bright and passionate rhythmic section. All these elements form the main basement of the compositions and help musicians to put each element in suitable place of the pattern. The musical pattern is aspiring and rich – it’s ornamented by vigorous and brilliant solos, virtuosic and extremely rapid passages, other virtuosic elements, gentle pizzicatto, effective glissando and many other methods of instrumentation. Each musician is improvising interesting and inventively – each of them dooes their best to create original, remarkable and unique sound of the album. Dave Rempis saxophones improvisations are bright, intense, dynamic and especially vivid. Expression and passion, impressive and bright improvising, spontaneous and innpvative musical decisions – all these elements make an effort to original and effective sound of his improvisations. This is the place where meets roaring solos and silent pauses, sudden abruptions and dizzy, glimpsy and rapid passages, glamorous and passionate melodies or rigorous, aggressive and sharp culminations. Wide range of emotions and senses is expressed here by using alll kinds of playing techniques. Tomeka Reid cello is based on experimental musical decisions. Improviser travels through the various moods and styles – she switches between sharp, rapid and aggressive bebop solos, free and terrific improvisations, silent and subtle solos, relaxing pieces or deep, monotonous and dark bass line. Cello improvisations is an interesting, gentle and original example of spotaneous, bright and creative improvising. the best quality of sound and precise playing technique. Bass improvisations by Joshua Abrams also are terrific and brilliant. The improvisations are filled with wide range of extended playing techniques, expressions and rhythms. Improviser fuses together experimental and traditional ways of playing, special effectsm and produces dozens of evocative, strange and unusual timbres. Deep, dark and vibrant bass line also is kept firm through all compositions. All three musicians are improvising brilliantly and impressively – their music is a masterful result of remarkable improvising and organic synthesis of various styles, moods, timbres, rhythms and other elements of musical language.

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