Rempis/Stadhouders/Rosaly – “ICOCI” (Aerophonic Records, 2018)

“ICOCI” is another one new release of “Aerophonic Records”. Album was recorded by three jazz masters – Dave Rempis (alto/tenor saxophone), Jasper Stadhouders (guitar/electric bass) and Frank Rosaly (drums). These three musicians are famous, talented and innovative avant-garde jazz masters. They certainly are the main figures of American avant-garde jazz – musicians are frequently concerting in various American cities, Chicago and New York jazz scenes, other world countries and collaborating with other original and celebrate jazz improvisers. Their music has individual and interesting sound – it’s made by organic and natural fusion of avant-garde and experimental jazz, free improvisation, spontaneous solos and intonations of modern, progressive and contemporary jazz styles. Turbulent, rapid, bright, dizzy and especially expressive solos are the most fascinating and clair accent of their improvisations. Musicians are open to new and innovative methods of playing, expressions, unusual timbres and strange noises – they are always trying to get out from the zone of sound’s comfort, traditional instrumentation and simple musical language. Their music has evocative, bright and sparkling sound.

“ICOCI” is filled with energetic and bright sound. Two long compositions were recorded here – it’s filled with sparkling, dizzy and remarkable melodies, engaging and vivid solos, vibrant, powerful, turbulent and terrific blow outs, dozens of unusual and strange timbres and marvelous instrumentation. Free improvisation is the main basic of the music – it joins together enormous variety of styles, expressions, rhythms and chords. Most part of these elements are the opposites to each other – musicians masterfully fuse and blend them in one musical pattern. Different episodes fused by method of contrast effectively get together – uncompairable, contrasting and interesting improvisations are put one againt the other. That makes an effort to colorful, bright, innovative and passionate sound. The basic of musician’s playing and improvising is kept the same – it’s filled with effective and marvelous solos, unpredictable and provocative musical decisions, sound experiments, fascinating and innovative instrumentatio and suggestive, tremendous and turbulent sound. Dave Rempis saxophones improvisations are filled with specific and inventive methods of playing, sparkling and evocative solos, sharp, bright, harsh and tremendous soound. His improvisations are totally based on avant-garde jazz, but also has some relations with modern and progressive jazz styles. It’s not used as a pur element – sharp, expressive and dramatic solos, energetic and difficult rhythmic and complicated structure and rhythmic section bring the main intonations of bebop, hard bop, post bop and other modern jazz styles. Turbulent, harsh, frantic and aggressive blow outs, sepressive and sorrowful episodes, tremendous and passionate solos are used along with soft, relaxing, abstract and light s\excerpts or dizzy, aggressive, roaring and furiously fast solos. All these elements aremasterfully connected together spontaneously and naturally. Dave Rempis improvising is suggestive, remarkable and effective – it makes an strong effort to whole musical pattern and sound of the album. Guitar and electric bass improvisations by Jasper Stadhouders are based on synthesis between avant-garde, experimental, modern and contemporary jazz and also have strong relations with rock styles. Musician base his imrpovisations on free structure, he pays much of attention to the search of unusual and weird timbres, inventive playing techniques and expressions. His improvisations are expressive, based on spontaneous solos, free form, abstract structure and bright sound. All kinds of rhythms and melodic elements are joined here. Tremendous and energetic improvisations, silent and lyrical pieces, stunning and effective riffs, sparkling, dizzy and remarkable solos, hard-core rhythms and abstract, bright and free improvisations – all kinds of moods, senses, timbres, expressions and sounds are effectively fused here. Guitar melodies colorfully illustrate the main sound and bring energetic, powerful and specific intonations to the main musical pattern. Frank Rosaly drums section is filled with bright and frantic solos. Talented and experienced drummer has especially evocative, engaging and intensive playing manner. Harsh, frantic, frenzy and turbulent solos, vibrant and roaring drum rolls, fanfars or tremolo, colorful and gorgeous timbres, all kinds of different rhythmic forms contain the main base of Frank Rosaly rhythmic section. It’s solid, independent, bright, tremendous and sparkling. Free, spontaneous, furiously fast and extremely energetic solos bring exceptional and interesting sound of the album. The music of this album has evocative, bright and remarkable sound, which was cordially, passionately and expressively created and improvised by three great jazz masters.

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