Rodrigo Amado / Joe McPhee / Kent Kessler / Chris Corsano – “A History of Nothing” (trost records, 2018)

“A History of Nothing” is a new release of “trost records”. Album was recorded by four outstanding jazz musicians – Rodrigo Amado (tenor saxophone), Joe McPhee (pocket trumpet, soprano saxophone), Kent Kessler (double bass) and Chris Corsano (drums). These four musicians are full of interesting and inventive ideas, have original playing manner and unique playing style. Their music is always totally based on avant-garde and experimental jazz, free improvisation and smooth elements of various modern jazz styles. Their music is filled with spontaneous, expressive, passionate and touching improvising. Interesting musical decisions, rich, modern and evocative musical pattern, wide range of different musical expressions, original musical language are gently fused together with stylistic waves, experimental ways of playing, searches of unusual sounds and timbres and other similar elements. Musicians like to experiment in all sections of musical language – they are trying to expand the usual technical abilities of their instruments and go out of zone of traditional sound. Marvelous syntheisis of all these elements, which were already mentioned, makes an effort to remarkable, impressive and original sound of their music.

The music of “A History Of Nothing” is filled with spontaneous musical decisions and sudden stylistic waves. The improvisations are based on organic synthesis between various jazz styles. The main basics of avant-garde jazz and free improvisations are the main part of each composition. Expressive, evocative and vivacious improvisations, marvelous, glamorous and impressive solos, free and spontaneous musical decisions, experimental ways of playing, open forms, dissonance harmony and dynamic rhythmic – all these elements keep bright and strong influence of avant-garde jazz. Even though, the relations with other jazz styles also are heard. Rapid and dynamic rhythmic, dsharp and aggressive harmony, furiously fast and virtuosic passages, expressive and emotional playing manner bring the colors of bebop, post-bop, hard-bop and other similar modern jazz styles. Some intonations of contemporary or even traditional jazz styles also are heard – it’s used especially softly and mild, are organically mixed together with other jazz styles. Monotonic rhythmic, soft and lyric sound, meditative mood, slow temp, quadratic and dtrict structure, monotonic and same rhythmic – these elements are also used from time to time and bring the intonations of contemporary and traditional jazz. This music contains wide range of different colors, senses, tones, moods and expressions. Musicians masterfully switch between various playing manners, ways of playing and styles. Rodrigo Amado saxophone and Joe McPhee pocket trumpet and saxophone melodies form solid, firm and colorful melodic section. Musicians are talented masters of their art – they have an impressive ability to fuse together contrasting episodes, mix together different forms, rhythms and expressions and reveal their own and unique playing manner. Saxophones improvisations are filled with expressive, vivacious, rapid and vivid solos, wild fast and virtuosic passages, rigorous, sharp and aggressive blow outs, turbulent and dramatic culminations. The music is changing – from rapid, turbulent, powerful and intense it gets to very calm ,relaxing and peaceful. From the simple and quadratic form, consonance harmony and monotonic rhythmic compositions turn out to sharp, vibrant, extremely loud and aggressive solos, disonance harmony and constantly changing rhythmic. Expressive, moving and spontaneous improvisations are based on free and inventive musical decisions, fascinating musical experiments, remarkable sound and huge range of colorful and strange timbres. Kent Kessler double bass melodies are more subtle and calm – deep and monotonic bass line, repetitive tones, simple quadratic form and monotonic rhythmic are the main elements of a part of his compositions. Calm, relaxing and peaceful double bass has the other side, which is absolutely contrasting. The culminations of the compositions are the most effective and passionate episodes. Expressive, rapid, striking and energetic melodies are filled with extravagant and provocative musical decisions, free and spontaneous improvisations, unusual and colorful sounds and musical experiments. Chris Corsano drums section is very colorful and expressive. Just like the improvisations of other instruments, drums section is based on contrasts. The great synthesis between slow and rapid tempos, monotonic and dynamic rhythms, sharp, aggressive, rapid and expressive solos or turbulent and spontaneous improvisations – all the rhythmic elements of various jazz styles are fused all together in one place. It’s mixed together with sound experiments, original and unique playing manner and impressive improvising. The music of this album is a great combination of different styles, musical language elements, playing techniques and sounds, which are masterfuklly and creatively mixed together by impressive and great improvisers.

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Marty Ehrlich|John Hebert|Nasheet Waits – “Trio Exaltation” (Clean Feed, 2018)

“Trio Exaltation” is another new release by “Clean Feed”. Album was recorded by Marty Ehrlich (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, wooden flutes), John Hebert (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums). The music of these musicians is based on different music styles. Each of them has an interesting and original playing manner. Exotic sounds, eclectic combinations, strange, provocative and extravagant musical decisions and improvisations in-the-spot – that’s just a part of their improvisations. The compositions usually have rich, evocative and interesting musical language, which is formed by extended playing techniques, excerpts of the famous jazz themes by modern and avant-garde jazz masters and dozens of colorful, modern and passionate playing manners, expressions, sounds, dynamics and rhythms. The musicians are trying out new ways of playing – they are concentrating in search of unusual sounds and timbres and expansion of traditional abilities of their instruments. Improvisations always are folled with brave and noisy musical experiments, colorful and dynamic changes and have remarkable and interesting sound.

The music of this album is based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz and various modern jazz styles. Rich and modern musical language formed by polyphony and interesting melodic section. Original themes by each musician are mixed together with famous, beautiful and the most effective themes of various great jazz masters. The marvelous synthesis between bebop, post-bop, neo bop, hard-bop, free jazz, creative and experimental jazz are synthesized with unique playing manners by each musician and interesting sound. Musicians are revealing their masterful abilities – their music is full of brave and evocative musical decisions, have colorfu, effective and innovative instrumentation and bright sound. All musicians are improvising with passion and especially expressive – their music is full of active, rapid and vivid solos, which are changed silmunateously. Marty Ehrlich reeds melodies give us a wide spectre of different colors, tones and sounds. Expressive and turbulent saxophones, vivid and rapid solos of clarinets, deep and vibrant bass lines, dynamic rhythmic and sharp harmony form the basics of his improvisations. Bright and loud clarinets are contrasting with expressive and vivid saxophones – these instruments are used silmunateously and effectively go along together. Soft, gorgeous and interesting flutes are the opposites for harsh, dramatic, turbulent, vibrant and intense blow outs of saxophones and clarinets. Deep and static bass lines played by bass clarinet, form solid rhythmic basement. Musician masterfully switches between different and contrasting tones, sounds, manners, expressions, experimental and traditional ways of playing – all these elements are mixed together and bring effective and remarkable sound. John Hebert bass improvisations reveal the other side of these compositions. Subtle, calm and silent solos, deep and repetitive bass lines, quiet and soft sound – all these elements are the main part of his improvisations. It has effective, vibrant and interesting sound and create a bright contrast between reeds and drums. Bass improvisations also have the culminations – it’s based on expressive and vibrant solos, rapid and active passages, colorful pizzicato and dynamic rhythmic. The dramatic and active mood is created by using dozens of different playing techniques. Drums section by Nasheet Waits is colorful, bright and expressive. It’s based on contrasts = calm and relaxing pieces are combined with expressive, loud and passionate solos. Dynamic, rapid and constantly changing rhythms and rhythmic figures are fused together with repetitive, monotonic and peaceful rhythms. Musician is the master of fusing all these different elements of musical language in one place = he travels between different moods, senses, expressions and playing techniques and likes brave and innovative musical decisions. The music of this album has interesting, impressive and remarkable sound.

Der lange Schatten – “Concurrences” (Trouble In The East, 2018)

“Concurrences” was recently released by “Trouble In The East” records. The album was recorded by “Der lange Schatten” – it’s the trio of great avant-garde jazz masters. The members of this trio has been playing together many years – it’s Håvard Wiik (piano), Michael Thieke (clarinet) and Antonio Borghini (bass). The music of this trio is fyll of contrasts and has a dynamic sound. Rigorous and aggressive blow outs, contrasting and colorful changes, expressive solos and impressive melodies – all these elements are merged together with free improvisation and basic elements of avant-garde jazz. The music always is based on synthesis between various jazz styles – basics of avant-garde jazz are masterfully fused together with bebop, post-bop, neo-bop and other modern and contemporary jazz styles. Huge range of extended playing techniques, colorful and modern expressions, free and fascinating musical experiments and pleasant surprises create rich and interesting musical pattern. The trio had been playing together long time – through these years they had created original and interesting playing manner and unique sound.

The music of this album is based on synthesis between various jazz styles. Avant-garde and experimental jazz, the intonations of contemporary academical music are fused with various modern jazz styles. The compositions have rich and evocative musical pattern – it’s formed by colorful solos, expressive and extended ways of playing, huge range of musical expressions, dynamics, chords, rhythms and other musical language elements. All these elements melt in one place and help musicians to create extraordinary and interesting sound. Even though the compositions are based on free improvisation, spontaneous solos, musical experiments and search of unusual timbres, it still has many relations not just with modern jazz, but also with contemporary and traditional jazz styles. Smooth, static, calm and relaxing solos are based on simple melodies and montononic rhythmic – this tendency is kept especially in the first part of the album. The bright intonations of contemporary and traditional jazz are heard strongly in first and seconde compositions of these album. It create peaceful and relaxing sound, which is connected with absolutely different sound. Wild fast and roaring blow outs, aggressive and sharp solos, expressive and remarkable melodies, turbulent improvisations, spontaneous, extraordinary and weird musical decisions and strange timbres – all these elements create the basics of the album and create the contrast between avant-garde jazz and contemporary, modern and traditional jazz. The musicians are trying out new and interesting ways of playing – their improvisations are full of extended and inventive ways of playing which are mixed together with traditional expressions. The mood of this album is always changing – musicians are the masters of improvising and switching between various tones, sounds, timbres and expressions. From the soft and calm music suddenly changes to exotic and turbulent, romantic, emotional and expressive, or very rigorous and aggressive. The most effective places of the improvisations are the culminations – usually it’s based on free improvisations, dynamic rhythmic and roaring, wild fast, harsh and expressive solos. Musicians do their best to express wide palette of different tones, strange timbres and expressions – that’s why their music is constructed of many different pieces, which are highly contrasting with each other. Remarkable and passionate piano melodies, virtuosic and fascinating arpeggios, sharp and dissonance harmony, harsh and aggressive chords, dynamic rhythmic, ,marvelous bass and clarinet solos, vibrant and solid rhythmic section, roaring and turbulent clarinet blow outs and passionate melodies – all these elements make an effort to impressive and evocative sound.

THE THING – “Again” (trost records, 2018)

“Again” is the newest released of “trost records”. Album was recorded by famous Mats Gustafsson trio “THE THING”. The trio is formed by three great avant-garde jazz masters – it’s Mats Gustafsson (soprano and tenor saxophones), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (acoustic and electric bass) and Paal Nilssen– Love (drums and percussion). The trio music has especially bright, intensive, loud and expressive sound. The music is based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz elements. The basics of contemporary avant-garde and experimental jazz are fused together with ethnic music elements of Scandinavia. This trio keeps the traditions of innovative and interesting Scandinavian avant-garde jazz – their music is full of fascinating musical experiments, provocative and extravagant decisions, colorful and innovative instrumentation, sharp and aggressive harmony, dynamic rhythmic and rich and evocative musical language. The musicians are trying out new ways of playing – their music is based on their own playing techniques and experimental ways of playing. Eclectic combinations of different styles, forms, chords, scales and rhythms also make an effort to whole sound.

“Again” has fresh and evocative sound. It’s based on brave and interesting musical experiments, original decisions and bright musical language. The musical pattern is formed by many different layers and polyphony. Independent and contrasting melodies are based on free and spontanoeus improvisation and usually has abstract and open form. Sharp and aggressive dissonances, dynamic and constantly changing rhythmic, abstract musical pattern and form – all these elements are the basics of the musical language. Huge range of different playing techniques and expressions makes the musical pattern even more brighter – wide variety of unusual, extravagant and strange timbres is produced. Each musician is improvising marvelously and with passion – their music is very expressive, vivacious, harsh and vibrant. Mats Gustafsson saxophones melodies are based on the main elements of his playing style. Great and talented saxophonist is switching between different moods, expressions, extended playing techniques and fascinating musical experiments. Expressive and passionate solos are filled with bright and vivacious melodies, spontaneous improvisations, energetic and dynamic solos, vibrant, turbulent, harsh and roaring blow outs and huge variety of weird and colorful timbres. The marvelous blow outs are the most effective elements of his improvisations – it’s especially loud, harsh and full of different colors and sounds. His improvisations are real bursts of energy, which is made by mixing up together roaring and harsh blow outs, fascinating riffs and especially expressive and energetic playing manner. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten basses also are very energetic, active and rapid. Deep and dark bass lines are mixed together with aggressive, sharp and dramatic solos, free, spontaneous and turbulent improvisations, frantic, powerful and energetic solos and other similar things. His playing style is totally based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz – musician is always improvising with passion and has especially expressive, vibrant and energetic playing manner. Paal Nilssen– Love drums section is full of colorful solos, gorgeous timbres, werid sounds and huge range of inventive and experimental instrumentation decisions. Drummer masterfully fuses together colorful sounds, expressive and turbulent solos, harsh and powerful drum rolls, virtuosic and rapid arpeggios, passages and glissando, and other similar ways of playing. His music is based on experimental ways of playing, inventive musical decisions and has very colorful, interesting and impressive sound. The music of this album is a great opportunity to hear original and innovative avant-garde jazz – all improvisations have remarkable and interesting sound.

Sean Conly|Michaël Attias|Satoshi Takeishi – “Hard Knocks” (Clean Feed, 2018)

“Hard Knocks” is another one the newest release by “Clean Feed Records”. Album was recorded by three great jazz masters – Sean Conly (double bass), Michaël Attias (alto saxophone) and Satoshi Takeishi (drums). All three musicians have original and interesting playing style, unique sound and innovative playing manner. Their music is synthesized by many different jazz styles – modern and contemporary jazz styles are gently fused together with free improvisation and basics of avant-garde jazz. The main elements of bebop, hard-bop and post bop are mixed together with turbulent, powerful and spontaneous solos, fascinating and original musical experiments and special effects. Improvisations usually are based on open forms, have abstract and constantly changing musical pattern, sharp, aggressive and dissonance harmony and dynamic rhythmic. Active, rapid and energetic episodes are naturally combined together with subtle and calm excerpts. Each musician has expressive and passionate playing manner – they are the masters of combining together avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, furious, rigorous and dynamic solos, special effects and blow outs and dozens of other playing expressions and techniques into one place. Great jazz masters had been playing and improvising together many times. Their collective improvisations are always full of dynamic and expressive solos, inventive musical decisions and have a remarkable sound.

The music of “Hard Knocks” has all main elements of avant-garde jazz and free improvisations. The compositions are based on spontaneous, furious, expressive, powerful and vibrant solos, remarkable and impressive melodies, special effects, huge range of unusual timbres and weird sounds, rigorous and intensive blow outs and many other similar elements. The musicians are exploring various fields and sections of musical pattern – they are trying out new ways of playing, combining together different scales, chords, rhythms and expressions. The biggest attention they pay to the search of weird sound and timbres. Huge range of traditional playing techniques is mixed together with experimental ways of playing. That makes an effort to colorful and gorgeous variety of weird timbres, sounds and tones. Saxophone melodies by Michaël Attias are filled with expressive solos, virtuosic and marvelous passages, impressive and memorable melodies, calm and peaceful excerpts, lyrical and dynamic episodes and silent rests. Saxophonist fuses together all these different episodes in one place. His music is made of contrasts – the episodes, which are the opposites to each other, naturally go along together. Expressive and rapid solos are combined with subtle and calm melodies, relaxing excerpts with turbulent, active and vibrant blow outs, marvelous passages and other things. All these elements are connected together naturally and organically – finally it grows to dramatic, turbulent and powerful culminations. Saxophone improvisations bring evocative, colorful and expressive sound. Sean Conly double bass melodies also have two absolutely different sides. Especially calm, silent, relacing and peaceful melodies, abstract musical pattern, separate melodic and rhythmic intonations, which have no relations with each other, are connected with expressive, striking, touching and vivid solos. The bassist masterfully tries out new ways of playing, extract unusual and weird sounds and is switching between different moods, expressions and playing techniques. His music is effective, expressive, touching and based on inventive musical decisions. Satoshi Takeishi drums section is based on huge variety of different rhythms – basic forms of bebop, post bop, hard bop and other modern jazz styles are mixed together with free improvisations, turbulent and spontaneous solos, loud and powerful drum rolls, huge range of interesting and weird timbres of percussion, and other similar things. The marvelous and organic synthesis between all these elements makes an effort to original and solid rhythmic section and expressive sound. The music is filled with dozens of different experimental and traditional ways of playing, is played very expressively and with passion – that brings us remarkable and impressive sound of whole album.

Angelika Niescier|Christopher Tordini|Tyshawn Sorey – “The Berlyn Concert (Live)” (Intakt, 2018)

“The Berlyn Concert (Live)” was released by “Intakt Records”. The improvisations at the live concert in Berlin were recorded by three great jazz masters – Angelika Niescier (saxophone), Christopher Tordini (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). Musicians improvisations usually are based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. Turbulent and harsh solos, powerful and vibrant blow outs, effective and inventive musical decisions, interesting musical experiments, brave and noisy switches between different moods and styles – all these elements put this music right beside the other great albums of avant-garde jazz. The musicians are experimenting in all ways of musical language – especially in unusual sounds search and creation of new ways of playing. Their playing is free and spontaneous – they aren’t heasitatingto use brave, provocative and interesting musical decisions and search for new forms and species of sound. The music is very contrasting and bright – rich and evocative musical language, sudden stylistic changes, colorful and dynamic turns certaintly make an effort to it.

The music is based on avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. Musicians are trying out new ways of playing and creating very dynamic and expressive sound. Their playing style is based on harsh, sharp, aggressive and dynamic sound, which is highly contrasting with silent, abstract and peaceful episodes. Musical language is based on plyphony – independent and contrasting melodies by each improviser gently fit together in one place. This music has the relations with many other music styles. Modern and contemporary jazz styles, especially such as bebop, hard-bop, neo bop and post bop, are fused together with spontaneous and marvelous free improvisations. The intonations of academic avant-garde, experimental music are very mild and soft – it’s naturally and organically fused with various jazz styles. This music has no strict relations with academic avant-garde or contemporary academical music – the only common thing is some relations in musical language. Sharp and dissonance harmony, unusual and strange timbres and innovative instrumentation bring soft and mild intonations of academic avant-garde. Angelika Niescier saxophone melodies are full of mooving, striking and harsh solos. Expressive playing manner, inventive musical decisions and creative improvising makes an effort to whole music. This music is filled with expressive and vivacious solos, harsh, aggressive and turbulent blow outs, wide range of unusual and colorful sounds and spontaneous and remarkable improvisations. Musician masterfully fuses together experimental and traditional ways of playing, wide range of colorful and extended expressions, chords, rhythms and other elements of musical language. Saxophone improvisations have especially rapid, virtuosic and impressive sound. Christopher Tordini bass improvisations are very contrasting and bright – it’s gently goes along together with saxophone and drums. Virtuosic, stirking, vivid and expressive solos have a remarkable sound and are based on passionate playing manner. Bassist tries out new ways of playing – his music based on spontaneous improvising, dharp harmony, dissonance, harsh, powerful and deep sound and dynamic rhythmic. Deep and monotonic bass line is the opposite to the joyful and lengthy solos. It also makes a solid and firm rhythmic and harmonic section. Tyshawn Sorey drums have colorful and contrasting sound. Harsh, turbulent, loud and dynamic solos, masterful and rapid passages, intensive and vibrant tremolo, glissando and other similar usual pplaying techniques are joined together with experimental ways of playing and free improvisation. From the dark and aggressive sound it gets to vivacious, joyful ,playful and vivid, and finally – to dramatic and powerful culminations. Drums section is independent and solid – it’s highly contrasting with melodic section, brings new colors and fresh sound to the music. This album has remarkable and impressive sound.

Alberto Pinton Noi Siamo – “OPUS FACERE” (Clean Feed, 2018)

“OPUS FACERE” is the newest release by “Clean Feed Records”. Album was recorded by Alberto Pinton (baritone & alto saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet), Niklas Barnö (trumpet), Torbjörn Zetterberg (bass) and Konrad Agnas (drums). These four great jazz masters have their own and unique playing style, interesting and evocative playing manner and unique sound. Their improvisations always have impressive and remarkable sound. Each of them plays with passion, emotionally and especially expressively. Interesting and unpredictable stylistic waves, sudden changes, original and inventive musical decisions, bright and evocative musical language – all these elements are the main basics of their playing styles. The musicians not hesitate to fuse together contrasting music elements, make eclectic and strange stylistic combinations and impressive musical experiments. Their music is filled with rapid, dynamic and expressive solos, which finally grow to dramatic, frantic, energetic and turbulent bursts of energy. Their music is vivid, wild, free, frantic and especially expressive – it’s also full of impressive and innovative musical experiments and special effects.

“OPUS FACERE” has dynamic, interesting and evocative sound. It’s based on avant-garde jazz, experimental jazz and free improvisation. Collective improvisations by all four musicians have charming, expressive, energetic and impressive sound. Rich and bright musical language, colorful musical pattern, dozens of extended playing techniques and expressions create effective and interesting sound. The musicians are improvising spontaneously and free – their improvisations are filled with contrasts, expressive and sudden changes, rigorous and sharp blow outs, which are gently connected together with silent, peaceful, subtle and calm episodes. All the musicians are masters of improvising and fusing together different music elements – they fuse together experimental ways of playing, dissonances and consonances, lengthy and joyful solos with rigorous, dark and aggressive excerpts and many other things. Their music is based on avant-garde jazz, but also has many relations with bebop, neo bop, hard bop and other modern and contemporary jazz styles. Very soft and mild intonations of some traditional jazz styles also are heard here, but it’s naturally combined with other jazz styles. Alberto Pinton saxophones, clarinets and bass clarinet melodies are very contrasting and colorful. Expressive and vivid clarinets are connected together with live, frantic, vibrant and energetic saxophones. Rigorous and intensive blow outs, powerful and loud improvisations, sharp and aggressive solos are gently fused together with joyful, playful, vivid and striking melodies. All these elements are organically synthesized together in one place and illustrated by huge variety of unusual, weird and interesting sounds. Active and rapid solos, furious and virtuosic passages are fused together with calm and relaxing episodes. It’s based on lyrical mood, slow tempo, monotonic rhythmic and memorable solos. Improviser masterfully switches between all these different moods and creates original and dynamic sound. Deep and static bass line, dark and vibrant sounds of bass clarinet also bring a new color to the sound. Niklas Barnö trumpet is vivid, bright and has wide range of extended playing techniques and expressions. Expressive, extremely loud and vivacious solos are filled with vibrant blow outs, virtuosic and wild rapid passages, charming and memorable solos, lyric and quiet episodes and silent rests. All these elements are masterfully mixed together. Trumpet solos along with clarinet, saoxphone and bass clarinet make a solid, colorful and effective melodic section. It also makes the sound more energetic, effective and colorful. Torbjörn Zetterberg bass melodies are based on contrasting improvisations, which are fomed by many different musical expressions and sounds. Deep, static, subtle and abstract solos are mixed together with dynamic, bright, expressive, virtuosic and striking solos. Marvelous and impressive solos, remarkable melodies illustrated by various special effects, experimental ways of playing, inventive musical decisions and spontaneous solos create dynamic and interesting sound. Konrad Agnas drums section is rapid and expressive. The musician use the main forms of various mdoern jazz styles – the rhythmic forms of bebop, post bop, neo bop and other similar jazz styles are fused together with static and calm traditional jazz rhythmic, and finally grows to turbulent, rapid, energetic and colorful free improvisations. The rhythmic section is solid, firm and independent, filled with colorful and gorgeous variety of unusual sounds and weird timbres. The album has remarkable and impressive sound.