Angelika Niescier|Christopher Tordini|Tyshawn Sorey – “The Berlyn Concert (Live)” (Intakt, 2018)

“The Berlyn Concert (Live)” was released by “Intakt Records”. The improvisations at the live concert in Berlin were recorded by three great jazz masters – Angelika Niescier (saxophone), Christopher Tordini (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). Musicians improvisations usually are based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. Turbulent and harsh solos, powerful and vibrant blow outs, effective and inventive musical decisions, interesting musical experiments, brave and noisy switches between different moods and styles – all these elements put this music right beside the other great albums of avant-garde jazz. The musicians are experimenting in all ways of musical language – especially in unusual sounds search and creation of new ways of playing. Their playing is free and spontaneous – they aren’t heasitatingto use brave, provocative and interesting musical decisions and search for new forms and species of sound. The music is very contrasting and bright – rich and evocative musical language, sudden stylistic changes, colorful and dynamic turns certaintly make an effort to it.

The music is based on avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. Musicians are trying out new ways of playing and creating very dynamic and expressive sound. Their playing style is based on harsh, sharp, aggressive and dynamic sound, which is highly contrasting with silent, abstract and peaceful episodes. Musical language is based on plyphony – independent and contrasting melodies by each improviser gently fit together in one place. This music has the relations with many other music styles. Modern and contemporary jazz styles, especially such as bebop, hard-bop, neo bop and post bop, are fused together with spontaneous and marvelous free improvisations. The intonations of academic avant-garde, experimental music are very mild and soft – it’s naturally and organically fused with various jazz styles. This music has no strict relations with academic avant-garde or contemporary academical music – the only common thing is some relations in musical language. Sharp and dissonance harmony, unusual and strange timbres and innovative instrumentation bring soft and mild intonations of academic avant-garde. Angelika Niescier saxophone melodies are full of mooving, striking and harsh solos. Expressive playing manner, inventive musical decisions and creative improvising makes an effort to whole music. This music is filled with expressive and vivacious solos, harsh, aggressive and turbulent blow outs, wide range of unusual and colorful sounds and spontaneous and remarkable improvisations. Musician masterfully fuses together experimental and traditional ways of playing, wide range of colorful and extended expressions, chords, rhythms and other elements of musical language. Saxophone improvisations have especially rapid, virtuosic and impressive sound. Christopher Tordini bass improvisations are very contrasting and bright – it’s gently goes along together with saxophone and drums. Virtuosic, stirking, vivid and expressive solos have a remarkable sound and are based on passionate playing manner. Bassist tries out new ways of playing – his music based on spontaneous improvising, dharp harmony, dissonance, harsh, powerful and deep sound and dynamic rhythmic. Deep and monotonic bass line is the opposite to the joyful and lengthy solos. It also makes a solid and firm rhythmic and harmonic section. Tyshawn Sorey drums have colorful and contrasting sound. Harsh, turbulent, loud and dynamic solos, masterful and rapid passages, intensive and vibrant tremolo, glissando and other similar usual pplaying techniques are joined together with experimental ways of playing and free improvisation. From the dark and aggressive sound it gets to vivacious, joyful ,playful and vivid, and finally – to dramatic and powerful culminations. Drums section is independent and solid – it’s highly contrasting with melodic section, brings new colors and fresh sound to the music. This album has remarkable and impressive sound.

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Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo – “OPUS FACERE” (Clean Feed, 2018)

“OPUS FACERE” is the newest release by “Clean Feed Records”. Album was recorded by Alberto Pinton (baritone & alto saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet), Niklas Barnö (trumpet), Torbjörn Zetterberg (bass) and Konrad Agnas (drums). These four great jazz masters have their own and unique playing style, interesting and evocative playing manner and unique sound. Their improvisations always have impressive and remarkable sound. Each of them plays with passion, emotionally and especially expressively. Interesting and unpredictable stylistic waves, sudden changes, original and inventive musical decisions, bright and evocative musical language – all these elements are the main basics of their playing styles. The musicians not hesitate to fuse together contrasting music elements, make eclectic and strange stylistic combinations and impressive musical experiments. Their music is filled with rapid, dynamic and expressive solos, which finally grow to dramatic, frantic, energetic and turbulent bursts of energy. Their music is vivid, wild, free, frantic and especially expressive – it’s also full of impressive and innovative musical experiments and special effects.

“OPUS FACERE” has dynamic, interesting and evocative sound. It’s based on avant-garde jazz, experimental jazz and free improvisation. Collective improvisations by all four musicians have charming, expressive, energetic and impressive sound. Rich and bright musical language, colorful musical pattern, dozens of extended playing techniques and expressions create effective and interesting sound. The musicians are improvising spontaneously and free – their improvisations are filled with contrasts, expressive and sudden changes, rigorous and sharp blow outs, which are gently connected together with silent, peaceful, subtle and calm episodes. All the musicians are masters of improvising and fusing together different music elements – they fuse together experimental ways of playing, dissonances and consonances, lengthy and joyful solos with rigorous, dark and aggressive excerpts and many other things. Their music is based on avant-garde jazz, but also has many relations with bebop, neo bop, hard bop and other modern and contemporary jazz styles. Very soft and mild intonations of some traditional jazz styles also are heard here, but it’s naturally combined with other jazz styles. Alberto Pinton saxophones, clarinets and bass clarinet melodies are very contrasting and colorful. Expressive and vivid clarinets are connected together with live, frantic, vibrant and energetic saxophones. Rigorous and intensive blow outs, powerful and loud improvisations, sharp and aggressive solos are gently fused together with joyful, playful, vivid and striking melodies. All these elements are organically synthesized together in one place and illustrated by huge variety of unusual, weird and interesting sounds. Active and rapid solos, furious and virtuosic passages are fused together with calm and relaxing episodes. It’s based on lyrical mood, slow tempo, monotonic rhythmic and memorable solos. Improviser masterfully switches between all these different moods and creates original and dynamic sound. Deep and static bass line, dark and vibrant sounds of bass clarinet also bring a new color to the sound. Niklas Barnö trumpet is vivid, bright and has wide range of extended playing techniques and expressions. Expressive, extremely loud and vivacious solos are filled with vibrant blow outs, virtuosic and wild rapid passages, charming and memorable solos, lyric and quiet episodes and silent rests. All these elements are masterfully mixed together. Trumpet solos along with clarinet, saoxphone and bass clarinet make a solid, colorful and effective melodic section. It also makes the sound more energetic, effective and colorful. Torbjörn Zetterberg bass melodies are based on contrasting improvisations, which are fomed by many different musical expressions and sounds. Deep, static, subtle and abstract solos are mixed together with dynamic, bright, expressive, virtuosic and striking solos. Marvelous and impressive solos, remarkable melodies illustrated by various special effects, experimental ways of playing, inventive musical decisions and spontaneous solos create dynamic and interesting sound. Konrad Agnas drums section is rapid and expressive. The musician use the main forms of various mdoern jazz styles – the rhythmic forms of bebop, post bop, neo bop and other similar jazz styles are fused together with static and calm traditional jazz rhythmic, and finally grows to turbulent, rapid, energetic and colorful free improvisations. The rhythmic section is solid, firm and independent, filled with colorful and gorgeous variety of unusual sounds and weird timbres. The album has remarkable and impressive sound.

François Carrier|Michel Lambert|Rafal Mazur – “Beyond Dimensions” (FMR, 2018)

“Beyond Dimensions” is the newest release of “FMR Records”. Album was recorded by a trio – it’s François Carrier (alto saxophone), Michel Lambert (drums) and Rafal Mazur (acoustic bass guitar). These three musicians had been improvising together many times. Different and contrasting improvisations have bright and innovative musical language and original sound. Even though, each of them is improvising differently, all the improvisations naturally fuse together in one place. The main priority of their improvising is to explore new zones of sound, extract unusual timbres and experiment in all fields of musical language. Their music is based on avant-garde jazz and free improvisations. Basic elements of avant-garde jazz are fused together with bebop, hard-bop, neo bop and other modern jazz styles. There’s also heard the specific intonations of American and Europe avant-garde jazz, excerpts of famous jazz themes, written by great jazz masters and very mild elements of contemporary academical, experimental and electronic music. The music is full of contrasts, original and interesting ways of playing and has expressive sound.

“Beyond Dimensions” is totally based on avant-garde jazz. Expressive, vivacious and inventive free improvisations are full of frantic and harsh solos, subtle, silent and peaceful excerpts, vivid and striking passages, remarkable melodies and spontaneous improvisations. The musicians are trying out new and inventive ęways of playing – they not hesitate to use inventive and brave musical decisions and fascinating musical experiments. The high attention is paid to the sound and wide range of its colors, tones and timbres. Each musician is exploring and expanding the traditional abilities of their instruments. Francois Carrier saxophone melodies are dynamic and expressive. Improviser masterfully switches between different moods, expressions and wide range of extended and innovative playing techniques. His music is very moody and based on contrasts. Joyful, playful and vivacious solos turn out to expressive and dramatic, harsh, frantic and turbulent blow outs or very peaceful, relaxing and subtle excerpts. Experienced and talented saxophonist certainly knows, how to combine all these different music elements together. His musical language is bright and full of huge range of different rhythms, has sharp and dissonance harmony anf huge variety of unusual sounds and timbres. Vivacious solos, expressive and passionate melodies, spontaneous, free and furious improvisations, virtuosic and marvelous passages, glissando and other colorful playing techniques and special effects bring original and interesting sound to whole album. Rafal Mazur guitar melodies also are contrasting and interesting. Deep, dark and static bass line is highly contrasting with striking, intensive and vivacious solos. Monotonic rhythms gently fit together with dynamic, rapid and active rhythmic forms. Sharp harmony naturally goes along together with soft and relaxing or very dramatic and aggressive chords. Wide range of different playing techniques, chords, rhythms and musical expressions make an effort to remarkable and interesting sound. Guitar melodies are based on avant-garde jazz, but also have many relations with bebop, post-bop and other modern jazz styles. Michel Lambert create and keep solid, independent and firm drums section. It’s full of roaring and harsh drum rolls, dynamic and silmunateously changes rhythmic forms, expressive and vivacious solos, passionate improvisations, silent pauses and subtle, peaceful and excerpts. Drummer creates original and interesting sound by using dozens of different ways of playing and special effects. All three musicians are improvising inventively and with passion – their marvelous and impressive improvisations make an effort to remarkable sound of whole album.

Reid Karris Group – “Ghost Dancers Slay Together” (Lurker Bias, 2018)

“Ghost Dancers Slay Together” is the newest release of “Lurker Bias”. The music was recorded by Reid Karris (guitar, drums), Bryant Eiting (saxophone, effects) and Alexander Adams (voice, drums). The music by these three musicians is somewhere between experimental music and avant-garde jazz. The musicians all the time are switching between different moods, expressions, playing techniques and sounds. Their music has the main elements of avant-garde jazz. Free improvisation, sound experiments, unusual musical decisions, provocative and innovative instrumentation, turbulent solos, expressive and dynamic sound, open form and dissonance harmony – all these elements contain the basics of experimental and modern jazz styles. Free, dynamic and expressive mood of the compositions are frequently combined together with electronics and electroacoustics. The musicians are using wide range of special effects, computer devices sounds and other electronics playing techniques. Their music is based on authentic and natural synthesis between avant-garde jazz and experimental music. It has bright, evocative and expressive sound.

“Ghost Dancers Slay Together” has interesting sound and rich musical pattern. Just like the other albums, recorded by these musicians, this music is based on experimental music, avant-garde jazz and the intonations of modern music and academic avant-garde. Rich and bright musical pattern is constructed by many different pieces. The basic is free improvisation, which is the most important element in all compositions. Collective improvisations are filled with passionate and expressive melodies, soft and unusual excerpts, abstract, open and free structure, dynamic rhythmic and contrasting sound. Musicians are expressing huge palette of sounds, timbres, colors and expressions. They are experimenting in all fields of musical language, but the most important of all is the search of special ways of playing, unusual sounds, strange and provocative timbres and eclectic combinations. Album has contrasting and dynamic sound, which keeps changing all the time – from the soft and calm it gets to expressive and dramatic, roaring, harsh and aggressive, dark and depressive, or turbulent and rigorous. The aim of music isn’t to create remarkable and expressive melodies – musicians are dedicated to extract new and colorful timbres and expand the traditional abilities of their instruments. Guitar melodies by Reid Karris are filled with expressive and dynamic sounds – abstract and separate melodic elements are fused together with special effects, vivacious and striking excerpts, energetic and spontaneous improvisations. The guitar music also has mild intonations of rock styles, but mostly it’s based on avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and ex[erimental music. Bryant Eiting saxophone improvisations full of aggressive and remarkable blow outs, harsh, sharp, rigorous and expressive solos which are the opposites for the silent. abstract, subtle and calm excerpts. Saxophonist is variating between different moods and expressions – he creates colorful, interesting and original sound. Alexander Adams drums improvisations and episodic voice elements bring striking and energetic sound. Huge variety of different music instruments, unusual and colorful timbres, basic rhythmic forms of modern jazz styles – all these elements finally grow to turbulent, dramatic and energetic free improvisations. Special effects, sonic system experiments, glitch, electronic washes, episodic usage of drone and other electronics playing techniques create colorful and expressive background and are naturally connected together with acoustics. This music has modern, dynamic and remarkable sound.

Angle 3 – “Parede” (Clean Feed, 2018)

“Parede” is the newest release of “Clean Feed”. Album was recorded by “Angles 3”, which is formed by three great Scandinavian jazz musicians – it’s Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass), Kjell Nordeson (drums and percussion) and Martin Küchen (tenor and soprano saxophone). All three musicians are the members of innovative and famous avant-garde jazz ensembles. Their music is based on innovative Scandinavian avant-garde jazz, which is synthesized together with experimental jazz, the traditions of Europe and American avant-garde jazz. All three musicians are playing in famous Scandinavian avant-garde jazz ensemble “Angles”, which usually improvising as an octet or nonet. The music is full of extravagant musical decisions, original and twisting stylistic waves, shocking and fascinating musical experiments and unusual sounds. Three experienced and talented jazz masters have impressive and remarkable improvising style – it’s based on especially active and turbulent sound, epressive playing manner and free musical experiments.

The music of this album is impressive and vibrant. The compositions are based on expressive and vibrant solos, turbulent and evocative melodies, free improvisations filled with passionate and vivacious playing. The musicians are trying out new ways of playing – they demonstrate the best abilities of playing and improvising. Huge range of different playing techniques, musical expressions, forms and rhythms are fused together in one place. Repetitive and monotonic rhythms are contrasting with dynamic and turbulent solos, sharp and aggressive harmony create dramatic and evocative mood of the compositions. The compositions are based on contrasts – the sound of the compositions is made by colorful independent improvisations which are highly contrasting with each other. Each element of musical language make an effort to the compositions – it brings new colors, tones and moods and modifie all sound. Martin Kuchen saxophones improvisations, just like in other albums of this improviser, have remarkable, vivacious and expressive sound. Improviser tries out innovative ways of playing – his playing manner is especially expressive and vivacious. Impressive, vibrant, remarkable and passionate solos are the most effective and important elements of his playing style. It’s based on free improvisation, spontaneous and vivacious solos, virtuosic and wild fast passages which are fused together with rapid, turbulent and furious blow outs, memorable melodies and huge range of unusual sounds. This music is based on synthesis between experimental and free jazz, creative jazz and modern jazz styles. Expressive, sharp and rapid rhythmic and dissonance harmony bring the intonations of bebop, post-bop, neo-bop and other modern jazz styles. The melodic intonations of Scandinavian ethnic music also are used here, but not very strongly and brightly – mostly it’s organically mixed with dozens of other music styles and intonations. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten double bass melodies are full of expressive solos, have vibrant, dynamic and passionate sound. Deep and static bass line is highly contrasting with expressive, rapid, vivacious, striking and vivid solos, wild fast and furious passages, soft pizzicato, colorful glissando, effective vibrato, arpeggio and many different traditional and experimental ways of playing. Musician certainly knows, how to make a masterful and organic synthesis between different music styles – avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, own and experimental ways of playing, different moods, tones, expressions and rhythms are gently fused together. Kjell Nordeson drums and percussion are vibrant, especially energetic and vivacious. Active and loud solos, turbulent and free improvisations, dynamic and silmunateous change of different rhythms, colorful and wide range of unusual timbres and sounds, experimental ways of playing – all these elements make an effort to ineresting, active and expressive sound. The music of this album is based on inventive musical decisions, bright and evocative musical language and impressive improvising – that makes an effort to colorful, remarkable and expressive sound.

Matt Weston – “This Is Your Rosemont Horizon” (7272music, 2018)

Weston, Matt: This Is Your Rosemont Horizon  [VINYL] (7272music)

“This Is Your Rosemont Horizon” was released by “7272music” label. Album compositions were written, mastered and recorded by Matt Weston. Matt Weston is a composer, percussionist and artist. His music is based on electronics and computer music. Composer had created and masterfully improved his own composing style, which is totally based on electronic music and free improvisation. The synthesis between various traditional and modern electronics playing techniques is the main element of his compositions. Drone, glitch, wash, sonic system experiments, sounds modifications, imitations of acoustic instruments, the music of computer and electronic devices, tape and field recordings, voice elements and other similar things are authentically synthesized together with acoustic instruments. Musician had been playing and collaborating with other famous avant-garde jazz improvisers and contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde and electronic music performers – Arthur Brooks, Bill Dixon, Kevin Drumm, Paul Flaherty, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Mary Halvorson, William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Jack Wright and many others. The compositions by Matt Weston are based on organic synthesis between electronics and acoustics. Even though this music has all the main elements of electroacoutics, free improvisation is a very important part of his improvisation. Electroacoustic music is synthesized together with free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, academic avant-garde and the intonations of concrete and spectral music. The melodies of acoustics instruments are expressive, vivacious, passionate and based on spontaneous solos. It formes solid, colorful and independent musical pattern, which is gorgeously and effectively illustrated by electronics.

The music of this album has interesting and modern sound. Compositions are formed by contrasting episodes which are connected together. Matt Weston use huge range of different electronics playing techniques. Alterations and modifications of acoustic instruments timbres, electronic washes, provocative and abrupt shifts, sonic system experiments, glitche, drone and various abstract components of electronics are synthesized together. All the musical pattern is based on abstract structure and many layers. Abstract melodic and rhythmic elements, strange sounds, colorful timbres, original musical decisions and unusual harmony – all these elements create extraordinary sound of these compositions. Even though, all these compositions are based on electronics and computer playing techniques and synthetic sound, it has very rich and modern musical language. Dozens of different playing techniques of electronic music are effectively combined together. Composer really knows, how to do it – he masterfully switches between soft, warm and vivacious sounds to the striking, dramatic and harsh culminations or very rigorous, depressive, dark and aggressive pieces. The mood of these compositions always changing – it never stays the same. Basic element sof electronics are fused with altered sounds of voices and acoustic instruments, it also has mild intonations of spectral and experimental music. The main priority of the composer is to create original, extraordinary and interesting sound, which would be based on eclectic combinations and extravagant musical decisions. Free improvisation and basic elements of avant-garde and experimental jazz make an effort to whole sound – it’s very important element of the compositions. Free and spontaneous improvisations of acoustic instruments are modified by using computer and electronics – it brings free, spontaneous and interesting sound to the album. The music of this album is a nice and organic synthesis between absolutely contrasting music elements – electronics and acoustics, free improvisation and electronic music, academic avant-garde and experimental jazz, concrete and spectral music – all these things are gently fused together by using dozens of different playing techniques of electronics.

Martin Blume, Wilbert De Joode, John Butcher – “Low Yellow” (Jazzwerkstatt, 2018)

“Low Yellow” was recently released by “Jazzwerkstatt” label. Album was recorded by a trio – Wilbert de Joode (double bass), John Butcher (tenor saxophone) and Martin Blume (drums). All three musicians are creative and inventive jazz experimentators. Their music is full of expressive, bright, sharp and vivacious solos, roaring and loud blow outs, strange and evocative timbres, provocative and original musical decisions. The musicians have their own playing manner – it’s very expressive, passionate and vivacious. The search of unusual timbres, extended playing techniques is the main field of musicians experiments. They are also trying to expand the zone of traditional zone of their instruments. Wilbert de Joode is a talented bassist. He’s active in avant-garde jazz scene and are concerting with other famous jazz masters. The music of Wilbert de Joode is based on avant-garde jazz and various intonations of modern jazz styles synthesis. It’s has dynamic, vivacious, expressive and modern sound. John Butcher is an avant-garde jazz saxophonist. His music is filled with roaring. loud, vibrant and effective blow outs, splendid riffs, touching solos and unusual timbres. Musician also likes fuse together different styles and playing manners, experiment in all fields of musical language and search for new timbres and sounds. Martin Blume drums improvisations are rapid and energetic. Turbulent and rapid bursts of energy, sound experiments, original and twisting turns, striking solos – all these elements are the most important part of Martin Blume improvisations.

The music of this album has modern and interesting sound. Collective improvisations are full of vivacious and turbulent solos, spontaneous musical decisions and have a huge variety of different playing techniques, sounds and expressions. The musicians are experimenting in all fields of musical language – search of new ways of playing makes an effort to huge range of colorful and strange timbres. John Butcher tenor saxophone improvisations have bright and vibrant sound. It’s full of mooving and striking solos, expressive, remarkable and impressive melodies, sharp, rigorous and intensive blow outs, wild rapid, harsh and furious arpeggios and virtuosic passages. All these elements are merged together in one place. Saxophonist tries out new ways of playing – his own playing techniques are synthesized with traditional ways of playing and expressions – glissando, passages, arpeggio, tremolo, vibrato and many others. That makes an effort to whole sound of the album. Wilbert de Joode double bass melodies are full of extravagant musical decisions, extended playing techniques and contrasts. Musician masterfully twists together furious arpeggios, vibrant, energetic, intensive and emotional solos, virtuosic passages and monotonic, deep and static bass line. The contrasting episodes are colorful and gorgeous – different playing manners, expressions, extended playing techniques, variable harmony and dynamic rhythmic, modern musical decisions and inventive instrumentation are the main elements of the double bass improvisations. Double bass improvisations gently fit together with tenor saxophone melodies – intensive, sharp, vibrant and expressive solos are organically joint together. Passionate and emotional improvising is the main element of all three musicians. Drums section is leaded by Martin Blume. His improvisations are real bursts of energy. Mostly, it’s based on free and spontaneous improvisations, dynamic rhythmic and huge range of special effects and unusual sounds. Drummer merge together main rhythmic forms of various modern jazz styles, afroamerican music, free jazz, avant-garde jazz and other similar music styles. The culminations are turbulent and free improvisations – it’s extremely loud, powerful, intensive and rigorous. Musician shows his masterful ability to twist together contrasting musical language elements and switch between various moods, senses, expressions and ways of playing. This music is made with passion – all compositions have expressive, innovative and dynamic sound.