The Runcible Quintet – “Four” (FMR, 2018)

Runcible Quintet, The: Four (FMR)

“Four” is the newest release of United Kingdom label “FMR Records”. Album was recorded by “The Runcible Quintet” – it’s formed by great musicians of “London Improvisers Orchestra”. Here together play John Edwards (double bass), Daniel Thompson (acoustic guitar), Marcello Magliocchi (drums), Neil Metcalfe (flute) and Adrian Northover (soprano saxophone). Five great musicians are mprovising just marvelous – they combine together independent playing style, unique sound, engaging improvising and the basics of avant-garde jazz. They manage to fuse together the roots of avant-garde jazz and the newest tendencies and innovations of contemporary experimental jazz. That comes very naturally and organically for them – musicians find the most suitable and expressive way to connect contrasting concepts in one musical pattern. Drive, passion, modern and engaging expression, charming melodies and thrilling solos – these are the main elements of improvisations. Musicians bravely take on noisy, roaring and vibrant adventures, extract special effects, unusual timbres and innovative ways of playing. All that makes an effort to bright, enchating and colorful sound.

“Four” has remarkable and innovative sound. It’s based on freeimprovisation, which is the main element of all compositions. The music is based on main elements of avant-garde jazz. Sound experiments, innovative instrumentation, expansion of technical abilities, fresh, crazy and wild musical decisions, spontaneous changes and turns really make a huge effort to whole musical pattern. The music is filled with charming, passionate and engaging mood. The pattern is multi-layed, has wide spectre of colorsm, tunes and moods. It’s gently illustrated with colorful, gorgeous and ornamented facture, polyphony, polyrhythmy and many other similar elements. Whole musical pattern, form and structure is created together by all five musicians. Each of them brings something new and fresh – evocative ideas, noisy solos, roaring and tremendous culminations or simply weird and strange extract. All that makes an effort to innovative, expressive and interesting sound of album. The basic sof avant-garde jazz are related with other music genres and styles. Crazy, wild, furious and sharp solos with complicated rhythms and nervous, drmatic and disonance harmony bring the intonations of bebop, post bop and other modern jazz styles. There are many intonations of experimental music and academic avant-garde. Innovative ways of playing, experimental musical language, production of unusual sounds and timbres – these and many other things are related to contemporary academical and experimental music. The music is organic, dynamic and polystylistic – it’s a gorgeous, charming and modern example, beautifully constructed from many different and absolutely uncompairable principes, contrasts and styles. Each musician of the quintet has the right to improvise spontaneously and free – their music isn’t based on strict frames or forms. It always has free structure and open form – these two compounds lead to organic, charming, driving and touching improvising. Music is changing all the time. It never rests the same – dozens of colors, timbres and rhythms are connected together. Musicians are experimenting in various sections – they search for unusual timbres, colorful and weird expressions, make astonishing and spontaneous combos, exotic stylistic or instrumental pairs, abstract pieces or silent excerpts. Most part of iprovisations isn’t arranged or composed earlier – it’s created right in the spot, on the moment of playing. Charming, expressive and dizzy saxophone’s solos gently go along with vibrant blow outs, organic, modern and passionate guitar, subtle bass, energetic and tremendous drums, gentle, light, peaceful and simply gorgeous flute. All instruments lead the individual melodies, who finally are connected to one great, passionate, rich and expressive melodic section. Dozens of strange timbres, weird sounds, shrieky noises, turbulent culminations, charming, innovative and driving instrumentation, enchanting and impressive passages, subtle tunes or monotonic, deep and stable bass line – all these elements also are in important part of musical pattern. Ornaments, passages, abbreviations, glissando, arpeggio or strict staccato are gently combined together with numerous of colorful, experimental and bright instrumentation decisions. Musicians are improvising passionately, with drive, energy, wild thrills, vibrant and turbulent spills of energy – their music has touching, moving and innovative sound.


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