Nick Fraser / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby with Ingrid Laubrock & Lina Allemano – “Zoning” (Astral Spirits, 2019)

“Zoning” was recorded by featured jazz figures – Nick Fraser (drums), Tony Malaby (saxophones), Kris Davis (piano), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone (tracks 1, 3, & 4 only) and Lina Allemano (trumpet (tracks 1, 3, & 4 only). The music is full of surprises, twists and strong contrasts. The musicians already have their own and original playing style. Their experimentative, fresh and evocative ideas bring life, brightness and passion to the compositions. Open free improvisations, driving melodies, wild passages, spontaneous solos, contrasting pieces and terrific riffs are the main compounds which accompagnie all the time the main musical pattern. All music is based on free improvisation and experimental jazz.

“Zoning” compositions are played in active and expressive mood. Here we can hear out fantastic jazz masters playing together – each of them has his own way of improvising, inspiring style and suggestive playing manner. Most part of the compositions is written for a trio – here we can listen to marvelous collective improvisations by Tony Malaby, Kris Davis and Nick Fraser. There are three tracks in this album where Ingrid Laubrock and Lina Allemano join the trio – that brings colorful, authentic, bright and active mood. Experimental ideas, sonoristic experiments, evocative decisions, experimental and home-made playing techniques, remarkable melodies and fantastic riffs are the main compounds which make an effort to luminous and multi-layed musical pattern and innovative instrumental section. The saxophonist Tony Malaby is the leading figure on most part of the compositions. His energy, creativity, innovative point of view and expressive ideas create a bright source of energy and drive. Full blasts of energy, tremendous culminations, growling and urgling solos, furious hysteric riffs, sharp aggressive tunes, passionate melodies, light flowing passages and original sonoristic experiments are gently joined together in his driving and moving free improvisations. Another great saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock joins him in tracks 1, 3 and 4. Her suggestive and modern playing manner, exclusive expressions, drive, hot thrills, moving and tremendous culminations, impressive riffs and all wide range of colors and tunes gently fit together with other instruments and beautifully colors the main melody line – makes it alive, bright, passionate and fresh. Trumpeter Lina Allemano also plays in these three tracks – vital and moving melodies, flowing transcendental passages, sharp tunes, aggressive riffs are accompagnied by angry growls, urgling furious blow outs, full blasts, strange timbres, sonoristic experiments or lyrical contemplations. All that makes an effort to moving, universal, polyphonic and independent melody line. The main melody line wouldn’t be so exciting, if there was no piano. Kris Davis is getting on adventurous improvisations – it’s based on frantic culminations, aggressive perturbating sequences, breaking sessions, playful, light, vital, flowing and passionate melodies which can turn out to furious, hysteric, urgent or lyrical, silent and peaceful samples. All these elements are gently combined together – pianist makes an effort to create an astonishing and expressive sound. A stable, bright, innovative and dynamic rhythmic section is created by Nick Fraser. Full blast of energy, a mix of vividness, expression and passion. Steady deep beats vs. frantic hysteric riffs and breaking sessions, silent pauses, meditative minimalistic samples which pass to flowing passages, rapid passages, tremendous culminations – that’s the base of this inspiring and modern rhythmic section.

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