Polyorchard – “Black Mountain” (Out & Gone Music, 2019)

“Black Mountain” is out now on “Out & Gone Music”. Laurent Estoppey (saxophones), Michael Thomas Jackson (clarinet, radio), David Menestres (double bass, objects) and Dan Ruccia (viola, piano) had recorded this album. These four musicians are known as ensemble “Polyorchard”. The music of this ensemble always is innovative and exciting – innovative ideas, stunning experiments and the basics of avant-garde jazz meet here. Four musicians are famous on avant-garde jazz for many years – they are collaborating with other great jazz masters, recording incredible records and participating on various projects all the time. The base of music is based on avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music. Academic avant-garde, experimental music, electronics, free improvisation, experimental and avant-garde jazz – all these styles meets the intonations of modern and contemporary jazz, progressive, contemp[orary academical music and other styles. Musicians are always using huge range of styles and expressions – their music is filled with stunning surprises, fantastic experiments, innovative ideas gently twisted together with fundamental basics of avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music.

“Black Mountain” is filled with driving solos and experimental techniques. The musicians don’t hesitate to use original and bright ways of playing. The instrumentation is the most important section – it’s based on traditional, extended and innovative ways of playing, sound experiments, special effects, abbreviations, bordering dynamics, strange timbres and other similar elements. Repetitive rhythmic figures are switching the places with dynamic, bursting, free and wild improvisations, frequently made spontaneously. The musicians blurr the line between improvising and composing, between avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music. One minute there’s strict, evocative and passionate piece based on classical forms and modern ways of instrumentation, the other minute becames moving, surprising, exaltating, aggressive, furious and blowing improvisations. The melody line is kept by piano, saxophones and clarinet. Vivid and expressive saxophones and clarinet are filled with specific ways of playing, hot growls, strange timbres and all kinds of textures. Ambient, depressive and deep tunes are changed by sparkling melodies, solemn pieces, lyrical contemplations, radiant blasts, wild and tremendous blow outs or incredible riffs. The musicians are getting on brave experiments and research of innovative ideas. Adventurous, wild, thrilling, strange, exclusive or even simply crazy ideas or ways of playing find its place on the musical pattern. Invention, wild imagination and creativity of musicians makes an effort to rich and modern musical language and universal musical pattern. The musical language is difficult and colorful – minimalistic structures meet violent and free improvisations, strict and solemn solos are crossing to expressive, vivid and remarkable melodies. The classical forms of contemporary academical music are combined with open forms of avant-garde jazz. Though the saxophones and clarinet give the main tune and note to the melody, the piano is the source of energy. Exaltating, sharp and aggressive sequences of disonances, bright and moving series, repetitive and minimalistic excerpts, dizzy passages, tremendous and vibrant culminations are joined together in spontaneous, gentle and delicate way. Real bursts of energy are created – they are strongly contrasting with calm, solemn, peaceful, minimalistic or academical pieces who show the other side of album. More tunes of experimental or academical music are brought in by viola. Its deep, dark and calm tunes keep the bass section and illustrate the melody. Viola makes a eclectic and bright combo with double bass, who’s also is the source of subtle pieces, strange tunes, sound experiments, ambient or dynamic, heavy, tremendous and interesting excerpts. Drums section is moving and wide. Afroamerican rhythms are fused together with typical series of Western Europe academical music, European and American avant-garde jazz and breaking, spontaneous and free improvisations. Radio and objects make interesting and evocative sound – it relates the music to experimental music and its main tendencies. Field recordings, radio sounds, voices, spoken elements, computer and electronic devices sounds are just one little part of the music. Wide range of styles helps musicians to search the link between contemporary academical, experimental music, academic avant-garde and avant-garde jazz. The musicians manage to do it just splendidly – they create hypnotising, strange, innovative, expressive and simply impressive sound.

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