“Retrograde” is the newest release of “ESP Disk”. Album was recorded by two great jazz masters – Matt Lavelle (trumpet, fluegelhorn, alto clarinet) and Reggie Sylvester (drums). Both musicians are famous and creative members of avant-garde jazz scene. Inventive and fascinating musical decisions, original and bright instrumentation, innovative musical language and unique sound – the are the most important element of their both playing styles. The music is totally based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. Both musicians are improvising free and spontaneously for the most of the time. They are taking on eclectic and strange stylistic combinations, musical experiments and creating an innovative, bright and passionate sound. They had been improvising together with other famous avant-garde jazz masters – together they create powerful, suggestive and new avant-garde jazz, which is based on flowing solos, passionate and expressive melodies, extravagant and provocative musical decisions and rich musical language.
“Retrograde” reveals all the main elements of both musicians playing styles. It also shows their talent to improvise colorfully, dynamically and especially brightly. The music is filled with rich, variable and innovative musical language. Huge range of extended playing techniques, unusual sounds, weird timbres and strange combinations of chords and pitches contain the basic of the musical pattern. Compositions of the album are full of interesting and inventive musical decisions, bright and vibrant solos and sparkling musical experiments. Musicians are paying the highest attention to the search of unusual sounds and new ways of playing – they are dedicated to search, try out and extract new, fresh and evocative timbres. That’s the main reason why this music is so interesting, warm and dynamic. The musical pattern has many different layers. They are the opposites to each other in all aspects – each of them has its own color, theme, melodic and rhtyhmic section and gorgeous background. Many-layed musical patterns are the main element of both musicians musical language. Matt Lavelle trumpet, flugelhorn and alto clarinet melodies are especially expressive and bright. The improvisations are based on many different elements – there are many vivacious, tremendous and vibrant blow outs, bright and ex[ressive melodies, remarkable and passionate solos, extremely rapid passages and terrific musical experiments. All these elements form active and expressive mood of most part of the compositions. Expressive and bright elements are mixed together with their opposites – there are some relaxing, peaceful and soft places, which are based on abstract musical pattern, the extraction and production of weird sounds and search of innovative ways of playing. These episodes reveal the other side of the album – it brings soft, warm, gentle and light sound to the compositions. It also show the masterful ability of musician to switch between various moods in natural, warm and dynamic way. The playing manner of Matt Lavelle is based on free improvisation, avant-garde jazz and strong influenced by modern jazz styles. Especially expressive, active, aggressive and rapid and dynamic solos, provocative and diffivult rhythmic, sharp, harsh and bright sound – all these elements are heard frequently in Matt Lavelle improvisations. Musician masterfully combines these elements with bright and turbulent free improvisations, own and specific playing manner and unique sound. That makes an effort to remarkable, sparkling and marvelous sound. Reggie Sylvester drums section is filled with stunning musical experiments, innovative instrumentation decisions and turbulent improvisations. The music is totally based on free improvising, experimental and modern jazz styles synthesis. Drummer masterfully passing through different moods and expressions, characters, rhtyhmes and other musical language elements. He’s using his own and unique ways of playing, specifique playing manners, which are combined with traditional and experimental musical decisions, expressive and bright musical language and sudden, effective and driving stylistic changes. Solid, independent and suggestive rhythmic section is filled with turbulent and free improvisations, bright and extremely loud bursts of energy, dramatic and powerful beats, loud drum rolls, colorful and energetic tremolo, vibrato, glissando and many other elements. The music of this album is based on marvelous and impressive improvising – it makes an effort to remarkable and innovative sound.