Nakama – “Worst Generation” (Nakama Records, 2017)

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“Worst Generation” is the new album released on November by “Nakama Records”. This album is the synthesis between academic avant-garde, experimental music, avant-garde jazz and Japan folk music intonations. Christian Meaas Svendsen (double bass), Andreas Wildhagen (drums), Ayumi Nataka (piano), Adrian Loseth Waade (violin) and Agness Hvizdalek (voice) – these five interesting and original musicians had recorded this album compositions. All five musicians have original and evocative playing style which mostly is based on avant-garde jazz and electronic music synthesis. Musicians inventively and creatively combine together many different music styles and intonations – Japan folk music elements, harmony and rhythmic, European academic avant-garde, experimental music sounds, field recordings and many other elements. Their music is always full of interesting, unpredictable and unexplainable musical decisions which bring to the music effective, spontaneous and vivacious sound.

Album compositions are based on free form, polyphonic structure, various electronic music devices, computer sounds, acoustic instruments melodies and timbres and many other musical language elements. The main basic of the album is acoustic instruments – colorful and extraordinary melodies bring energetic and dynamic sound. The compositions are based on collective improvisations and have the elements of various music styles gently combined together. Japan music scales, harmony, rhythms and melodic intonations are effectively blended together with academic avant-garde, European and American avant-garde jazz traditions, experimental music elements and electronic music sounds. This music has lyrical, subtle and silent sound which is created by many different music expressions and music language elements. Various acoustic instruments sounds, extended playing techniques, interesting and soft harmony chords synhtesized with Japan music harmony intonations, dynamic and peaceful rhythms and subtle background make extraordinary sound of this album. This album doesn’t have vivacious and memorable melodies or wild fast and powerful blow outs – it’s based on separate melodic elements which are connected with each other, different music episodes, lyrical and meditative sound. Most episodes are based on repetitive rhythmic and melodic elements which bring to the album monotonnic and subtle sound. Gorgeous, evocative and weird sound is the main element of the album – it’s always changing, has wide range of colors and timbres, soecial effects, computer devices sounds which make an interesting background. Various electronic music elements are used only as a colouristic element – the main sound is created by acoustic instruments and numerous different ways of playing. Innovative and extraordinary playing techniques are gently and effectively combined with traditional ways of playing such as glissando, pizzicato, vibrato, rubato and many others. Musicians like to do inventive and creative musical decisions and to experiment in all ways of musical language – that helps them to search, extract and create new, unusual and extraordinary sounds. Original stylistic, bright and evocative musical language and extraordinary improvising create fascinating and adventurous sound of this album.

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Vinny Golia – “Syncquistic Linear Explorations and their Geopolitical Outcomes (​.​.​.​we are all still here)” (SR, 2017)

“Syncquistic Linear Explorations and their Geopolitical Outcomes (​.​.​.​we are all still here)” album recorded by saxophonist Vinny Golia and released on September 5. The album has fascinating and interesting sound, is full of inventive and strange musical languages elements. Vinny Golia (Soprillo, Sopranino, Bb & G Soprano,Bass & Baritone Saxophones, Bass Clarinet, Kwala, Gongs & Kayzee), Steve Adams ( Alto & Sopranino Saxophones), Ken Filiano (Acoustic Bass & Pedals) and Tina Raymond (drums). These four interesting and experienced avant-garde jazz improvisers had been improvising together many times before. Their improvisations are always full of different playing manners, interesting and strange sounds, extraordinary stylistic combinations and fascinating musical decisions. Each of them has original and interesting playing manner, likes to experiment in all musical language elements and search for new and unheard timbres. Improvisations also are full of unusual instruments which are masterfully combined together with numerous of different musical expressions and styles.

Album compositions have original and interesting sound. All compositions are based on avant-garde jazz, bebop, hard-bop and some of traditional jazz styles elements synthesis and collective improvisations. Fascinating and energetic solos, full of wild fast arpeggios, unusual timbres, separate strange noises and numerous of different playing manners and musical expressions – all these elements contain the main basic of these compositions. The musicians try out many different playing techniques to extract new and extraordinary sound. Innovative and interesting ways of playing are gently and softly combined with traiditional playing techniques such as vibrato, pizzicato, arpeggio and others. The main figure of these improvisations is multiinstrumentalist Vinny Golia. His improvisations are full of colorful and gorgeous timbres, interesting sounds, unusual instruments combinations and unpredictable stylistic waves. After dynamic, dramatic and especially expressive solos there suddenly comes lyrical, nostalgic and peaceful episodes like in a composition “Onion of Mystery” and others. These extravagant and interesting stylistic changes of Vinny Golia improvising bring dynamic, interesting and gorgeous sound to the album. Saxophonist Steve Adams improvisations are a bit different from Vinny Golia – it’s full of gorgeous and strange timbres, original and fascinating musical decisions, also is very energetic and active. The duets between these two saxophonists are very interesting – both of them are showing their abilities of masterful and creative improvising which is based on spontaneous and sudden musical decisions. Ken Filliano bass melodies create a solid rhythmic basic of the improvisations. Various kinds and types of rhythmic forumulas are used in his improvisations. He masterfully combined various different rhythmic formulas, vibrant turbulescent solos, wild fast arpeggios and lyrical episodes. His improvising bring to the compositions some elements pf academic avant-garde and experimental music. Tina Raymond drums improvisations are full of different and unpredictable stylistic and rhythmic changes – improviser masterfully try out many different playing techniques, gently and effectively combines together very fast, dynamic and loud rhythmic with subtle, soft and monotonic. The sudden and unpredictable changes of various musical language elements are highly effecting the main compositions sound – makes it more colorful, full of gorgeous and fabulous timbres, interesting and inventive musical decisions. Original and bright musical language, interesting and creative improvising create fascinating and outstanding sound of this album.

Mars Williams – “Mars Williams Presents: An Ayler Xmas” (Soulwhat Records, 2017)

“Mars Williams Presents: An Ayler Xmas” is a new avant-garde jazz album released on October 29 by “Soulwhat Records”. This album is a synthesis between avant-garde jazz legend Albert Ayler original compositions and various Christmas songs arranged by jazz saxophonist Mars Williams. Gorgeous, joyful and interesting album was recorded by a group of masterful improvisers – it’s Mars Williams (saxes, toy instruments), Josh Berman (cornet), Fred Lonberg-holm (cello), Jim Baker (piano, arp synth, viola), Kent Kessler (bass), Brian Sandstrom (bass, guitar, trumpet) and Steve Hunt (drums, percussion). The ensemble of experienced jazz musicians play original, dynamic and interesting music. All musicians have original playing manner, unique style and sound, they also like to experiment in all musical language elements. The music played ny this ensemble has many different styles in it – avant-garde jazz, specific and unique playing style elements, own and original playing by each musician of ensemble always make interesting and innovative sound of their compositions. Musicians had been improvising together many times in the past – spontaneous and unpredictable improvisations and imventive musical decisions are the main elements of their compositions.

This album has joyful, interesting and vivacious sound. Various elements from the famous and original compositions by Albert Ayler are the main and the most important element of these improvisations. Avant-garde jazz legend Albert Ayler had formed asic elements of free jazz and created his own and original playing style, manner and sound. His playing style was especially energetic, dynamic and expressive. The avant-garde jazz, spirituel, gospel, bebop, hard-bop and other modern jazz styles elements were masterfully and marvelously combined in his compositions. Albert Ayler improvisations had free structure, were based on spontaneous musical decisions and innovative ways of playing. Wild fast solos, extremely energetic, furious and sharp sound also was very important element of his improvisations. Saxophonist Mars Williams masterfully combined unique Albert Ayler improvisations, popular Christmas melodies and his own playing style and manner into one composition. His playing is highly effecting whole sound of the album – it brings to the improvisations very energetic, ynpredictable and surprising sound. All musicians of the ensemble are improvising free, wild and spontaneous. They effectively combine together such popular Christmas songs themes as “O Tannenbaum”, “Jingle Bells”, “12 Days of Christmas” with avant-garde jazz elements and organically integrate it into Albert Ayler music. The main themes of the songs are strongly modified and have absolutely different sound – these compositions are full of sharp, aggressive and dynamic harmony, constantly changing rhythmic, free form and structure, spontaneous and rigorous improvisations and unusual instrumentation decisions. The high variety of various unusual timbres and sounds create colouristic and vivacious sound. Various extraordinary and innovative playing techniques are used to create wide range of different colors sounds and timbres. The musicians inventively and creatively modify well-known Christmas songs melodies to almost unrecognizable and stunning improvisations. The main elements of Albert Ayler compositions remain the most important part of the compositions and are always heard very solid and strongly. The masterful sunthesis of avant-garde jazz elements, inidividual and own playing styles of each musician of this ensemble, professionally written compositions and stunning improvising create astonishing and effective sound of this album.

Ensemble Offspring – “Offspring Bites 1” (SR, 2017)

“Offspring Bites 1” is the newest academic avant-garde and contemporary academical music album which was released yeasterday, on November 28. Album was recorded by “Ensemble Offspring” which is located in Australia. Ensemble is formed of interesting and experienced musicians – it’s Veronique Serret (violin), Blair Harris (cello), Jason Noble (clarinets), Lamorna Nightingale (flutes), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Zubin Kanga (piano). The ensemble mostly performs the music of contemporary academical music composers, academic avant-garde and experimental music compositions. Individual and independent styles, unique playing of each member of the ensemble gently fits together in one composition. The compositions which “Ensemble Offspring” plays, usually have original and evocative sound – its music is full of rapid movements, sudden stylistic changes, different moods, characters and musical expressions. Musicians playing is passionate, emotional, deep and vivacious. They try out many different playing techniques, musical language elements, composing techniques and masterfully combine all these elements in one composition. The musical language of the ensemble is gorgeous, bright and constantly changing. This album compositions had been written by three composers – Australian composers Mary Finsterer and Tristan Coelho, and  Berlin-based Mexican composer and sound artist, Juan Felipe Waller.

Album compositions are very different from each other. Juan Felipe Waller “Detone Retune” (2014) is the first composition of the album. It’s based on various musical language elements and styles which are highly contrasting with each other. Academic avant-garde, 20th century classical music, modern composing techniques, intonations of Mexican music, inventive and interesting instrumentation and polyphonic structure and form are the main elements of this composition. The composition has interesting and unusual sound, sharp and dissonance harmony, and mostly is based on atonal music elements. The composer tries out serialism, dodecaphony, puantilism and other very well-known composing techniques and combines it with his own composing style elements. His music based on musical experiments, contrasting elements which are put against each other and special effects. Rapid, active and dynamic episodes are masterfully combined with silent and subtle episodes, which have soft and peaceful sound. Juan Felipe Waller composing style is very nright and evocative – he likes spontaneous and shocking musical decisions, innovative playing techniques, special sound effects and uses wide range of different playing techniques, expressions and styles to create expressive, vivacious and gorgeous music. His composing style is based on expresionism, post-impresionism and academic avant-garde synthesis. Australian composer Mary Finsterer has her own and unique composing style which is practically an opposite for Juan Felipe Waller. Her composing style is based on ordinary musical language, soft sound, tonal harmony, peaceful and restful melodies which mostly have simple and traditional structure. All these elements are heard very clear in Mary Finsterer composition “Silva” (2012). This composition has interesting and soft sound. Traditional and innovative playing techniques are gently combined together, usual form and structure and solis melodic and rhythmic pattern are the main elements of this composition. Mary Finsterer creates an effective and gorgeous sound with simple musical language. She effectively combines the most essential elements of her composing style – soft harmony, tonal chords, interesting instrumentation, subtle and relaxing sound and many other elements. Rhythmic and melodic elements are repeated monotonic and create a meditative, peaceful and glamorous sound of this composition. Tristan Coelho composition “read/write error” (2015) shows original and evocative composing style of this composer. His musical language is more similar to Juan Felipe Waller because of expressive melodies, absolutely different episodes combining together and interesting musical language. Tristan Coelho music is based on free musical experiments, inventive musical decisions, expressive and vivacious melodies, dramatic, silent and deep solos and other episodes which are very different from each other. ‘read/write error” has all these elements – it has expressive melodies, sharp and aggressive harmony, dynamic and constantly changing rhythmic and interesting instrumentation. Composer try out many different playing techniques by combining them into one composition. Tristan Coelho music style is based on expresionism, experimental music and academic avant-garde synthesis.

Three different compositions written by original, experienced and talented composers – each of them differs from others and has original and interesting musical language. Dynamic, contrasting, vivacious and interesting musical material, wide range of different playing techniques, musical experiments and styles create original and innovative sound of this album.

Michael Foster / Steve Swell / Brandon Lopez / Weasel Walter – “Throes are the Only Trouble” (SR, 2017)

“Throes are the Only Trouble” was released only three days ago – on November 27. Four experienced and interesting avant-garde jazz masters had recorded this album – it’s Michael Foster (tenor & soprano saxophones), Steve Swell (trombone), Brandon Lopez (bass) and Weasel Walter (drums). The collective improvisations of these four musicians always have interesting and evocative sound. Interesting, constantly changing and dynamic musical language, special sound effects, unusual timbres and sounds, active and rapide n=bursts of energy and many other spontaneusly created elements form the main basic of the quartet compositions. Each of these four musicians has original and interesting playing style, unique playing manner, unusual and modern sound. Musicians are using shocking and stunning sound experiments, inventive and provocative musical decisions, furious and wild improvisations and special sound effects. This album is another one opportunity to hear four interesting, experienced and outstanding avant-garde jazz musicians playing together.

Album compositions are based on free improvisations. Wild fast saxophones melodies, solid and subtle trombone and bass solos, dynamic and active drums – improvisation by each musician is based on different music elements and styles. This album compositions are based on free form and structure, sharp and aggressive harmony, provocative, weird and shocking musical decisions and expressive melodies. Michael Foster playing is oustanding and based on sound experiments and spontaneous musical decisions. He try out different playing techniques – traditional and innovative ways of playing are masterfully and effectively combined in one composition. His improvisations are full of vivacious, expressive, rapid and dynamic melodies, furious and wild fast solos, interesting and weird sounds and always have a bright and evocative sound. Emotional and eapecially expressive playing bring to the album more energy, live and form very dynamic and active sound. Steve Swell trombone improvisations are as interesting as vivacious and unpredictable saxophone melodies. He also try many different ways of playing – most of them are unusual and extraordinary. Wide range of weird timbres, interesting sounds and sharp harmony chords are masterly combined in one composition. Steve Swell plays very contrasting and dynamically – the episodes which are an opposite to each other, are organically blended and connected together. Aggressive, dramatic and very sharp episodes are connected with more soft, slower and light sound improvisations. The saxophone and trombone duets are especially interesting and active – together these two musicians form a total bursts of energy which are full of unpredictable and sudden stylistic waves, sudden changes of styles and moods, wild fast solos and wide range of different playing techniques. Brandon Lopez bass improvisations differ from reeds solos because of its sound, playing manner and musical language. It’s also based on free and stunning musical experiments, special sound effects, creative experiments and inventive musical decisions, but it has more subtle and softer sound. Brandon Lopez improvisations have many wild fast solos, are based on spontaneous musical decisions and helps to form a strong and solid rhythmic basement. His improvisations are formed from short melodic elements which are not connected with each other and many different types rhythmic formulas. Brandon Lopez improvising is full of these elements, has bright, evocative and dynamic musical language and adventurous sound. Weasel Walter very energetic and expressive drums improvisations bring more aggressive, provocative and interesting sound to the album. The drummer try out many innovative ways of playing, shocking and stunning sound effects, various kinds and types of thythmic. He put all these elements together effectively and marvelously and form a solis rhythmic basement. Original, outstanding and interesting improvising create colorful, gorgeous and astonishing sound of this album.

Some Some Unicorn – “Live at Iklectik” (ODD7 Records, 2017)

“Live at Iklectik” is a new avant-garde jazz album which was released this month by “ODD7 Records”. Album was recorded by ensemble “Some Some Unicorn” which has two absolutely different sets of musicians who are playing in first and second this album compositions. Set One Lineup – Graham Dowdall (electronics), Simon Fox ( trombone), Michael Grew (trumpet), Stephen Grew (piano), Geraldine McEwan (violin), Daniel Ross (electronics), Hervé Perez (saxophone) and Ian Thompson (cello). Set Two Lineup is played by absolutely different musicians – it’s Seth Bennett (double bass), Steve Beresford (piano), Shaun Blezard (electronics), Andrew Lisle (drums), Rachel Musson (saxophone), Stephen Shiell (objects), Ian Simpson (guitar), Jake Stoddart (trumpet) and Hannah White (vocals). All these musicians are absolutely different from each other. Different styles, unique playing manners, weird sounds, unusual and extended ways of playing, interesting improvising by each ensemble member are masterfully combined together in one improvisation. Musicians are improvising spontaneously and free, each of them is active in avant-garde jazz scene, collaborating with various famous jazz masters. This album is agreat opportunity to hear interesting and experienced avant-garde jazz masters improvising together and to compare two compositions which are played by absolutely different group of musicians.

Two compositions of this album are completely different from each other. “Iklectik Set One” composition is based on avant-garde jazz music elements, has interesting and evocative musical language, numerous of different expressions and rich mucal pattern. Bright reeds melodies are full of virtuosic and wild fast solos, rapid and active movements, silent and lyric episodes, strange and weird timbres. Along with trumpet, trombone and saxophone melodies there also are other very interesting instruments. Expressive and dynamic piano melodies, subtle and melodic violin and cello solos are masterfully combined together with electronics and other special effects. Various electronic music playing techniques are used in this composition mostly as a background element – various computer, electronic devises, synths sounds, field recordings and other traditional and innovative electronic music playing techniques form a solid background and fine colouristic atmosphere of the compositions. Acoustic instruments timbres and sounds have wide range of different colors which are gently combined together. Polyphonic facture, difficult, nright qand evocative musical language are blended together with musical experiments. Unusual and strange sounds search, extravagant and innovative musical decisions, shocking and extraordinary playing techniques and high variety of different musical expressions create original and solid basement of this composition. “”Iklectik Set Two” is played by  a group of absolutely different musicians – it’s also based on spontaneous musical decisions, free jazz elements and innovative musical language, but it’s still differs from the forst composition. The main difference is the sound which is mostly formed by acoustic instruments and vocals – this composition has less electronics and more acoustic instruments sounds. All musical experiments are mostly played by reeds, piano, string section instruments and masterfully blemded together with recitals, recitatyves and vocal melodies. Electronics are also used in this composition, but it mostly has soft, subtle and colouristic sound. The main sound of the album is formed by various kinds of acoustic instruments and difficult musical language. The musical pattern, rhythmic and melodic basement are formed by numerous of different musical language elements. Extravagant, provocative and bright melodies, subtle and soft solos, synthesis between academic avant-garde, experimental music, free jazz and modern jazz styles are the main elements of thhis composition. Various kinds of musical expressions and playing techniques such as recitatyves, recitals of short sentences or words, pizzicato, glissando, powerful blow outs, virtuosic arpeggios and other are connected with numerous innovative ways of playing. Some rock music intonations are also heard in this compositions and are brought here by guitar solos. Dissonance harmony, various unusual and extraordinary sounds, special effects and other colouristic elements are gently blended together. Rich and bright musical language, absolutely different elements which are gently blended together and astonishing improvising of all musicians create original and evocative sound of this album.

Ivo Perelman – “Philosopher’s Stone” (Leo Records, 2017)

“Philosopher’s Stone” is a new avant-garde jazz album released this month by “Leo Records”. Album was recorded by Ivo Perelman (tenor sax), Matthew Shipp (piano) and Nate Wooley (trumpet). Three outstanding and experienced avant-garde jazz masters improvisations usually are full of different playing styles, manners, unique and strange instruments sounds, interesting musical decisions and expressions. Because of own and unique playing styles by each trio members compositions have a bright, vivacious and difficult musical language. Their compositions are based on avant-garde jazz elements and collective improvisations – various special effects, imitations of various sounds, free and creative musical experiments and inventive musical decisions are gently combined together with unique improvising by each member of the trio.

Album compositions have especially expressive and bright sound. Wild, energetic and active collective improvisations are full of different musical expressions, Africa ethnic music intonations and rhythms, dissonance harmony and various types of rhtyhmics. Each musician is improvising different from others, has its own and unique sound, playing manner and individual form and structure. Ivo Perelman tenor saxophone improvisations are very expressive, evocative and bright. It makes an effort to whole album – his inventive, energetic and creative combining of different playing techniques and musical expressions bring original and effective sound. His playing is very interesting, wild and dynamic – it’s also full of wild fast solos, powerful and extremely loud blow outs, sharp and aggressive tunes and weird timbres. Ivo Perelman melodies are heard very much in each composition and form a very solid and dtrong melodic basement. Pianist Matthew Shipp is another one great and interesting avant-garde jazz master. His piano solos are always very vivacious and emotional. Matthew Shipp playing in this album improvisations is very emotional, bright, evocative and passionate. Playful, joyful and memorable melodies are gently connected with melodic, lyric and soft episodes. The most part of his piano improvisations have a free form and structure, is full of wild fast solos, dynamic rhythmic and sharp harmony. Dissonance, aggressive and very sharp chords and pitches are formed in unusual and different ways – mostly it’s not formed of traditional harmony basics. Matthew Shipp playing in this album is very contrasting – rigorous, aggressive and sharp turns to very playful, joyful and lively, then – to dramatic and expressive. His playing style is formed of different jazz styles – it’s based on avant-garde jazz and various modern jazz styles elements synthesis. Nate Wooley trumpet masterfully fits together along with these wonderful jazz masters. Extravagante, interesting, wild fast, provocative and stunning Nate Wooley improvising also bring eovcative and inventive sound to this album. He also try out different extended playing techniques, musical expressions and other musical language elements. These three musicians collective improvisations are the most effective and interesting episodes of whole album. Different and independent improvisations are strongly contrasting with each other and masterfully fit together in one composition. Wild fast, expressive, especially sharp and rigorous trumpet and saxophones solos, emotional and passionate piano melodies, all kinds of different rhythmics and extended playing techniques are played silmunateously.. It makes a polyphonic and very interesting facture and form. This music pattern, form and structure are mostly formed spontaneously – all three musicians are playing free, lively, energetic and emotionally. They also are always experimenting in all ways of musical language and its basic elements. All these elements and masterful improvising get together very organic and inventive and create original and stunning sound.