Stoffner/Lovens/Mahall – “Mein Freund der Baum” (Wide Ear Records, 2017)

“Mein Freund der Baum” is a new avant-garde jazz album which was released by “Wide Ear Records” on November 7. Album was recorded by jazz trio – guitarist Florian Stoffner, drummer Paul Lovens and clarinetist Rudi Mahall. These three musicians had been improvising together as a trio several times and also with other famous avant-garde jazz masters. Keny Wheeler, Conny Bauer, Lee Konitz, “Globe Unity Orchestra”, Mats Gustaffson, Joelle Leandre, Cecil Taylor – these musicians and ensembles are just a part of musicians with who these three musicians had played or collaborated. Inventive and interesting playing, spontaneous musical decisions, rich and extraordinary musical language are the main elements of Rudi Mahall, Paul Lovens and Florian Stoffner musical language. Their improvising is very dynamic and based on unpredictable decisions – musicians try our new ways of playing to expand the comfort zone of their instruments and create a bright and adventurous sound.

Album compositions have interesting musical basement and background. All four compositions are based on collective improvisations and musical experiments. Special sound effects, expressive and active melodies, lyrical, soft and peaceful solos, different jazz styles synthesis are the main elements of these compositions basic pattern. Rudi Mahall improvisations are based on active and dynamic playing. Different music language elements, own and expressive playing manner, sudden stylistic and mood changes, numerous of extended playing techniques – all these elements are the main part of Rudi Mahall improvisations. Expressive, furious and sharp suddenly turns into very calm and restful or – very dramatic and energetic. These changes create original and extraordinary sound of his improvising. Florian Stoffner guitar is somewhere between avant-garde jazz, bebop, post bop and some elements of contemporary academical music. Various expressions, traditional and innovative ways of playing, expressive and interesting sound are the main elements of his improvisations. Incredible duos between clarinet and guitar make a high effort to the main sound of the album compositions – musicians melodies are very different from each other, based on individual sound, playing manner and spontaneous improvising. It’s very interesting to listen how expressive, emotional improvisations with furiously fast solos, loud blow outs and powerful sound are twisted with restful and peaceful pieces. Drummer Paul Lovens improvisations also make a high effort to the compositions musical language – his playing is full of unheard and strange timbres, loud and powerful drum rolls, intense or very subtle and slow rhythmic and numerous of different playing techniques. All three musicians pay high attention to extended playing techniques and expanding from traditional sound and comfort zone of the instrument. They try out different playing techniques – arpeggios, glissando, marvelous blow outs, drum rolls and many other traditional instrumentation techniques are twisted together with unusual ways of playing. Sound experiments and innovative playing techniques make a wide range of unusual and strange timbres which bring more colorful and lively sound to the compositions. All kinds of rhythmic formulas and harmony chords are used – soft pitches are integrated with dissonances which form the main part of the compositions harmonic basement. Inventive musical decisions, creative and stunning experiments and outstanding improvising make an adventurous, original and dynamic sound of this album.

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Camila Nebbia – “A veces, la luz de lo que existe resplandece sólamente a la distancia” (KUAI MUSIC, 2017)

“A veces, la luz de lo que existe resplandece sólamente a la distancia” is a new avant-garde jazz album which was released on October 3 by “KUAI Music”. Experienced and creative avant-garde jazz masters had recorded this album – it’s Camila Nebbia (tenor sax), Ingrid Feniger (alto sax, bass clarinet), Guido Kohn (cello), Nacho Szulga (bass), Omar Menendez (drums) and Axel Filip (drums). All musicians are great avant-garde jazz improvisers and experimenters – they always try new and different ways of playing, create and form rich, extraordinary and gorgeous musical language. Their playing style is based on individual and unique sound and unusual playing manner. Musicians are very well-known in Spain and Europe avant-garde jazz scene. They are collaborating with numerous avant-garde jazz masters and improvisers – it’s Tony Malaby, Tim Berne, Ben Wendel, Juan Pablo Arredondo and many others. This sextet music is based on spontaneous musical decisions, extraordinary sound and inventive musical decisions – the synthesis of all these elements create dynamic, innovative and gorgeous sound.

Album compositions are based on synthesis between European, Spain and American avant-garde jazz traditions and main elements. All compositions were written by Camila Nebbia, except “Garden of Souls” which author is jazz legend Ornette Coleman. Expressive, extravagant and original melodies, free and spontaneous collective improvisations, dynamic rhythmic and harmony, Spain ethnic music intonations and main elements of contemporary experimental jazz – all these elements are the main basement of musicians improvisations. Camila Nabbia saxophone playing is very emotional and expressive. It’s based on sudden turns, stylistic waves, character and mood changes, high variety of musical expressions and other music language elements. She try out many different playing styles, experiments in unusual sounds timbres searching. Expressive, active and energetic improvisations connect with sharp and dramatic solos, wild fast arpeggios, it also has intense and powerful or very silent and subtle sound. Ingrid Feniger clarinet and saxophone improvisations gently fit together with Camila Nebbia saxophone. She also inventively and creative combine different playing techniques and musical expressions, her melodies are colorful, expressive and dynamic, it also has gorgeous sound. The duos between these two players have effective, energetic and contrasting sound. Guido Kohn cello and Nacho Szulga bass improvisations bring more colors and energy to the compositions. The improvisations of these two players are based on subtle and dynamic playing. Melodic and lyric solos suddenly burst into active and energetic improvisations, expressive solos illustrated with pizzicato, portato, glissando, wild fast arpeggios and other traditional and innovative playing techniques. Their playing is interesting and unpredictable – putting together various playing techniques and musical expressions which are highly contrasting with each other make a creative and intense sound. Omar Menendez and Axel Filip drums are full blasts of energy. All kinds of different types of rhythmic are used here – intense and very active, fast and energetic or very slow and monotonic – these types of rhythmic and different rhythmic formulas are moderately combined together. Loud drum rolls, energetic and very fast solos, which have strong and powerful sound, subtle and silent episodes with monotonic and static rhythmic – these elements are just a part of them improvising. They masterfully combine together absolutely different musical expressions, try out new and unusual ways of playing, make a solid and interesting background and rhythmic basement of the improvisations. All musicians improvisations are based on spontaneous and free musical decisions, stunning sound experiments which make an effort to high variety of unusual sounds and timbres. Creative improvising, colorful, intense and dynamic sound, rich and modern musical language make original and interesting compositions of this album.

 

DKV Trio – “Latitutde 41​.​88” (Catalytic Sound, 2017)

“Latitutde 41​.​88” is a new avant-garde jazz album by Ken Vandermark which was released on November 13 by “Catalytic Sound”. The newest Ken Vandermark album was recorded by Hamid Drake (drums), Ken Kessler (double bass) and Ken Vandermark (saxophone). These three musicians had formed a “DKV Trio”. Their music is always very interesting and dynamic. Musicians are famous and experienced avant-garde jazz masters which are most active in American experimental jazz scene. They had been improvising with various avant-garde jazz masters many times and recorded numerous of albums. Their playing is based on inventive musical decisions, own playing techniques, intense, colorful and contrasting sound and innovative musical language which is based on experimental playing. Spontaneous musical decisions, high variety of unusual timbres, sharp harmony and unpredictable musical decisions are the main basement of these three musicians improvising style.

Album compositions have interesting and dynamic sound. Expressive and memorable melodies, active and intense rhythmic, sharp harmony, free form and spontaneous improvising – these elements form the main basic of the compositions. Ken Vandermark saxophone improvisations are very emotional and active. He demonstrate his own and unique playing manner, try out innovative playing techniques and various musical expressions. Expressive, very fast and interesting improvisations have solid, intense and powerful sound. These episodes form the main part of Ken Vandermark improvisations and effect the main sound of the compositions. Vivacious, vital and energetic playing bring dynamic, intense and stunning sound to the compositions. Free and spontaneous musical decisions, unpredictable stylistic waves, loud and powerful blow outs, outstanding riffs and unusual sounds are also very important elements of the compositions. Ken Kessler double bass marvelously fits together with saxophone improvisations, even though these two instrument improvisations are quiet different from each other. Double bass improvisations have more subtle and calm sound. It’s based on unusual musical decisions and numerous of different playing techniques. It also form a solid and strong rhythmical basement. Ken Kessler improvisations are full of very fast solos, speedy arpeggios, colorful glissando, static or very dynamic rhythmic and various traiditional and innovative playing techniques. Melodic and lyrical solos are connected together with energetic, fast, loud and powerful episodes. This change of moods, character and other musical language elements create very contrasting and interesting sound of this album. Double bass and saxophone improvisations are very important to compositions melodic basement – the melodies which are strongly contrasting with each other, help musicians to create colorful, outstanding, stunning and effective sound. Unpredictable stylistic turns, sudden playing style changes, wide range of extraordinary timbres and sounds, extended playing techniques – all these elements turn these compositions to impressive improvisations with interesting sound. Hamid Drake drums are based on dynamic stylistic changes and unpredictable musical decisions – as same as Ken Vandermark and Ken Kessler, Hamid Drake try out many different musical expressions and other elements, searching for new and unusual ways of playing and extraordinary sounds. His playing is very colorful, full of active blasts of energy which is made with wild fast and loud drum rolls, energetic and active solos, outstanding improvisations and wide variety of sounds and timbres. Hamid Drake improvisations masterfully fit together with Vandermark’s and Kessler’s playing and also form a strong and solid rhythmical basement of the compositions. Spontaneous and creative improvising, original and interesting playing styles by each trio musician, inventive musical language create marvelous and dynamic sound of this album.

 

 

Nick Fraser – “Is Life Long?” (2017)

“Is Life Long?” is one of the newest albums which was recently released by “Clean Feed Records”. Album was recorded by Nick Fraser (drums), Tony Malaby (saxophones), Andrew Downing (cello) and Rob Clutton (bass). Musicians are improvising together for several years now. They always like to experiment in all musical language elements – free improvising, creative and inventive musical decisions, unpredictable and sudden stylistic waves, dynamic and spontaneous changes of moods and character are the main basement of their improvisations. All these elements bring to their compositions creative, bright and adventurous sound. Musicians had been improvising with such avant-garde jazz legends as Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Dave Liebman, Peter Brotzmann and many others. Each of them has own playing style and unique sound which is based on different music styles synthesis, rich and extraordinary musical language, extended playing techniques and various musical expressions.

Album compositions are based on collective improvisation. Free, spontaneous solos, full of extended playing techniques, innovative musical decisions and expressions, independent melodies form the main basement of these improvisations. Evocative, emotional and expressive solos are full of wild fast arpeggios, loud and noisy blow outs, full blasts of energy and many other elements. The musicians improvisations are quiet different from each other. Saxophonist Tony Malaby improvisations have especially energetic and expressive sound. Vivacious, moody and full of stylistic waves and turns – saxophonist improvisations are full of these elements. His playing is based on spontaneous and innovative musical decisions, free and extraordinary sound experiments, different styles twisting together in one composition. These improvisations are very important element of mostly compositions – it brings vivacious, interesting and dynamic sound. Andrew Downing cello and Rob Clutton bass improvisations are subtle and dynamic. Musicians try out many extraordinary and original string playing techniques, shiw their inventive and creative improvising style. Their improvisations are gently blended together with expressive saxophones melodies. The conversations between saxophone, cello and bass are the part of the most effective episodes of this album – independent and separate melodies which are strongly contrasting with each other are masterfully combined together. Expressive, emotional, dramatic, sometimes even provocative sound is created in these compositions. Nick Fraser drums also are very important part of these compositions. His playing has a gorgeous and colorful timbres, numerous of different rhythmic formulas and is based on inventive musical decisions. Nick Fraser try out many different ways of playing – powerful drum rolls, furiously fast arpeggios, fanfars, unusual and colorful timbres and other musical language elements are marvelously twisted together in his improvisations. Very solid and strong drums make a interesting rhythmical basement and musical background of the compositions. Vivacious and interesting acoustic instruments melodies are illustrated with dynamic and powerful drums. Each musician shows his own and original playing style, unique sound and ability of outstanding improvising. Rich and colorful musical language, extended playing techniques, inventive musical decisions and incredible improvising create original and outstanding sound of this album.

Stratus Quartet – “The Passer” (SR, 2017)

“The Passer” is the new contemporary academical music album which was released on November 2. Album was recorded by “Stratus Quartet” – string quartet which all music is based on free improvising and spontaneous musical decisions. Violinists Benjamin Sutin and Zosha Warpeha, violist Nathan Karnal and cellist Samuel Quiggins are interesting and creative musicians. Each of them has original, modern and innovative playing manner, rich and colorful musical language and unique sound. The ensemble differs from other string quartets – its members are playing not just other contemporary academical music composers compositions, but also quartet members created works. All music performing is based on spontaneous and creative improvising, vital and vivacious playing which is full of unpredictable stylistic waves and different moods. Individual and original playing styles, playing manners, sounds and various musical expressions are gently combined together in one composition.

The compositions of the album are based on academic avant-garde and free improvisation. Musicians try out many different playing techniques, expressions and sound effects to create extraordinary and interesting sound. The basic musical pattern of all compositions has several main elements – polyphonic structure, free form, sharp and dissonance harmony, independent melodies which are strongly contrasting with each other and very inventive instrumentation, Each composition is based on free and spontaneous playing – wild fast arpeggios, sudden and loud glissando, soft and gentle pizzicato, staccato, portato and many other traditional playing techniques are masterfully used in these compositions. All these techniques are subtle and effectively twisted with innovative and unusual ways of playing which make numerous of colorful, strange and weird timbres. Musicians expressive, vital and dynamic playing is the main element which highly effects sound of the album. Memorable, vivacious and expressive melodies are combined with lyrical, dramatic, sad or solemn and peaceful episodes. This change of moods and characters makes music to sound more interesting and unpredictable. Free and creative musical experiments, wide range of different musical expressions are the main elements of musicians melodies. It fills compositions with extraordinary musical decisions and surprises, spontaneous improvising and dynamic sound. The musical pattern of compositions is based on several lays and patterns. The basic and most important is melodic basic – expressive, emotional, vital and adventurous melodies bring interesting and dynamic sound to this compositions. The harmony is mostly based on different chords which are dissonance. Sharp and colorful chords is highly effects the sound – it makes music to sound more dramatic, modern and emotional. There’s also are some chords which have smooth, soft and relaxing sound – mostly it’s separate sounds or consonance pitches. The rhythmic is another important and interesting element which is very different in each composition. Sometimes it’s very static and slow, sometimes – very dynamic, fast, repetitive or constantly changing. The rhythmic basic is formed by various instruments, but mostly with cello. Intensive, vivacious and dynamic rhythmic and dossonance harmony are the main elements which form a solid and strong background. Expressive and vivacious melodies and interesting background are the main elements of these compositions. The most important thing which makes this music to sound gorgeous and outstanding is free, spontaneous and passionate playing of all musicians. Rich and modern musical language, wide range of different musical expressions and inventive playing create interesting and marvelous sound of this album.

Stray – “Into Darkness” (Iluso Records, 2017)

“Into Darkness” is the newest avant-garde jazz album of “Iluso Records” which was released yeasterday, on November 10. Album was recorded by four jazz masters – John Butcher (saxophones), Dominic Lash (contrabass), John Russell (electric guitar) and Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums and percussion). The musicians improvisations are full of various jazz and rock styles elements, have dynamic and vivacious sound. Individual and unique sound, innovative and interesting playing manner, musical experiments, inventive musical decisions and rich musical language – all these elements are the main things that highly effects musicians improvising style. Musicians are active avant-garde jazz scene masters – they are collaborating with other jazz improvisers, are concerting at jazz festivals and concerts. John Butcher, Evan Parker, Tony Conrad, Joe Morris, Chris Corsano – these legends of avant-garde jazz scene are just a part of numerous musicians who had played together with “Stray” quartet members.

Album music is full of different moods, characters and is based on collective improvisation. Avant-garde jazz, rock and experimental music elements synthesis are heard very much in this composition. Saxophonist John Butcher is improvising very dynamic and vivacious. Expressive melodies are full of wild fast solos, powerful and stri\ong blow outs, interesting and innovative playing techniques, unusual sounds, sharp harmony and special effects – all these elements are the main basic of his improvisations. Vital and vivacious saxophone improvisations are connected with slow and lyrical episodes which have no melodic basic and are based on separate sounds and timbres. Dominic Lash contrabass melodies are full of colorful and gorgeous stylistic waves and moods changes – he try out many different playing techniques and musical expressions. From subtle, silent and peaceful to loud, strong, energetic and powerful – wide range of moods, dynamics, different temps and other music language elements are masterfully twisted together in Dominic Lash improvising. John Russell electric guitar brings rock elements to the compositions. Bright and energetic solos are gently blended together with saxophones, contrabass and drums improvisations. The synthesis of avant-garde jazz and rock music is made very subtle, organic and professionally. Ståle Liavik Solberg rhythms are full of different music elements – loud drum rolls, vivacious and wild fast arpeggios, soft and gentle separate sounds, unusual timbres and gorgeous noises of percussion instruments are combined together. Numerous of different rhythms are gently connected together and are always changing each other. Repetitive and monotonic, static and slow or wild fast and loud – all kinds of rhythmic elements are inventively used in this improvisation. Different and independent improvisations of each musician are based on individual music elements – own and unique improvising sound and manner by each musician is revealed in this composition. Wide range of music elements, playing techniques and expressions, vital, creative and astonishing improvising and many other elements create original and interesting sound of this album.

Ensemble Interface – “Patrizio Espozito – Resonating Body” (Stradivarius, 2017)

“Resonating Body” is the new contemporary academical music album released by “Stradivarius Records” this year. The compositions by Italian composer Patrizio Esposito were recorded in this album. Patrizio Esposito music is based on modern music language, innovative and extraordinary decisions, very colorful and inventive instrumentation. The composer try out many different playing techniques, experiments in form, harmony, instrumentation and other ways of musical language elements. He can masterfully combine different music styles and composing techniques – expresionism, post-romantism, modernism and academic avant-garde elements are outstandingly putted together in one composition. The main part of his compositions are dedicated for chamber ensembles – he had written many compositions for string quartets, reeds or other instruments quintets and percussion, pieces for solo piano. His music has different – innovative and interesting sound, which is made by blending different musical elements together. The compositions were played by “Ensemble Interface” and percussionist Ota Yuka, conducting by Patrizio Esposito. The ensemble musicians playing is expressive, vital and dynamic. They reveal and express the main elements of the compositions, the mood and character, composing style and create original and interesting sound.

Album compositions are based on academic avant-garde. The compositions “D’amor la vecchia canzone”, “Resonating Body” for 6 musicians, “While” for 6 musicians and “Nacheinander” for percussionist are full of shocking and stunning musical decisions, extravagant melodies, expressive and dynamic rhythmic and many other elements. The composer try out different playing techniques – in premiere, second and third compositions there’s very much heard of unusual timbres, weird sounds and wide range of different playing techniques. These compositions are based for chamber ensemble and are very different from each other – independent melodies are filled with wild fast arpeggios, loud blow outs or very soft and relaxing solos, sharp harmony and dynamic rhythmic. The composer shows his masterful ability to combine traditional and innovative playing techniques in one musical pattern – glissando, arpeggio, strings pizzicato, vibrato, sharp staccato and many other very well-known playing techniques are combined with innovative ways of playing and stunning musical experiments. Expanding from the traditional sound, musical form and other its language elements is the most important element of these compositions – innovative ways of playing help the composer to extract new and unusual timbres and create an adventurous and vivacious sound. The compositions musical pattern is based on difficult musical language – the elements of polyrhythmic, sharp and dissonance harmony, atonal and tonal music, serialism, puantilism, dodecaphony and other modern composing techniques are gently blended together. All these elements are illustrated with fine background – strange, shocking and weird musical timbres, dynamic and constantly changing rhythmic and other colouristic elements. The composition “Nacheinander” is written for percussion. The different drums and percussion instruments are used in this composition to extract original and colorful sound. Percussionist Ota Yuka marvelously combines together different rhythms, playing techniques and other musical language elements. The composition also based on contrasts – lively, joyful and playful episodes are connected together with loud, powerful and aggressive drum rolls, energetic solos or very silent and calm pieces. The beauty and technical abilities of percussion instruments are revealed in this composition. Wide range of various colorful timbres, playing techniques and masterful playing make original and interesting sound of this composition. The compositions of the album have innovative, adventurous and stunning sound.