Chino Shuichi, Marie Takahashi, Hui-Chun Lin – “I’m Not Yours” (Mayabee Records, 2018)

“I’m Not Yours” was released this year by “Myabee Records”. The album was recorded by three outstanding jazz masters – Marie Takahashi (viola), Hui-Chun Lin (cello, voice) and Chino Shuichi (strange harp, piano). The music by these three musicians is especially vibrant, evocative, active and rapid. The masterful and organic synthesis of different melodies, sounds, timbres, free and spontaneous improvisations create fascinating and interesting sound. Three musicians had been improvising together many times – they had also played and collaborated with other famous jazz musicians. Because of their original, extravagant, innovative and modern improvising, musicians are active members of avant-garde jazz scene. The elements of contemporary academical music, especially academic avant-garde, are gently connected together with experimental jazz styles and free improvisations. The elements of various composing techniques, playing styles, manners and expressions are organically combined together in one place. The playing style of these three musicians is based on the synthesis between huge range of different playing techniques, moods, styles and other musical language elements. Musicians also experiment in various musical sections – especially on search of unusual timbres, weird sounds, extraordinary expressions which are extracted by using innovative and modern ways of playing.

This album compositions have all the basic elements of these three musicians playing and improvising style. The compositions are especially energetic, expressive, contrasting, have bright, evocative and innovative sound. These copositions are based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz, academic avant-garde, contemporary academical music, free improvisation and experimental music. Vibrant and strange timbres, various types of scales, interesting and sharp harmony, constantly changing rhythmic, colorful musical expressions, huge amount of contrasts – all these elements form the musical language and make an effort to whole sound. The compositions are always somewhere between free improvisation, Western Europe music, its harmony, form, scales and playing techniques. Viola melodies make evocative and extraordinary sound. Free and spontaneous improvisations by strings are full of unusual and weird timbres, fascinating and especially virtuosic solos, rapid passages, deep, vibrant and monotonic harmonic line and many other elements. The sound of viola also give some intonations of experimental music and academic avant-garde – various traditional playing techniques, composing methods. The melodies by viola, cello and strange harp are highly contrasting with each other – dramatic, virtuosic, shrieky and loud sounds are connected with repetitive and monotonic bass line, deep and soft solos, dynamic repetitive rhythms, colorful and gorgeous timbres, unusual sounds and soft melodies. Strings and strange harp melodies are independent, colorful, expressive and free. It’s colorfully illustrated with voice melodies, recitative elements and other things. Voice improvisations are free, spontaneous and extravagant, based on interesting musical decisions, strange timbres and experimental ways of playing. Piano melodies make the melodic pattern even more bright, form solid rhythmic section and colorful harmonic background. Various chords and pitches are combined together – ususal chords of Western Europe music harmony are connected with strange, unusual and modern pitches and tones of experimental and contemporary academical music. Sharp, dramatic, aggressive and turbulent dissonances and soft consonances are organically mixed together in one place. Piano melodies are expressive, brilliant, based on synthesis between spontaneous improvisations, various intonations of academic avant-garde and creative and fascinating musical experiments. Fascinating, creative, expressive, vivacious and interesting playiing of all musicians create original and modern sound of this album.

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Taylor Ho Bynum & Mark Dresser – “THB Bootlegs Volume 4: Duo with Mark Dresser” (SR, 2018)

“THB Bootlegs Volume 4: Duo with Mark Dresser” was released February 26, 2018. This is the fourth album of “THB Bootlegs” series. This album was recorded by Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) and Mark Dresser (acoustic bass). These two musicians are interesting and original avant-garde jazz masters. They try out new and innovative ways of playing, extended playing techniques, original and inventive musical decisions. Expressive, passionate and vivacious improvising, unique and specific sound, vivid and innovative musical language, different playing manners – all these elements form the basics of the musicians improvising style. Mark Dresser and Taylor Ho Bynum had been playing together many times before – even though their improvisations are based on absolutely different musical expressions and elements, they are organically synthesized together in one place. Both of them form their improvising style from various music styles – avant-garde jazz, bebop, hard-bop, cool, creative, free-jazz and other intonations of various jazz styles are organically synthesized together with some intonations of contemporary academical music and academic avant-garde. Their compositions are always based on free improvisation, avant-garde jazz and various experimental jazz styles. Experimental methods of playing, high variety of different expressions, rhythms, unusual timbres and other elements of musical language are the most important elements of these two musicians improvisations.

The newest album is based on avant-garde jazz and free collective improvisations. The duo improvisations are free, expressive, vivacious and vivid. Sudden and spontaneous changes, turns and twists of music styles, moods and characters create bright, expressive and dynamic sounds. Both musicians are improvising spontaneously and free – they use innovative, extraordinary and original playing techniques, experiment in all ways of musical language, 4search the new ways to extract unusual and strange timbres. This music is very dynamic and active – it always changing, switches to new mood, character or playing manner. Taylor Ho Bynum cornet improvisations are dynamic, vivid and evocative. From expressive, vivacious, length and joyful solos to dramatic and turbulent culminations, active and extremely rapid passages, furious and powerful blow outs or silent, soft and subtle episodes – it’s very hard to predict which playing manner or mood will be used. All these different moods, characters, expressions and playing techniques are gently combined together. Taylor Ho Bynum put together different and contrasting episodes – loud, powerful, dramatic and turbulent episodes are put against silent, peaceful and lyric episodes, which suddenly get to vivacious and playful improvisations or drmatic culminations. Mark Dresser acoustic bass improvisations are vibrant, deep and dynamic. Huge range of different and strange timbres, special sound effects colorfully illustrate soft, subtle or expressive, vivacious and loud melodies which are also based on contrasts. Dynamic and unpredictable melodies, which are filled with contrasting moods and playing techniques, gently fit together with cornet and also form a strong bass line. The improvisations by Mark Dresser are full of contrasts, musical experiments, special sound effects and huge range of different playing techniques. Both musicians create expressive, interesting and dynamic melodies, which are independent and contrasting with each other. Very colorful and bright background, which is consisted of huge amount of unusual and strange timbres, highly effects whole sound of the compositions – bring many colors, timbres and make the sound more energetic, live and dynamic. Bright and evocative musical language and masterful improvising create expressive and innovative sound of this album.

Veston Weryan – “The Make Project” (Barnyard Records, 2018)

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“The Make Project” was released this year by “Canterbury Music Company”. Album was recorded by Veryan Weston (piano), Jean Martin (drums), Christine Duncan (vocal conduction), Felicity Williams (solo voice), Alex Smaras (solo voice), Jesse Zubot (violin), Joshua Zubot (violin), Anna Atkinson (viola) and Andrew Dawning (bass, cello). All these musicians are the masters of experimental music, free improvisation, avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music scene. All the different and contrasting elements are gently fused together in their improvisations. Their improvising style always switches somewhere between avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and contemporary academical music. Musicians try out many different playing techniques, use inventive and original musical decisions, create a solid, firm and dtrong harmonic and melodic line, interesting rhythmic. Even though they are using huge range of various playing techniques, expressions and other elements of musical language, each element has its own proper place in their music and organically connects together with the others. The changes of moods and characters, free and collective improvisations, fascinating musical experiments and many other things form the basement of their playing style. Together they create colorful, rich and modern musical language, which is dynamic and constantly changing.

The compositions of their newest album have expressive and interesting sound. Variable, dynamic and expressive piano melodies, voices, soft and colorful strings, solid and deep sounds of cello and bass and dynamic drums form effective and evocative sound of this album. The main and the most important part of these improvisations is vocal improvisations. Felicity Williams and Alex Smaras voices marvelously fit together and are full of colorful timbres and evocative musical decisions. Soft, subtle and silent melodies are connected together with original, expressive and vivacious pieces, unusual sounds and timbres. Musicians try out many different voice playing techniques – along with traditional and usual methods they fuse experimental and innovative ways of playing. Though for the most of the time their playing is somewhere between free improvisation and contemporary academical music, the culmination of the album turns out to free, turbulent and effective avant-garde jazz improvisations. Their melodies are based on various elements of musical language – strict form, firm structure, traditional rhythms of Western Europe music are gently fused together with bebop, hard-bop, avant-garde jazz and free improvisation elements. Voice melodies and improvisations are the main and very important elements of this album which effect whole sound of the album and make it colorful and bright. Piano, violins, viola,cello, bass and drums melodies and rhythms are also very important. Each musician is playing individualy and independently – they try out many different playing techniques, are experimenting in all ways of musical language. Soft and subtle piano solos, evocative and dramatic violins, melodic and viola, deep and strong bass line, leaded by cello and bass, dynamic and expressive rhythmic – all these elements are gently connected together and bring more contrasts, live and energy to the compositions. The culmination of the album is the composition “Tesselattions IV”. This composition is the most interesting and effective – independent melodies, rhythms and musical expressions are connected in one effective, colorful and expressive collective improvisation. This album has colorful, evocative and dynamic sound.

Igor Lumpert & Innertextures – “ELEVEN” (Clean Feed, 2018)

“ELEVEN” was released this year by “Clean Feed Records”. Album was recorded by creative and experienced avant-garde jazz musicians – Igor Lumpert (tenor saxophone), Greg Ward (alto saxophone), Chris Tordini (double bass), Kenny Grohowski (drums), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet on 3 and 5) and John Ellis (bass clarinet on 6). This ensemble is also known as “Innertextures”. The members of this ensemble are improvising expressively and passionate. Their music is always full of different and sudden stylistic waves – colorful, extravagant and variable music episodes, spontaneous solos and inventive musical decisions are combined together in one place. All these musicians are the masters of avant-garde jazz scene. Their improvising is based on interesting and evocative sound – musicians always try to extract new and extraordinary timbres, weird sounds and original textures and musical expressions. Original, spontaneous, evocative, innovative and passionate improvising, unique sound and huge range of different playing manners, expressions, playing techniques, experimental ways of playing and other elements of musical language elements are gently fused and combined together in their improvisations.

The compositions of this album are based on avant-garde jazz elements. Collective improvisations have fascinating, expressive, passionate, energetic and active sound. Huge variety of indpendent and separate melodies, expressive and dynamic melodies, spontaneous solos, variable and constantly changing rhythmic, deep, vibrant and turbulent bursts of energy – all these elements are heard in these compositions. Each musician is improvising differently – has its own and unique playing style. Melodic section is strong, solis and bright – has huge range of various colors, timbres, sounds and expressions. Tenor saxophone melodies by Igor Lumpert are vivacious, energetic and active. Dynamic and expressive solos, furious and vibrant blow outs, astonishing riffs, spontaneous solos with wild fast and virtuosic passages – all these elements are the most important part of his improvisations. Musician masterfully tries out extended and traditional playing techniques – glissando, rapid and vibrant blow outs, passages, vivacious and playful arpeggios are connected together with experimental ways of playing. This huge variety of extended playing techniques makes an effort to colorful, gorgeous and illustrative musical background which is consisted of unusual and weird timbres and noises. Greg Ward alto saxophone melodies are as expressive, active and rapid as saxophone’s. Bright, vibrant and passionate improvising is based on avant-garde jazz and various modern jazz styles synthesis – musician masterfully fuses together expressive, turbulent and vivacious solos, vivid and active improvisations, soft, subtle and romantic improvisations and many other things. Melodic section is even more effective and rich in 3, 5 and 6 tracks, where trumpet and bass clarinet are added. Jonathan Finlayson trumpet and John Ellis bass clarinet melodies make an huge effort to whole sound. Bright, vivacious, evocative and vibrant trumpet melodies bring the energetic, dynamic and vivid sound to the album and gently fits together with saxophones improvisations. Deep and static improvisations of bass clarinet keep solid bass line and harmonic pattern – it also higly contrasts with rapid, vivid, energetic and active reeds and organically connects together with double bass and drums. Chris Tordini double bass melodies are based on free improvising and are full of sudden stylistic waves and turns – different moods, expressions and playing techniques are organically and effectively used together. Double bass switch by different instruments – its virtuosic and bright melodies suit very well with reeds melodies, deep, static and solid bass line makes mor bright harmonic and rhythmic section. Variable and dynamic rhythmic gently fits together with drums. Kenny Grohowski drums section are independent and variable. Various rhythmic formulas, basic rhythms of bebop, hard-bop, fusion, cool and other are connected with turbulent and free avant-garde jazz improvisations. Musician creates colorful, loud, expressive and strong rhythmic section and marvelously illustrates the improvisations of the other instruments. Whole sound of this album is fascinating, expressive, filled with passionate and inventive improvising.

Dan Phillips Trio – “Divergent Flow” (Lizard Breath Records, 2018)

“Divergent Flow” was released on March 1, 2018 by “Lizard Breath Records”. Album was recorded by “Dan Philips Trio” which members are interesting and original jazz masters – it’s Dan Phillips (guitar), Krzysztof Pabian (double bass) and Tim Daisy (drums). All three jazz musicians have their own and unique playing styles, which are gently combined together with inventive and creative ideas, innovative and expressive improvising and unique sound. Dan Philips is an avant-garde jazz guitarist. His playing style is based on avant-garde jazz and various rock styles synthesis. Fascinating solos, vibrant and deep melodies, repetitive and monotonic bass line and spontaneous improvising are gently combined together in his improvisations. Krzysztof Pabian is a double bass player and creative improviser. He pay high attention to the sound experiments, search of new and werid timbres, use innovative and extravagant musical decisions. The playing style is based on cintrasts and the elements of various jazz styles – subtle melodies, dynamic and expressive rhythmic, fascinating solos and unusual timbres are the main elements of his playing style. Tim Daisy is famous avant-garde jazz drummer. Loud and powerful drum rolls, deep and vibrant rhythmic line, astonishing and marvelous solos, unique sound, inventive improvising, tendency to use and connect together absolutely different playing techniques, put together the opposite rhythms and playing techniques – all these elements make his improvisations sound into interesting and vivacious. Musicians had been improvising together many times – as a trio and also with other famous jazz masters.

The compositions of this album are based on spontaneous and free improvising. Three musicians are improvising bright, deep and passionate. The elements of rock, avant-garde jazz, bebop, hard-bop, contemporary jazz and fusion are organically combined together in these improvisations. The compositions have dynamic and contrasting sound, are based on different and independent improvisations by each player. The variety of different musical expressions, rhythms, sounds and other musical language elements create rich and colorful musical pattern and sound. Dan Philips guitar improvisations are filled with loud, vibrant, powerful and fascinating solos, virtuosic passages, wild fast and furious riffs, which are illustrated with sharp and aggressive sound or are very subtle and calm. Dan Philips music is very variable, constantly changing and dynamic. He masterfully put together loud, expressive, passionate and vivacious improvisations, turbulent and free solos, subtle, peaceful and silent solos and other elements. The rhythmic is also colorful and dynamic – sometimes it’s monotonic and slow, has all the main elements of contemporary jazz or fusion, sometimes it’s turns to the opposite direction – to the dynamic, vivacious and striking rhythmic and other main elements of experimental jazz. Krzysztof Pabian double bass improvisations have subtle and calm sound for the most of the time. Peaceful, silent and subtle solos, monotonic rhythmic, lyric and soft mood are highly contrasting with extravagant and expressive guitar solos. Tim Daisy drums improvisations are very expressive, variable and create a solid basic of avant-garde jazz. Tim Daisy improvisations always have the main elements and sound of experimental jazz – he masterfully tries out and combines together many different playing techniques, unusual timbres, weird sounds and huge range of rhythmic formulas. The music of this album switch between avant-garde jazz, fusion, rock, contemporary and modern jazz. Each musician has its own playing style, which is based on different playing styles, music genres and manners. The variety of moods, expressions, characters and playing techniques, masterful and organic synthesis of different musical language elements and expressive and extraordinary improvising create innovative sound of this album.

Dave Liebman | Adam Rudolph |Tatsuya Nakatani – “Unknowable” (Rare Noise, 2018)

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“Unknowable” was released on February 23, 2018 by “Rare Noise Records”. Album was recorded by three jazz masters – Dave Liebman (flute, saxophone), Adam Rudolph (percussion, drums) and Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion). These three interesting and experienced jazz masters, sound artists, composers and experimenters have original and interesting playing style. Different ideas and basic elements of experimental jazz, creative, free-jazz, bebop, post-bop, hard-bop and other jazz styles are gently combined together in one place. Dave Liebman playing style is expressive, passionate and active – it’s based on contrasts, virtuosic solos, colorful and vivacious passages, outstanding and fascinating blow outs, soft, gorgeous and subtle flute solos and many other music elements. The two percussionists – Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani – had been improvising together many times before as a duet, and also with other famous jazz masters. Their duos always have effective, interesting and glamorous sound. Japan music intonations, rhythms, harmonies, melodic intonations and other elements are gently combined together with strict European music structure, various rhythmic formulas, free improvisations and many other musical language elements. The improvisations by these three musicians always have vivacious, vivid and expressive sound.

The compositions of “Unknowable” are based on synthesis between various music styles. The traditions of European and Japan avant-garde jazz, experimental music, field recordings, sound experiments are synthesized together with modern jazz styles. Musicians are experimenting in all ways of musical language – they search for new timbres, sounds and noises. Trying out of new and innovative playing techniques, musical expressions and expressing different moods also is very important for these three improvisers. The synthesis of moods, characters, playing techniques, expressions, dynamics, rhythms, Europe and Asian countries, academic avant-garde and experimental jazz form whole sound of the album. Rich musical language, colorful rhythmic, original and interesting harmony make an effort to improvisations musical pattern and sound. Soft flutes melodies and expressive saxophone solos by Dave Liebman are filled with contrasts and dynamic melodies. He gently fuses and combines together gorgeous and subtle flute melodies, passionate, energetic and loud saxophone melodies, wild fast and virtuosic passages and arpeggios, subtle, lyric and slow solos and many other elements. All these contrasting melodies are gently combined together in one place and illustrated with huge range of unusual timbres, special sound effects and weird noises. Dave Liebman tries out experimental and new ways of playing and masterfully combines them with simple and traditional playing techniques. Avant-garde jazz, bebop, Japan native music melodic intonations, experimental music and other music styles are subtly synthesized together in one place. Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani percussion improvisations gently fit together – each of them has its own and unique improvising style. Adam Rudolph pays more attention to rhythms, bass line, use high variety of different rhythms and rhythmic formulas of various jazz styles, European music elements. Tatsuya Nakatani music is more orientated to unusual and fascinating timbres – along with traditional percussion instruments he also use native instruments of Japan music. His improvisations are the result of marvelous synthesis of Japan and European music, filled with unusual timbres, weird sounds and colorful noises. All three musicians are improvising masterfully, creatively and free – their improvisations are based on fascinating melodies, the synthesis between different cultures, music elements and have fascinating and innovative sound.

Gnigler – “Straight On, Downstairs, 2nd Door Left” (col legno, 2018)

“Straight On, Downstairs, 2nd Door Left” was released this year by “col legno music” label. Album was recorded by experimental music ensemble which is formed by six outstanding contemporary academical music musicians and improvisers – it’s Jakob Gnigler (compositions, tenor sax), Philipp Harnisch (alto saxophone), Alexander Kranabetter (trumpet), Simon Frick (e-violin), Judith Ferstl (double bass) and Niki Dolp (drums). These six musicians are outstanding jazz musicians – their playing style is based on synthesis of different jazz styles and playing manners. Their music is unpredictable, full of spontaneous and sudden stylistic waves and turns, huge range of musical expressions and other musical language elements. The musical language of their improvisations is especially bright, colorful, expressive and vivid. All six musicians masterfully use experimental playing techniques, combine together opposite and different expressions, rhythms, sounds and timbres, which are highly contrasting with each other. The attention to creative, free and interesting improvising is the key and the main idea of “Gringler” improvisations. The compositions of this ensemble are based on free structure, spontaneous, expressive and passionate improvising, have turbulent, sharp, dynamic and contrasting sound. Each musician improvises different, has unique and original playing manner – contrasting, expressive, individual and independent melodies by all six musicians are masterfully connected together in one place and create original, energetic, vivid, striking and innovative musical language and sound.

The compositions of the newest album of “Gringler” are very dynamic and expressive. Avant-garde jazz, bebop, post-bop, hard-bop elements, other intonations of various modern and contemporary jazz styles, are organically synthesized together. This music is formed by many different, individual and colorful episodes, melodies and musical language elements. The musical language of these improvisations is based on contrasts, different styles, playing manners, techniques and other elements. From collective turbulent and energetic improvisations to silent, harsh and sharp sound, dramatic culminations, expressive and vivid melodies, spontaneous solos and unusual timbres. Musicians use various elements of rock, contemporary academical, minimalistic music in their improvisations. There’s also are heard some soft and unclear intonations of various world countries, Asian and Arrabean music and other music elements which are gently fused together. Bright and colorful harmony, various types of chords and pitches, different kinds of scales, dynamics, rhythms and musical expressions, intonations of different music styles and other elements create very rich, colorful and innovative musical language. Tenor and alto saxophones melodies, bright and loud trumpet solos, harsh and shrieky e-violin sounds form interesting melodic pattern. Each improviser is improvising individualy and differently from the others. The saxophones solos are especially expressive and colorful – they have vivid, vivacious, striking and expressive sound. Wild fast and furious solos are filled with unusual and strange noises, very active and rapid passages, arpeggios, loud and powerful blow outs, free and turbulent spontaneous solos and other elements. Sharp blow outs, astonishing riffs organically get the intonations of contemporary, modern or traditional jazz or turn out to powerful and vibrant collective improvisations. Trumpet solos have bright and deep sound. Passionate, bright, vivacious and dynamic solos are based on musical experiments, the synthesis between traditional and experimental playing techniques, search of unusual timbres and many other elements. Reeds and brass improvisations make an effort to whole sound – make the sound much more live, energetic and vibrant. E-violin improvisations are variable and dynamic. All kinds of different playing techniques and musical expresions are used here. From silent, subtle or harsh and depressive improvisations to dramatic, expressive and vivid solos – all these contrasting and different episodes are masterfully fused together in one place. Double bass improvisations keep solid bass section and also make an effort to the melodic pattern – its deep, vibrant, dark or subtle and silent sound are highly contrasting with the improvisations of other instruments. Solid, firm and static bass line is put together against vibrant, virtuosic and dynamic passages or free improvisations. Drum section is dynamic – this is the place there the basic elements of many different jazz styles are combined in one place. Wild fast and virtuosic bebop solos, static, solid and firm rhythmic get more intonations of contemporary and traditional jazz and finally it gets to the culmination – turbulent, free and spontaneous collective improvisations with musical experiments, unusual timbres, weird and colorful percussion sounds, rapid, expressive and vivid drum rolls and many other elements. The music of this album has especially dynamic and contrasting sound – it’s the masterful synthesis between various jazz styles, moods, rhythms and astonishing improvising of all six musicians.