Andrew Raffo Dewar / Anne LeBaron / Andrea Centazzo – “Encantamientos” (pfMENTUM, 2017)

“Encantamientos” was released by “pfMENTUM” records in 2017. This album was recorded by Anne LeBaron (acoustic and electric harps), Andrea Centazzo (percussion, electronics) and Andrew Raffo Dewar (soprano saxophone). The music played by these musicians. is based on experimental jazz and academic avant-garde synthesis. Free structure and form of the compositions, expressive and spontaneous solos, inventive and shocking instrumentation decisions, brave, modern and creative musical experiments – all these elements contain the essential basic of these musicians improvisations. Musicians are experienced and talented improvisers – their music always has interesting and modern sound. Unusual stylistic waves and turns, colorful and solid rhythmic, melodic and harmonic backgrounds are highly different from each other. Andrew Raffo Dewar isn’t just an improviser – he’s also is ethnomusicologist, composer and woodwind instrumentalist. He had collaborated many times with various musicians and composers – Steve Lacy, Bill Dixon, Anthony Braxton and many others. Anne LeBaron compositions are based on many different music styles – electronic music, academic avant-garde, experimental music, free improvisations, avant-garde jazz and various other music styles and genres, playing and composing techniques are combined in one place. Andrea Centazzo since the beginning of his musical career, played with many famous avant-garde jazz musicians – Don Cherry, John Zorn, Evan Parker, Fred Frith and many others.

This album compositions are based on various music styles. Free collective improvisations by three outstanding and creative musicians are full of unpredictable stylistic waves, different moods and characters, wide range of composing and playing techniques and many other elements of musical language. In the most part of the compositions, this music is based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and contemporary academic music. Various elements of experimental music, academic avant-garde and various modern music composing techniques also are heard very much in these compositions. These compositions have bright, adventurous and fascinating musical language which is contained of many different elements. Soprano saxophone melodies are very interesting and expressive. Energetic and vivacious solos, wild fast arpeggios, vibrant and solid trills, pasages and other virtuosic elements, loud and powerful blow outs, active, rapid and memorable melodic elements are the basics of saxophonist improvisations. Saxophonist also try out many different playing techniques – traditional playing techniques and expressions like rubato, agitato, staccato and others, are masterfully combined together with innovative and shocking ways of playing. Anne LeBaron harps improvisations highly differ from saxophone. Her improvisations are active, dynamic, based on various academical music composing techniques which are the opposites to each other. The compositions have very interesting and gorgeous harmony – tonal and atonal music elements are combined in one place. Loud, rapid, active and intense solos are mixed together with soft, subtle, silent and abstract episodes. Harpist masterfully combined together abstract and short melodic elements with memorable, active and repetitive melodies. The elements of minimalism, experimental music, electronic music, free improvisation are gently fused together with avant-garde jazz. Andrea Centazzo percussion and electronics also marvelously fit together. Unusual, gorgeous and strange percussion sounds are masterfully and effectively mixed together with various electronic music elements – special effects, tape recordings, sonic system experiments and other elements. Individual, independent and interesting improvisations which highly differ from each other, masterfully, naturally and organically combine together in one place. Expressive, dynamic and adventurous improvising, original and rich musical language bring outstanding and effective sound of these improvisations.

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The Eric Plaks New Trio – “Sun and Shadow” (Cadence Jazz, 2018)

“Sun and Shadow” is another one the newest avant-garde jazz album which was released today – January 10, 2018 on “Cadence Jazz Records”. Album, which has expressive and dynamic sounds, was recorded by “The Eric Plaks New Trio” – it’s Eric Plaks (piano), John Murchison (bass) and Leonid Galaganov (drums). Masterful, outstanding and dynamic playing, ability to connect many different playing styles and manners in one place, expressive, extraordinary and adventurous sound – all these elements are the main basement of these musicians improvising style. This trio is an active avant-garde and experimental jazz collective in New York scene. The musicians are also collaborating with various famous jazz and other music genres masters – Aquiles Navarro, Blaise Siwula, “The Shrine Big Band”, Fode Kouyate, Sekouba Kandia and various popular artists of West Africa, William Parker, Anais Maviel, Billy Drewes, Drew Gress, Zack Clarke and many other musicians. Expressive, striking, vivacious and dynamic sound is heard in the most part of these musicians improvisations.

This album compositions have interesting and innovative sound. Collective improvisations are based on free and spontaneous solos, have especially expressive and emotional sound. Sharp harmony, all kinds of rhythms, unusual percussion timbres, extended playing techniques and shocking methods of playing, different expressions, moods and characters – all these elements are the essential musical material of these improvisations. Eric Plaks piano improvisations are wild fast and vital. Sharp and dissonance harmony, free structure and form, memorable and vivacious melodies, unique manner of playing which is based on synthesis between experimental and modern jazz styles, create original and adventurous sound of this album. Spontaneous, interesting and expressive improvisations have especially bright, solid, intense and active sound – the melodies are full of wild fast, furious, rapid and sharp solos, dynamic rhythmic, all kinds of musical expressions, dynamics and other musical language elements gently combined in one place. Pianist expresses different moods – though the most part of his improvisations are contained from extremely speedy and expressive solos, it sudden turns out to lyrical, slow, soft and calm episodes, which are based on separate sounds and timbres. These improvisations bring original, passionate, emotional and expressive sound to the compositions. John Murchison bass improvisations also are very active, subtle, intense and have bright and solid sound. Various kinds of arpeggios, pizzicato, vibrato, rubato, staccato, glissando and other traditional playing techniques and musical expressions are masterfully fused together with extravagant and innovative ways of playing. Brave and inventive musical experiments and unusual decisions help bassist to extract many different and unusual timbres. Drums and percussion improvisations played by Leonid Galaganov, are very expressive and vital. Drummer effectively combines together energetic and loud drum rolls, virtuosic and powerful solos, unusual, gorgeous and strange sounds of percussion in one composition. All three musicians playing is highly different from each other – each musician has his own and unique improvising style and playing manner. Together these musicians create expressive, passionate, inventive and interesting sound and masterfully combine together all different music language melodies, rhythms, styles and expressions.

Kasper Tom / Alexander von Schlippenbach / Rudi Mahall – “Abstract Window” (WhyPlayJazz, 2017)

“Abstract Window” was released in 2017 by Germany recordings company “WhyPlayJazz”. Album was recorded by Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano), Rudi Mahall (clarinet, bass clarinet) and Kasper Tom Christiansen (drums). Extraordinary and strange timbres, original playing manner and masterful improvising by three famous and talented jazz masters – all these elements are connected together in the collective improvisations of this album. These musicians are part of the most famous Europe avant-garde jazz musicians, they also are concerting and collaborating with other famous jazz masters. Since the beginning of their musical career, musicians had created and marvelously improved their original, interesting and vivacious playing style, striking and rich musical language and unique sound. Their improvisations are always based on spontaneous improvisations, vivid and colorful solos, adventurous musical language and unexpected sudden stylistic waves and turns.

Album music has dynamic and active sound. Collective improvisations are based on sudden stylistic waves, synthesis of different jazz styles, these compositions also have original and rich musical language. Big amount of different musical expressions, dynamics, special effects, colorful harmony chords and other musical language elements are the main elements of these improvisations. The improvisations have free structure and form – it’s not based on traditional form. Each musician improvisations differ from other – it has its own character, mood, playing techniques and manner. Alexander von Schlippenbach piano melodies are colorful and inventive. Experienced and talented jazz pianist try out many different playing techniques and ways of playing – glissando, wild fast arpeggios, other traditional methods of playing are combined together with innovative and shocking ways of playing. These improvisations are based on contrasts – soft, subtle and gentle solos fit together with consonance harmony, static rhythmic and peaceful mood. Sudden these restful and silent piano solos turn out to remarkable, active, energetic and gorgeous melodies with extremely speedy arpeggios, loud and powerful solos and sharp pitches. Alexander von Schlippenbach playing has many different styles, but the basic is formed by avant-garde jazz and various modern jazz styles synthesis. Sometimes his improvising soft and silent, sometimes – very active, rapid and sharp, but it always is interesting and dynamic. Rudi Mahall clarinets improvisations also are vital and dynamic. His improvisations usually have bright, contrasting, dynamic and active sound. Musician try out many different playing techniques – soft, peaceful and relaxing solos are masterfully combined together with memorable and admirable melodies, loud and sharp solos, powerful, intense and vibrant blow outs and other fascinating ways of playing. Kasper Tom Christiansen drums improvisations are made of wide range of variable rhythms. Many different kinds of rhythms are used in these compositions and effectively are combined together with piano and clarinets improvisations. Even though musicians have their own and unique playing style and manner, their absolutely different melodies, musical language elements, expressions are masterfully combined together in one composition. Together they create interesting, effective, dynamic and expressive sound of this album improvisations.

Hans Peter Hiby – “Roots” (Not Two Records, 2017)

“Roots” was released in 2017 by “Not Two” records. This avant-garde jazz album was recorded by Hans Peter Hiby (alto and tenor sax), Michael Bardon (bass) and Paul Hession (drums). All these three musicians are interesting and original jazz masters. Their improvising style is based on extraordinary musical decisions, spontaneous solos, inventive and shocking instrumentation and wide range of different musical expressions and styles. Their improvisations sound is very variable and dynamic – loud, expressive, energetic and turbulent solos are connected with soft, subtle and lyrical mood episodes. Three musicians formed and masterfully improved original playing manner, dynamic sound and vivacious improvising. Musicians had been improvising together many times before and recorded albums as a trio and also collaborated with other jazz musicians – Peter Kowald, Paul Rodgers, Dieter Manderscheid, Martin Theurer, Paul Rutherford, Peter Brotzmann and many others.

This album compositions reveal the original playing manner and especially expressive sound of all three musicians. Turbulent, expressive, vital and loud collective improvisations are based on wide range of unusual timbres, strange noises, shocking and experimental ways of playing, rich, vivacious and adventurous musical language. Sudden stylistic changes, absolutely different musical expressions and playing techniques are masterfully combined together in one composition. Musicians like brave and shocking musical experiments – they expand from the traditional and usual zone of sound and improvising. Interesting, spontaneous and striking solos, vivacious and expressive melodies, very well-known methods of playing are mixed together with innovative playing techniques. Saxophones melodies are full of bright and vivid sound. Wild fast, furious and especially sharp solos, loud, powerful and turbulent blow-outs and fascinating riffs brings very much energy and live to these improvisations. Bass melodies are the opposites to the saxophone – it has many subtle and silent episodes, very much unusual and strange timbres, vibrant and intense solos. Intense and vibrant bass solos, virtuosic pizzicato, glissando, various spontaneous solos are marvelously mixed together with extravagant and sharp saxophone melodies. Drums improvisations also are especially expressive, dynamic and emotional – various kinds of rhythms are masterfully used in these compositions. Energetic, vibrant, turbulent and vivid drum rolls, loud and powerful arpeggios and tremolo mixed with wide range of unusual, colorful and gorgeous percussion sounds. Interesting and dynamic rhythmical improvisations gently fit together with saxophones and bass, and also form colorful and solid rhythmical basic and background of the improvisations. Big palette of various colors, sounds, timbres, tones and noises are heard in these compositions. The improvisations are based on free, not strictly-based structure and form – independent and individual melodies which are absolute opposites to each other, are put together one against other. Big amount of contrasts, musical expressions, playing techniques, moods and characters are the main elements which make an effort to essential sound and basement of these compositions. Rich, bright and adventurous musical language, innovative improvising make original and modern sound of this album compositions.

Peter Ablinger – “Verkundigung” (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Records, 2017)

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“Verkundigung” was released in 2017 by “Huddersfield Contemporary Music Records”. Compositions which were composed by Peter Ablinger, are recorded in this album by Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer (flute), Marcus Weiss (tenor saxophone) and Hildegard Kleeb (piano). These three interesting and experienced musicians mostly are performing the works by various contemporary music composers – George Aperghis, Vinko Globokar, Helmut Lachenmann, John Cage and many others. Outstanding, precisely and vivacious composing style, passionate playing, fascinating sound and rich musical language by all these three musicians create original and interesting sound of these compositions. Peter Ablinger is a German composer which music is based on academic avant-garde, free improvising and the synthesis with various modern academical music styles. Expressionism, impressionism and post-impressionism, dramatic and expressive sound, masterful combination of different composing techniques, splendidly made orchestration and rich musical language create original and innovative compositions. Composer try to extract new, unusual and different composing techniques, timbres, sounds of the instruments and expand their technical abilities. The main part of his compositions are dedicated for chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, but he also writes music for solo piano, duets, trios, quartets or other instruments combinations. The sound of Peter Ablinger compositions mostly is very touching, interesting, passionate, emotional and effective. Very well known playing techniques such as serialism, dodecaphony and others, are mixed together with experimental ways of playing, own and self-created methods of composing and academic avant-garde elements. Musical experiments, shocking and provocative musical decisions, special sound effects, marvelous instrumentation, vivacious musical language create original sound of his compositions.

The compositions of this album are based on academic avant-garde and free improvisation. “Verkundigung” (studio recording, 2001), “Verkindigung” (live recording, 1998) and “Verkindigung” for 7 saxophones, 7 flutes and 7 pianos” (studio recording, 2001) are recorded in this album. These 3 different and interesting compositions have original and contrasting sound. All album compositions are based on modern musical language, which is formed by different musical expressions, playing techniques and instrumentation decisions. These compositions musical pattern is based on polyphonic structure and form, independent melodies, sharp harmony and vivacious sound. Serialism, puantilism, free improvisation are gently fused together with basic academic avant-garde elements, experimental music and other methods of composing. The composer experiments a lot in instrumentation – he make innovative and extraordinary musical decisions which bring vivacious and expressive sound to these compositions. Extended playing techniques are used a lot in all these compositions – various extraordinary and unusual ways of playing create wide range of strange timbres and sounds. All three versions of “Verkindigung” differ from each other – the first one (studio recording) sounds less naturally and has the best sound quality. The second version – live recording which was recorded in a chapel – has effective, natural and expressive sound. Vivacious solos, expressive and memorable melodies, free improvisations episodes create more interesting sound of this composition than the first one. The third version of this composition which was also recorded in the studio and is dedicated for 7 flutes, 7 pianos and 7 saxophones, mostly have the same sound like studio recording, but some electronic music sounds and special effects are added very professionally to this one. Because of the electronic music and special effects this composition have innovative, modern and extraordinary sound. This composition is based on contrasts – vivacious, vital and joyful flutes solos, expressive and emotional piano melodies, contrasting and dynamic saxophone solos and spontaneous improvisations of all three instruments are connected with silent, soft, peaceful and restful episodes. Different moods, characters, playing techniques and musical language elements are masterfully connected in one place. Composer express many different moods which are changing each other and create dynamic and constantly changing sound. Adventurous sound, expressive and modern musical language, own and unique composing style of Peter Ablinger create innovative and interesting sound of this composition.

William Parker Quartets – “Meditation/Resurrection” (AUM Fidelity, 2017)

“Meditation/Resurrection” was released in 2017 by “AUM Fidelity”. This interesting avant-garde jazz double album was recorded by a group of famous jazz masters – William Parker (bass), Hamid Drake (drums), Rob Brown (alto saxophone), Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson (trumpet in album 1), Cooper-Moore (piano in album 2). The music played by these five jazz masters, always have interesting and active sound. Energetic and vivacious solos, expressive and especially emotional playing manner, unique and fascinating sound, original and spontaneous improvising, inventive musical decisions – all these elements are masterfully mixed together in their improvisations. The musicians had been played together many times before this one – their collective improvisations have expressive playing, their own and independent playing styles and melodies gently fit together in one composition. These five jazz musicians are famous and active musicians of avant-garde jazz scene – they had been playing and collaborating with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and many others famous jazz musicians.

This album compositions have many different sounds, sudden changes of styles, high variety of musical expressions and other musical language elements. Compositions of 2 albums are based on collective improvisations, spontaneous and wild fast solos, energetic and expressive melodies which bring to the album dynamic and vivacious sound. Musicians are improvising creatively, free and especially expressive. All compositions combine elements of many different music styles. Though all the music and improvisations are based on avant-garde. free-jazz, creative jazz and other experimental jazz styles, there are heard many sudden and extraordinary stylistic waves and changes. The elements of various modern jazz styles, especially – bebop, post-bop and hard -bop – and also some elements of cool jazz, contemporary jazz, intonations of traditional jazz styles are heard in these improvisations. Very expressive and emotional saxophone solos, bright, adventurous and outstanding trumpet improvisations (in album 1), subtle and vibrant bass solos, active, dynamic and sharp piano melodies (in album 2) and very contrasting and constantly changing drums are the main elements of these improvisations. Though the main mood of the compositions is very active, touching and expressive, it suddenly turns out to soft, calm, slow and peaceful improvisations. These episodes are based on static rhythmic, slow and restful saxophone solos, soft and gorgeous harmony and other similar elements which bring contemporary, cool jazz and traditional jazz styles elements to these compositions. The most effective episodes are speedy, active, especially expressive and turbulent collective improvisations – there the musicians improvise the most effectively, touching and passionately. Tenor sax and trumpet solos in album 1 are vivacious, vital, turbulent, wild fast and furious – they make these compositions to sound lively, energetic and dynamic. High variety of drums are heard in all compositions – unusual timbres, various rhythms of different world cultures and countries, all kinds and types of rhythms are heard in these improvisations. This huge range of different rhythms are colorfully illustrated with unusual, gorgeous, strange and interesting percussion sounds. Piano and bass duets are the most effective pieces of the album 2. Virtuosic, extremely fast, vivacious, sharp and aggressive piano melodies are masterfully combined with vibrant, intense and turbulent bass improvisations. Wide range of extended playing techniques, vibrant, interesting and vivacious improvising create original and innovative sound of this album.

 

Gordon Kampe, Ensemble Musikfabrik – “Arien/Zitronen” (col legno Music gmbh, 2017)

“Arien/Zitronen” was released in 2017 by “col legno Music gmbh” records company. The compositions by German composer Gordon Kampe were masterfully recorded in this album – “Ensemble Musikfabrik“, “Ensemble I.C.E.Q“, “Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra”, “SWR Vokalensemble”, “Ensemble ascolta” and Sarah Maria Sun (soprano). Gordon Kampe music is based on interesting and original musical language. Rich, evocative and adventurous synthesis of many different musical expressions, rhythms, playing techniques and other elements are heard in most part of his compositions. Composer masterfully combines together vocal, acoustic instruments and their timbres, make original and inventive musical decisions to create extraordinary and expressive sound. His music is based on various modern music styles – the main elements and tendencies of contemporary academic avant-garde are heard very clearly and brightly in his compositions. Academic avant-garde, experimental music, choir music basics, expresionism, neoklasicism, post-romantism and other various styles of modern 20th century music are combined together. Serialism, dodecaphony, tonal and atonal music, puantilism, sonoristic music, electronic music composing methods and innovative his own composing techniques form the original and bright composing style. Gordon Kampe not avoids the musical experiments – he likes to make unusual and shocking musical decisions in all ways of musical language, especially – in instrumentation. Unusual timbres, specific ways of playing, extended and innovative playing techniques and gorgeous instrumentation are very important elements of his compositions. He writes music for symphony orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles, quartets, quintets, compositions for solo performers, electronic music compositions and many other genres music. 

This album compositions are dedicated for chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. “Arien/Zitronen (2016)“, “knapp”, “Drei Stücke für Orchester“, “Zwerge”, “Le cœur de la Grenoüille” and “Moritaten und Sentimentales” all these compositions are highly different from each other. Original, interesting and evocative musical language, dynamic rhythmic, inventive and innovative orchestration decisions, expressive and active sound – all these elements are heard in all these compositions. All the compositions have expressive, aggressive, emotional and passionate sound. The musical pattern is formed by polyphonic structure, contrastic episodes which are putted together one against other, independent and individual melodies of each instrument, sharp and dissonance harmony, constantly changing rhythmic, many different moods, sudden stylistic waves and turns. All these elements are masterfully combined together and form rich and evocative musical pattern. The professional and creative orchestration make a very high effort to all the compositions sound – extended playing techniques, individual melodies of each instrument or instruments group, unusual and specific sounds, special effects, inventive and shocking musical decisions bring live and energy to the compositions. Soft and peaceful flutes solos, expressive and vivacious reeds, bright, loud and sharp brass section, dynamic and very active rhythmic, unusual combinations of instruments, dramatic and vibrant sound of violins, soft and subtle cellos and very expressive and passionate choir episodes – all these elements gently fit together in one place. Composer masterfully mix together all these very different and contrasting episodes which are the opposites to each other. All this music is based on contrasts – after soft, restful and silent instruments solos, calm choir episodes there suddenly comes loud, powerful and intense all orchestra tutti which have especially expressive and energetic sound. Sudden stylistic waves, different playing manners, styles and techniques, sharp harmony, shocking and fascinating musical decisions bring creative and modern sound to these compositions. The music is based on academic avant-garde, experimental music styles, also has many elements of expressionism, post-impressionism and other elements of modern music styles. Vital, vivacious and evocative musical language, marvelous orchestration, original and unique composing style of the composer create original and innovative sound of the compositions.