XOL – “XOL plays X​.​EN” (Chant Records, 2018)

“XOL plays X​.​EN” is the newest release of “Chant Records”. The album was recorded by Guy Bettini (cornet, trumpet, fluegelhorn), Harri Sjöström (soprano sax), Luca Pissavini (double bass) and Francesco Miccolis (drums, percussion). Four musicians are famous, taleneted, creative and experienced avant-garde jazz masters. They are the veterans of Europen experimental jazz scene. Musicians have their own and original playing style, expressive, vivid, vivacious and bright playing manner and unique sound. They always like to make spontaneous musical decisions, surprising and sudden changes and extract unusual and eclectic timbres. Jazz masters for more than 20 years are the central figures of European avant-garde jazz scene – they had been playing and collaborated with dozens of other famous and innovative improvisers. Their music is based on spontanity and emotion – it’s filled with powerful energy explosions, bright, vibrant and noisy solos, rigorous, intensive and especially loud blow outs, effective and expressive collective improvisations or turbulent, energetic and luminous duos or trios. The music always has remarkable and passionate sound.

“XOL plays X​.​EN” is filled with playful and light solos, vivacious and bright improvisations and spontaneous musical decisions. The music is based on avant-garde and experimental jazz elements and free improvisation. Musicians are mixung together all kinds of rhythms and timbres, chords, expressions and other elements of musical language. Together they create organic, bright and rich musical pattern and demonstrating their abilities of creative and innovative improvising. All four pioneers of avant-garde jazz scene also have masterful, brilliant, engaging and passionate playing technique – it gives suggestive, bright and original sound of the album. The music based on free improvisations, open form and dynamic harmony, rhythmic and harmonic sections. Rich, sparkling and bright musical pattern is contained by many lays and colors. It has independent, suggestive and gorgeous melodic section, bright, powerful and turbulent rhythmic base and colorful, modern and innovative background. Big attention is paid to the quality of the sound and extraction of new colors, shapes, forms and timbres. Musicians are trying to create their own and specific playing techniques to make wide range of colorful, extraordinary, strange and bright timbres. By using experimental, traditional, innovative and original ways of playing, improvisers produce an enormous variety of strange and weird timbres and sounds. That makes an exceptional sound – all compositions have marvelous instrumentation, bright and sharp harmony and dynamic rhythmic. The music is created by using spontaneous musical decisions and bright playing manners – that’s why is filled with pleasant surprises, provocative and sudden changes, unpredictable stylistic turns and dynamic moves to another mood, character or playing manner. Music is changing all the time – from pleasant, light, gentle and playful it suddenly gets to heavy, aggressive, sharp, harsh, turbulent and provocative. From the tiny, gentle and soft solos improvisers jump straight to the turbulent, intensive, vibrant and tremendous collective improvisation. The basic sof avant-garde jazz and free improvisation have relation with other jazz styles, such as bebop, post bop, neo bop and similar modern jazz styles. Sharp and dissonance harmony, complicated rhythmic, furiously fast and rapid passages, dizzy, sparkling and passionate solos are the most important elements, which make a relation with various modern jazz styles. Moving and touching saxophone solos, bright, loud and powerful brasses improvisations, soft, subtle and dynamic double bass and passionate, inventive and free rhythmic section – though the improvisations by all four musicians are absolutely different from each other, it’s still marvelously and effectively gets together in one musical pattern. Aggressive, sharp and luminous cornet gently goes along with harsh and heavy flugelhorn, which makes solid, deep, dark and firm bass line. Static and heavy brasses make a huge contrast with bright, light, touching, passionate, moving and attractive soprano saxophone solos. Duos and trios between brasses and reeds are the most effective, remarkable and interesting episodes of whole album – it gives the expressive, passionate, bright and luminous mood to whole album and effects whole sound. Double bass gently goes along with brasses and reeds and also recovers the other side of the album. Subtle, abstract and short melodic elements, separate timbres and sounds gently go along with dynamic rhythmic, gorgeous and colorful percussion and turbulent, moving and bright collective improvisations. Double bass frequently dives into terrific, furiously fast and rapid solos, passionate and expressive melodies or dizzy passages – these episodes have vibrant and intensive sound. Rhythmic section is based on fusion of all kinds of rhythms and sounds. Drummer tries out new and interesting playing techniques – he plays with passion and expression. The most oart of the drums base is made spontaneously – improviser masterfully fuses together bright, roaring and loud solos, frantic, harsh and tremendous drum rolls, turbulent, bright and luminous free improvisations and gorgeous percussion. The music of this album has marvelous and remarkable sound.

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