Jeb Bishop Flex Quartet – “Re-Collect” (Not Two Records, 2019)


“Re-Collect” is out on “Not Two Records”. Album was recorded by “Jeb Bishop Flex Quartet”. The ensemble has a bright and innovative sound, all compositions are played in especially expressive and dynamic mood. Suggestion, driving playing manner, passionate and unique style, creativity, luminous and dramatic culminations which calm down to silent and relaxing pieces – these are the main elements of this quartet’s music. Four great jazz improvisers are playing together – it’s Jeb Bishop (trombone), Russ Johnson (trumpet), Jason Roebke (bass) and Frank Rosaly (drums). Each musician has his own and individual sound. They’re the central figures of avant-garde jazz scene for many years now – enchanting playing manner, inventive point of view and excellent virtuosity are the reasons why these musicians are so famous on avant-garde jazz scene. Musicians are making interesting projects, the collaborations with other jazz stars and the concert tours all over the world. All the music is completely based on avant-garde and experimental jazz and an organic combo of different experimental jazz’s streams.

“Re-Collect” is a real burst of energy, drive and expression. The compositions have a huge stylistic variety. Music is the mix of experimental jazz’s innovations, expressive, nervous and complicated modern jazz styles and experimental, contemporary academical music and academic avant-garde. Innovations and modern ideas related to experimental jazz are mixed up together with return to the roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz. The musicians don’t stick up to the rules and conventions, but succesfully manage to integrate effective, very well-known, classical and expressive ways of playing to their own conceptions, inovative ideas and modern point of view. Sound experiments are used everywhere – it’s especially heard in instrumental section, melody line and background. The compositions are based on open form and free collective improvisations – that makes an effort t ospontaneous, surprising and driving sound. An interesting, multi-layed and polyphonic musical pattern is formed. It’s based on sharp, aggressive and bright harmony line, dynamic and explosing rhythmic section, gorgeous illustrative background and fantastic melody line. All the layers are highly contrasting, but still are gently brought all together. The musicians are using their wide musical knownledge, impressive virtuosity, excellent playing technique and inventive point of view to create bright, interesting and original sound. The melody section is based on trumpet and trombone tunes. Growling, hot, thrilling, passionate and frantic trumpet by Russ Johnson is the main source fo energy, brightness and drive which is brought in to the compositions. Flying transcendental passages, expressive remarkable and luminous melodies, dramatic frantic and wild culminations, roaring blow outs, breaking sessions, terrific and impressive riffs, animated glissando, special effects, sonoristic experiments and all kinds of playing techniques are joined together. That makes an effort to driving, wild and expressive melody line and dictates the main mood of the compositions. Cracking, heavy and solid trombone is highly contrasting to the trumpet and demonstrates the other side of the melody line. Jeb Bishop is the master of his art – his deep, solemn and relaxing pieces are meeting cracking, sparkling, thrilling, extremely loud riffs, wild blowing culminations and solid repetitive bass line which’s formed by using monotonic tunes and rhythms. Trombone’s improvisations are bright, heavy, driving and effective. Lyrical subtle bass by Jason Roebke also iss the source fo new colors and tunes. Deep, subtle, relaxing, calm and meditative pieces written in minimalistic mood, stable bass line are directly corresponding to dynamic, thrilling bursts, striking culminations, frantic and vibrant riffs, breaking sessions and sugegstive melodies. All these elements are gently joined together by illustrating them with special effects, coloristics and sonoristic experiments. That finally makes an effort to suggestive, hypnotising and inspiring sound. Drums section is universal and dynamic. Here Frank Rosaly joins together expressive bebop, aggressive hard bop, calm and relaxing cool, modern and extravagant contemporary jazz, stable beats, minimalistic repetitive series, sonoristic experiments which finally grow out to the culminations – frantic, breaking, stormy, extremely powerful and driving sessions and impressive free improvisations. The music of this album has an impressive melody line, effective and colorful instrumental section, great and independent rhythmic section and colorful background. All that makes a driving and expressive sound.


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