“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.