Leblanc/Gibson/Vicente/Mira/Ferreira Lopes – “Double On The Brim” (atrito-afeito, 2019)

Double on the Brim

“Double On The Brim” was recorded by a group of featured jazz masters – it’s Karoline Leblanc (piano), Yedo Gibson (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones), Luís Vicente (trumpet), Miguel Mira (cello) and Paulo J. Ferreira Lopes (drums). Fresh, sparkling, evocative and innovative sound is created. All musicians are the masters of their art. They’re experimenting on various fields of musical language and are willing to create someting exciting and interesting. The improvisers had already developped their own and original sound – extended playing technique, expression and drive are the main compounds of it. Collaborations with other famous jazz masters, interesting projects, tours and concerts all over the world – that’s the main activites of these musicians.

All music is based on avant-garde jazz and collective improvisation. “Double On The Brim” is an organic mix of American and European avant-garde jazz streams, its innovations and traditions. The musicians are getting on brave ambitious free improvisations, dramatic culminations and integrating radical, specific, weird or simply crazy and exciting ways of playing. They also pay attention to the basics of avant-garde jazz – improvisers frequently get back to the roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz. That’s how absolutely different and contrasting pieces are connected to one place. Experimental jazz and free improvisation are the main compounds, but the musicians are searching links to other jazz styles. The music is related to expressive and nervous bebop, aggressive hysteric hard bop, modern and dynamic contemporary jazz, steady cool or any other style. Huge range of extended playing techniques is created here – that makes a relation with contemporary academical and experimental music, sonoristic music or even repetitive ascetic minimalistic samples. An innovative and bright instrumental section is mostly based on experimental ways of playing, extended playing techniques, special effects and sonoristic experiments which make a great fusion with some very well-known ways of playing. A melody line is charming and simply fantastic – it’s kept by saxophones, trumpet and piano. All these three instruments make a great combo – musicians are masterfully corresponding to each other’s playing, getting on brave explosing riffs, booming driving culminations, immediate reponses and spontaneous solos. The main principe of improvisng is used everywhere, but is mostly heard on melody line. Different kinds of saxophones bring vividness, drive and expression. Yedo Gibson is mixing up innovative and exclusive experimental jazz, free improvisation and the roots of avant-garde jazz. Expressive melodies, hysteric perturbating riffs, dramatic culminations, wild breaking sessions, growling booming solos, hot thrills, vibrant impressive pieces, flowing passages and research of strange timbres contain the main base of it. That makes an effort to energetic, charming and thrilling sound of whole album and melody line. Firious, sharp, aggressive, perturbating and driving trumpet by Luís Vicente is the heart of the melody line. Trembling thrills, passionate melodies, moving glissando, breaking sessions, sharp frantic series, blooming culminations – all these elements are combined together with drive, expression and pleasure. Improviser manages to create dynamic, luminous and impressive sound. Piano by Karoline Leblanc is a mix of huge range of emotions, moods, characters and sounds. Pianist is mixing up together her hypnotysing and expressive playing manner, driving style, extended playing techniques, modern and charming musical language, wide musical knownledge and the will to create fresh, vital and eclectic sound. Vibrant tremendous culminations, sharp breaking chord’s sequences, booming terrific riffs, perturbating driving sessions, light flowing passages are leading elements in piano improvisations. The music is dynamic, emotional and driving filled with love, passion and energy. Sonoristic experiments, strange timbres, special effects, steady deep bass line which suddenly grows out to dramatic culminations, remarkable melodies, astonishing riffs and contrasting pieces gently brought together – that’s the base of effective, hypnotysing and original bass played by talented and creative bassist Miguel Mira. His bass opens the other side of the album – it covers silent pauses, minimalistic samples, ascetic tunes, eclectic and colorful variety of styles, emotional way of playing and exclusive musical decisions. Drums section by Paulo J. Ferreira Lopes is completely based on free improvisation and experimental jazz – the music is made spontaneously and with drive. The drummer is using his wide musical knownledge, modern musical language, extended innovative playing techniques and radical decisions to make an exceptional and original sound. Booming culminations, dramatic hysteric riffs, vibrant breaking sessions, silent pauses, light and subtle pieces, slow steady beats and huge range of ornaments and timbres are organically brought together. All musicians are improvising with drive, joy and expression – that makes astonishing, inspiring and touching sound.

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