Spacemusic Ensemble – “IS OKAY OKAY IS CERTIFIED” (Motvind Records, 2019)

“IS OKAY OKAY IS CERTIFIED” is out now on “Motvind Records”. Album was recorded by “Spacemusic Ensemble” – Signe Emmeluth (saxofon/no input mixer/komposition and text
), Rohey Taalah (vocal), Andreas Winther (drums/synth), 
Karl Bjorå (guitar/no input mixer
), Heida Karine Johannesdottir (tuba/effects) and 
Anja Lauvdal (piano/synth) are playing together. “Spacemusic Ensemble” is an innovative and original ensemble, who’s dedicated to create bright, new and exciting sound. Each musician is individual and original – they all have their own ideas, are developping new and original ways of playing and creating innovative and surprising sound. All music is based on synthesis between experimental music, free improvisation, contemporary academical music, noise, concrete, sonoristic and spectral music tunes, the basics of avant-garde jazz and the newest tendencies of experimental jazz. Musicians are combining together classical ways of playing, fascinating sound experiments, moving and thrilling expressions, sudden changes, inventive decisions and pleasant surprises. All these elements effect the creation of original and interesting sound.

“IS OKAY OKAY IS CERTIFIED” is expressive, moving and bright. Musicians are getting on interesting experiments, original investigations, expressive and organic experiments, research of evocative and strange timbres. They’re also trying to get out of the comfort’s zone and to create original and new sound. Improvisers are using the basics of avant-garde and experimental jazz, as well as the main tunes of experimental music, academic avant-garde, noise and other modern academical music genres. Huge stylistic variety, colorful expressions, dynamic turns and masterful virtuosity is a great result of musicians collaboration. Each of them is able to integrate his own ideas, inventive decisions, to get on adventurous experiments and demonstrate wide musical knownledge and fantastic playing technique. That’s how multi-layed, bright and original musical pattern is created. All music is based on evocative and innovative ideas – these ideas are integrated on all layers of musical language. Fantastic, powerful and vibrant melody line, expressive, effective and simply incredible instrumental section, dynamic, organic and wide rhythmic section, gorgeous background, sharp and dramatic haromnic section – that’s the basic of these compositions. The music is expressive, bright and vivid – it’s filled with contrasts, surprises and sonoristic experiments. The melody line is created by saxophones, piano, guitar and electronics. Saxophone tunes by Signe Emmeluth are energetic, dynamic and bright. The melodies are based on the main tendencies of experimental jazz – improviser combines together the traditions of Scandinavian and European avant-garde jazz and the newest innovations of it. Strange tunes, noises, scratching, glimpsing, cracking, blowing, frantic, furious and powerful riffs, vibrant culminations, sound experiments on subtle relaxing pieces and accompagnied by fantastic rises to glamorous, charming and impressive passages – that’s the base of saxophone’s melodies. Electronics, modified timbres, strange timbres, special effects, noise, loops, drone, glitch, sonoristic experiments, texts, spoken elements are gently combined together in Signe Emmeluth music. Guitar by Karl Bjorå is filled with interesting tunes and dynamic changes. It’s balancing somewhere between contemporary academical music, experimental jazz, free improvisation and the basics of Scandinavian jazz. The music is effected by American avant-garde jazz, fusion, mainstream, contemporary and modern jazz, as well as ethnic music’s elements of Scandinavian music elements. Expressive trembling riffs, sound experiments, vivid and bright excerpts, relaxing pauses, stable, minimalistic, repetitive or bright, rapid and moving rhythmic sessions – that’s the base of this music. Guitar’s improvisations have effective and original sound. Piano tunes by Anja Lauvdal are filled with energy, brightness, drive and expression. The music is bright, original, moving and passionate – from trembling and vivid riffs it gets furious, thrilling and sharp, aggressive and powerful, dramatic, exciting and impressive or simply calm and relaxing. Pianist goes through wide range of emotions, expressions and tunes, is combining together breaking and driving sequences, monotonic chords, meditative and minimalistic excerpts, transcendenting passages who are mixed up to innovative and modern tunes of synth, special effects, computer sounds, moving and bright timbres and modern innovations of electronics. Deep and stable bass line is created by Heida Karine Johannesdottir. Stable, deep, dark and heavy tuba’s tunes are modified and combined together with special effects, strange tunes, modified alterations and sound experiments. All music is based on free improvisation, experimental jazz and the basics of academic avant-garde. Vocal by Rohey Taalah colorfully illustrates the background. Spoken elements, whispers, burps, strange tunes, imitations of sounds, hollows, whimps, recitals, declamations, wide range of modern playing techniques, original ideas and inventive decisions – that’s the main elements of voice improvisations who have expressive and vital sound. Drums section is created by Andreas Winther. It’s moving, bright, explosing and luminous. Driving riffs, breaking vibrant sessions, powerful dramatic culminations, hysteric and frantic riffs, expressive solos, subtle, silent and relaxing pauses, organic fusions, strange tunes., special effects and sound experiments – Andreas Winther is a master of his art. He manages to create independent and luminous rhythmic section. The music of this album is a great fusion of experimental jazz, free improvisations and academic avant-garde, electronics and acoustics, classical basics and innovations, folk Scandinavian music and modern innovations. All these elements make an effort to driving and original sound.


Michel Doneda/Le Quan Ninh/Shunichiro Hisada – “Thirty Ways To Avoid Talking” (Relative Pitch, 2019)

Doneda, Michel / Le Quan Ninh: Thirty Ways To Avoid Talking (Relative Pitch)

“Thirty Ways To Avoid Talking” is out now on “Relative Pitch Records”. Album was recorded by Michel Doneda (soprano saxophone), Le Quan Ninh (surrounded bass drum) and Shunichiro Hisada (Tzuzumi, voice). Michel Doneda is a great improviser and saxophonist. All his music is totally based on traditions of European and American avant-garde jazz and main basics of it. Improviser had already developped effective and expressive playing manner. It has an influenze of cool, fusion, mainstream and other modern and contemporary jazz styles. Improviser likes sound experiments, research of strange tunes and is willing to create unusual and extravagant sound. Le Quan Ninh is classically educated drummer. His music is based on the main tendencies of contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde and experimental music. Musician is balancing somewhere free improvisation and evocative, driving and sharp tunes of contemporary academical music. Shunichiro Hisada is Japanese improviser – his voice and tzuzumi’s improvisations are based on traditional Japanese music, its harmony, ornamentation and rhythmic, and mixed up to the basics of Western Europe academical music, free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. All three musicians are completely individual – they come from different music genres and are trying to create something new, fresh and exciting. This album is a great opportunity to hear out a nice collaboration of these three musicians.

“Thirty Ways To Avoid Talking” has organic, universal and effective sound. The music is bright, eclectic and passionate. Wide stylistic variety is used here – the musicians are creating an organic and artsy synthesis of European and Asian cultures, free improvisation and contemporary academical music, experimental music, sonoristic experiments, contemporary, modern and mainstream jazz styles and the basics of avant-garde jazz. A synthesis between avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and Japanese traditional music is just impressive and inspiring. Musicians are showing their best abilities of playing – they’re dedicated to create exciting, new and innovative sound. Rich variety of styles, expressions, sounds, rhythms and timbres, as well as synthesis of experimental, innovative and traditional, but effective playing techniques, makes an effort to multi-colorful, bright and expressive musical pattern. Each musician is creating his own music – it has his character, mood and unique sound. An independent melody line and dynamic rhythmic section are highly contrasting with each other, and are accompagnied by gorgeous musical pattern. Saxophone’s improvisations are dynamic and contrasting mood. Different samples are brought together to one place. Improviser goes through various moods – from stable, silent and relaxing sound in the beginning he dives in subtle search of strange tunes and special effects, when suddenly jumps on striking and exciting improvisations, remarkable melodies, wild, frantic and sharp riffs, blowing and tremendous culminations, sparkling and flowing passages and virageous ornaments. The music has driving, expressive and dynamic sound – it’s a base of bright, independent and remarkable melody line. All music of Michel Doneda is based on the traditions of avant-garde jazz, European and American streams, modern and contemporary jazz styles, cool, fusion and other similar elements. Rhythmic section is created by Le Quan Ninh. The music of this drummer is highly contrasting to the melody line by Michel Doneda. Evocative tunes, minimalistic samples, repetitive sessions, monotonic rhythmic series, stable beats are accompagnied by trembling trills, emotional and dramatic culminations, sound experiments, special effects and modern playing techniques of contemporary academical music. The music has effective, original and inspiring sound – from the lyrical and calm pieces it can go straight to moving, awakening and bright culminations. Tzuzumi and voice elements bring exotic, bright and unusual sound to the compositions. Shunichiro Hisada is connecting together ethnic elements of Japanese traditional music, makes an exotic fusion of Asian and European harmony, rhythms and sounds. His music is simply amazing – filled with contrasts, original tunes, inventive decisions, fascinating experiments and innovative instrumentation. All music of this album is made with passion, love and drive – it has impressive and remarkable sound.

Albert Cirera / Rafał Mazur / Nicolas Field – “Five Spontaneous Ones” (Not Two Records, 2019)


“Five Spontaneous Ones” is out now on “Not Two Records”. Album was recorded by Albert Cirera (tenor & soprano saxophones), Rafał Mazur (acoustic bass guitar) and Nicolas Field (drums). Three improvisers are featured stars of avant-garde jazz scene. Albert Cirera is saxophonist – he has organic and expressive playing technique, impressive virtuosity, wide musical knownledge and unique sound. Rafal Mazur is a guitar player – he fuses together the tendencies of contemporary academical and experimental music, basics of avant-garde jazz and the newest tendencies of experimental jazz. Nicolas Field is a drummer, who’s dedicated to create bright, passionate and driving sound. Extravagant decisions, interesting combos, rare tunes, exotic timbres, special effects and stylistic allusions – these elements are the basics of his music. All three improvisers are making the first priority to sound experiments, researches of original timbres, expansion of sound comfort’s zone and creation of original, expressive and unique sound. All music is generally based on free improvisations, avant-garde jazz’s roots, the new innovations of experimental jazz and a fusion with contemporary academical and experimental music.

“Five Spontaneous Ones” is filled with expressive, driving and innovative ideas. The music is totally based on avant-garde and experimental jazz. Free improvisation and open form is chosed everywhere – that makes an opportunity to improvise without any frames and experiment on all cases of musical language. The musical pattern is brigt, multi-layed and contrasting. Independent melody line, dynamic and explosing rhythmic section, sharp and aggressive harmonic basement and gorgeous background are the main elements of it. Musicians are experimenting on timbral, rhythmic and instrumental section. They don’t hesitate to get on driving and adventurous culminations, fascinating sound experiments or dive in contemplative lyrical excerpts. Wide range of composing techniques is used – repetitive sessions, frantic and perturbating sequences of disonances, meditative and soft series, sonoristic experiments, strange tunes and other elements are brought together with specific and innovative ideas, interesting investigations, pleasant surprises and original stylistic combos and allusions. The musicians don;t forget the roots and basics of avant-garde jazz – they like to burst on adventurous, spilling, thrilling and striking culminations, spontaneous driving solos or suddenly go to silent and relaxing mood. The impression, drive, fantastic playing technique, wide musical knownledge are mixed up to original ideas, innovative point of view, creativity and imagination. Saxophones contain the basic of melody line. It’s sparkling, bright and evocative. Saxophonist Albert Cirera is trying to fuse together dozens of elements to make contrasting and expressive sound. That he manages to do very-well – from silent and subtle pieces he jumps straight on striking, bursting and explosing culminations, blowing riffs, frantic, aggressive, sharp and wild sessions, driving and spontaneous solos, transcendental passages, virageous and gorgeous ornaments and special effects. Bebop, post bop, hard bop, cool, mainstream, contemporary, fusion, free improvisation, sonoristic experiments – that’s the main part of his improvisations, who makes an effort to original, bright and passionate sound. Acoustic guitar’s tunes are dynamic and contrasting. The traditions of avant-garde jazz, the newest innovations of experimental jazz, specific playing techniques, experimental, extended and original ways of playing, moving expressions and some soft tunes of contemporary academical music are mixed up together by Rafał Mazur. Improviser shows his mnasterful virtuosity, creativity, wild imagination and ability to create fascinating, suggestive and driving sound at the same time. The music is changing all the time – it’s vibrant, sparkling and bright, perturbating and frantic, wild, crazy or furious, when it’s suddenly meets silent, sophisticated, relaxing, peaceful and lyrical solos whom also have an effective and interesting sound. All wide range of colors, expressions, playing techniques and strange timbres is used here to create colorful, innovative and driving sound. Acoustic guitar brings life, energy and perturbation to the melody line and many colors to the background. Nicolas Field’s drums section is changing, vivid, dynamic and contrasting. The compositions are constructed from different samples who are fused together to one musical pattern. Hysteric, frantic and wild free improvisations are filled with stable and monotonic beats, vibrant drum rolls, trembling and vivacious trills, terrific and powerful tremolos, animated and moving glissando, gorgeous percussion timbres, complicated and nervous bebop rhythms, extravagant decisions, fascinating experiments and silent pauses. Breaking sessions, driving and perturbating culminations and sparkling spontaneous improvisations are the most effective episodes of rhythmic section – it makes an effort to energetic and bright rhythmic line. All music of this album has interesting, organic and original sound.

SANTOS SILVA, ZETTERBERG & LINDWALL – “Hi! Who are you?” (Matiere Memoire, 2019)

“Hi! Who are you?” is out now on “Memoire Matiere” label. Album was recorded by three featured jazz masters – Susana Santos Silva (trumpet), Torbjörn Zetterberg (double bass, and electric noise on track 5 and 10) and Hampus Lindwall (pipe organ and live electronics). The musicians have masterful playing technique, fantastic virtuosity and had already developped their own and universal playing style. Their music is totally based on synthesis between different jazz styles. Avant-garde jazz, free collective improvisation, experimental jazz, the tunes related to modern, contemporary and mainstream jazz, some rock and avant-rock styles and the newest tendencies of experimental, sonoristic, concrete and contemporary academical music, electronics and academic avant-garde. The musicians are operating wide range of playing and composing techniques. They’re always balancing between arranged compositions who have academical sound to spontaneous, wild and free improvisations. The musicians have much experience and a masterful ability to fuse together all kinds of genres and styles by this way creating simply fantastic sound.

“Hi! Who are you?” is filled with original ideas, inspiring and thrilling sound. The music has wide range of genres and styles. Improvisers are getting on bright and inspiring adventures, stunning experiments, interesting stylistic allusions, passionate and light solos or spontaneous free improvisations. The music is a great and organic combo of contemporary academical, experimental and modern classical music and the basics of avant-garde jazz. Musicians are balancing between free improvisations, wild frantic and luminous solos and the main tendencies of contemporary academical music. Electronics and acoustics are gently joined together. The musicians are going through different moods, they’re balancing from the one playing technique to the other, getting on striking culminations or going down to calm and relaxing pieces. Different playing and composing techniques are used here – sonoristic, concrete, spectral music tunes are gently integrated to whole musical pattern with serialism, dodecaphony, minimalism, academic avant-garde, sound experiments, innovative ways of playing and modern expressions, as well as enchanting and suggestive free improvisations, basics of avant-garde jazz, modern, mainstream and contemporary jazz. This huge range of styles and genres is created by musicians – they’re moderating with numerous expressions, ways of playing, chords, rhythms and melodic elements to create emotional and original sound. The compositions have polyphonic and rich musical pattern – it has dozens of layers who are highly contrasting with each other. Susana Santos Silva is a great trumpeter – her music is based on avant-garde jazz basics, the newest tendencies of experimental jazz, extravagant and modern bebop, hysteric, crazy and wild culminations and expressive melodies. Improviser also likes to get on research of strange tunes, expansion of technical abilities and the going out of traditional sound’s zone. Expressive and remarkable melodies, buzzing, thrilling ,growling and thrilling riffs, transcendental and fantastic passages, gorgeous ornaments, strange tunes, blowing, sharp and terrific riffs, impressive culminations and spontaneous pleasant surprises – that’s the basic of the elements who make emotional, expressive and innovative sound. Bass tunes by Torbjörn Zetterberg are highly contrasting with trumpet – it’s a symbol of deep, heavy, lyrical, sometimes – depressive, harsh, sophisticated, frustrated or dark sound. Bass has many functions – from the very first stable and tight bass line to an effort to colorful, innovative and illustrative background and independent melody line. The music is effective, vibrant and touching. From silent and deep tunes improviser passes through search of special effects and ambient tunes, goes straight to thrilling, vibrant, spilling, sparkling and terrific culminations, sharp, evocative and original excerpts related to academical music, sound experiments and many other elements. Electric noises in 5 and 10 tracks make an effort to innovative and modern sound – it makes an effective, bright and passionate instrumental section. Pipe organ’s tunes by Hampus Lindwall are based on universal and wide range of playing techniques. It makes unusual, exotic, rare and awakening sound. The intonations of contemporary academical music and the main styles of it like experimental, concrete, sonoristic and modern classical music, are brought together with wild unpredictable and simply impressive free improvisations. Improviser doesn’t hesitate to experiment on all cases of musical language – that especially hears on instrumental, composing, harmonic and melodic section. Special effects, strange tunes, deep, vibrant and powerful melodies, expressive and bright riffs, free improvisations and luminous culminations – that’s the main basics of pipe organ’s tunes. Hampus Lindwall makes an interesting combo of pipe organ and live electronics. Special effects, computer’s sounds, synth, sonic system’s experiments, sound machine’s tunes, field recordings, sonoristic, concrete and spectral music, ambient, glitch, looping, tape recordings, drone and dozens of other playing techniques are used here. The music of this album has expressive, innovative and touching sound.

Carl Testa – “Sway Prototypes – Volume 2” (2019)

“Sway Prototypes – Volume 2” is recently released. It’s the second part of compositions created by Carl Testa. Sway Prototypes “Volume 1” was already reviewed. The second part was recorded by Erica Dicker (violin), Junko Fujiwara (cello), Louis Guarino Jr. (trumpet), Andria Nicodemou (vibraphone), Anne Rhodes (voice) and Carl Testa (bass, electronics). The music is totally based on synthesis between electronics and acoustics, roots of avant-garde jazz and experimental music, the newest tendencies of contemporary academical music and academic avant-garde. All these elements are gently combined together. This album continues the main elements which were created and developped in “Sway Prototypes – Volume 1”. Musicians are dedicated to improvise wihtout any strict frames and rules. They like to get on adventurous experiments, luminous, stunning and impressive culminations and wild free improvisations. The music is inspiring, bright and driving – musicians gently combine together traditions and innovations, eksperiments, expansion of technical abilities, innovative instrumentation and expressive playing manner.

“Sway Prototypes – Volume 2” is filled with original ideas, inventive decisions and interesting fusions. Two compositions are completely different from each other. “Emergence” is written for ensemble – this composition is based on free improvisation. The main ideas of avant-garde jazz, experimental jazz, moving and thrilling free improvisations are gently connected to contemporary academical and experimental music. Violin melodies by Erica Dicker bring the academical tunes to the compositions. Dramatic, shrieky and frantic tunes, sharp sounds, strange timbres and wild culminations are the main sources of contemporary academical music. The newest modern playing techniques are used here – the music is evocative, bright, luminous and dynamic. Aggressive, expressive and sharp tunes are connected with spontaneous solos, thrilling strikes, vibrant riffs, wild free improvisations, calm soft excerpts, silent pauses, lyrical contemplations and meditative series. Violin makes a great, colorful and impressive basic of the melody line along with all the other instruments. Trumpet’s tunes by Louis Guarino Jr. are real bursts of energy, vibrant power, terrific solos and luminous sound. Here improviser connects together all kinds of elements and expressions – Louis Guarino Jr. dives in subtle and abstract free improvisations, integrates inventive and evocative musical decisions, impressive and sparkling solos, tremendous and vibrant culminations, transcendental passages or return back to silent, stable, simple and meditative samples. Improviser’s using modern playing techniques,whom are related to contemporary academical music and academic avant-garde. His music is a great fusion of sound experiments, expansion of technical abilities, tendencies of experimental music and wild driving free improvisations. Louis Guarino Jr. music is effective and bright – it makes an effort to tremendous, energetic, wild, luminous and passionate sound. Cello tunes by Junko Fujiwara are balancing between free improvisation and contemporary academical music. Musician is dedicated to develope his own playing techniques – it’s hypnotising, effective and original. Research of strange tunes, driving and dynamic changes, impressive solos, masterful virtuosity, expressive and touching playing manner, unique sound and experiments on all fields of musical language – that’s the base of cello’s music. Improviser goes down to deep and stable samples with repetitive rhythmic series, when strikes on enchanting, thrilling and sparkling culminations, impressive and luminous riffs, vibrant, trembling and moving thrills, shrieky and aggressive sessions and all kinds of other elements. Here’s the melody line – polyphonic, multi-layed, enchanting and remarkable, formed by three absolutely different and independent instruments. The background is made by vibraphones and voice. Voice by Anne Rhodes is filled with strange sounds, whispers, vocal and spoken elements, recitals, declamations, evocative and creative ways of playing, modern decisions, interesting investigations and touching free improvisations. It forms bright and original background along with bass, vibraphone and electronics, and is a nice coloristic effect. Bass and electronics by Carl Testa are making an effort to whole sound – it makes it more colorful and innovative. Stable and deep bass tunes make tight bass line. These episodes are formed by monotonic repetitive rhythmic sessions who have meditative and suggestive sound. Heavy, solemn, dark, depressive, sophisticated or lyrical solos, sparking culminations, impressive riffs, vivacious and light samples or any other elements. Carl Testa makes a great fusion of acoustics and electronics. Wide range of playing techniques are used here – glitch, ambient, drone, computer and synth tunes, alterations, imitated sounds, sound machine’s records, sonic system’s experiments and other elements are used here. An organic and bright sound is created. The second composition called “Bloom” is only for electronics. Carl Testa is developping all kinds of electronics, modern and innovative experiments, original playing techniques and special effects. The album is a great collaboration between original and talented improvisers – they create bright, innovative and expressive sound.

Carl Testa – “Sway Prototypes – Volume 1” (SR, 2019)

“Sway Prototypes – Volume 1” is released this year. The album was recorded by great and featured jazz masters – Erica Dicker (violin), Junko Fujiwara (cello), Louis Guarino Jr. (trumpet), Andria Nicodemou (vibraphone), Anne Rhodes (voice) and Carl Testa (bass, electronics). All musicians are experienced and original jazz masters. They already had developped exclusive, passionate and expressive sound, hypnotising playing technique, bright and expressive playing manner and unique way of improvising. The musicians are open to new ideas, inventive decisions and experiments on all cases of musical language. That’s the reason why the music is filled with sound experiments, moving and original solos, passionate and expressive melodies, rare combos, exotic timbres, extended playing techniques and inventive decisions. All music is based on avant-garde jazz. Here modern and dynamic collective improvisation, the newest tendencies of experimental jazz, free improvisational music, the tunes of modern jazz and the intonations of contemporary academical and experimental music. The musicians don’t hesitate to get on crazy and wild culminations, sparkling solos, spontaneous and sudden turns – that makes a pleasure to listen to their music.

The traditions of avant-garde jazz, main basics of improvising, fascinating experiments and original decisions are joined together in “Sway Prototypes – Volume 1”. The music is filled with passion, expression and energy – musicians gently fit together and organically corresponding to each other’s playing. All the compositions have universal and multi-layed musical pattern and rich musical language. It’s made from huge range of sounds, tunes, expressions and themes. Polyphonic pattern is created by individual, passionate and remarkable melodies made by each improviser. Wide and dynamic rhythmic section is filled with typical figures of various jazz styles – aggressive hard bop, expressive, nervous or hysteric bebop, passionate and extravagant post bop, calm and stable cool, mainstream and contemporary jazz rhythms are organically integrated to bright, explosing, wild, thrilling and striking free improvisations. An open form is used everywhere – it makes an effort to passionate, emotional, bright, tremendous and original sound. The musicians don’t stick up to the rules and conventions, but still don’t abandone the main conception of avant-garde jazz. Their music is a great fusion of new, extravagant, home-made and innovative ways of playing, modern expressions, sound experiments, rare combos, exotic timbres, expansion of technical abilities, hypnotising and effective playing manner, unique sound, extended playing techniques and the return to the roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz. Trumpet’s tunes by Louis Guarino Jr. make a basic to energetic and driving melody line. Growling, urgling and thrilling spills, wah-wah, expressive and remarkable melodies, flying and impressive passages, transcendental ornaments, driving and monotonic sessions, strange timbres and special effects are combined together. The music has effective, expressive, moving and simply impressive sound. Violin tunes by Erica Dicker bring in the academical music’s tunes – it has dramatic, moving and organic sound. Shrieky tunes, exclaming, passionate, light, sometimes even hysteric, nervous or wild sounds, dynamic solos, spontaneous turns, the changes of moods and character in the melody line makes an effort to original and interesting sound. Remarkable melodies, thrilling, vibrant, terrific and frantic culminations who suddenly go down to silent, lyrical, calm, relaxing, light and solemn excerpts, are made with love, pleasure and drive. Cello tunes by Junko Fujiwara are somewhere between free improvisation, experimental music, the newest tendencies of academic avant-garde and basics of experimental jazz. Stable and deep tunes form firm bass line. Monotonic rhythmic sessions create meditative and relaxing mood and are contrasting to vibrant, passionate and thrilling culminations, dizzy, transcendental and impressive passages, strict, aggressive and frantic riffs, breaking sessions and many other elements. Voice elements by Anne Rhodes are used in “Quadrants”. Whispers, hollows, burps, nature sounds imitations, exclamations, spoken elements, recitals, declamations… – all these and other elements make an effective sound and are a great coloristic. Gorgeous background also is created by vibraphone’s tunes. Andria Nicodemou is experimenting on timbral and instrumental section – his music is filled with gorgeous, light and soft tunes of vibraphones, expressive riffs, subtle free improvisations and relaxing mood. It makes colorful and illustrative background and gently fit together with other instruments. Bass tunes by Carl Testa contain deep and stable bass line. Sometimes the music is minimalistic and simple, filled with repetitive samples and classical harmony. When it gets to thrilling bursts of energy, breaking sessions, powerful and effective culminations, expressive and remarkable melodies, driving riffs and impressive free improvisations. The electronics are organically integrated here also – drone, glitch, ambient, sonic system’s experiments, special effects, modified and alterated timbres, computer’s sounds, synth tunes are gently combined together by Carl Testa. All music of this album is bright and original – it has interesting and innovative sound.

Whit Dickey / Tao Quartets – “Peace Planet -&- Box of Light” (Aum Fidelity, 2019)

“Peace Planet -&- Box of Light” is released on “Aum Fidelity Records”. The album was recorded by Whit Dickey and “Tao Quartets”. Here featured jazz masters are playing together – it’s Matthew Shipp (piano), Rob Brown (alto saxophone), William Parker (bass),
Whit Dickey (drums) in “Peace Planet” (1-5 tracks) and Rob Brown (alto saxophone), Steve Swell (trombone), Michael Bisio (bass) and Whit Dickey (drums) in “Box of Light” (6-11 tracks). Two compositions were created and arranged by Whit Dickey. Composer was using a different principe of the composing and was trying to create absolutely contrasting and different sound of these two cycles. All musicians are the central figures of avant-garde jazz scene. Their music is totally based on avant-garde jazz and its newest innovations, as well as free improvisations, experimental jazz and modern jazz styles. The ideas of modern composing, contemporary academical music and academic avant-garde are used here, in this album. Whit Dickey manages to find a suitable balance between contemporary academical music, modern composing and free improvisation.

“Peace Planet -&- Box of Light” are two different compositions, who’re contrasting with each other. The music is dynamic, bright and vivid. The improvisers are the masters of their art. They’re getting on ambitious adventures, luminous culminations, research of strange timbres and special effects, original and extravagant decisions, eclectic and exotic stylistic allusions, fusions of various jazz styles and expressions. “Peace Planet” has a expressive and moving sound – here Matthew Shipp, Rob Brown, William Parker and Whit Dickey are playing together. The music is bright, luminous and dynamic. It’s a great synthesis of modern and experimental jazz styles. Free improvisation is the main form of all compositions. All four improvisers are balancing between spontaneous improvisations and arranged-pieces. Sparkling, moving and enegretic piano solos are bright and evocative mood. Matthew Shipp is demonstrating his best and splendid playing technique, masterful virtuosity, wide musical knownledge and marvelous, expressive and impressive playing style. His improvisations are like real bursts of energy, filled with drive, expression, roaring riffs, sharp, perturbating and breaking chords sequences, transcendental passages, remarkable and impressive melodies and inspiring, thrilling and striking pieces. Alto saxophone’s tunes by Rob Brown are expressive, moving and dynamic. The rhythms of modern jazz styles and free improvisation are mixed up together with calm, relaxing and silent pieces. Expressive and remarkable melodies, driving and thrilling solos, wah-wah, hot growls, imitations of various tunes, special effects, dizzy passages, charming and simply impressive culminations, roaring, breaking and luminous riffs are accompagnied by perturbating sessions and spontaneous surprises. William Parker’s bass tunes are dynamic and universal – it’s filled with strange tunes, stable bass line, formed from tight bass tunes, deep and heavy solos, vigilant and vibrant culminations, passionate riffs or solemn and peaceful pauses. William Parker is experimenting on each case of musical language – his music is dynamic, filled with fascinating sound experiments, original decisions, rare tunes, exotic combos, special effects and huge variety of tunes. Whit Dickey’s drums section is based on free improvisation, but is highly influenzed by bebop, post bop, hard bop, cool, mainstream and other modern jazz styles. Rapid and monotonic beat of eights, extravagant and nervous solos, transcendental and extremely rapid passages, expressive, light, dramatic and wild culminations – all these elements are made by using fusion of contemporary, modern and experimental jazz styles. “Box of Light” is similar to “Peace Planet”, but has its own sound and individual character, which differs from the first part. The music is more calm – it starts in blue, silent, calm and relaxing mood. The tunes of cool, fusion, some sounds of traditional jazz styles, extravagant, expressive and nervous bebop, aggressive hard bop, relaxing and contemplative cool, modern mainstream are connected to free, spontaneous and evocative improvisations. Rob Brown’s saxophones tunes are dynamic and emotional. Saxophonist is going throught huge range of moods – his playing is more dynamic and contrasting than in “Peace Planet”. From silent, dreamy and calm beginning improviser jumps on expressive and moving culminations, remarkable and vivid melodies, roaring, growling and crazy riffs, dizzy passages, sound experiments and special effects. Trombone by Steve Swell is bright, tremendous and sparkling. It’s a burst of energy and source of drive. Deep, heavy and cracking solos are growing to vibrant, powerful, perturbating and luminous culminations, bright and explosing riffs, special effects and free improvisations. All music has vibrant, effective and original sound. Here we have an opportunity to hear another great bassist – Michael Bisio. His playing is based on synthesis of free improvisation, experimental music and the main tendencies of avant-garde jazz. Sound experiments, special effects, the developpement of effective, expressive and unique playing technique, rare tunes, exotic timbres, ambient tunes – all these elements are used here. Bassist manages to create dynamic and original sound. Heavy, solemn, deep and lyrical tunes grow to terrific, vibrant and luminous culminations, filled with radical ideas, wild and crazy riffs, powerful riffs and original musical decisions. Bassist also manages to create stable and bright bass line. Whit Dickey’s drums section here is similar to “Peace Planet”, but it has individual sound. It’s more calm, relaxing and dreamy in the beginning. From stable and slow beats, subtle free improvisations, lyrical excerpts, mionimalistic and meditative excerpts the music goes straight to powerful explosions, roaring and spakrling riffs, tremendous rolls, vibrant culminations and special sound experiments. The music of this album is contrasting and dynamic – it has unique and original sound.