Joelle Leandre / Elisabeth Harnik – “Tender Music” (Trost Records, 2018)

“Tender Music” was released on March 23 by “Trost Records”. That’s another one great avant-garde jazz album, which was recorded by a duo – Elisabeth Harnik (piano) and Joelle Leandre (bass). These two avant-garde jazz musicians are famous and active members of contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. Both of them have interesting, specific and unique playing style, which is based on colorful musical language, expressive and sudden stylistic turns and huge amount of different musical expressions. Elisabeth Harnik and Joelle Leandre are experienced and creative improvisers – both of them had improvised together with many other famous jazz masters. Avant-garde jazz, bebop, post-bop, hard-bop, experimental music, soft intonations of academic avant-garde and contemporary academical music – all these elements are gently synthesized together in one place. Creative and fascinating sound experiments, impressive and original musical decisions, rich, evocative and expressive musical language, vivacious, energetic and free improvisations, filled with spontaneous and rapid solos – all these elements are the basics of their improvisations. This album is a great opportunity to hear two outstanding jazz masters playing together.

“Tender Music” has evocative, innovative and interesting sound. The improvisations are always changing, they are based on many different styles, manners, expressions and the opposite episodes, which are highly contrasting with each other. Both musicians are improvising masterfully and splendidly – they fuse together colorful and sudden stylistic twists, expressive and spontaneous solos, rapid and acitve collective improvisations, subtle and abstract pieces, turbulent and dramatic culminations and many other elements. Elisabeth Harnik piano improvisations are based on contrasts and unusual musical decisions. Different moods, expressions, characters and other elements of musical language are connected in her improvisations. Piano improvisations are especially expressive, free, spontaneous, creative and vivacious. Rapid, wild fast and furious solos, harsh and loud separate dissonances, virtuosic and rapid passages, passionate and touching solos, vivacious and playful or very rigorous and sharp episodes – Elisabeth Harnik really knows how to connect all these contrasting music elements in effective and passionate way. Her playing is always balancing between various playing techniques, specific manners and expressions. Rapid, sharp and dynamic solos, which are based on bebop and hard-bop finally grow to dramatic, loud, powerful and vibrant collective improvisations with spontaneeous, expressive and emotional solos. Her music is balancing somewhere between expressive, playful, joyful and energetic improvisations and abstract, subtle and silent improvisations. Joelle Leandre bass improvisations also is the set of experimental playing techniques, various moods, emotions and chords, special effects, unusual timbres, strange sounds and evocative musical decisions. She can silmunateously use various and experimental ways of playing – huge range of experimental and extraordinary playing techniques are gently connected together with pizzicatto, glissando, portato and many others traditional and very well-known ways of playing. Her playing also is very colorful and contrasting – from the silent, meditative, nostalgic and soft sound this music suddenly gets to dramatic, rapid, vibrant, deep and dynamic solos. Passionate and expressive melodies are conected together dynamic rhythmic and harmony. Rich, colorful and impressive improvising, passionate solos, masterful and creative jazz masters, evocative musical language – all these elements make an effort to interesting and innovative sound.


Tyler Damon|Dave Rempis – “Full Yum” (Park 70, 2018)

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“Full Yum” was released on March by “Park 70” label. Album was recorded by a duet – Tyler Damon (drums, percussion) and Dave Rempis (saxophone). The improvisations by these two avant-garde jazz masters are full of interesting stylistic waves and expressive turns. Both musicians are famous in avant-garde jazz scene. Original playing style, touching and passionate improvising, specific and unique playing manners, extraordinary sound and huge amount of different playing techniques – all these elements are the main elements of their playing style. Their playing style is based on synthesis between avant-garde jazz, modern jazz and experimental music. Interesting and extravagant musical experiments, rich and modern musical language, loud and expressive solos, vivacious melodies or very silent and subtle episodes – all these and many other different elements are masterfully twisted together in one place. The musicians are the masters of combining together absolutely different playing techniques, manners, scales, expressions and timbres. They masterfully combine together independent melodies, timbres, specific and experimental ways of playing. Huge range of colors, moods, characters and timbres make a high effort to whole music.

The newest album of Damon Smith and Dave Rempis is based on the main elements of avant-garde jazz. Two musicians are improvising absolutely different from each other – loud, powerful and turbulent saxophone blow outs, expressive melodies, vivacious, energetic, active and dynamic solos, unusual timbres, extremely active, furious and rapid rhythmic, subtle and silent episodes – all these elements are gently fused together in their improvisations. The compositions have interesting, solid and expressive melodic pattern and firm rhythmic basement. Both musicians have their own priorities of improvising – they are dedicated to search for new and unusual timbres, specific playing manners, experimental ways of playing and make evocative musical decisions. Together they also are trying to expand the usual technical abilities of their instruments. The huge variety of moods, characters, scales, chords, rhythms and other elements of musical language are gently combined together. Saxophone improvisations by Dave Rempis have impressive and interesting sound. It reveals all the main elements of Dave Rempis improvising style. Expressive, wild fast and furious solos, vivacious, vivid, striking and passionate melodies, evocative and innovative musical decisions, colorful and modern instrumentation, fascinating musical experiments, contrasts between different moods and characters, masterful ability to switch between different moods and expressions – all these elements are the main basics of Dave Rempis improvisations and are very clearly heard in this album improvisations. Musician try out many different playing techniques – he masterfully fuses together experimental and traditional ways of playing. Silent, subtle and abstract episodes, unusual and extraordinary timbres are connected together with turbulent, expressive and impressive improvisations. Tyler Damon drums section is based on rapid and active rhythmic. It’s also reveal all the main elements of Tyler Damon improvising. Turbulent, loud, vibrant and powerful drum rolls, original and evocative musical decisions, vivacious arpeggios, rapid and wild fast passages, fanfars and many other similar playing techniques are gently fused with colorful percussion timbres and sudden changes of musical language. Drummer extract huge amount of unusual timbres and sounds. Absolutely different episodes and moods and put against one and other. The music of this album is full of turns, colorful stylistic twists, expressive and passionate solos and impressive collective improvisations.

Bowlcut – “Semaphore” (Amalgam, 2018)

“Semaphore”was released this year by “Amalgam”. Album was recorded by “Bowlcut”, which members are three interesting and evocative avant-garde jazz masters – Jake Wark (tenor saxophone), Matt Murphy (guitar, electronics, cassette tape) and Bill Harris (drums, percussion, microkorg). The improvisations by these three musicians are filled with live, interesting, dynamic and expressive sound. Musicians succesfully combine together acoustic and electronic nstruments, tape recordings, electronic music sounds, musical experiments and many other elements. All these elements are the basics of their improvisations. Each of the musicians has their own playing style, unique sound and specific playing manner. They are willing to create different and original sound, expand the ordinary ebilities of their instruments. The improvisations are contained by many different music elements. Expressive, vivacious, turbulent, energetic and dynamic solos are combined together with calm, relaxing and peaceful episodes. The sudden twists, turns and colorful variety of musical expressions, playing techniques and other musical language elements are masterfully combined together. Musicians had been improvising together many times – even though their playing highly differs from the others, their collective improvisations is the masterful and organic synthesis between various music styles, expressions, moods, feelings and sounds.

The compositions of this album are based on avant-garde jazz elements. Avant-garde, jazz, electronic music, tape recordings, field recordings, evocative musical experiments and rich musical language are all the main elements which effect the most whole sound of the album. Musicians trying out new and experimental ways of playing, organically combines together absolutely different and independent music episodes. This music isn’t based on memorable, loud, powerful and expressive melodies – the main and the biggest attention is paid for search of new timbres, strange sounds, inventive and experimental musical decisions and many other similar elements. The main musical pattern is based on abstract structure – independent and separate melodic elements, scales, rhythms and sounds are gently combined together. Saxophone solos by Jake Wark bring evocative and interesting sound. Silent, abstract, relaxing, peaceful and subtle solos are gently combined together with loud and turbulent episodes filled with expressive and passionate melodies, and high variety of unusual timbres. Musician experiments in all fields of musical language – he try out specific playing techniques, combines together separate and repetitive melodic and rhythmic elements and searches for new and strange timbres. Experimental playing techniques are masterfully combined together with traditional ways of playing. Glissando, expressive arpeggios and wild fast passages, noisy blow outs and many other playing techniques create the colorful and gorgeous variety of different sounds and extraordinary timbres. Saxophone melodies are highly contrasting with electronic music elements, which also are frequently used inthis album. Tpe recordings, unusual timbres, computer devices, field recordings, sonic system experiments and many other electronic music elements are controlled and created by guitarist Matt Murphy. His guitar melodies are full of expressive solos, vivacious and striking melodies, sound experiments and dynamic rhythmic. Guitar and saxophone melodies are put against huge variety of electronics and are colorfully illustrated by its unusual sounds, voice elements and experimental playing techniques. Bill Harris percussion and drums section is firm and solid – it’s full of dynamic and different rhythms, original and gorgeous percussion sounds, powerful drum rolls, wild fast arpeggios, vivacious passages and other elements. All three improvisers create interesting, dynamic and passionate improvisations, which have innovative, interesting and vivid sound.

Gunnar Geisse – “The Wannsee Recordings” (NEOS, 2018)

“The Wannsee Recordings” was released on February 22 by “NEOS Music”. Album compositions were written by Gunnar Geiss. Gunnar Geiss is a composer, which music is based on synthesis between many different music elements and styles. Academic avant-garde jazz, acoustic and electronic instruments, the sounds of computer devices, experimental playing techniques, free improvisations, spectral, concrete and experimental music, avant-garde jazz, various modern and innovative techniques of orchestration and the will to expand the ordinary abilities of the instruments – all these elements are just the part of Gunar Geiss compositions. He masterfully combines together different music elemtns and styles. Expressive, warm and live acoustic instruments solos are organically combined together and illustrated by huge range of computer music, electronic, spectral and concrete music. Various timbres, strange noises, weird sounds, specific and innovative playing manners, evocative musical decisions are the main keys of his composing style. His music is based on huge variety of forms – the traditional forms are synthesized together with free improvisation. The spontaneous, evocative, expressive and free solos by various instruments or instrument’s groups are very frequently heard in Gunnar Geiss improvisations. The elements of academic avant-garde, avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and various forms of electronic music contain the main basic of Gunnar Geiss compositions. This music is unpredictable and filled with sudden twists and colorful turns – after expressive and evocative melodies, vivacious and striking solos there comes the episodes which are based on free improvisation and spontaneous solos, or abstract and specific electronic music experiments. Composer is using all kinds of different instruments – improvised, acoutic and electronic instruments are very important to him. Along with academic avant-garde, avant-garde jazz, experimental and electronic music there’s also heard some intonations of rock and other similar music styles. Huge variety of composing techniques is synthesuzed together – puantilism, the elements of dodecaphony, serialism, main composing techniques of concrete, spectral and computer music are combined together with free improvisation and fascinating musical experiments. All these elements are masterfully synthesized together and usually bring fascinating, colorful and innovative sound to Gunnar Geiss compositions.

The music of the newest album is based on academic avant-garde, computer music, electronic music and free improvisation. Abstract and free music form, colorful and dissonance harmony, innovative and evocative orchestration, various special effects and sounds – all these elements form rich and modern musical language. The compositions of this album have very contrasting and evocative sound – many different episodes are joined together. After loud and powerful acoutic instruments solos, expressive and vivacious melodies, striking and evocative sound there comes the episodes which are totally based on electronic music. This music has many patterns, which are individual and separate from each other, but are masterfully and organically fused together. Acoustic pattern is filled with evocative, expressive, powerful ,loud and dynamic solos, free improvisations, spontaneous solos, inventive and innovative musical decisions and astonishing musical experiments. All different kinds of modern orchestration are used here – experimental playing techniques are combined with traditional playing techniques. The orchestration is especially gorgeous, interesting and full of extravagant and interesting musical decisions. The pattern of electronic music also is very rich and makes an effort to whole sound of the album. It’s as much important as acoustic instruments pattern. These two patterns are used silmunateously or – all together in one time. Sonic system experiments, various sounds of computer devices, experimental ways of playing, original and interesting ways of playing, the imitations of various sounds, spectral and concrete music elements, field recordings, tape recordings are gently combined together and contain independent and abstract musical pattern. This music has especially rich variety of sounds and music styles. All kinds of different music language elements, expressions, playing techniques, scales, harmony chords and other elements are mixed in one place. The composer masterfully fuses together expressive, lengthy, playful, vivacious, vivid and strking melodies with harsh, aggressive, dark, depressive, provocative or dramatic sound. Silent, subtle and abstract episodes are connected together with live and energetic solos which finally lead to dramatic and turbulent culminations. This music has modern, extravagant and innovative sound.

Kyle Gann – “Hyperchromatica” (Other Minds, 2018)

“Hyperchromatica” was released on March 23 by “Other Minds Records”. Album compositions were written by Kyle Gann. Kyle Gann is an American composer and music critic. His music is based on microtonal and chromatic structures, which are organically synthesized together with various specific timbres, electronic music elements and polychromatic forms. The synthesis between various music styles and expressions is heard in his compositions. Academic avant-garde, electronic and spectral music, concrete music, mikrochromatic and polychromatic music elements, modified tonal system and various elements of contemporary academical music – all these elements are the basics of Kyle Gann compositions. This composer had been experimenting in various fields and sections of musical language. Kyle Gann is dedicated to create new, original and innovative sound, which is full of colorful and interesting timbres, evocative musical decisions and modern musical language. Kyle Gann compositions have difficult musical language and usually are based on polyphonic musical patterns. Special sound effects, huge variety of different sounds and timbres, expressions of different moods and electronic music playing techniques. His music has dynamic and interesting sound – sometimes it’s harsh, metallic, aggressive, cold, provocative and depressive, when it’s suddenly grows to expressive, vivacious, soft, melancholic, elegic, nostalgic and relaxing mood. All different kinds of feelings, moods, timbres, expressions and other elements of musical language are used in Kyle Gann improvisations.

The newest album “Hypochromatica” is based on compositions for modified piano, which has 243 keys and has much bigger abilities than ordinary mechanic piano. All the compositions of this album are full of interesting timbres, inventive musical decisions and modern musical language. The modified piano has much bigger technical abilities – composer is able to use in his music polychromatics and polyrhythms, highly expands the abilities of sounds. This music is based on chromatic and hypochromatic sounds, polychromatics and polyrhythms – all these elements are organically and effectively combined together with other playing techniques. The compositions have difficult and rich musical language, where microtones and hypochromatics are gently combined together with polyphonic musical pattern, independent melodic and rhythmic elements, unusual timbres, specific electronic music techniques, strange noises and electronic devices sounds. Huge and rich variety of various modern and experimental ways of playing highly effects whole sound of the compositions. The compositions are full of dynamic stylistic waves and musical expressions – after sharp, harsh, aggressive, provocative, synthetic and electronic sound there comes gorgeous, relaxing, peaceful and evocative pieces. Expressive melodies, vivacious and striking music elements, nostalgic and relaxing episodes, spontaneous and evocative musical decisions, musical experiments, special sounds effects and different kinds of moods are synthesized together. Composer masterfully reveals his own and unique manner and composing style. He creates gorgeous, interesting, dynamic and innovative sound by using expanded tonal system, mikrotones, mikrochromatics, all different kinds of polychromatics and polyrhythms, the sounds of electronic devices and other elements of experimental music and academic avant-garde. His music gives us an opportunity to hear fresh, evocative, different and innovative sound.

Torben Snekkestad / Agusti Fernandez / Barry Guy – “Louisiana Variations” (Fundacja Sluchaj, 2018)

“Louisiana Variations” was released on March 27 by “Fundacja Sluchaj” records. Album was recorded by three avant-garde jazz masters – Torben Snekkestad (saxophone), Agusti Fernandez (piano) and Barry Guy (double bass). These three avant-garde jazz masters are active, creative and interesting members of contemporary avant-garde jazz scene. Their music is touching, expressive, passionate and vivacious. The huge variety of different styles, playing manners, extended playing techniques and other musical expressions are gently combined together in one place. Unique sound, specific and interesting playing manner, inventive and innovative improvising, original stylistic waves and turns and spontaneous solos – all these elements are gently combined together in one place. Musicians pay high attention to the musical experiments and are dedicated to create extraordinary, specific, expressive and innovative sound. The variety of extended playing techniques, brave and creative musical experiments, inventive and interesting musical decisions, extraction of new timbres and strange noises – all these things are the main and the most imprtant part of their improvisations.

The compositions of this album are based on avant-garde jazz. Expressive, vivacious and free collective improvisations are full of many different timbres, playing manners, original and interesting musical decisions and strange timbres. Each musician is improvising individually and differently from the others. Trio is dedicated to search for innovative sounds and timbres, expand the technical abilities of their instruments and create new and extraordinary sound. Torben Snekkested saxophone improvisations are full of unpredictable stylistic waves, sudden turns, huge variety of musical expressions and playing techniques. His improvisations have rich, bright and evocative sound, are based on free form and individual melodies, which are highly contrasting with other instruments. Wild fast arpeggios, rapid and extremely active passages, powerful, turbulent, sharp and aggressive blow outs, aggressive and provocative sounds, expressive and dramatic melodies, vivacious, touching and striking solos and fascinating musical experiments – all these elements are gently combined together in one place. Saxophone improvisations are filled with bright, extremely expressive, vivacious, dynamic and touching sound, which effect whole sound of the improvisations. Agusti Fernandez piano improvisations also are extremely rapid, active, bright and expressive. Turbulent and powerful solos, virtuosic and wild fast arpeggios, vivacious, vivid, striking and expressive melodies, special sound effects and experimental ways of playing – Agusti Fernandez can masterfully put these absolutely different things all in one place. His improvisations has especially effective, rapid and vibrant sound. From the silent, abstract and peaceful episodes these improvisations grow to loud, powerful, deep, vibrant and striking culminations, which are filled with astonishing musical experiments, special sound effects, strange timbres and marvelous solos. Barry Guy double bass improvisations are based on free improvisation, search of new timbres and musical experiments. Improviser try out many different playing techniques, expressions and other musical language elements and creates expressive, innovative and passionate sound. The huge range of timbres, different colours of sounds, experimental playing techniques, special effects, extended and innovative playing manners, masterful and organic synthesis of different moods, characters, expressions and other elements of musical language are the basics of these improvisations. Double bass improvisations highly effect whole sound of the improvisations – it bring extremely energetic, vivid, live, vibrant and colorful sound. The compositions are based on impressive and masterful improvising and have original and innovative sound.


Emmeluth’s Amoeba – “POLYP” (ØRA FONOGRAM, 2018)

“POLYP” was released this month by “ØRA FONOGRAM”. Album was recorded by four interesting, creative and innovative avant-garde jazz musicians quartet “Emmeluth’s Amoeba”. This ensemble members are innovative and creative jazz masters – Signe Emmeluth (alto saxophone, compositions), Christian Balvig (piano), Karl Bjora (guitar) and Ola Mofjell (drums). These four musicians are active members of Scandinavian jazz scene.  Signe Emmeluth had became famous because of projects with other famous Scandinavian jazz masters such as  Paal Nilssen-Love, Pascal Niggenkemper, John Edwards, Mette Rasmussen, Mats Gustavsson and many others. Each musician has its own and original playing style, which consists of different playing manners, individual improvising, unique sound and high variety of different playing techniques. The compositions to this ensemble are usually written by Signe Emmeluth. Her composing style is based on synthesis between free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, contemporary academical music and its various styles and elements. This music is full of sudden and unpredictable stylistic waves, turns and colorful twists – contrasting and independent episodes, melodies, sounds and playing techniques are mixed all together in one place. Masterful synthesis between various music styles and traditions, extended playing techniques, impressive musical experiments and expressions bring effective, vivacious, expressive, touching and passionate sound.

The compositions of “POLYP” reveal all the main and the most effective elements of the members of this ensemble. Free, rapid, active, dynamic and expressive collective improvisations are based on contrasts, bright, rich and expressive musical language, original musical decisions and spontaneous solos. Four musicians are improvising absolutely different from each other – independent, different and colorful melodies are masterfully twisted together in one place. The musicians pay hgh attention to search of new and innovative ways of playing, strange timbres, weird and evocative musical expressions, expanding of technical abilities of their instruments. Alto saxophone improvisations by Signe Emmeluth are filled with unusual and weird timbres, impressive and astonishing musical experiments, expressive and vivacious melodies and rapid solos. Wild fast and furious passages, powerful and turbulent blow outs, shrieky, harsh and aggressive solos, provocative and rigorous sound, wide range of different musical expressions and extended playing techniques – all these elements makes an effort to active, turbulent and interesting sound. Christian Balvig piano improvisations are full of interesting and expressive solos and sudden turns. Dissonance harmony, independent and colorful melodies, the synthesis between avant-garde jazz and elements of contemporary academical music are twisted together in one place. The main mood of Chriatian Balvig improvisations is vivacious, rigorous, live and active – dynamic and unpredictable stylistic waves and turns, contrasts between absolutekly different musical expressions, playing techniques, manners, sounds, chords and harmonies helps musician to express his own playing style and create effective and innovative sound. Karl Bjora guitar improvisations fit together with all instruments. Energetic and passionate solos are contrasting with calm and relaxing episodes, dramatic and turbulent culminations, weird sounds, extended playing techniques and many other elements of modern musical language. Ola Mofjell drums improvisations bring especially energetic and active sound. Musician creates and keeps solid, firm and colorful rhythmic pattern, which is created by huge amount of different ways of playing, free improvisation, innovative and brave musical decisions and various rhythmic formulas. Powerful drum rolls, turbulent and spontaneous free improvisations, loud and vibrant arpeggios – these and many other things helps the musician to create original and innovative sound. The music of this album has interesting and evocative sound, which is created by passionate, talented and innovative jazz masters.