Hearts & Minds – “Electroradiance” (Astral Spirits, 2018)

“Electroradiance” is a new release of “Astral Spirits” records. The album was recorded by “Hearts and Minds” trio – it’s Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Paul Giallorenzo (synthesizer, keyboards) and Chad Taylor (drums, percussion). Trio has been improvising together for several years now – their music is gorgeous, filled with innovative, creative and expressive musical decisions and pleasant surprises. Three musicians have their original, bright, vivacious and unique sound, Each of themis searching for new shapes, forms, timbres and extended playing techniques. Special effects, fascinating musical experiments, inventive, creative and outrageous decisions, playing and composing techniques, sparkling and rich musical language, contrasting and dynamic pattern and illustrative facture – all these elements are very frequently used in the musical pattern of the compositions. It creates strong and solid base of improvising style and specific, bright and original sound. “Hearts And Minds” music is based on emotions, impressions, sudden and touching stylistic waves, effective and creative changes of musical language’s elements, free improvisation, evocative and inspiring experimental jazz and the intonations of various modern jazz styles.

“Electroradiance” is filled with interesting, eclectic, sharp and dynamic sound. Free improvisation, basics of avant-garde jazz, blended with special effetcs, electronics, fascinating musical experiments and modern jazz styles. Turbulent, free, roaring, terrific and powerful improvisations are made spontaneously and in the spot – each musician is doing his best and is trying to research, create and explore mewtimbres, fresh noises, integrate innovative musical decisions or produce dozens of noisy, harsh, strange or simply weird and outrageous timbres. The aim of this music is to create inspiring, bright, passionate and free music, which not just fuse and synthesize different music styles, but also is touching, expressive, bright and played with love, heart and passion. Each musician is improvising cordially, expressively and emotionally – their music is based on aggressive and touching solos, precise and gorgeous playing, which is fused together with roaring blow outs, tremendous chords, terrific solos, rolling, remarkable, soft, gentle or moving melodies, dynamic rhythmic and modern harmony. The music is based on abstract and many-layed musical pattern, which is based on several independent melodies. Polyphony is created naturally and organically mixed with other elements of musical language and composing techniques – puantilism, serialism, repetitive rhythmic and melodic sessions, hard core beat, quadratic structure, complicated, sharp and aggressive rhythms of bebop, post bop and hard bop, free, sensible and touching improvisations. These and many other elements are used and gently got together in effective, rich and bright musical pattern. It’s very interesting to analyse more the improvising of each musician. All of them are improvising simply gorgeously, originally and evocatively. Bass clarinet melodies of Jason Stein are filled with live, energy and vivacious solos. Electric, vibrant, dramatic and turbulent blow outs are the most important and interesting elements of the album. Energetic, passionate and moving sound is made from the basics of avant-garde jazz. Musician doesn’t avoid strange, exotic and eclectic musical decisions, shocking contrasts, bordering dynamics or marvelous sound experiments. He puts together the opposites – after silent, peaceful and relaxing solos there comes angry, ruling, passionate and rapid passages, charming melodies, dramatic and moving culminations or dark, aggressive, deep and static tunes, which keep straight and firm bass line. Paul Giallorenzo leads the keuboards section and plays the synthesizer. He brings vivacious, evocative and vital sound. Soft and warm acoustics, consonances and disonances, the chords of extraordinary and outrageous combos, exotic timbres, drastic stylistic changes, modifications of sounds and imitations of various instrument’s sounds by synthesizer – all these elements are gently fused together and make a pleasant and creative combination. Sound modifications, imitations of nature, animals or instrument’s timbres, glitch, drone, snic system experiments and many other very well-known playing techniques of electronics are genuinely fused in one place and make charming, innovative and original sound. Chad Taylor drums section is violent, bright, roaring, moving and simply charming. It’s filled with vital melodies, passionate and remarkable solos, harsh and weird timbres, colorful and inventive instrumentation and expressive musical language. Drummer integrates the newest playing techniques, sound experiments, traditional elements of avant-garde jazz, typical rhythmic figures of avant-garde, experimental, contemporary or modern jazz, also Afroamerican and Western Europe music elements. Three musicians are improvising marvelously – they are trying out new things, don’t hesitate to experiment in every way and always search for drastic, shocking, exotic, weird and interesting combinations. The free improvisation is the key of the music – musicians are basing on it whole sound and its elements. It helps them to express numerous styles, playing techniques, manners, sounds, timbres and many other elements of musical language. All these elements make a genuine, bright, passionate and expressive sound.

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