Fish-Scale Sunrise – “No Queen Rises” (Relative Pitch, 2018)


“No Queen Rises” is the latest release of “Relative Pitch Records”, which will be released on September, 28. Album was recorded by Ab Baars ( tenor saxophone, clarinet), Kaja Draksler (piano) and Joe Williamson (bassThree interesting and creative jazz masters are active members of European and American contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. Inventive and astonishing musical decisions, bright and rich musical language, passionate and expressive playing manner, new ways of playing and dozens of different expressions – all these elements contain the main basic of their music. All three of them are the masters of spontaneous, bright, extraordinary and expressive improvising – each improviser can masterfully and organically fuse together different styles, various playing manners and uncompairable musical language elements. They all have their own and unique sound, original playing manner and are trying out new, provocative and extraordinary combinations of styles, expressions, rhythms and timbres. That makes an effort to remarkable, effective and vibrant sound of their music.

“No Queen Rises” is filled with dynamic and modern sound, which is changing all the time. The music is based on free structure, open form, collective improvisation and the basics of avant-garde and experimental jazz. The musicians are paying the highest attention to extraction of unusual timbres, search of new ways of playing and production of weird sounds. Because of that, all three improvisers are trying out extraordinary, bordering ,shocking and bright musical decisions, playing techniques and expressions. They are not making an effort to create remarkable, memorable or charming melodies. Effective, extraordinary and unique sound, the expansion of main abilities of the instruments are their priorities. Improvisers are experimenting in all ways of musical language – they are fusing together various jazz styles. relations of contemporary academical and experimental music and making sudden and unpredictable changes of musical language. Each composition mostly is based on free improvisation. Musician’s improvising is sensible, suggestive and bright – they are basing their music on spontaneous, evocative, original and engaging musical decisions and fascinating sound experiments. By using new, original and bright instrumentation decisions along with traditional playing techniques, they expand the main zone of their instrument’s abilities and get out of the comfort zone. This music has rich, bright, sparkling and modern musical pattern and many-layed facture. The sound is changing and getting new colors and shapes all the time – each element of musical langauge has its own place and also bring new color to whole sound. Abstract and free structure is one of the most important element of the musical pattern. It gives an exceptional ability to the musicians to improvise free, brightly and evocatively and opens whole wide field to experiment in all sections of musical language. From the silent, subtle and ascetic sound, music gets to minimalistic and short melodic, rhythmci and harmonic episodes, when it suddenly goes straight to aggressive, dramatic, bright, loud and luminous culminations or abstract improvisations with especially huge variety of strange sounds, special effects, natural and organic combinations of various noises and timbres. Even though the music is based on main elements of avant-garde jazz, it’s also has many relations with other jazz and contemporary academical music styles. Cool, progressive, bebop, post bop, hard bop and other modern and contemporary jazz styles elements are used here and gently combined with free, abstract and brilliant collective improvisations. Extraction of strange and unusual timbres, usage and invention of bright, modern and innovative instrumentation decisions make a strong relation with contemporary academical and experimental music and academci avant-garde. Various elements of academical music forms, shapes, scales, playing techniques, expressions and dynamics are used here and organically integrated in musical pattern. Piano melodies are dynamic and moody – from aggressive, dramatic, sharp or turbulent solos, improviser suddenly jumps to sudden abruptions, pauses ot subtle, ascetic, relaxing, solemn or depressive solos. Bass melodies are colorful and modern. Deep, dark, silent and independent bass line gently combines together with huge range of unusual timbres, fascinating sound experiments, bordering dynamics, sonoristic music elements and moving, expressive and touching solos. Vivid, bright, vibrant and luminous solos abd abstract, peaceful and subtle improvisations are highly contrasting with each other and make an effort to whole sound. Saxophone and clarinet melodies are based on vibrant solos, engaging and moving melodies, abstract structure, separate and short melodic elements, all kinds of different rhythms and wide palette of forms, scales, expressions and other elements of musical language. All three musicians are improvising masterfully and brightly – their music is played especially suggestively, emotionally and creatively. Improvisers are open to brave and fascinating musical experiments, free and dynamic improvisations. Together they create original, modern and innovative sound.


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