CHRIS KELSEY|JACK DeSALVO|LEWIS PORTER|FRANÇOIS GRILLOT|ENRIQUE HANEINE – “Chris Kelsey Quintet” (Unseen Rain, 2018)

“Chris Kelsey Quintet” was recently released by “Unseen Rain” records. The album was recorded by Chris Kelsey (straight alto, tenor and baritone saxophones), Jack DeSalvo (guitar), Lewis Porter (piano), Francois Grillot (double-bass) and Enrique Haneine (drums). The music by these creative and great jazz musicians is very dynamic and expressive. They are using huge range of different musical expressions, twisting together various playing styles and playing techniques. Five musicians had been playing with each other many times – even though, they have individual playing manners and unique sounds, all the musical material is gently fused together in one place. Outstanding and impressive solos, passionate and vivacious improvisations, rigorous, loud and powerful blow outs, dynamic rhythmic and synthesis with various music styles – all these elements are the main part of the compositions. The music by these great jazz masters is based on avant-garde and experimental jazz, free improvisation, bebop, post-bop, neo-bop and other contemporary and modern jazz styles intonations. Their music always has expressive and extraordinary sound.

The music of this album has remarkable and interesting sound. Collective improvisations are based on synthesis between avant-garde and modern jazz. Very soft and mild intonations of rock music also are heard, especially in guitar section. Music is full of contrasts, colorful and impressive solos, sudden and drastic stylistic changes, original and inventive musical decisions and other similar things. Huge range of different playing techniques and expressions make an effort to rich, evocative, innovative and bright musical language of the compositions. The compositions have bright and solid melodic section and very dynamic, colorful and expressive rhythmic section. These two sections are contrasting with each other – independent and individual improvisations by each musician are organically twisted together in one place. Saxophones melodies by Chris Kelsey are based on expressive and vivacious solos. These solos bring the intonations of bebop and other modern jazz styles. Along with the moody and contrasting solos, there’s also are touching and free improvisations, spontaneous solos, very colorful background, sharp harmony and synthesis of experimental and traditional playing techniques. The most effective episodes of saxophonist improvisations are remarkable, virtuosic and impressive solos, passionate melodies and vibrant blow outs. The elements of modern jazz styles are merged together with free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. Jack DeSalvo guitar melodies have the main elements of fusion, mild intonations of rock styles, basic elements of modern jazz and free improvisation. Organic synthesis of these different and contrasting music styles create effective, colorful and expressive sound. Lewis Porter piano melodies are totally based on free improvisation – pianist masterfully mixes together passionate, expressive and remarkable solos, wild fast and virtuosic passages, traditional playing techniques and experimental ways of playing. His playing is expressive, vivacious and energetic. Pianist is the master of twisting together different elements of  musical language, original ways of playing and dozens of different playing techniques. Sharp and aggressive harmony, dynamic rhythmic, turbulent and loud improvisations are contrasting with lyrical and peaceful excerpts of this music. Francois Grillot double bass melodies are filled with unusual timbres, huge variety of playing manners and sounds. His music has colorful and contrasting sound – separate and repetitive tones, deep and solid bass line is twisted together with expressive, touching, passionate and remarkable solos and free improvisations. Enrique Haneine drums section is universal – it gently and organically fits together with each instrument. Various rhythmic formulas, basic rhythms of jazz and rock styles are mixed with rapid and loud arpeggios, drum rolls, fanfars, colorful percussion and experimental ways of playing. The music of this album is made with passion and expression – it has remarkable and innovative sound.

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Dave Holland|Evan Parker|Craig Taborn|Ches Smith – “Uncharted Territories” (Dare 2 Records, 2018)

“Uncharted Territories” was recently released by “Dare 2”. Album was recorded by great and famous jazz masters – it’s Dave Holland (bass), Evan Parker (tenor sax), Craig Taborn (piano, keyboards, organ, electronics) and Ches Smith (percussion). Their music is created with passion – it’s very expressive, dynamic, creative and interesting. The collective improvisations usually are based on spontaneous, moody and playful musical decisions, sudden and contrasting stylistic changes and exploring of new ways of playing. Musicians have their own and original playing style, unique playing manner and sound. Expressive solos, remarkable and passionate melodies, free and spontaneous collective improvisations, rigorous, sharp, aggressive and vibrant blow outs and many other main elements of these musicians playing styles are fused together in one place. Musicians like brave and innovative musical experiments, explore of new ways of playing and creation of new and unusual timbres. This album is another one great opportunity to hear four famous and remarkable jazz masters playing together.

The music of this album is based on avant-garde jazz, but also has relations with other jazz styles. Expressive and dynamic solos, rapid rhythmic, vivacious melodies and passionate solos bring the intonations of various modern jazz styles such as post-bop, neo-bop, bebop and others. All these elements are merged together with avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and experimental music. The compositions of this album are dedicated for different instrument compilations. Musicians are playing not just as a quartet, but also as a duo or trio. Different compilations give interesting result – each composition has its own character and sound. Evan Parker tenor saxophone improvisations are filled with expressive, vivacious, touching, striking and evocative solos, remarkable melodies, intense, vibrant and turbulent blow outs and rapid passages. All these elements are contrasting with lyrical and soft excerpts of his improvisations. Huge range of different playing techniques are fused together with musical experiments, special effects, unusual sounds, spontaneous solos and inventive musical decisions. The marvelous synthesis of all these music elements create an interesting sound and make an effort to whole sound of the album. Craig Taborn improvisations have dynamic and rich sound. The piano, keyboards and organ sounds are mixed together with electronics in various compositions. Improviser demonstrates his inventive and universal playing style and the ability to switch between different music styles, manners and expressions. His improvisations have many different musical language elements – music gets from the touching, rapid, energetic and striking solos, free improvisations, spontaneous musical decisions to the silent, subtle and peaceful excerpts filled with special effects, wide range of electronics playing techniques, organic and natural synthesis between electronics and acoustics. Inventive and impressive playing, free and creative improvising make a vibrant and interesting sound. Dave Holland bass improvisations are based on subtle and peaceful solos, repetitive rhythmic, monotonic sounds and timbres whjich suddenly grow to expressive, loud, vibrant, intensive and turbulent culminations. The main aim of his music is to create organic, colorful and marvelous synthesis between different playing techniques, moods, expressions and sounds. All these elements are fused together naturally and gently fit together with other instruments. Ches Smith percussion section – colorful and bright. Wide range of different rhythmic forms, various rhythms of modern and avant-garde jazz styles are merged together – rapid and powerful drum rolls, subtle and monotonic base lines, virtuosic and expressive arpeggios and wide range of colorful ,unusual and strange percussion timbres is just little part of dozens of different playing techniques, manners and expressions, which are used by this percussionist. The msuic of this album has a remarkable, interesting, expressive and original sound.

CP Unit|Chris Pitsiokos – “Silver Bullet In The Autumn Of Your Years” (Clean Feed, 2018)

“Silver Bullet In The Autumn Of Your Years” is the newest release of “Clean Feed Records”. Album was recorded by “CP Unit” and saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos. The musicians of “CP Unit’ are famous and creative improvisers – it’s Sam Lisabeth (electric guitar), Henry Fraser (electric bass, tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8), Tim Dahl (electric bass, tracks: 4, 6, 9, 10), Jason Nazary (drums and electronics, tracks: 4, 6, 9, 10) and Connor Baker (drums, tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8). Collective improvisations played by “CP Unit” and Chris Pitsiokos, have original, expressive, extraordinary and interesting sound. The music of Chris Pitsiokos is based on very sharp, aggressive and rigorous playing manner. Strange and harsh timbres, powerful, vibrant and energetic blow outs, expressive, touching, mooving and virtuosic riffs, spontaneous stylistic waves and twists – all these elements contain the main part of his improvisations. Chris Pitsiokos music is based on modern musical decisions, spontaneous solos, innovative and experimental ways of playing and especially sharp, harsh, aggressive and rigorous playing manner. Collective “CP Unit” improvisations are full of inventive musical decisions, have contrasting and vivacious sound. Each musician has its own playing manner, interesting and unique sound, which is made by using dozens of different playing techniques, expressions, music styles and other elements. The music is totally based on avant-garde jazz. The man elements of experimental jazz, avant-garde jazz are the basement of this music. It’s merged together with the soft intonations of experimental and electronic music, various authentic elements of modern jazz styles and rock elements.

The newest album is great and impressive – it has remarkable and expressive sound. Each musician is improvising differently from the others, but all the improvisations are masterfully combined together in one place. Contrasting elements of different music styles are merged together – avant-garde jazz, free collective improvisations, bebop, post-bop, neo-bop and other intonations of modern jazz styles, rock music elements, colorful electronics, special effects and unusual sounds, remarkable and vivacious melodies – all these elements are played with passion and inventively mixed together. The music has rich and bright musical language and polyphonic musical pattern, which is based on many layers. Chris Pitsiokos saxophone improvisations are based on the main elements of his playing style. Musicians improvisations are full of vibrant, rigorous, sharp and aggressive blow outs – it’s one of the most effective and important element of his music. Vibrant blow outs, energetic, sharp, expressive and striking solos, expressive melodies played with passion, vivacious and rapid arpeggios and passages are mixed together. Musician again tries out experimental and innovative ways  of playing – that’s makes an effort to vibrant, interesting and original sound of whole album and huge range of strange and provocative timbres and sounds. Sam Lisabeth electric guitar improvisations gently fit together with all the acoustic instruments and electronics. The guitar melodies are made by the synthesis of avant-garde jazz and various rock styles. Free improvisations, rapid and energetic solos, outstanding and splendid riffs, deep and static bass line which is contrasting with dynamic and constantlt changing rhythmic, sharp and rigorous sound, dissonance harmony, unusual compilations of timbres, playing techniques and expressions – that’s just a little part of the elements, which musician masterfully get together in one place. Guitar improvisations especially effectively sound along with saxophone and electric bass – it makes the album sound more energetic and dynamic. Henry Fraser and Tim Dahl electric bass melodies have interesting and extraordinary sound. The electric bass melodic intonations have many relations with rock styles – solid, repetitive and static rhythmic, energetic riffs, rapid solos and other simialar elements. Mild intonations of rock and modern jazz are connected with free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. The musicians are switching between different moods, various styles, expressions and other musical language elements – they are doing all that organically, naturally and create remarkable sound and solid bass line. Electronics section colorfully illustrates all the musical pattern. It’s a nice and modern coloristic element, which bring new colors for the music – various special effects, the elements of field and tape recordings, sonic system sounds, computer and electronic devices sounds, imitations of acoustic instruments and various sounds are mixed in one place by Jason Nazary. Drums section by Jason Nazary and Connor Baker is based on bursts of energey, dynamic, loud and powerful improvisations and vibrant sound. Both drummers are trying out new ways of playing – they are mixing traditional playing techniques – drum rolls, fanfars, arpeggios, passages, tremolo – with their own ways of playing. The synthesis between basic rhythms of avant-garde jazz and rock, colorful timbres, experimental ways of playing, search of unusual sounds and timbres creates a solis, independent and dynamic rhythmic section. The music of this album is marvelous – each musician is improvising with passion and expression. Together they create remarkable, interesting and evocative sound.

Trio HLK – “Standard Time” (Ubuntu Music, 2018)

Standard Time

“Standard Time” was recently released by “Ubuntu Music”. It’s a debut album of “Trio HLK”. This ensemble members are great and creative musicians – it’s Steve Lehman (alto sax), Evelyn Glennie (vibraphone, marimba), Rich Harrold (piano), Ant Law (8-string Guitar and effects) and Richard Kass (drums and percussion). This is the first time, when all these musicians are playing together as an ensemble. Their music has many different stylistic waves, sudden turns and is based on inventive musical decisions. Each musician has his own and original musical language, playing manner and unique sound. Expressive and vivacious solos, loud, turbulent and passionate collective improvisations, brave and innovative musical experiments, rich musical language and many other similar elements form the basics of these compositions. The musicians have touching and expressive playing manner. Their music is very dynamic and emotional – the contrasts between different moods, characters and senses are connected together with modern and inventive ways of playing, musical experiments in all sections of musical language and dozens of different expressions. Their music is based on avant-garde jazz, but also has relations with bebop, post-bop, intonations of contemporary jazz and other similar jazz styles. Even though, that the music is based on fusion of different music styles, all musicians stick to the main elements of avant-garde jazz, experimental music and free improvisation.

The music of this album has interesting and expressive sound. Collective improvisations have rich and colorful musical pattern. It’s based many different layers, which are highly contrasting with each other. Expressive and vivacious melodies, independent solos, spontaneous improvisations, special effects, sound experiments, inventive and original sounds and innovative playing techniques help musicians to create original and dynamic music. The improvisation by each musician highly differs from the others. Alto saxophone by Steve Lehman are full of extended playing techniques, dynamic and expressive melodies, vivacious and colorful solos and other things. His music has evocative and interesting sound. The music is filled with passionate and vibrant solos – it’s the most remarkable and effective element of Steve Lehman music. Passionate, vivacious, expressive and rapid solos are full of wild fast and virtuosic arpeggios, colorful passages, glissando, drastic and sudden jumps from the lowest to the deepest registre of the instrument and many other similar playing techniques. The usual ways of playing are connected with fascinating musical experiments, original and interesting stylistic turns between expressive, sharp and aggressive modern jazz to turbulent and free collective improvisation. Experimental ways of playing help saxophonist to find and extract strange and interesting sounds and timbres. Piano improvisations by Rich Harrold are also very expressive and vivacious. His solos are full of life, energy and turbulent sound. Aggressive and sharp harmony make expressive and dramatic mood, dynamic rhythmic, stylistic waves, contrasts and dozens of different playing techniques and expressions also make an effort to whole sound of the album. Pianist music switches between free improvisation, spontaneous and gorgeous solos, colorful, virtuosic and passionate passages, drastic, aggressive and rigorous repetitive chords, dramatic culminations which are connected together with silent and peaceful episodes. All these elements make a remarkable sound of his music. Ant Law guitar improvisations bring the intonations of contemporary, main stream, bebop, hard-bop, post-bop and other modern jazz styles intonations to the album. Guitar solos also are very expressive and passionate – vivacious, aggressive, touching and interesting solos are fused together with main elements of avant-garde jazz. Free improvisation, shocking and provocative musical decisions, sound experiments, search of new timbres and playing techniques, special effects and other similar things put this music somewhere between avant-garde jazz, experimental music and modern jazz. Evelyn Glennie marimba and vibraphone improvisations and Richard Kass percussion make a bright and solid rhythmic section. Loud, turbulent, rapid and energetic drum rolls, fanfars, furious arpeggios and dramatic culminations gently fit together with colorful and gorgeous percussion and subtle, natural, warm and expressive timbres of vibraphone and marimba. The music of this album has remarkable and interesting sound – it’s a nice debut album.

CHRYSAKIS / CUNDY / SCHLECHTA / VOLQUARTZ – “Music for Two Organs & Two Bass Clarinets” (Aural Terrains, 2018)

“Music for Two Organs & Two Bass Clarinets” was released by “Aural Terrains” this year. Album was recorded by Thanos Chrysakis (chamber organ), Chris Cundy (bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet), Peer Schlechta (organ) and Ove Volquartz (bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet). Musicians ad been playing together many times. Together they are creating unusual and modern sound. Their music is based on free improvisations, but has many relations with other music styles. Free improvisations, avant-garde jazz, experimental and contemporary academical music, chamber music and academic avant-garde jazz are the main elements, which consist the main musical pattern. The music always has rich and interesting strcuture and form – it’s sompilated by various forms of chamber and academical music. The form is free  and variable – it’s changing along with the compositions and get new elements of other forms, expressions and moods. Extended playing techniques, musical experiments, free improvisation, spontaneous solos in the most extraordinary places, search and extraction of new and unusual sounds – all these elements help musicians to create extraordinary and rich musical pattern. The musical language is created spontaneously and by all musicians. The musical material by each musician is original and independent and makes an effort to musical pattern and whole sound of the album. The music by four interesting and creative musicians has modern and interesting sound.

The music of this album is based on free music form and musical experiments. The compositions are somewhere between free improvisations and contemporary academical music. The improvisation is very important part of the compositions – it also makes an effort to whole sound of the album, bring the impression of spontaneous and unpredictable sound. Clarinets melodies are based on many different music elements. It has many elements, which are related with contemporary academical music abd academic avant-garde. Extended playing techniques, vibrant and intensive sound, traditional playing techniques such as glissando, virtuosic arpeggio, vivacious and striking passages, remarkable and expressive melodic elements are connected with experimental and modern ways of playing, repetitive rhythmic and sharp harmony. The melodies have dynamic and constantly changing sound and are based on contrasting musical materials. Soft, calm and subtle clarinets solos, vibrtant and deep bass lines, quiet and peaceful solos are gently connected together with expressive, rigorous, intensive, loud and turbulent solos. Peaceful and interesting solos of clarinets usually have lyric and calm mood for the most of the time. Intensive and deep bass line formed by bass clarinet helps musicians to create firm and solid bass section. Even though, clarinets melodies have some relations with academical music, mostly is based on free improvisation and various alternative genres of experimental music. Organs melodies have bright and interesting sound. It also has bright and intensive musical pattern and huge variety of different styles and expressions. It’s highly contrasting with musical material of clarinets – especially in a way of its structure, form and style. Organ melodies mostly are based on the principal elements of contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde and experimental music. Both musicians are trying out modern and interesting ways of playing, extended techniques and expressions. This music has lyrical and soft sound for the most of the time, which is connected with loud, turbulent and powerful culminations. The form and strcuture of organ melodies is more strict than clarinets. These compositions have less place for free improvisations – musicians are paying huge attention to the search of unusual timbres, creative musical decisions and inventive ways of playing. Powerful, deep, vibrant and interesting sound of the organ is gently c onnected together with dynamic and deep melodies of clarinets. This music has modern and remarkable sound.

Otherworld Ensemble – “Live at Malmitalo” (Edgetone Records, 2018)

Otherworld Ensemble - Live at Malmitalo

“Live at Malmitalo” was recently released by “Edgetone Records”. The album was recorded by Rent Romus (tenor recorder, e-trumpet, flutes, kantele), Heikki “Mike” Kosikinen (e-trumpet, tenor recorder, piano), Mikko Innanen (alto, baritone and sopranino saxophones, flutes, percussion) and Teppo Hauta-aho (double bass). These four musicians are the members of “Oherworld Ensemble”. The music of this ensemble is based on synthesis between free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, traditional Finland music and experimental music intonations. Musicians masterfully fuse together contrasting and colorful elements of different styles and create rich and innovative sound. The music of this ensemble is based on free structure, abstract musical pattern and not-strictly based form. Vivacious and colorful stylistic waves, dynamic changes, special effects, synthesis of electronics and acoustics, authentic and natural combinations of ethnic Finland music and free-jazz, fascinating musical experiments and huge range of different playing techniques and unusual timbres – all these elements are the main basic of this ensemble improvisations.

The music of this album has interesting and organic sound. It has all main elements of “Otherworld Ensemble” playing style and manner. All the music is based on contrasts – various contrasting and colorful episodes are gently cnnected together in one place. The episodes have their own playing style, techniques, mood and musical language. Vivacious and rigorous, cold, aggressive and sharp, or very soft and warm – each musician is revealing many different colors and unusual timbres. They are exploring the abilities of their instruments by using dozens of different playing techniques and unusual compilations of the instruments. Ethnic instruments of Scandinavian countries and especially Finland, are compilated together with traditional acoustic and electronic instruments. This interesting synthesis effects whole sound of the album – it makes it more bright, modern, innovative and colorful. The reeds section is based on flutes, tenor recorder, various saxophones and e-trumpets. All these instruments help musicians to build a solid and interesting melodic section, Soft, gentle and colorful flutes are highly contrasting with bright, vivacious, loud and passionate saxophones solos, interesting sounds of recorder, intensive, vibrant and turbulent blow outs and bright solos of trumpets. The melodies of reeds and brass are filled of vivacious, virtuosic and rapid passages, passionate and dramatic culminations, turbulent, energetic and rigorous blow outs, shrieky solos, low and separate whistles, repetitive tones, variable rhythmic and various special effects and unusual sounds. The melodies of reeds are formed by the free-jazz synthesis with traditional Finland and Scandinavian countries music – free, vibrant and spontaneous solos are illustrated with authentic and interesting melodic intonations and rhythmic elements of Finland music. Piano melodies are bright, vivacious and dynamic. It’s based on free improvisation, creative musical experiments, original and dynamic stylistic twists and vivacious melodies. These melodies are based on avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and mild intonations of experimental music. The music is full of contrasts and has rich and modern musical language – from the silent and subtle episodes it gets to turbulent, energetic, intensive and rapid culminations. Double bass improvisations reveal the other side of these compositions – it shows the subtle, silent and abstract side. Separate repetitive tones, variable rhythmic and harmony, silent and soft solos, abstract musical pattern, experimental ways of playing and huge range of strange and weird timbres – all these elements create absolutely different sound of the album, which is highly contrasting with other instruments. Double bass also keep firm rhythmic section and has very colorful, intensive, vivacious and dynamic excerpts, virtuosic solos and other elements. Percussion is based on interesting compilations of the traditional Scandinavian and Western Europe percussion instruments. This music is especially active, full of gorgeous and unusual timbres, extended playing expressions, experimental ways of playing and dynamic rhythmic. The msuic of this album is full of contrasts and have dynamic, innovative and interesting sound.

Ronny Graupe|Laura Schuler|Alfred Vogel – “KWESTIA” (Boomslang Records, 2018)

“KWESTIA” was released by “Boomslang Records” on May. Album was recorded by Ronny Graupe (guitar), Laura Schuler (violine) and Alfred Vogel (drums). The improvisations by all three musicians are full of interesting musical decisions, expressive and colorful contrasts, passionate and touching improvising and marvelous spontaneous solos. All three musicians are famous and creative avant-garde jazz masters. Their music is based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz, but also has some relations with other jazz styles. The intonations of modern jazz styles, such as bebop, post-bop, hard-bop, neo-bop, contemporary jazz or fusion are also heard in their improvisations. Expressive, interesting and original playing manner, unique sound and rich musical language are the main things of their improvisations. The elements of classical harmony, rock styles, rhythmic forms of different music styles also are the part of the improvisations. Musicians are improvising creatively, expressively and with passion. The search of new timbres and colors, expansion of traditional zone of instruments sound, fascinating musical experiments and unusual sounds – all these and recently mentioned elements make an effort to inventive and modern sound.

The music of this album has bright and dynamic sound. It’s based on free improvisations, polyphonic musical pattern, constantly changing rhythmic and musical experiments. The active, rapid, expressive and evocative mood of the compositions is heard for the most of the time. Violin melodies by Laura Schuler are based on contrasts and colorful changes of various musical language elements. Improviser shows her own playing style and unique sound. Her improvisations are based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz, Scandinavian traditional music, contemporary and modern jazz. That makes an effort to soft, remarkable, warm and expressive sound. The melodies are based on Scandinavian music melodic and rhythmic intonations, soft and lyrical mood, various chords and rhythmic compilations. The synthesis between traditional Scandinavian music and avant-garde jazz is the main element of her playing style and she keeps to fuse these different music styles organically and naturally. Her violin melodies are lyrical for the most of the time, but also filled with virtuosic, expressive and passionate solos, free improvisations and sound experiments. Ronny Graupe guitar gently fit together with violin melodies. Expressive, vivacious and touching solos, subtle and abstract musical pattern, virtuosic and rapid passages, free and spontaneous solos, dynamic rhythmic and sudden stylistic and mood changes are the main basic of his improvisations. All these elements are used for a long time is his music – musician fuse together avant-garde jazz, experimental music, the elements of various countries ethnic music, contemporary and modern jazz, fusion and even some mild and far intonations with rock music or contemporary academical music. His music has rich, colorful and dynamic sound. Alfred Vogel drums section has subtle, gorgeous and colorful sound. Musician masterfully combines together different rhythmic forms and wide range of colorful and interesting percussion timbres. Loud drum rolls, expressive and striking solos, subtle and quiet solos, unusual timbres, repetitive and monotonic tones and dozens of different playing techniques – all these elements are naturally and organically fused together. The music of this album has modern and interesting sound.