J@K@L – “After A Few Days” (SR, 2018)

“After A Few Days” was released on April 2, 2018. Album was recorded by creative and innovative jazz masters trio “J@K@L” – it’s Keefe Jackson (tenor & sopranino saxophone, tube), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, tenor guitar, electronics) and Julian Kirshner (drums). The trio compositions are based on free improvisations, which are especially energetic, active, rapid and expressive. Musicians are improvising free, try out evocative and interesting musical decisions, extract new and unusual timbres. Musicians pay the highest attention to the search of weird sounds, new and extended playing techniques, eclectic and original combinations of music styles and expressions. Expressive, free, harsh and energetic melodies, virtuosic and fast solos, spontaneous and rigorous improvisations, turbulent and dramatic excerpts and many other elements of musical language. All three musicians are improvising differently from each other. Each of them try out individual and shocking ways of playing, extended and innovative expressions and express huge range of emotions and feelings. Their melodies all the time get together in one place and make vivid, energetic and interesting sound.

“After A Few Days” has especially energetic and rapid sound, rigorous and expressive playing manner and is based on collective improvisations. Free, spontaneous, dynamic and contrasting collective improvisations by all three musicians are filled with innovative musical decisions, extended playing techniques and evocative musical language. Keefe Jackson saxophone solos are very vivid, live and vivacious. Improviser try out many different playing techniques, expressions and extract new and weird timbres. Keefe Jackson saxophone and tube improvisations are especially energetic and rapid. Musician tries out many extended playing techniques, twists between fascinating musical experiments, free and spontaneous improvisations, expressive, rapid and dynamic modern jazz excerpts and various experimental jazz styles. Virtuosic and extremely fast solos, full of vivacious, striking, bright and powerful blow outs, rapid passages, colorful glissando and other ways of playing are organically and gently combined together. Musician synthesizes together various contrasting moods, searches for new and unusual ways of playing. Bright, turbulent and shrieky blow outs, powerful roaring, sharp and harsh sound, energetic and vibrant riffs, dramatic culminations and spontaneous solos are combined together with soft, subtle and silent improvisations. Keefe Jackson improvisations have unique and specific sound, are based on eclectic and interesting combinations and make an effort to whole sound. Solid, deep and static tuba bass line creates firm rhythmic background. Fred Lonberg-Holm cello and guitar melodies are especially moody and expressive. Musician tries out new ways of playing, twist together all kinds of rhythms, scales, harmonies, chords and other elements of musical language. He also controlls the electronics and masterfully combines synthetic, harsh and unusual sounds with soft, natural, vivid and unpredictable acoustic instruments. His improvisations are based on masterful virtuosity, inventive musical decisions and colorful twists. Specific playing manners, unique and traditional ways of playing, joyful, lengthy and expressive solos are joined together with depressive, harsh, loud and aggressive episodes or very soft, calm and relaxing pieces. The most interesting pieces of his improvisations are the collective improvisations – that’s the episodes there together meets classical and experimental playing techniques, different scales and chords, separate melodic elements which are colorfully illustrated with unusual and weird sounds and many other elements. The pleasant and organic synthesis between all these elements bring evocative and interesting sound. Julian Kirshner drums are especially energetic, harsh, active, aggressive and sharp. It’s mostly based on spontaneous and moody improvisations, experimental ways of playing, huge range of different expressions, rhythms, tempos, playing techniques and dynamics. The elements of modern and experimental jazz styles are effectively combined together. For the most of the time, the improvisations by Julian Kirschner are especially dynamic, turbulent, vibrant, powerful and harsh and have effective and interesting sound. All three musicians are improvising outstandingly and creatively – their music is full of unpredictable stylistic waves, gorgeous turns and has an innovative and interesting sound.


Bedmakers – “Tribute to an Imaginary Folk Band” (Mr Morezon, 2018)

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“Tribute to an Imaginary Folk Band”was released this year by “Mr Morezon” label. Interesting and vivacious album was recorded by “Bedmakers”. “Bedmakers” quartet is formed by four outstanding musicians – Robin Fincker (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Mathieu Werchowski (violin), Pascal Niggenkemper (double bass) and Fabien Duscombs (drums). The music of “Bedmakers” has modern and interesting sound. All musicians of the quartet have their own and original playing style. Eclectic and original synthesis between avant-garde jazz, experimental music, American folk music, various modern jazz styles and the intonations of contemporary experimental music make a high effort to whole sound. “Bedmakers” and all four musicians of this quartet had became famous in avant-garde jazz scene. They are playing together with many other famous and outstanding jazz masters such as Bill Frisell, Evan Parker, Hilmar Jensson, Vincent Courtois, John Tchicai, Jérome Noetinger, Lionel Marchetti, Anne-Julie Rollet and many others. The music of “Bedmakers” always is full of unpredictable and sudden stylistic waves, turns, spontaneous solos and have a vivacious, expressive and interesting sound.

The compositions of the newest album are based on avant-garde jazz, American folk music and modern jazz styles synthesis. The eclectic and interesting combination between folk and avant-garde jazz create contrasting and evocative sound of this album. Playful, memorable, simple and ordinary American folk music melodies are masterfully combined together with turbulent and free collective improvisations. Masterful combinations of different playing manners, styles, expressions, dynamics, rhythms and other elements of musical language show the talent and ability of masterful improvising of all quartet members. Robin Fincker saxophone and clarinet melodies are full of contrasts and are mostly based on avant-garde jazz. Wild fast solos, original stylistic turns, colorful and sharp harmony, dissonances, huge variety of different playing techniques, sound experiments, unusual timbres, viviacious and playful solos which grow to harsh and franky improvisations – all these elements are the main basics of his improvisations. Mathieu Werchowski violin melodies bring many elements of American folk music and very soft intonations of contemporary academical music which are fused together with experimental jazz. Simple structure, memorable and colorful melodies, repetitive melodic and rhythmic elements, all the basics of folk music, soft and classical harmony schemes are gently and organically combined together with sharp and furious dissonances, wild fast and furious passages, creative and brave musical experiments and free improvisations. Pascal Niggenkemper double bass keep firm and solid bass line and illustrate the melodic pattern. Musician masterfully switches between bebop, post-bop, hard-bop, other modern jazz intonations and all the basic avant-garde jazz elements. His playing gently suits together with folk music – repetitive, deep and monotonic rhythms form the bright and strong bass line and accent the contrasts between these two absolutely different music styles. Virtuosic and masterful passages, soft, vivacious and expressive pizzicato, colorful glissando, free and turbulent improvisations, vibrant solos, vivid and striking melodies or melodic, memorable and simple folk melodies – all these elements are organically synthesized together in Pascal Niggenkemper music. Fabien Duscombs drums section is colorful and expressive. From the dynamic, rapid, aggressive, turbulent and free collective improvisations he masterfully gets to silent, lyric, nostalgic, simple and typical folk music rhythmic. Outstanding, expressive, energetic and inventive improvising, eclectic and interesting synthesis between different music styles bring original and interesting sound to this album.

Sandy Evans & Silke Eberhard – “What She Sees” (Rufus Records, 2018)

“What She Sees” was released on March 28, 2018, by “Rufus Records”. Album was recorded by two talented avant-garde jazz players – Silke Eberhard (alto saxophone) and Sandy Evans (tenor and soprano saxophone, toys, suling, flax). Both musicians are famous and creative musicians of contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. Their improvisations have evocative, bright, fresh and interesting sound. Extended playing techniques, huge amount of musical expressions, passionate and emotional improvising, original and interesting stylistic turns, virtuosic and touching passages, spontaneous and vibrant solos, specific ways of playing, special effects and unusual sounds – all these elements are just the part of their improvisations. The main and the biggest attention is paid to create extraordinary and interesting sound by using all possible ways of playing. Musicians are trying to expand the main technical abilities of their instruments. Saxophonist Sandy Evans combines in her music Indian folk music elements and experimental jazz. She had been collaborating with many Indian musicians and gently fuse the elements of Indian music in her playing and improvising style. Silke Eberhard had been playing together with such famous jazz masters as Aki Takase, David Liebman, Wayne Horvitz, Dave Burrell, Gerry Hemingway, Michael Zerang, Hannes Zerbe, Maggie Nicols, Joe Morris, Michael Formanek and many others.

Their newest album is based on avant-garde jazz elements. All the compositions have interesting and evocative sounds. The duo of two saxophones and illustrated by extraordinary timbres by Indonesian music instruments, have especially rich and bright musical language. Two musicians are improvising absolutely differently from each other. Silke Eberhard alto saxophone is full of expressive melodies and spontaneous solos. Powerful and turbulent blow-outs, passionate solos, loud and vibrant riffs,  wild fast and virtuosic passages. playful, joyful and energetic episodes, dramatic and rigorous pieces – all these elements are gently combined together in one place. Silke Eberhard improvising style is based on dynamic stylistic waves and sudden changes of musical language. She likes brave and innovative musical experiments, always searches for new and unusual timbres, special sound effects. Her music is full of different musical expressions, colors and moods. Abstract musical pattern, separate melodic episodes are connected together with turbulent and free collective improvisations. The abstract episodes are based on slow tempo, nostalgic and lyrical mood, unusual timbres and strange sounds. It doesn’t have firm and stable melodies or memorable solos – the main basic is made by sound experiments and weird sounds extractions. These episodes are highly contrasting with dramatic, energetic, dynamic, vivid, striking and vivacious collective improvisations, there Silke Eberhard reveals her own and original playing style and its main elements. Sandy Evans tenor and soprano saxophone improvisations are different and contrasting with Silke Eberhard saxophone. Sandy Evans music is the organic synthesis between various cultures and jazz styles. Avant-garde jazz, various experimental music styles, free improvisation, the main elements Indian folk music, Western Europe music basics, the traditions of Europe and America avant-garde jazz, bebop, post-bop, hard-bop and many other modern jazz styles are synthesized together in one place. All these elements make a right, contrasting, evocative and striking sound. The “conversations” between saxophones are especially passionate and expressive – both musicians are improvising inventively, colorfully and emotionally. Their music also has a colorful background, which is created by sevaral exotic instruments and other sounds. The music of this album has interesting and innovative sound.

Ryan Muncy – “Hot” (New Focus Recordings, 2018)

“Hot” was released on April 2, by “New Focus Recordings”. The compositions written by famous academic avant-garde composers Chaya Czernowin, Marcos Balter, Franco Donatoni, Georges Aperghis, Anthony Cheung and Aaron Cassidy. All the compositions were masterfully recorded by saxophonist Ryan Muncy, “Ensemble Dal Niente”, flutist Claire Chase, violist Nadia Sirota and harpist Ben Melsky. All the composers have their own and original musical language and composing style. Evocative and interesting musical language, polyphonic pattern, independent melodies, original and inventive musical decisions, sound experiments and the highest attention to creation of evocative and innovative sound – all these elements are the main elements of their compositions. Each composer has a different composing style, which is based on various synthesis between contrasting music styles and manners. Composers masterfully get together impressionism and post-impressionism, expressionism, minimalism, experimental music, contemporary academical music, electronic music, spectral and concrete music, the intonations of avant-garde jazz, modernism and post-modernism. All these elements are gently synthesized together in their compositions. The musical language is especially rich and evocative because of many different composing techniques, which are connected with their own ways of composing. Acoustic and electronics, puantilism, serialism, dodecaphony, computer music, electronic and experimental music composing techniques, innovative and modern instrumentation, special sound effects and many other music elements are gently connected together in one place. The main attention is paid to extraordinary and modern sound, search of unique and specific composing techniques, evocative instrumentation decisions and original sound. Composers are expressing wide range of different moods and expressions, combine together the pieces which are highly contrasting with each other. They are writing many different forms and ensembles – pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, compositions for string quartets, quintets and other instruments compilations. Own and unique playing styles are more or less revealed in all genres and forms, but the most of all – chamber music. The compositions of this album is the great retrospective of academic avant-garde and an opportunity to hear different, but original and interesting music written by talented composers.

The music of this album was written for chamber ensembles and instruments compoilations. It’s based on new academical music and main elements of academic avant-garde. Georges Aperghis: “Rasch” for soprano saxophone and viola, Anthony Cheung “Refrain from Riffing” for alto saxophone and harp”, Aaron Cassidy “Asphyxia” for soprano saxophone”, Marcos Balter “Strohbass” for bass flute and baritone saxophone”, Chaya Czernowin “The Last Leaf” for sopranino saxophone” and Franco Donatoni “Hot” for solo tenor and sopranino saxophone and ensemble were written in this album. Each composition is highly different from the others. The composers try out extended and original ways of playing, modern scales, use sharp and dissonance harmony, innovative orchestration decisions and huge amount of different expressions. This music is the synthesis between various academic avant-garde and contemporary academical music styles. Expressionism and post-expressionism, minimalism, experimental and electronic music, special sound effects and other similar compilations of various modern music styles make an effort to whole sound of the compositions. All the compositions have much in common – rich and expressive musical langauge, many different musical patterns, which are highly contrasting with each other, dissonance and sharp harmony, colorful and interesting orchestration, sound experiments, search for new and extraordinary timbres, independent and vivacious melodies, polyrhythmy, polyharmony, various types of tempos which are used all together at the same time, spectral and concrete music intonations. All these elements turn these compositions into vivacious and modern academic avant-garde samples. The compositions were masterfully recorded by all musicians. They are trying out different playing techniques, use spontaneous and experimental ways of playing, original musical decisions and create a interesting, effective and original sound. The music is full of different timbres and strange sounds. The most part of these compositions were written for soprano saxophone solo or duo with another instrument. Saxophonist Ryan Muncy is the master of combining together different musical elements, contrasting pieces and modern ways of playing. Expressive and vivacious melodies, evocative and interesting solos, vivid and striking blow outs, innovative musical experiments and organic synthesis between traditional and new ways of playing. Ryan Muncy masterfully combine together new academical music, academic avant-garde, free improvisation, experimental music and other similar music styles. His music is always full of sudden stylistic waves, colorful and pleasant changes, bright and striking contrasts and many other things. Along with other masterful and talented musicians, Ryan Muncy creates vivid, modern, original and especially expressive interpretations of different academic avant-garde compositions. Masterful, touching and passionate playing of all musicians and ensembles, unique and specific composing styles, eclectic and creative synthesis between various modern music styles and composing techniques create innovative sound of whole album.

Joelle Leandre / Elisabeth Harnik – “Tender Music” (Trost Records, 2018)

“Tender Music” was released on March 23 by “Trost Records”. That’s another one great avant-garde jazz album, which was recorded by a duo – Elisabeth Harnik (piano) and Joelle Leandre (bass). These two avant-garde jazz musicians are famous and active members of contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. Both of them have interesting, specific and unique playing style, which is based on colorful musical language, expressive and sudden stylistic turns and huge amount of different musical expressions. Elisabeth Harnik and Joelle Leandre are experienced and creative improvisers – both of them had improvised together with many other famous jazz masters. Avant-garde jazz, bebop, post-bop, hard-bop, experimental music, soft intonations of academic avant-garde and contemporary academical music – all these elements are gently synthesized together in one place. Creative and fascinating sound experiments, impressive and original musical decisions, rich, evocative and expressive musical language, vivacious, energetic and free improvisations, filled with spontaneous and rapid solos – all these elements are the basics of their improvisations. This album is a great opportunity to hear two outstanding jazz masters playing together.

“Tender Music” has evocative, innovative and interesting sound. The improvisations are always changing, they are based on many different styles, manners, expressions and the opposite episodes, which are highly contrasting with each other. Both musicians are improvising masterfully and splendidly – they fuse together colorful and sudden stylistic twists, expressive and spontaneous solos, rapid and acitve collective improvisations, subtle and abstract pieces, turbulent and dramatic culminations and many other elements. Elisabeth Harnik piano improvisations are based on contrasts and unusual musical decisions. Different moods, expressions, characters and other elements of musical language are connected in her improvisations. Piano improvisations are especially expressive, free, spontaneous, creative and vivacious. Rapid, wild fast and furious solos, harsh and loud separate dissonances, virtuosic and rapid passages, passionate and touching solos, vivacious and playful or very rigorous and sharp episodes – Elisabeth Harnik really knows how to connect all these contrasting music elements in effective and passionate way. Her playing is always balancing between various playing techniques, specific manners and expressions. Rapid, sharp and dynamic solos, which are based on bebop and hard-bop finally grow to dramatic, loud, powerful and vibrant collective improvisations with spontaneeous, expressive and emotional solos. Her music is balancing somewhere between expressive, playful, joyful and energetic improvisations and abstract, subtle and silent improvisations. Joelle Leandre bass improvisations also is the set of experimental playing techniques, various moods, emotions and chords, special effects, unusual timbres, strange sounds and evocative musical decisions. She can silmunateously use various and experimental ways of playing – huge range of experimental and extraordinary playing techniques are gently connected together with pizzicatto, glissando, portato and many others traditional and very well-known ways of playing. Her playing also is very colorful and contrasting – from the silent, meditative, nostalgic and soft sound this music suddenly gets to dramatic, rapid, vibrant, deep and dynamic solos. Passionate and expressive melodies are conected together dynamic rhythmic and harmony. Rich, colorful and impressive improvising, passionate solos, masterful and creative jazz masters, evocative musical language – all these elements make an effort to interesting and innovative sound.

Tyler Damon|Dave Rempis – “Full Yum” (Park 70, 2018)

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“Full Yum” was released on March by “Park 70” label. Album was recorded by a duet – Tyler Damon (drums, percussion) and Dave Rempis (saxophone). The improvisations by these two avant-garde jazz masters are full of interesting stylistic waves and expressive turns. Both musicians are famous in avant-garde jazz scene. Original playing style, touching and passionate improvising, specific and unique playing manners, extraordinary sound and huge amount of different playing techniques – all these elements are the main elements of their playing style. Their playing style is based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz, modern jazz and experimental music. Interesting and extravagant musical experiments, rich and modern musical language, loud and expressive solos, vivacious melodies or very silent and subtle episodes – all these and many other different elements are masterfully twisted together in one place. The musicians are the masters of combining together absolutely different playing techniques, manners, scales, expressions and timbres. They masterfully combine together independent melodies, timbres, specific and experimental ways of playing. Huge range of colors, moods, characters and timbres make a high effort to whole music.

The newest album of Damon Smith and Dave Rempis is based on the main elements of avant-garde jazz. Two musicians are improvising absolutely different from each other – loud, powerful and turbulent saxophone blow outs, expressive melodies, vivacious, energetic, active and dynamic solos, unusual timbres, extremely active, furious and rapid rhythmic, subtle and silent episodes – all these elements are gently fused together in their improvisations. The compositions have interesting, solid and expressive melodic pattern and firm rhythmic basement. Both musicians have their own priorities of improvising – they are dedicated to search for new and unusual timbres, specific playing manners, experimental ways of playing and make evocative musical decisions. Together they also are trying to expand the usual technical abilities of their instruments. The huge variety of moods, characters, scales, chords, rhythms and other elements of musical language are gently combined together. Saxophone improvisations by Dave Rempis have impressive and interesting sound. It reveals all the main elements of Dave Rempis improvising style. Expressive, wild fast and furious solos, vivacious, vivid, striking and passionate melodies, evocative and innovative musical decisions, colorful and modern instrumentation, fascinating musical experiments, contrasts between different moods and characters, masterful ability to switch between different moods and expressions – all these elements are the main basics of Dave Rempis improvisations and are very clearly heard in this album improvisations. Musician try out many different playing techniques – he masterfully fuses together experimental and traditional ways of playing. Silent, subtle and abstract episodes, unusual and extraordinary timbres are connected together with turbulent, expressive and impressive improvisations. Tyler Damon drums section is based on rapid and active rhythmic. It’s also reveal all the main elements of Tyler Damon improvising. Turbulent, loud, vibrant and powerful drum rolls, original and evocative musical decisions, vivacious arpeggios, rapid and wild fast passages, fanfars and many other similar playing techniques are gently fused with colorful percussion timbres and sudden changes of musical language. Drummer extract huge amount of unusual timbres and sounds. Absolutely different episodes and moods and put against one and other. The music of this album is full of turns, colorful stylistic twists, expressive and passionate solos and impressive collective improvisations.

Bowlcut – “Semaphore” (Amalgam, 2018)

“Semaphore”was released this year by “Amalgam”. Album was recorded by “Bowlcut”, which members are three interesting and evocative avant-garde jazz masters – Jake Wark (tenor saxophone), Matt Murphy (guitar, electronics, cassette tape) and Bill Harris (drums, percussion, microkorg). The improvisations by these three musicians are filled with live, interesting, dynamic and expressive sound. Musicians succesfully combine together acoustic and electronic nstruments, tape recordings, electronic music sounds, musical experiments and many other elements. All these elements are the basics of their improvisations. Each of the musicians has their own playing style, unique sound and specific playing manner. They are willing to create different and original sound, expand the ordinary ebilities of their instruments. The improvisations are contained by many different music elements. Expressive, vivacious, turbulent, energetic and dynamic solos are combined together with calm, relaxing and peaceful episodes. The sudden twists, turns and colorful variety of musical expressions, playing techniques and other musical language elements are masterfully combined together. Musicians had been improvising together many times – even though their playing highly differs from the others, their collective improvisations is the masterful and organic synthesis between various music styles, expressions, moods, feelings and sounds.

The compositions of this album are based on avant-garde jazz elements. Avant-garde, jazz, electronic music, tape recordings, field recordings, evocative musical experiments and rich musical language are all the main elements which effect the most whole sound of the album. Musicians trying out new and experimental ways of playing, organically combines together absolutely different and independent music episodes. This music isn’t based on memorable, loud, powerful and expressive melodies – the main and the biggest attention is paid for search of new timbres, strange sounds, inventive and experimental musical decisions and many other similar elements. The main musical pattern is based on abstract structure – independent and separate melodic elements, scales, rhythms and sounds are gently combined together. Saxophone solos by Jake Wark bring evocative and interesting sound. Silent, abstract, relaxing, peaceful and subtle solos are gently combined together with loud and turbulent episodes filled with expressive and passionate melodies, and high variety of unusual timbres. Musician experiments in all fields of musical language – he try out specific playing techniques, combines together separate and repetitive melodic and rhythmic elements and searches for new and strange timbres. Experimental playing techniques are masterfully combined together with traditional ways of playing. Glissando, expressive arpeggios and wild fast passages, noisy blow outs and many other playing techniques create the colorful and gorgeous variety of different sounds and extraordinary timbres. Saxophone melodies are highly contrasting with electronic music elements, which also are frequently used inthis album. Tpe recordings, unusual timbres, computer devices, field recordings, sonic system experiments and many other electronic music elements are controlled and created by guitarist Matt Murphy. His guitar melodies are full of expressive solos, vivacious and striking melodies, sound experiments and dynamic rhythmic. Guitar and saxophone melodies are put against huge variety of electronics and are colorfully illustrated by its unusual sounds, voice elements and experimental playing techniques. Bill Harris percussion and drums section is firm and solid – it’s full of dynamic and different rhythms, original and gorgeous percussion sounds, powerful drum rolls, wild fast arpeggios, vivacious passages and other elements. All three improvisers create interesting, dynamic and passionate improvisations, which have innovative, interesting and vivid sound.