Tom Chant, Michał Dymny, Vasco Trilla – “Ban​-​Opticon” (Discordian Records, 2019)

“Ban​-​Opticon” is a new release of “Discordian Records”. Album was recorded by Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxophones), Michał Dymny (electric guitar) and Vasco Trilla (drums). A nice collaboration of three great jazz masters has bright and dynamic sound. The innovations of experimental jazz, awakening experiments, weird tunes, extraction of gorgeous noises are mixed up with traditions of avant-garde jazz, mainstream and modern jazz. The musicians are the masters of their art. They have splendid and trendy playing technique, impressive and moving style, unique sound and dramatic, vivid and expressive musical language. Noisy and strange tunes, ambient timbres, passionate blow outs, or wild free and turbulent free improvisations surely contain the main base of music. The musicians are real experimentators – they always like to make fresh, bright, new, innovative and sparkling ways of playing, fascinating experiments and inventive ideas.

“Ban​-​Opticon”  is filled with engaging musical material, rich language and original decisions. Musicians are improvisng just marvelous – their improvisations are filled with strong contrasts and the episodes who are absolutely different from each other. The compositions are written for classical combo of modern jazz – saxophone, electric guitar and drums. Evocative ideas, innovative instrumentation, driving mood and effective manner – musicians are using dozens of different styles and playing manners to make an exceptional sound. Open form is usually used almost everywhere. The contrasts between polyphony and homophony, dissonances and conssonances, ways of improvising, traditions and experiments are the keys of this music. Wide, universal and colorful musical pattern is many-layed, has dozens of colors, bordering dynamics, special effects, modern expressions, weird tunes, strange, noisy, frantic or ambent sounds. The music is driving, expressive and innovative. Solid melodic line is leaded by saxophones. Electric guitar is the source of bright colors and original tunes. Passionate and moving rhythmic section is contrasting with rhythmic section, but still gently fit together. All compositions are filled with drive, joy, passion and pleasure to create exciting, striking and interesting sound. The instrumentation is based on universal kit of playing techniques. Such very well-known playing techniques as glissando, pizzicatto, breaking sessions, rolls, flowing and dizzy passages, gorgeous ornaments, trills, tremolos and etc., are used together with weird, shocking and experimental ways of playing, specific instruments or home-made playing techniques. Incredible playing technique and virtuosity makes an effort to whole sound – it makes it effective, hypnotising, bright and luminous. Saxophones by Tom Chant are driving and expressive. Vivid and light melodies meet aggressive, sharp and moving excerpts, striking, wild and frantic culminations, turbulent free improvisations, loud bursts of energy, dizzy passages or tremendous blow outs. The influenze of bebop, post bop and other modern jazz styles is heard almost everywhere – it’s gently fit together with avant-garde jazz, subtle and cool improvisations and sound experiments. The electric guitar is absolutely different. Michał Dymny has a style, who’s more influenzed by rock, cool jazz, fusion and contemporary academical, experimental and electro-acoustic music. That creates a contrast between saxophone and guitar. Heavy solos, hard-core, monotonic rhythms are against dynamic, moving and spontaneous changes of saxophone’s improvisations. Gentle solos, light and expressive melodies, driving and breaking sessions are mixed up with strange, depressive, weird and gorgeous tunes. Guitar and saxophones makes a great combo. It’s independent and contrasting, but still fits together in delicate and original manner. Drums section is sharp and dynamic. Vasco Trilla is mixing up the typical forms of bop, post bop, hard bop, cool, mainstream, rock, hard core, traditional jazz, experimental music with completely free and wild improvisations. Aggressive rolls, sharp and expressive sessions, hypnotising and meditative sequences, bright and original ways of playing, colorful glissando, trills, tremolo, vibrant and striking thunders who gently get together with silent and calm excerpts – that’s the base of rhythmic section. All three improvisers manage to create driving, emotional, impressive and constantly changing music, who has effective, tremendous and bright sound.

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Chris Kasprzyk, Alex Yannilos, Martin Burk – “public exposure” (SR, 2019)

“public exposure” is a new release of February. The music was recorded by Chris Kasprzyk (reeds, keys), Martin Burk (bass) and Alex Yannilos (drums). Tremendous, energetic, rhythmic and passionate – that’s how we could call the music played by this trio. Musicians continue the traditions of experimental jazz and twist them with cool, progressive, mainstream and modern jazz tunes. Each musician is showing his own and original sound. All three musicians are active members of European and American avant-garde jazz scene. They base their compositions on contrasts, spontaneous changes, dynamic turns, eclectic stylistic combos, wild free improvisations and fascinating experiments. The musicians are making the first priority to new, effective, expressive and innovative ways of playing. They always like to get out from the sound’s comfort zone and create exceptional and original avant-garde jazz. Hot and expressive playing manner, bright and sparkling sound, terrific blow outs, passionate solos and bursting explosions – all these things make an effort to unique and original sound.

“public exposure” is filled with dynamic and contrasts. Album is based on free improvisation, open form and the basics of experimental, progressive and contemporary jazz all mixed up together. Free improvisation is based on independent melodies, who are striking, flowing and crossing together. That makes a polyphonic and bright musical pattern which is illustrated with gorgeous ornaments, modern expressions, weird timbres and original musical decisions. Many-layed, universal and wide pattern joins together with incredible instrumentation, rich musical language, passionate rhythmic, sharp harmony and gorgeous background. Though the trio is a standart combo of reeds, keys, bass and drums, the musicians are dedicated to create awakening, evocative and new sound. They are blending together expressive riffs, strict staccatto, aggressive roulades, dramatic tremolo, moving trills, enchanting passages and experimental, shocking, provocative and wild ways of playing. Musicians are the masters of improvising – they know dozens of ways how to express different moods with drive, passion and expression. The music of this album never stays the same – it’s twisting, moving, glimpsing and changing all the time. Cool and aggressive, silent and extremely loud, static and moving, roaring and expressive, dreamy and romantic, luminous and weird, subtle and provocative – all kinds of moods, characters and expressions are joned together in delicate and organic way. Reeds and keys by Chris Kasprzyk is bright and luminous. The reeds make the basic of melodic section. It forms solid, charming and driving melody. Improviser is showing his virtuosity and expressive playing technique. That’s why his improvisations are so dynamic and moving. Independent and dynamic melodies are filled with trembles, sparkles, glimpsing riffs, aggressive and sharp blow outs, moving solos, hypnotising sequences, special effects and weird tunes. Chris Kasprzyk is always balancing between avant-garde, cool and progressive jazz. Bass by Martin Burk is dynamic and effective. Solid, trendy and deep bass line is created – it has meditative, subtle, sometimes – sharp, active and aggressive sound. Repetitive chords and and tunes are mixed up with sparkling, wild, furious and striking culminations, who gently fit together with reeds and keys. Drums section is leaded by Alex Yannilos. Excellent and creative drummer uses his fantasy and creativity to create a firm and bright drums section. Expressive rolls, moving trembles, sudden jumps to the different registres, changes of moods, breaking sessions, turbulent culminations and dozens of different rhythms contain the main base of it. Load thunders meet calm lullabies, stretching and striking solos, powerful culminations, impressive bursts of energy, hypnotising rhythmic sequences and subtle excerpts. The music of this album has bright, innovative and driving sound.

Aram Shelton/Asger Thomsen – “Nyboder Duets” (Singlespeed Music, 2019)

“Nyboder Duets” is a new release of “Singlespeed Music”. Album was recorded by Aram Shelton (alto saxophone) and Asger Thomsen (bass). All music is based on avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. Both musicians have original and expressive playing style. They are active members of international avant-garde jazz scene. Collaborations with other famous masters, impressive experiments and unique sound makes an effort to their music. Traditions of 1960’s and 1970’s avant-garde jazz are continued. The musicians connect them with with their owm ideas, original ways of playing and experimental ways of playing. Aram Shelton has expressive and sharp playing manner – his music is dynamic and bright. Wild culminations, rigorous solos, tremendous blow outs, breaking rhythmic sessions and modern musical language are the basics of his improvisations. Asger Thomson is an excellent bass player. Inventive musical decisions, original tunes, weird timbres, innovative ideas of instrumentation and experiments contain the base of his music. Both musicians have a fantastic playng technique, the masterful virtuosity, the best sound quality and driving playing style.

“Nyboder Duets” is filled with interesting combinations, expressive solos and spontaneous changes, All music is based on avant-garde jazz, but still has the allusions to the other styles and genres. Aggressive and nervous solos with complicated rhythmic and unusual structure has a relation with bebop and hard bop. Calm and static rhythms with relaxing melody and peaceful mood always leads to cool and contemporary jazz. There’s also heard the intonations of contemporary academical music – both musicians had been studying the traditional playing techniques and manners of contemporary academical music. Open form is filled with polyphonic pattern, gorgeous timbres, powerful explosions, weird sounds, colorful ornaments and modern harmony. That makes polyphonic, rich, enchanting and universal musical pattern. The music is bright and original – the improvisers know dozens of effective and original ways to get out of comfort zone of sound and create an evocative avant-garde jazz. The duo of saxophone and bass is a traditional combo, but the compositions have tremendous and innovative instrumentation. Glissando, rubato, vibrato, staccatto, dizzy passages, breaking sessions, repetitive rhythmic and melodic series, monotonic sequences of chords, pizzicatto, growl, wah-wah – it’s just one little part of expressions, manners and playing techniques. Musicians like to make ambitious, weird, wild, frantic and simply fantastic musical decisions – their music is filled with surprise, adventures, drive and awakening sound. The saxophone of Aram Shelton is luminous and sparkling. Trendy, vivid, dynamic and expressive solos, enchanting and light melodies, ccharming passages, growling, yrgling, roaring and frantic blow outs, stunning riffs are the key of his compositions. It’s mixed with gorgeous tunes, fascinating experiments, innovative instrumentation and colorful background. Saxophone keeps the basic of melodic line. It’s dynamic, astonishing and expressive. Bass line is calm and static, but also can be expressive, moving and dramatic at the same time. Asger Thomsen bases his music on impression and pleasure to use new and unheard expressions. His music is filled with evocative solos, solid bass line made from deep and dark tunes, ambient timbres, unusual sounds and silent contemplations. Everything is written in subtle and peaceful mood. It suddenly gets scandalous, roaring, light, vivid, vital, playful, naive or aggressive, moody, glimpsy and dark. All kinds of moods and expressions are used here. The bass keeps the independent rhythmic section and gorgeous background. It also brings dozens of colors and tunes to the melody. Sense of each other, dynamic and expressive sound, driving and striking playing manner, unusual sounds, impressive surprises and unique sound makes a luminous and original sound of this album.

Aki Takase / Silke Eberhard / Sebastian Gramss / Erwin Ditzner – “DITZNERs carte blanche – Live At Enjoy Jazz Festival 2017” (Fixcel Records, 2019)

Takase / Eberhard / Gramss / Ditzner - DITZNERs carte blanche / Live at Enjoy Jazz Fesitval 2017

“DITZNERs carte blanche – Live At Enjoy Jazz Festival 2017” is a new release of “Fixcel Records”. Album was recorded at Ënjoy Jazz Festival 2017″. This album is a great collaboration of Aki Takase (piano), Silke Eberhard (saxophone), Sebastian Gramss (bass) and Erwin Ditzner (drums). Four great jazz masters and impressive improvisers are creating exceptional sound. Each of them has its own sound and style. The music is filled with virages, gorgeous tunes, light and flowing melodies, passionate and dizzy passages, hot sparkles, burning bursts of energy or silent and contemplative pauses – the musicians surely know how to create effective sound. Rich musical language is full of ornaments, abbreviations, virages and sound experiments. The musicians are making the highest priority to the creation of innovative sound and extraction of unusual timbres. Brave noises, tremendous culminations, strange, weird, crazy or simply outrageous ways of playing always make an effort to rich and expressive sound.

“DITZNERs carte blanche – Live At Enjoy Jazz Festival 2017” is totally based on free improvisation. The innovations of contemporary experimental jazz, traditional tunes of ethnic Japan music, contemporary academical music tunes, Western Europe harmony and rhythms are mixed up all together with modern and contemporary jazz styles. The musicians don’t stick up to the rules and traditions – they combine together the roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz to the newest innovations of free improvisation and experimental jazz. Inventive ideas, original point of view, fresh and evocative expressions, spontaneous solos and incredible instrumentation is the base of compositions. Open form is used almost everywhere. Musicians are improvising spontaneously – their music never is too static or boring. Piano melodies by Aki Takase is the source of joy and drive. Marvelous improviser combines together the basics of Japan improvisational music and roots of avant-garde jazz. Her music is expressive, filled with wild solos, gorgeous passages, charming melodies, colorful ornaments, stunning culminations and trendy breaking sessions. Aki Takase dives in slow and subtle contemplations, is using experimental ways of playing, the newest innovations and dozens of moods. She has her own playing style which is based ono hot, bursting, explosing and driving playing manner. Her improvisations are usually based on spontaneous decisions and impressive solos. She jumps from the one mood to another in delicate and organic way. Saxophone by Silke Eberhard is moving and vibrant. Saxophonist is demonstrating dynamic and vivid playing. Hot playing manner, sharp tunes, sequences of sharp and aggressive tunes or rhythms, expression and drive are mixed up all together. The improvisations are based on experimental and modern jazz – here nervous bebop, aggressive hard bop gently fits with moving, spontaneous and impressive free improvisations. Saxophone leads the melodic line – it’s changing all the time and getting new colors and moods. Trendy and marvelous duos of piano and saxophone brings the pleasure, drive and joy to whole album. Bass is subtle and effective. Sebastian Gramss creates a deep and static bass line, which is contrasting with moving, wild, franzy, luminous and passionate solos. Slow, ambient and deep solos is the source of gorgeous timbres and sounds, expressove and moving culminations bring passion and brightness. Erwin Ditzner is the leader of drums section. It’s vibrant, aggressive, moving and impressive. Typical forms of modern and experimental jazz rhythms are mixed up with Afroamerican music, roaring drum rolls, dizzy passages, trembling and moving tremolos, extremely loud thunders, breaking sessions, frantic culminations or subtle pauses. All musicians have wide musical language, precise and virtuosic playing technique and impressive instrumentation. Experimental, shocking, weird, crazy, modern and traditional ways of playing are mixed up together. The album has expressive and sparkling sound.

Jean Derome – “Sudoku pour Pygmées” (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2019)

“Sudoku pour Pygmées” is released by “Ambiances Magnetiques”. All compositions of this album were composed by Canadian composer Jean Derome. This composer is famous, evocative and innovative musician of contemporary academical music scene. Innovative ideas, modern decisions, bright and tremendous contrasts, universal arsenal of playing techniques, expressions, styles and moods – all these elements make the main basic of his music. Jean Derome delicately and organically combines together academic avant-garde, experimental and contemporary academical music, free improvisations, polyphony, the main principes of classical music, modernism, minimalism and other music genres. His music always has especially wide and rich musical language – it’s emotional, vital, expressive and dynamic. Polyphony meets homophony, consonances are used all together with dissonances, dodecaphony, serialism, concrete, spectral, sonoristic music, minimalism, puantilism and the innovations of academic avant-garde. Composer manages to create a fusion of different styles – he connects avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music, who is totally different from each other. All music of the akbum was recorded by ensemble “Les Dangereux Zhoms+9”.

“Sudoku pour Pygmées” is filled with contrasts, sudden turns, gorgeous virages and dynamic changes. The compositions are based on synthetic form – sometimes it’s open, sometimes strict and firm, based on all the main forms of classical music. Free improvisation is the key of all compositions. Even though the musicians don’t improvising all the time, their music is full of flowing melodies, spontaneous solos, stunning riffs and fascinating sound experiments. All musicians of ensemble are balancing between totally free and wild improvisation and the innovative, modern and evocative contemporary academical music. Composer shows his wide musical knownledge – he’s fusing together absolutely uncompairable pieces of sifferent styles. Rich musical pattern is based on the main rules of contemporary academical music and free improvisation, but also has many allusions to other music styles. The excerpts of famous dances, humorous, parhetic, gentle, light pieces, minimalistic samples, heavy hard core of rock styles, the sounds of electronics and computer devices, strict polyphony of baroque, the classical forms and citations of classicism – these elements bring evocative and inspiring sound. The music is especially moving and thrilling – it’s  related to impressionism, post-impressionism, expressionism and modernism in many episodes. Jean Derome gives the opportunity to all the musicians to express themselfs without any effort. Each musician can get on sleepy or dreamy lullabies, subtle research of strange timbres, simple and minimalistic facture or jump on trendy, stunning, modern, evocative culminations or wild free improvisations. The huge variety of styles, expressions, tunes, pieces, moods and other elements finally makes a marvelous result. The music is inspiring, dynamic and driving. All musicians are brilliant – they are trying to recover and demonstrate original and exceptional sound and the main conception of the compositions. Vital and charming saxophones, expressive and turbulent piano, heavy and hard electric guitar, sharp and dramatic violin wild and growling trumpet and soft flute make the base of melodic line. Roaring blow outs, stunning culminations, terrific riffs, passionate solos, dizzy passages, humorous, glimpsy, driving, tremendous, trendy and impressive free improvisations are filled with gorgeous timbres, colorful tunes, strange noises and enchanting ornaments. Static and dark tuba, deep bass clarinet, dynamic percussion and variable drums section contain the colorful background and modern rhythmic section. All types of rhythms are used here – independent melodies are fused with enhanting passages, fabulous excerpts, gorgeous ornaments, rare combos, exotic tunes, nervous, scandalous and aggressive modern jazz, wild and thrilling free improvisations, spontaneous solos and various series of classical and contemporary academical music. The music is played impressively – musicians have a brilliant playing techniques, masterful virtuosity, the best quality of sound and driving style. The instrumentation is wide and universal – traditions, experiments, innovations, rare. exotic, awakening tunes are used together with shocking ways of playing. The musicians never make the chaos out of the compositions. Each of them is improvising wildly and expressively, but also has its own structure, who keep the form and mood of the album. Driving, dynamic, aggressive, splendid, gorgeous, tremendous, jolly, furious, dramatic, childish, naive, solemn, subtle, peaceful or scandalous – all kinds of moods are expressed here. The musicians create a marvelous set of original compositions, who are based on experimental musical decisions and fresh ideas.

Trevor Watts / Stephen Grew – “Let It Be – Live in Liverpool” (Fundacja Sluchaj, 2019)

“Let It Be – Live in Liverpool” is a new release of “Fundacja Sluchaj” label. Album was recorded by Trevor Watts (alto and soprano saxophones) and Stephen Grew (piano). Both musicians are great improvisers – they have impressive style, organic and expressive sound, thrilling playing manner and wide musical knownledge. Trevor Watts is an expressive and innovqative saxophonist. His improvisations are full of contrasts – hot and sharp chords, thrilling solos, furiously fast passages and driving melodies are the keys of his music. The influenze of modern jazz styles is made from American modern jazz. The improviser is continuing the roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz and music of its pioneers – free improvisation, spontaneous solos, sudden changes and experiments is the basic of it. Basically, Trevor Watts’s music is balancing betwen innovative experimental jazz, the roots of 1960’s and modern jazz. Stephen Grew has terrific playing technique, masterful virtuosity and driving playing style. His playing style is based on expressive free improvisation, modern instrumentation of contemprary academical music and the tunes of bebop and other modern jazz styles. Avant-garde and experimental jazz always rest the main base of compositions, no matter, that there’s a huge influenze of modern and contemporary jazz styles. Both musicians are the central figures of American avant-garde jazz scene. They are dedicated to create fresh, innovative and evocative sound.

“Let It Be – Live in Liverpool” is full of drive and expression. Both musicians are improvising just marvelous – they are creating an enchanting instrumentation, impressive sound and interesting fusions of different styles or innovative decisions. The music has contrasting and bright musical pattern. It’s solid, independent and has dozens of colors, layers, modern expressions, repetitive rhythmic or melodic series, sharp, nervous and expressive sequences of chords and other elements. Nervous and complicated rhythms, expressive mood, scandalous and ambitious solos, driving melodies are illustrated with huge range of coloristics, strange tunes, marvelous sequences, ornaments and abbreviations. The duo is improvising with passion, pleasure and drive. Their improvisations have active, intense and bright mood for the most of the time. There are two independent melodies, played by piano and saxophone. Though musicians have similar playing manner and styles, their music is contrasting and different. The first priority of the duo is to create innovative, exceptional, bright and enchanting sound. They are using universal kit of instrumentation. Very vell-known playing techniques and manners of classical and contemporary academical music are used along with sound experiments, special effects, rare combos and shocking ways of playing. Glissando, staccatto, vibrato, rubato, arpeggio, growls, urgling and aggressive blow outs are mixed up with sparkling riffs, charming passages, impressive sequences, breaking sessions and other similar ways of playing. Expression and drive is everywhere – musicians have a passion to sensitiive, fabulous and exceptional improvising. Saxophones by Trevor Watts are glimpsy, moody and dynamic. The music is based on hot thrills, turbulent explosions, burning and wild culminations, charming solos, urgling, growling, vibrant and roaring blow outs, shrieky tunes and totally free and expressive improvisations. Expressive, vital and light melodies are contrasting silent, cool and dreamy excerpts. Saxophones keep the melody and the driving mood of the compositions. Piano is the rhythmic and harmonic base, but also illustrates the melodic line. Stephen Grew is demonstrating his own and especially expressive playing style. Moving, thrilling and wild melodies are accompagnied by furious, aggressive and sharp chords, nervous and complicated rhythms and gorgeous special effects, ornaments and abbreviations. The music is changing all the time – from expressive and vital it gets dark, solemn, deep or calm. Both musicians are experimenting in various fields of musical language – that’s heard the most ast timbral and instrumentation’s section. Both improvisers have a sense to each other’s playing. Together they create a marvelous duo – it’s free, wild, expressive and scandalous, but never gets boring, distracter or chaotic. Musicians are always together – they get on rising, dramatic and turbulent culminations and go down to calm and relaxing pauses or subtle research of strange timbres and sounds. It’s a real piece of cake to listen to this album – it’s expressive, full of energy and drive.

 

SATOKO FUJII — “Kikoeru (Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo)” (Libra Records, 2018)

SATOKO FUJII - Kikoeru (Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo) cover

“Kikoeru” was released by “Libra Records” on 2018. Album was recorded by “Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo”. The leader of this ensemble is Satoko Fuji – great pianist, improviser and composer. Her music is always filled with hot sparkles, interesting fusions, fresh sounds, evocative playing techniques, spontaneous decisions and marvelous improvisations. Satoko Fuji is famous at Japanese and international scene of avant-garde jazz – she’s always collaborating with the famous ,interesting and talented jazz stars from different countries of the world. “Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo” is playing the compositions written by Satoko Fuji. Here wide musical language, masterful virtuosity, precision and rich knownledge are mixed up with drive, passion, motions, characters and innovative ideas. The composer arranges the compositions, but each improviser has its own space to express himself. Rich language, spontaneous solos, sudden changes, impressive solos, dramatic culminations, bordering dynamics and incredible instrumentation are the keys of their music.

The compositions of “Kikoeru” are written for an interesting combo. There’s a huge number of reeds and brasses, who are used together with bass and drums. 5 saxophones of various types contain the reeds section. It’s moving, expressive, vital and thrilling. The saxophones always give the main tune to whole melodic line and dictate the mood, character, tempo and other similar matters. The brasses are extremely loud – this section has 5 trumpets and 3 trombones. That makes an effective, bright and turbulent sound. Both sections are loud, vigilantes and dramatic. It’s making a bright contrast with independent drums section and lonely bass. All music is completely based on avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. The main principes of Japan improvisational music, bebop, post bop, hard bop, American and European experimental jazz, contemporary academical music, the rules of contemporary academical music of Western Europe make a wide and contrasting fusion of styles and sounds. Satoko Fuji is demonstrating her composing style and manner. She’s playing with sound – fresh experiments, extraction of strange and weird tunes, moderation of different scales, wild and crazy ideas, modern innovations and expressions make the main frame of her music. She doesn’t like to stay on traditional and conventional jazz – improviser gives all the opportunities to musicians to improvise and create new matters, forms, subjects and playing techniques. Her composing style is based on open form, variable harmony, repetitive rhythmic series, exotic tunes, authentic melodic intonations and ornaments of traditional Japanese music, free improvisation and the roots of 1960’s and 1970’s avant-garde jazz. All musicians are playing with passion and drive. They get a fantastic result – music is awakening, bright, tremendous and expressive. Each musician is creating his own melody – huge variety of melodies construct the polyphonic musical pattern. It has dozens of layers, who are brought up together with gorgeous tunes, coloristics, expressions, rhythms, chords, tunes, timbres and moods of various characters and types. That finally forms a terrific melodic section with suggestive and vivid melodie, independent rhythmic section who’s contrasting with melody, and gorgeous background who makes an imaginary and illustrative sound of both sections. The instrumentation is simply fantastic. Glissando is changed by rigorous blow outs, stunning passages, impressive rolls, trembling arpeggio, vibrant trills, soft pizzicatto, dreamy and nostalgic chords, breaking sessions, drums and bass duos, shrieky tunes, furious sequences of sharp and aggressive chords and etc. Traditional playing techniques are used along with experimental ways of playing, who always are shocking, home-made, specific, wild, crazy or simply strange. All the techniques and expressions are used silmunateously or at the same time – it’s brought together in delicate and organic way. The harmony join together two cultures – Western Europe and Asian. The authentic tunes of ancien music of Japan, specific chords, exotic pitches bring colorful and exceptional sound. It’s gently combined with quadratic form, traditional playing techniques, the main principes of Western Europe instrumentation and modern music and other elements. The music is contrasting and bright – it’s full of colors, styles and moods. Vivid, expressive and moving saxophones are filled with gentle, light, urging, glimpsy or thrilling solos, furious blow outs, sparkling riffs or dreamy pauses. The musicians base their music on driving melodies, research and extraction of unusual timbres, colorful expressions, breaking sessions and evocative decisions – all that makes an effort to hypnotising, bright and turbulent melodic section. Extremely loud and powerful section of brass is filled with expressive and explosing culminations, From deep and dark tunes music gets vivid, powerful, terrific and wild. Wah-wah, growl, urging tunes, wild and thrilling blow outs is the main part of trumpet’s improvisations. The section is the source of energy, passion, drame and drive. These two sections make a wild, tremendous and simply marvelous culminations, who make a huge contrast to bass or drums solos. Soft and subtle bass contain the main bass line. Here it’s dark, deep, solemn and strict in some episodes. The bass is expressed the best in solo episodes and the excerpts, who have soft, gentle and dreamy mood. Here improviser searches to new timbres, evocative expressions, impressive or original ways of playing. That effects wide source of gorgeous, strange and fresh timbres. Drums section is firm, moving and dynamic. It’s also very universal – drummer can easily go through different moods without any force. Deep and static, wild, gentle, furious, aggressive, modern and natural, organic and synthetic, nervous, sparkling, relaxing or powerful and vibrant – all these moods are effective and intense. The music of this album is a nice result of sensitive playing, precise and virtuosic playing technique, luminous and driving melodies and a great collaborations between all members of ensemble.

Line Up:

Satoko Fujii-conductor, composer
Sachi Hayasaka-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone
Kunihiro Izumi-alto saxophone
Kenichi Matsumoto-tenor saxophone
Daisuke Fujiwara-tenor saxophone
Ryuichi Yoshida-baritone saxophone
Natsuki Tamura-trumpet
Yoshihito Fukumoto-trumpet
Takao Watanabe-trumpet
Yusaku Shirotani-trumpet
Yoshihito Fukumoto-trumpet
Haguregumo Nagamatsu-trombone
Yasuyuki Takahashi-trombone
Toshihiro Koike-trombone
Toshiki Nagata-bass
Akira Horikoshi-drums