Philipp Gropper’s Philm – “Consequences” (WhyPlayJazz, 2019)

“Consequences” was recorded by Philipp Gropper (tenor saxophone, composition), Elias Stemeseder (piano, synthesizer), Robert Landfermann (bass) and Oliver Steidle (drums). A group of featured jazz masters had joined together to improvise. Their music is based on the basics of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. The roots and typical compounds of 1960’s avant-garde jazz are blurred with innovations of experimental jazz, modern jazz styles and even some tunes of contemporary academical music. Each musician has its own sound and playing manner. It’s – touching, expressive and moving. Musicians are willing to create a new, fresh and innovative sound. Their improvisations are full of thrills, hot spills of energy, passionate and luminous culminations and spontaneous solos.

All four musicians have their own sound, character and style of improvising. “Consequences” is totally based on free collective improvisation, the basics of avant-garde and experimental jazz. The innovations are twisted with traditions – musicians make a return to the roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz and make an organic synthesis with innovative, shocking and provocative ways of playing. The experimental ways of playing, innovations and special effects contain the main base of instrumental section. Both musicians are experimenting on various fields – dozens of shocking, provocative, radical and extended playing techniques, modern expressions, all kinds of ornaments, passages, textures and abbreviations are used here to create exceptional sound. Saxophone’s tunes by Philipp Gropper are played in expressive and dynamic mood. Improviser has an inspiring, exciting and thrilling playing style. His expressive playing manner, masterful virtuosity and splendid playing technique highly effect his music. It’s contained of remarkable charming melodies, expressive, thrilling and luminous solos, transcendental passages, furious riffs, roaring and tremendous blow outs and all kinds of strange timbres and sonoristic experiments. Saxophone is the key of the melody line along with piano’s and synth tunes created by another one great improviser Elias Stemeseder. Furious frantic culminations suddenly changed by light or solemn pieces, lyrical contemplations which meet sparkling explosing riffs, striking risings, trendy breaking sessions, frenzy hysteric sequences or calm down to minimalistic samples and surely are accompagnied by strange tunes, synth sounds, modifications, drone, ambient, computer sounds and other electronics. Pianist manages to combine together all huge range of musical language’s elements and create an exciting, inspiring and unpredictable sound. Both musicians dictate the main mood to whole album – it forms an independent and expressive melody line and brings an effective, hypnotising and innovative sound. Deep and stable bass line which accompagnies tremendous culminations, spontaneous surprises, modern conceptions and trendy riffs – contrasts, surprises and innovative decisions are the basics of Robert Landfermann’s improvisations. Bassist is getting on brave musical experiments, dives in deep and lyrical contemplations, demonstrates his splendid virtuosity and the best capacity of improvising. His bass melodies have an effective, expressive and moving sound. A terrific and impressive rhythmic section is based on all kinds of rhythms. Sound experiments here gently go along with typical basics, stable beats, nervous expressive bebop, aggressive frantic hard bop, abstract and simply impressive free improvisations colorfully illustrated by stunning experiments and research of strange tunes. All that makes an effort to innovative and inspiring sound.


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