Eric Revis – “Sing Me Some Cry” (Clean Feed, 2017)

“Sing Me Some Cry” – it’s one of the newest albums released by “Clean Feed Records” this month. This album had been recorded by a group of creative and talented avant-garde jazz musicians – Eric Revis (double bass), Ken Vandermark (tenor saxophone and clarinet), Kris Davis (piano) and Chad Taylor (drums). All these musicians have original and unique playing and improvising style. Their improvisations are full of strange and peculiar sounds, innovative musical experiments, special sound effects, extended playing techniques and other music elements. As a quartet, these musicians had been improvising many times in the past. Even though these four musicians are absolutely different from each other, their improvisations combine together masterfully and organic.

The album has 9 compositions. All of them are different from each other and full of various music styles elements. Repetitive rhythmic and melodic elements, memorable and expressive melodies, the high variety of virtuosic elements, energetic, dynamic and rigorous collective improvisations – these are the main elements of album improvisations. The main part of improvisations are based on avant-garde jazz elements. Sharp, loudly and rigorous various instruments solos, the high variety of virtuosic elements, colorful instrumentation and harmony make an effort to original and interesting sound. After loud and sharp episodes there suddenly comes silent and and soft solos with memorable and subtle melodies, static rhythmic and other music elements. The difference between these contrastic episodes are heard very brightly especially in last composition of the album “Glyph”. As it was written before, these compositions are full of various music styles. Avant-garde jazz elements are combined with modern and traditional jazz styles, blues, contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde, minimalism and other contemporary music styles. All these different music styles are masterfully combined together in one composition. High variety of contrastic music elements, innovative musical experiments, extended playing techniques and masterful improvising of musicians make an effort to original and interesting sound of this album.

Connie Crothers​/​Virg Dzurinko – “Two​-​Piano Quintet” (MINUS ZERO, 2017)

“Two Piano Quintet” – it’s a new album released this year in “MINUS ZERO”. The album was recorded by  a group of talented avant-garde jazz musicians – Connie Crothers (piano), Virg Dzurinko (piano), Adam Lane (bass), Daniel Carter (flute, trumpet, clarinet, saxes (soprano, alto & tenor)) and Vijay Anderson (drums). All these musicians are creative and talented avant-garde jazz experimentators. This album is the first time then all of them are improvising together as ensemble. Each of them has unique playing style, try out to search new and different playing techniques and combine absolutely different elements together. Their music is full of surprises, innovative and creative ideas and musical decisions and music styles. This album also is a rare opportunity to hear improvising together two virtuosic pianists – Connie Crothers and Virg Dzurinko.

Album has 2 compositions – “Two Piano Madness (Part 1)” and “Two Piano Madness (Part 2)”. These compositions have original, interesting and evocative sound. The main basic of these compositions are wonderful and masterfully played piano duets. Virtuosic melodies, the high variety of music styles, elements, themes, dynamics and harmonies, masterfully combining of absolutely contrastic music elements, unpredictable and expressive piano melodies – these are the main elements of these compositions. Virg Dzurinko and Connie Crothers – these names are one of the most famous jazz pianists in free – jazz scene. These two pianists are improvising exciting, expressive and original. They also pay high attention to different sound search. Strange, peculiar timbres and sounds are heard in these compositions. The duets of these high-talented and creative avant-garde jazz experimentators is unpredictable, original, innovative and full of surprises. Even though these musicians have absolutely different improvising styles and sound, their expressed and original improvisations are gently combined together in one composition. Expressive and wild reeds melodies, subtle and organic bass improvisations and the high variety of drums and percussion rhytms. Adam Lane, Daniel Carter and Vijay Anderson improvisations are also full of surprises, unpredictable stylistic waves and musical experiments. All of them are improvising free, wild, very contrastic and dynamic, but all the melodies and sounds finally are gently combined together in one composition. This album isn’t just a rare opportunity to hear improvising two great avant-garde jazz pianists. This album also is a set of innovative, original and expressive compositions.

 

 

Peter Brötzmann, Steve Swell, Paal Nilssen-Love – “Live In Tel Aviv” (Catalytic Sound, 2017)

“Live in Tel Aviv” – it’s the newest album released by “Catalytic Sound”. The album was played by three avant – garde jazz masters – Peter Brotzmann (saxophone, clarinet), Steve Swell (trombone) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). These three famous avant-garde jazz experimentators have memorable, original and unique improvising style and sound. Their improvisations are full of unpredictable stylistical waves, musical expressions, sound effects and other contrastic music elements. They had played many times together in the past and had created marvelous and original sound. The music of these three jazz masters has innovative and original sound.

Album “Live In Tel Aviv” has 2 compositions. These compositions had been recorded in live concert this year. The main elements of compositions are virtuosic and memorable melodies, special, extended and innovative playing techniques, sound effects and colorful harmony and instrumentation. These elements are the main part of compositions. The musicians, as same as in other compositions, improvising free, contrastic and innovative. They try out many different playing techniques and various music styles elements. The improvisations are based on contrasts – there are fast, rigorous episodes with saxophone blow-outs, virtuosic and dynamic trombone solos and the high variety of rhytm. After these episodes there suddenly comes silent and subtle improvisations with the high variety of percussion instruments sounds and timbres. Three jazz masters are improvising original and innovative – different and contrastic music elements and melodies are masterfully combined together in one composition. This album has an original and innovative improvisations played by famous and talented avant-garde jazz masters.

Uwe Oberg/Cristof Thewes/Michael Griener – “Lacy Pool__2 ” (Leo Records, 2017)

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“Lacy Pool__2 ” – it’s a new avant-garde jazz album released at “Leo Records”. This album is a set of Steve Lacy compositions interpretations played by three avant-garde jazz masters – Uwe Oberg (piano), Rudi Mahall (clarinets) and Michael Griener (drums). These three musicians are famous jazz masters. Through years of creative activity the musicians had created their own and original improvising style. They also had collaborated with many famous avant-garde jazz masters. The musicians had recorded “Lacy Pool_1” in 2009. This album also was a set of Steve Lacy compositions played and improvised by these three musicians. The improvisations of these musicians are dynamic, original and full of unexpected musical decisions and sound experiments.

“Lacy Pool__2 ” has 12 compositions. All compositions were written by saxophonist Steve Lacy. The improvisations created by Steve Lacy were re-played many times by various jazz musicians. Each musician try to search out a new sound and style of these compositions. The compositions of these album have a professional, interesting and colorful instrumentation. Virtuosic piano melodies, sharp and dynamic harmony, the high variety of rhytms, expressive and memorable clarinet melodies – these are the main elements of composition. The high variety of jazz styles are heard in these compositions. Avant-garde jazz elements are combined with bebop, post-bop, other modern jazz styles and a bit of traditional jazz intonations. But the main basement is avant-garde jazz – rigorous, active, fast and contrastic collective improvisations played by three professional and talented jazz masters. This album has a remarkable, original and dynamic sound.

Alexander Hawkins – “Unit​[​e]” (SR, 2017)

“Unit[e]” – it’s a new album released by avant-garde jazz pianist Alexander Hawkins and other musicians. The compositions of the album were written for different ensembles and musicians. The composer of improvisations is pianist Alexander Hawkins. He recorded all these compositions with other great jazz musicians – Dylan Bates (violin), Neil Charles (double bass), Otto Fischer (electric guitar, guitar), Alexander Hawkins (piano, conductor), Shabaka Hutchings (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), Tom Skinner (drums), James Arben (flute, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), Stephen Davis (drums, percussion), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Julie Kjaer (flute, alto flute, alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Nick Malcolm (trumpet, flugelhorn), Hannah Marshall (cello), Percy Pursglove (trumpet, double bass), Alex Ward (clarinet) and Matthew Wright (live electronics). All musicians are famous and talented avant-garde jazz masters. Their music is expressive, modern, innovative, original and has effective sound.

Album has 12 compositions. All of them are professionally written by Alexander Hawkins. Innovative and original musical decisions, special sound effects, musical experiments and modern music language – these elements are the main base of compositions. The high variety of music styles, sounds, instruments and other elements is very much used in these compositions. The musicians are improvising original and free. Expressive and memorable acoustic instruments melodies, colorful and dynamic instrumentation and harmony, constantly changing rhytmic, innovative and inventive musical experiments and high variety of styles. Compositions are written in absolutely different styles. Tracks 1-7 are written for nonet and are based on avant-garde jazz elements. Free, wild and expressive collective improvisations have much in common with famous jazz master Ornette Coleman and his compositions. Dynamic rhytmic, memorable melodies, free and not strictly-based form, afroamerican music elements are the main base of these compositions. The compositions from 8 to 12 are written for larger ensemble and are based on different jazz styles. Avant-garde jazz elements there combine with funk, modern jazz styles, fusion, contemporary jazz and even a bit of traditional jazz styles. These elements are gently combined together and their sound is very different from earlier compositions. The high variety of different music styles, musical expressions and playing techniques, free and expressive improvisations and many other elements bring to this album original and innovative sound

 

Burke, Lewis, Grabowsky, Helias – “Shift” (FMR, 2017)

“Shift” – it’s a new album released this month by “FMR Records”. This album is a masterful result created by four avant-garde jazz musicians – Rob Burke (tenor/soprano saxophones), George Lewis (trombone, electronics), Paul Grabowsky (piano, snare drum) and Mark Helias (acoustic bass). All four musicians are great avant-garde jazz masters. Each of them has their own and original improvising sound and playing style. The musicians also are collaborating with other experimental jazz masters. The newest album is full of many different music elements gently combined together.

Album has 11 compositions. All of them are based on contemporary avant-garde jazz elements. The compositions are dynamic and creative collective improvisations. The musicians are improvising free, virtuosic and expressive. Dynamic, original and innovative musical experiments, sounds experiments, special effects and electronics are also the main elements of these compositions. The musicians search out for new and unheard timbres, masterfully combine acoustic instruments and electronics. The improvisations are full of expressive short melodies, strange and peculiar timbres, virtuosic elements, sharp harmony, dynamic rhytmic and many other elements. All these elements bring to these compositions interesting and original sound. Although sometimes the improvisations turns out to be a little boring and static, the main part of them are interesting, modern and dynamic.

Matt Piet & Tim Daisy – “strike one; strike too” (2017)

“strike one; strike too” – it’s a new experimental jazz album released this month. It was recorded by two great jazz improvisers – Matt Piet (piano) and Tim Daisy (drums percussion). These two musicians are very famous at avant – garde jazz scene. Professional, precisious and expressive playing, creative and innovative musical experiments, the high variety of music elements and styles and original style of improvising – all these elements are the basics of these two musicians playing. They created their own and innovative playing style and had collaborated with many other famous avant-garde jazz masters during the years of creative activity. Their new album is a remarkable, innovative and original piano and percussion duet.

“strike one; strike too” has 2 compositions. It’s very dynamic and expressive collective improvisations with many different music elements combined together. The high variety of very different musical expressions, styles and elements are the basement of these two compositions. Virtuosic, precisious and expressive piano improvisations are full of short and memorable melody elements, sharp and colorful harmony, sound effects, masterfully combined with very fast and virtuosic solos. Expressive and original piano improvisations are gently combined with drums and percussion. Te high variety of percussions instruments make a  extraordinary and interesting sound of this album. Dynamic and changing rhytmic, virtuosic drums solos and strange sounds of percussion also are very important elements for these compositions. The musicians are improvising free, creative and expressive. Their music is unpredictable, full of waves and surprises – avant-garde jazz elements are connected with various modern and traditional jazz styles, contemporary academical music and other music styles intonations. The music recorded in this album is creative, free, full of surprises and innovative musical decisions.