“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.