Daniel Studer – “Extended For Strings & Piano” (Ezz-thetics, 2019)

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“Extended For Strings & Piano” is out now on “Ezz-thetics” label. Album was recorded by Harald Kimmig (violin), Frantz Loriot (viola), Alfred Zimmerlin (cello), Daniel Studer (double bass) and Philip Zoubek (piano). These five musicians are demonstrating new, innovative and fresh sound of avant-garde jazz. Their music is an authentic fusion of various jazz styles and contemporary academical music. Free improvisation, special effects, sound experiments, contemporary and modern jazz, mainstream and some various jazz styles are combined together to experimental music, academic avant-garde and contemporary academical music. The music is bright and expressive. It’s always balancing somewhere between free improvisation and composing. Musicians have a new conception of jazz – it’s full of innovative ways of playing, crazy ideas, frantic and spontaneous solos, wild and dynamic turns, furiously fast passages and all kinds of modern, evocative and impressive expressions.

The musicians manage to make an organic, artsy and authentic fusion of free improvisation and academic avant-garde on “Extended For Strings & Piano”. The album contains original improvisations, who have rich, eevocative and expressive musical language, polyphonic facture and innovative instrumental section. The music is bright, moving and dynamic. It’s always somewhere between wild, frantic and free improvisation and contemporary academical music. Musicians integrate dozens of different elements, timbres and expressions – special effects, strange timbres, moving trills, independent melodies, enchanting passages, tiny and gorgeous ornaments, dynamic rhythms and wide range of characters and emotions. These elements contain enchanting, effective and original musical pattern, which’s based on modern expressions, experimental, traditional and specific ways of playing, special effects and stunning experiments. Free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, the newest innovations of experimental jazz are the keys of the album. It contains the main base of the compositions. The music is influenzed by modern and contemporary jazz styles, such as mainstream, bebop, hard bop, neo bop and etc. The intonations related to experimental music, academic avant-garde and contemporary academical music, are heard here also. These intonations are brought in by strings. The musicians are dedicated to create new and original sound. They mix the similar tunes, make original, eclectic, drastic or radical decisions, get on adventurous experiments or wild, frustrating, perturbating and aggressive improvisations. Each musician has its own style and new, original and interesting conception of avant-garde jazz. The melody line is solid, deep, independent and polyphonic. It’s kept by violin’s, viola’s, cello’s and piano’s improvisations. Piano is the source of energy, joy, drive and passion. It’s based on wide range of styles, elements, expressions and moods. Pianist moderates the innovations of experimental and contemporary academical music and free improvisations. Radical ideas, shocking experiments, innovative and experimental ways of playing, traditional and extended playing techniques of contemporary academical music, modern expressions and conceptual decisions are joined together. Sparkling riffs, perturbating series, sharp and aggressive chords sessions, meditative, hypnotising or minimalistic rhythms, expressive, driving, light or luminous melodies, lyrical and subtle contemplations – all these elements gently fit together. Expressive, passionate and vivacious melodies of violin are highly effected by contemporary academical music and experimental music. Shrieky tunes, harsh timbres, dramatic culminations, tremendous, luminous and furious melodies make original and interesting sound. Deep and solemn viola’s melodies brings lyrical mood to the compositions. Slow or mid-slow solos, deep and tight tunes, calm and lyrical excerpts who grow out to moving culminations – that’s the fundaments of these compositions. The cello is an universal instrument. It’s bringing new colors to the melody, illustrating the background and  keeping bright and original rhythmic section. Deep and repetitive tunes keep heavy and solid bass line who grow out to moving, illustrating, enchanting, dizzy, flowing, passionate, fluent, virtuosic and just impressive culminations. The double bass is the base of bass line. It’s filled with repetitive tunes, strange timbres, ambient, special effects and dozens of other elements, who make effective and innovative sound. The music of this album has expressive, driving and interesting sound.

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Angles 9 – “Beyond Us” (Clean Feed, 2019)

“Beyond Us” is out now on “Clean Feed Records”. Album was recorded by featured and famous ensemble “Angles 9”. The ensemble is formed by famous Scandinavian jazz masters – it’s Johan Berthling (double bass), Magnus Broo (trumpet), Eirik Hegdal (baritone saxophone), Goran Kajfes (cornet), Martin Küchen (alto – and tenor saxophones), Mattias Ståhl (vibraphone), Andreas Werliin (drums), Alexander Zethson (piano) and Mats Äleklint (trombone). All musicians are the central figures of contemporary experimental jazz scene. Their music is based on innovative tendencies of Scandinavian avant-garde jazz, which is mixed up together with roots of American avant-garde jazz and the tunes of European avant-garde jazz. Inspiring and sparkling style, fascinating experiments, expressive, rich and evocative musical language, hypnotising and organic sound – all these elements contain the main part of their music. The collective improvisations of “Angles 9” are filled with drive, passion, energy and expression.

“Beyond Us” is filled with energy, stunning experiments and innovative decisions. The musicians like to improvise on their own and search to new ways of playing. Together they manage to create wild, furious, perturbating and dramatic free improvisations who are filled with strange tunes, dynamic turns, gorgeous and pleasant surprises and sound experiments. Each musician has his own way of playing and improvising. They’re making the highest priority to sound experiments, evocative ideas and the creation of new, fresh and original sound. Repetitive rhythmic series, constantly changing rhythms, strange tunes, independent and contrasting melodies, colorful compounds, conceptual combos, moving trills, gorgeous ornaments, textures and dozens of other elements contain multi-colorful musical pattern. The musical pattern is based on wide range of styles and bordering dynamics, all kinds of tempos, rhythms and melodies. Each instrument has its own melody – huge range of melodies effects polyphonic facture. The melody line is solid and bright. It’s based on saxophones, trumpet, cornet, trombone and piano. Vivid, light and passionate tunes of saxophones bring in the life, energy and expression. Improviser tries out innovative ways of playing, interesting expressions and original ideas. Eirik Hegdal and Martin Küchen are impressive saxophonists, who have wide,authentic, unique and original playing style. They like to get on rare combos, exotic tunes, eclectic stylistic pairs and fascinating sound’s experiments. The traditions of avant-garde jazz, innovative tendencies of contemporary experimental jazz are mixed up to circus music, ethnic tunes of Scandinavian countries music, various dances, modern and contemporary jazz intonations, cool, ambient, experimental music, fusion or even some soft sounds of rock styles. This huge stylistic variety is especially detected in Martin Kuchen music. Eirik Hegdal joins together free improvisation, Scandinavian avant-garde jazz and the melodic intonations of Scandinavian traditional music. Both saxophonists make an effort to original, bright and expressive sound. Their improvisations have driving, touching and thrilling. Magnus Broo trumpet and trombone of Mats Äleklint keep solid, deep and sharp sound. Trumpet is driving, extremely loud, aggressive and sharp. Hot growls, passionate solos, dizzy passages, trembling, fascinating and tremendous riffs, perturbating series and hypnotising rhythms make an effective and impressive sound. It’s gently fit together with flying, moving, passionate, luminous and roaring saxophones. Trombone keeps the bass line together with double bass played by Johan Berthling. Deep, luminous or solemn solos who sometimes get aggressive, sharp, frantic, growling or cracking, are filled with original expressions and authentic ways of playing. Double bass is keeping the bass line, illustrates the melody line and rhythmic section. Ambient tunes, deep solos, lyrical contemplations, tremendous culminations, strange timbres contain the improvisations of double bass. Cornet melodies gently fit together with trumpet. Goran Kajfes has driving, open, thrilling, light and just amazing playing style. He’s willing to create original, exceptional and energetic sound. His improvisations always are full of vigilanmte bursts, hot spills, aggressive growls, moving trills and emotional riffs. Perturbating series, flowing melodies, light, vivacious, passionate and expressive solos, gorgeous and tiny ornaments, all kinds of textures, wide range of rhythms, repetitive rhythms, furious, sharp and aggressive chord’s sequences – Alexander Zethson’s piano is the source of nergy, drive, creativity and wild sound experiments. Drums by Andreas Werliin and vibraphones by Mattias Ståhl contain the rhythmic section. It’s – moving, contrasting, filled with authentic, ethnic and passionate compounds, bright contrasts and bursting spills of energy. All kinds of rhythms are used here – nervous, complicated and expressive rhythms go down to silent, soft and lyrical pauses, rush on trembling and roaring culminations or grow on drmatic, aggressive, frantic, wild and driving sessions and free improvisations. Soft and gorgeous tunes of vibraphones effect colorful and modern musical pattern. The music of this album is another one great opportunity to hear amazing, fascinating and driving improvisations by this impressive ensemble.

Peter Thoegersen – “Three Pieces in Polytempic Polymicrotonality” (New World Records, 2019)

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“Three Pieces in Polytempic Polymicrotonality” is out now on “New World Records”. Album was recorded by Peter Thoegersen (synthesizer). Peter Thoegersen is a composer of contemporary academical and experimental music. His music is based on the newest and modern tendencies of experimental music, electronics and the fondaments of classical music. Composer makes an organic fusion of various styles and genres. He succesfully joins together free improvisation, awakening and innovative academic avant-garde, experimental music, electronics, special effects, field recordings, the sounds of computer devices with expressionism, post-expressionism, modernism, some tunes of minimalism, puantilism, serialism and other ways of composing. He gets an interesting result – the sound is related to creative, new and modern classical music, who’s accompagnied by free improvisation and experimental jazz. Peter Thoegersen is original, innovative and interesting composer – his music has inspiring and bright sound.

“Three Pieces in Polytempic Polymicrotonality” is based on the newest tendencies of contemporary academical music. Microtones, poly-microtonality, electronics, experimental music and contemporary academical music. Composer is using wide range of different playing techniques, ways of composing, methods and expressions. He manages to expand whole musical pattern and create rich, awakening, fresh and conceptual musical language. Poly-temps, poly-rhythms, microtones, alterated tunes, modified timbres are the basics of the musical pattern. That makes an effort to original sound of this album. Composer is also using all kinds of electronics – loops, drone, glitch, ambient, alterated tunes, modified timbres, imitations of various sounds, field recordings, strange timbres and other tunes are used to make original and interesting sound. The electronics are mixed up to microtonal structures – the microtones contain the base of the music. It’s joined to strange timbres, gorgeous pattern, all kinds of rhythms and tunes. Composer manages to create enchanting, moving, bright and universal musical pattern. It’s based on poly-rhythmy, polyphony and dozens of tempos. The melodies are created by synthesizer – each melody has its own character, sound and tempo. Different kinds of tempos are used silmunateously or at the same time. Composer dives in to fascinating experiments, stunning adventures, terrific culminations, free improvisations and makes rare and eclectic fusions. Soft and lyrical excerpts suddenly get slow and depressive, abandonned and solemn, deep, struggling or – moving, passionate, furious, harsh and weird. The music is based on interesting combo between microtones, electronics and the tendencies of contemporary academical music. Radical ideas, original point of view, innovative and splendid instrumentation – all these elements effect whole sound of album. Composer doesn’t hesitate to make original combos, rare tunes, exotic pairs, provocative ideas, researches of strange timbres or any other experiments. He gently, originally and organically fuses together different kinds of elements and creates enchanting and exceptional sound. The music has bright, original, evocative and modern sound.

TAK Ensemble – “Oor” (Tak Editions, 2019)

“Oor” is a new exclusive release of “TAK Ensemble”. “TAK Ensemble” is a quintet of young and talented musicians – here together plays Laura Cocks (flutes), Carlos Cordeiro (clarinets), Marina Kifferstein (violin), Ellery Trafford (percussion), and Charlotte Mundy (voice). An ensemble is famous for original, innovative and exclusive interpretations of various composers. The musicians are always balancing between free improvisation and contemporary academical music. Microtones, experimental music, contemporary academical music and academic avant-garde are mixed up together with the main elements and roots of avant-garde jazz and the newest innovations. The ensemble is interpreting the compositions, which were created by famous jazz stars – the composition composed by Tyshawn Sorey is recorded in this album. The music of “TAK Ensemble” is an impressive, exceptional and organic fusion of contemporary academical music, basics and conventions, stunning experiments and wild, free, expressive and driving improvisations.

Independent melodies, expressive and rich musical language, huge amount of ornaments, fusions, rare combos and exotic tunes are mixed up on “Oor”. The album has dynamic and bright sound. Musicians are trying to express all kinds of emotions and characters. They’re making an effort to find new and unconventional ways of playing, expand the technical abilities of the instruments. The sound experiments are very important part for each musician – all of them are paying much attention to experiments made on instrumental, rhythmical or any other section. That makes an effort to multi-layed, polyphonic and original musical pattern. It’s formed by using wide range of elements, expressions, extended and innovative playing techniques, home-made, specific, exotic or simply crazy ways of playing, fascinating experiments and other similar elements. The melody line is based on independent and solid melodies, who are verfy different from each other and make contrasting, bright and hypnotising sound. The rhythmic section is based on all kinds of rhythms and sounds – perturbating series, complicated rhythms, nervous bebop, expressive neo bop, creative jazz, luminous free improvisations are joined to awakening, strict, conventional, innovative, modern and original rhythms of contemporary academical music. The background is gorgeous and multi-colorful – all kinds of ornaments, abbreviations, textures and factures are mixed together. The melody line is made by flutes, clarinets, violin and illustrated by voice. Soft and gentle flutes are filled with light melodies, dizzy passages, who grow out to swirling, shrieky, furious, hollowing, buzzing and dramatic culminations. Laura Cocks tries out various kinds of musical language elements and makes colorful, light, soft and lyrical sound. Her improvisations are more like soft, lyrical, slow or mid-slow contemplations with strange timbres, gorgeous tunes who suddenly grow out to emotional, moving and bright culminations and tremendous riffs. The violin is the source of contemporary academical music. Its expressive melodies illustrated by shrieky tunes, furiously fast and lous solos or dizzy passages, are based on innovative and modern ways of playing, who are frequently used in contemporary academical music. Marina Kifferstein is the master of her art – she likes to balance between free improvisation, spontaneous decisions and expressive, fresh and awakening contemporary academical music. She manages to fuse together conventional and frequently used ways of playing to her own experiments, rare combos and original expressions. The clarinets are vivid, driving and bright. Carlos Cordeiro has inspiring and expressive style, moving manner and original way of improvising. His music is filled with emotional solos, splendid and tremendous riffs, roaring and terrific blow outs, soft and lyrical excerpts, silent pauses, gorgeous tunes, sound experiments and the newest tendencies of contemporary academical music. All these musicians succesfully make an effective, inspiring, expressive and driving melody line. The voice elements by Charlotte Mundy illustrate whole album. The solos are filled with hollows, spoken elements, whispers, strange timbres, imitations of various sounds and other similar elements. The singer has expression, her innovative playing style is mixed up to creativity, wild imagination, original point of view and masterful playing technique. Gorgeous tunes, rare combos, exotic sounds, passionate solos, bright and expressive improvisations, dramatic culminations – all these elements form colorful and fantastic rhythmic section by percussionist Ellery Trafford. Each composition of this album was created by different musicians – it’s Erin Gee, Ashkan Behzadi, David Bird, Ann Cleare, Tyshawn Sorey and Natacha Diels. “TAK Ensemble” makes inspiring, wvocative and driving interpretations of all compositions. The listeners have a marvelous opportunity to hear original and organic fusion of microtonal, experimental, contemporary academical music, innovative tendencies of academic avant-garde, free improvisation and experimental jazz.

Simon Rose / Steve Noble – “North Sea Night” (Not Two, 2019)

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“North Sea Night” is out now on “Not Two Records”. Album was recorded by Simon Rose (baritone saxophone) and Steve Noble (drums). Both musicians are talented and impressive improvisers. Their music is based on the main elements of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. The main tendencies and essentials of avant-garde jazz are mixed up with stunning experiments, original decisions and the newest innovations. Both musicians are experienced improvisers – their music is filled with passionate style, expressive playing manner, moving and sparkling thrills, spontaneous solos and intense bursts of energy. The musicians don’t hesitate to get on brave and surprising experiments, investigate and make original, rare or exotic combos and expand the technical abilities of their instruments by using extended, innovative or home-made playing techniques.

“North Sea Night” is full of original decisions, bright ways of playing, passionate and moving culminations. The music is totally based on avant-garde jazz – the traditions and roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz and music of its pioneers is mixed up with the newest innovations of experimental jazz. The musicians have their own sound, exciting and impressive style, expressive manner and original point of view. They’ve got experience in improvising together with dozens of other famous jazz masters. Music is sparkling, full of emotions, brightness, drive and passion. Sudden turns, moving trills, independent melodies, expressive and tremendous riffs, spontaneous surprises and gorgeous tunes are just one little part of this music. These elements contain enchanting and wide musical pattern – it’s suggestive, expressive, colorful and multi-layed. Dozens of textures, ornaments, abbreviations and other similar elements effect whole pattern and make a gorgeous background. The melody line is passionate and dynamic. Wide and universal instrumental kit is made from traditional, experimental and extended playing techniques – it makes bright and original instrumental section, filled with radical ideas, shiocking decisions and innovative ways of playing. The music is especially emotional and moving – silent and ambient tunes grow out to explosing and bright bursts of energy, vivid riffs, passionate, thrilling and frantic culminations. Simon Rose’s baritone saxophone is the source of energy and drive. Improviser masterfully fuses together all kinds of rhythms, tunes, sounds and timbres. Vivid and expressive melodies, slow and lyrical contemplations, subtle researches of unusual tunes, moving trills, perturbating and driving series, original and bright riffs – that’s just one little part of his music. Improviser moderates wide range of bordering dynamics, innovative, radical, original, light, or simply impressive expressions, strange timbres and tunes. He doesn’t hesitate to get on adventurous expreriments and driving culminations. Baritone saxophone gives the main tune to the melody and creates effective, moving and impressive sound of album. Steve Noble is another one great drummer. His rhythmic section is bright, explosing and moving. Nervous and furious bebop, intensive rhythmic series, slow and stable beats, trembling and roaring rolls, hypnotising and perturbating bursts of energy, impressive tunes and sounds, gorgeous timbres, rare combos, exotic pairs and simply marvelous, adventurous and free improvisations – all these elements gently fit together to one place. Both musicians are improvising just marvelous – their improvisations are the artsy, creative and expressive fusions of perturbating and dramatic culminations, free improvisations, radical decisions, provocative and crazy ideas, stunning experiments and dozens of other elements. The music has innovative and expressive sound.

Berman / Lytton / Roebke – “Trio Correspondences” (Astral Spirits, 2019)

“Trio Correspondences” is out now on “Astral Spirits”. Album was recorded by talented and experienced jazz masters – it’s Josh Berman (cornet), Paul Lytton (percussion) and
Jason Roebke (bass). Three great jazz masters are the main figures of contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. They’re collaborating with other jazz stars, recording new albums and concerting on various stages of world-wide jazz scene. Each of them has something new and different – original style, unique sound, expressive, inspiring and driving playing manner and innovative point of view makes impressive sound of thei r music. All compositions are based on avant-garde jazz. Free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, creative jazz, experimental jazz are mixed up to the tunes of other jazz styles. The music is frequently influenzed by bebop, post bop, neo bop, hard bop, fusion, mainstream, contemporary, cool and other modern jazz styles. The roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz and the fondaments of it are mixed up to original ideas, innovative decisions and perfectly improved American avant-garde jazz.

“Trio Correspondences” is filled with passion, bursts of energy, turbulence and drive. Three musicians are improvising just marvelous – each of them is demonstrating his own playing techniques, getting on brave, adventurous and ambitious improvisations or stunning experiments. The music is bright, moving and expressive. Musicians have wide musical knownledge – they like to experiment on all cases of musical language. The experiments touch instrumental section, melody line, rhythmic section and background. Musicians are making an effort to create bright, independent and innovative instrumental section – it’s mixed from traditional, experimental, expressive, specific and innovative ways of playing who are illustrated by gorgeous ornaments, tiny textures, wide range of strange timbres, rare pairs and exotic tunes. An enchanting, passionate and multi-layed musical pattern is created – solid melodies, marvelous and bursting solos, energetic and tremendous riffs and special effects make an effort to it. The music is impressive and light – it’s based on open form and free improvisation. Musicians have expressive and touching playing style – they base their music on the newest innovations of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation, as well as of the tunes of nervous and moving bebop, modern post bop, aggressive hard bop and spontaneous surprises. The melody line is kept by cornet. It’s real burst of energy. Sparkling riffs, gorgeous tunes, passionate and dramatic culminations, light, perturbating and frantic series, driving melodies, inspiring solos, dizzy passages, moody glissando or urgling and hot growls. Josh Berman really shows his best effort to make impressive and exceptional melody line. His cornet effects whole album – it brings joy, passion, energy and drive to each composition. Bass by Jason Roebke contains deep and solemn bass line and illustrates the melody. Tremendous culminations, deep, modest, terrific and dynamic solos, expressive and enchanting melodies, special effects, ambient tunes, modified timbres, alterations and other similar elements create effective and bright sound. The drums section is effective and frantic – it’s leaded by Paul Lytton. Aggressive drum rolls, moving trills, spontaneous and vivid solos, fascinating experiments, original combos, rare pairs, exotic tunes and other kinds of elements contain the main part of solid, bright, poiwerful and terrific rhythmic section. The music of this album has fascinating, expressive and driving sound.

Marco Colonna – “THE SECOND COMING” (Plus Timbre, 2019)

“THE SECOND COMING” is out now on “Plus Timbre” label. Album was recorded by clarinetist Marco Colonna. Marco Colonna is a great improviser, composer and experimentator. His music is based on the newest tendencies and roots of avant-garde jazz. Free jazz, creative jazz, free improvisation, experimental jazz are mixed up together with some soft tunes of contemporary academical music, bebop, post bop, neo bop, hard bop and other modern jazz styles. The fusion of roots of avant-garde jazz are mixed up to fascinating experiments, modern innovations and original tendencies of contemporary experimental jazz. Marco Colonna bases his music on open form and free improvisation. It’s the main form of all his music – that’s how improviser manages to express all kinds of emotions, expressions, characters, inspiring melodies and innovative experiments. Marco Colonna is remarkable and talented composer, improviser and musician – his music always has inspiring and expressive sound.

“THE SECOND COMING” is filled with dozens of textures, strange tunes, weird timbres, original decisions, bright and expressive musical language. Clarinetist is improvising brightly and driving – his playing style contains fresh ideas, innovative ways of playing, moving trills and stunning experiments. The music is based on free improvisation, avant-garde jazz and experimental music. Composer likes to experiment on various cases of musical language – he’s using innovative musical decisions, enchanting and effective expressions and expanding the technical abilities of the instruments. Wide and universal instrumental section is based on fusion of experimental, innovative and traditional ways of playing. By using wide range of playing techniques, expressions, rhythms and sounds, composer manages to create original and rich musical pattern. It consists of many-layers, contrasting episodes, all kinds of rhythms and expressions, individual melodies, who create a polyphonic texture, and bordering dynamics. The music os this album is dynamic and moving – it’s balancing all the time between free improvisation, ambient, experimental music and some tunes of contemporary academical music. Composer pays much attention to emotions and expressions – that’s why this music is do dynamic and expressive. Soft and calm tunes are changed by ambient timbres, furious and aggressive solos, expressive and enchanting melodies, bright, fabulous and passionate riffs, silent and subtle contemplations or any other elements. The melody line is solid and based on wide range of ways of playing. Pathetic, lyrical and solemn tunes, solid and deep solos are against moving, passionate, sparkling, expressive and driving melodies, dizzy passages, gorgeous ornaments and special effects. Musician is illustrating the melody by using bright and original tunes, modified timbres or getting on adventurous sound experiments. The melody line is totally based on experimental music and free improvisation. These two elements are inseparable – one moment it’s arranged composition with awakening sound and fresh tunes and it can easily jump on adventurous, free and fascinating free improvisations. Deep and stable tunes of bass clarinet contain solemn, strict and solid bass line. All kinds of rhythms are used here – free improvisations, nervous and furious rhythms, cool and stable rhythmic series who are against tremendous, stunning and breaking sessions – all these elements are mixed up together in one place. The music of this album is dynamic, interesting and expressive.