Raoul Björkenheim – “Solar Winds” (Long Song Records, 2020)

“Solar Winds” is a new album recorded by Raoul Björkenheim (electric guitar), Silvia Bolognesi (contrabass), Tiziano Tononi (drums, percussion, gong) and Emanuele Parrini (violin). The musicians are active members of avant-garde jazz scene. They’re developping an original and suggestive way of improvising – an expressive, vital and driving playing manner also is created. Generally, the music is based on free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, sonoristic experiments and the main tendencies of contemporary academical music. The musicians don’t stick up to the rules and ordinary conventions – they make surprising, inventive or even radical musical decisions.

Raoul Björkenheim is an excellent improviser who manages to create an independent, bright and expressive melody line. His electric guitar is dynamic and contrasting. A wide stylistic variety is created – here experimental jazz, free improvisation, contemporary and modern jazz, some elements of rock and avant-rock and the main elements of contemporary academical music. Deep, relaxing and solemn, haunted and dark, minimalistic samples, meditative and ascetic pieces suddenly getting anxious or angry, furious, aggressive and turbulent. The culminations are the most effective parts of his compositions – here sparkling riffs, remarkable melodies and tremendous culminations are accompagnied by special effects, synth tunes, strange timbres, sonoristic experiments, virageous ornaments, radiant perturbations, bursting spills of energy and full blasts. The synthesis of ornaments, playing techniques and expressions of all ranges effects an organic, vital and remarkable sound. Violinist Emanuele Parrini brings more drama and action to the compositions – expressive melodies, dynamic turns, waining, shrieky exclamations, remarkable solos played in active, anxious, furious or aggressive mood are contrasting to deep, silent and solemn pieces. If Raoul Björkenheim forms his music on the basics of avant-garde jazz, Emanuele Parrini is using extended playing techniques and innovations related to contemporary academical music mixed together with special effects, home-made and original ways of improvising and her very own playing techniques. Both musicians find the best way to collaborate and react to each other’s playing – they make the melody line to sound inspiring, driving and evocative. A stable bass line is created by contrabass player Silvia Bolognesi. Deep vibrant tunes, repetitive series, heavy dark solos accompagnied by terrific riffs, breaking sessions and effective sonoristic experiments – all these elements brought together make a bright and solemn sound. Gorgeous percussion, light ornaments of various ranges, dynamic and tough beat, multi-layed drums section and exotic gong – Tiziano Tononi is doing his best to create an astonishing, original and bright rhythmic section. All four musicians are using wide range of playing techniques, ways of improvising and expressions – they succesfully create an innovative, expressive and dynamic sound of “Solar Winds”.

Sestetto Internazionale(Sjostrom/Blunt/Mimmo/Kaufman/Kujala/Schick) – “LIVE IN MUNICH 2019” (Fundacja Sluchaj, 2020)

“LIVE IN MUNICH 2019” was recorded by “Sestetto Internazionale” – it’s an ensemble based on great musicians and improvisers. Here Alison Blunt (violin), Achim Kaufmann (piano), Veli Kujala (quarter tone accordion), Gianni Mimmo (soprano saxophone), Ignaz Schick (turntables, sampler) and Harri Sjöström (soprano & sopranino saxophones). An ensemble combines together the fundaments of avant-garde jazz, inspiring and evocative experimental jazz, free improvisation and the main tendencies of contemporary academical music. The music is bright, inspiring, expressive and dynamic, fullfilled with sudden changes and virageous stylistic turns.

Six musicians are demonstrating their own style and unique sound in the compositions of “LIVE IN MUNICH 2019”. The music is balancing between contemporary academical music, free improvisation and experimental jazz. Some elements related to bebop, hard bop, post bop or other modern jazz styles are used along with impressive free improvisations, spontaneous solos, hot spills, full blasts and other parts of instant improvising. That brings complicated rhythms, expressive vital passages, furiously fast and loud solos, aggressive beats or anxious riffs. These elements are brought to the main musical pattern along with strictly arranged pieces, the main tendencies of contemporary academical music, experimental jazz and academic avant-garde. The musicians are using an universal instrumental kit which is based on traditional ways of playing, extended, experimental, home-made, rarely used, exotic or specific playing techniques and special effects. Open form, free improvisation and classical forms of contemporary academical music are synthesized together – that makes a possibility to balance between to absolutely different music genres: contemporary academical music and free improvisation. The musicians are doing that just fine – they have a flexible, expressive and splendid playing manner and succesfully find the best way to combine contrasting pieces and styles. Sharp exagerations, hysteric exclamations, inspiring and luminous riffs, waining aggressive culminations are brought in by violin. An expressive, vital and especially emotional playing manner is chosen – Alison Blunt passes through silent melancholic tunes, minimalistic samples, solemn pieces and rises on striking riffs, sparkling culminations with transcendental passages, sharp persecuting tunes, soft elegant pizzicatto and remarkable melodies. Breaking sessions, driving expressive melodies, terrific riffs, impressive bright culminations accompagnied by frantic sequences and dynamic turns are the main parts of piano improvisations. Achim Kaufmann is the master of his art – his music is completely based on avant-garde jazz, instant improvising, spontaneous solos and his own conception. Saxophonists Gianni Mimmo and Harri Sjöström make a blooming, driving and remarkable reeds section which also is the soul of the melody line. The music is contrasting and dynamic – emotional turns, sudden jumps from lyrical contemplations to rising urgling culminations, virageous flowing passages and growing directly to passionate melodies and driving riffs, full blasts, hot growls, spills of energy. The musicians create and develope a wide range of playing techniques and expressions to create a moving, inspiring and expressive sound. More exotic. unusual and original tunes are brought in by quarter tone accordion by Veli Kujala and electronics mastered by Ignaz Schick. Drone, glitch, sampler, amplifications, sonic system’s experiments, special effects and other electronics get along together with acoustics. The music of this album has an inspiring, innovative and bright sound.

Lina Allemano’s OHRENSCHMAUS – “Rats and Mice” (Lumo Records 2020)”

“Rats and Mice” is the newest album of “Lumo Records” which will be released on March. An album was recorded by “Lina Allemano’s OHRENSCHMAUS” – it’s a Berlin-based trio where together play Lina Allemano (trumpet / compositions), Dan Peter Sundland (electric bass) and Michael Griener (drums). Avant-garde jazz, experimental music, free improvisation, the newest tendencies, innovations, traditions and extended playing techniques – all these elements contain the basic of the compositions played by three great jazz masters.

The musicians are open to new ideas, evocative radical decisions, modern innovations and its fusion with authentic traditions and the roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz. “Rats and Mice” is an album which has a huge stylistic variety, moving inspiring sound and is a place where different avant-garde jazz’s streams are joined together. Lina Allemano has san expressive, driving and dynamic playing manner. Her improvising style is based on American avant-garde jazz – the roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz are fused with the newest innovations, extended playing techniques, astonishing sonoristic experiments, evocative ideas and some tunes of European avant-garde jazz. Lina Allemano also is an author of the compositions – her compositions have a multi-layed and modern musical pattern, polyphonic structure, independent and bright melody line and gorgeous background. A trumpet is the soul of the melody line. Swirling, waining, growling, hysteric or rigorous solos blended with tremendous culminations, sparkling riffs and impressive passages contain the main basic of the compositions. Even though an improviser stays on active and dynamic mood for the most of the time, the music also gets silent, frustrated, solemn, modest or relaxing. In this way an improviser demonstrates her very own playing style, wide musical knownledge, expressive and vital playing manner and innovative instrumentation. A trumpet is the source of driving, bright, tremendous and passionate culminations, extremely loud breaking sessions, full blasts and powerful radiant riffs. Electric bass by Dan Peter Sundland brings synth tunes, strict hysteric riffs and remarkable melodies accompagnied by synth tunes, special effects, extended playing techniques and electronics. Terrific riffs and silent pauses, remarkable charming pieces and haunted dark episodes, vital dynamic solos, breaking sessions or radiant striking perturbations vs. minimalistic samples or abstract improvisations in solemn meditative mood – the contrasts and sudden jumps from the one mood to another are the main compounds of the compositions. A bassist is using his original and modern style, blends together European avant-garde jazz, modern and contemporary jazz styles and brings them in one place. That’s how an effective, bright, dynamic and driving sound is created. Drummer Michael Griener manages to create a dynamic, bright and expressive rhythmic section. It’s based on universal kit of instrumentation, wide variety of rhythms and styles – extravagant bebop, aggressive hard bop, modern complicated post bop, relaxing cool and the basics of free improvisation and avant-garde are joined together. These elements form the impressive, bright and spontaneous free improvisations. The music of this album is driving and sparkling, filled with contrasts and throusands of emotions, playing techniques and sonoristic experiments. An innovative instrumentation joins together traditional, extended and experimental ways of playing, special effects, sonoristic experiments and strange timbres, as well. The musicians create an independent melody line, dynamic rhythmic section and gorgeous background.

ABDOU / DANG / ORINS – “LESCENCE/GMATIQUE” (Circum Disk, 2020)

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“LESCENCE/GMATIQUE” is the newest release on “Circum Disk” label. An album was recorded by saxophonist Sakina Abdou, pianist Barbara Dang and drummer Peter Orins. Sakina Abdou fuses together the basics of avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music. Her compositions are based on inventive and colorful instrumentation there gently fit together ancient, classical, modern, extended and experimental ways of playing. Barbara Dang is an excellent pianist who developped her own style and unique sound in contemporary academical music and experimental jazz background. Peter Orins is a drummer based on experimental and avant-garde jazz. His music is filled with extravagant decisions, evocative ideas, innovations and surprises.

“LESCENCE/GMATIQUE” joins together free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, experimental and contemporary academical music. All three musicians feel free to express their own ideas, integrate shocking, inventive or crazy decisions, extract strange timbres or get on astonishing sonoristic experiments. An open form is chosen in most part of the compositions – that makes an effort to creation of multi-layed polyphonic musical pattern, innovative instrumental section and impressive free improvisation generally used everywhere. The music is especially emotional and touching – the musicians have expressive and driving playing manner. Their inspiring, moving and passionate playing manner mixed up with drive, fantasy, wild imagination, creativity and original point of view makes a driving, vital and dynamic sound of whole album. Each musician brings something original and inspiring to the compositions. Pianist Barbara Dang is bouncing from strictly arranged academical pieces to abstract and moving free improvisation. Her music is virageous and dynamic – from minimalistic pieces accompagnied by stable repetitive series and monotonous tunes, the music gets striking and passionate filled with dazzling transcendental passages, flowing ornaments, expressive vital melodies, driving riffs, terrific perturbations or radiant solos. After staying in calm, lyrical and relaxing mood, the music becomes vital, light and playful, sometimes – furious, aggressive, scratching, angry and rigorous. Saxophone tunes by Sakina Abdou are mostly based on the fundaments of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. There’s a huge stylistic variety which is used – an improviser manages to fuse together spontaneous solos, astonishing instant improvising, extravagant bebop, aggressive hard bop, steady cool and dynamic contemporary jazz. All these modern jazz’s styles are brought together with free improvisation, radical decisions, strongly expressed contrasts and astonishing sonoristic experiments extracted by saxophone. The music is luminous, bright and exciting filled with deep contemplations, solemn lyrical pieces growing out to striking, sparkling and driving riffs, breaking sessions and passionate culminations. Drums section by Peter Orins is completely based on avant-garde jazz and free improvisations. Breaking sessions and stable tunes, monotonous beat and furious blasts, lyrical slow pieces and furiously fast sessions, exciting, inspiring, driving and terrific riffs – all these elements and rhythms of various jazz styles are brought together in delicat and sensible way. A drummer is using his invention and wide musical knownledge to an exciting, bright and driving rhythmic section.

 

Alberto Posadas/Sigma Project – “Poetica Del Laberinto” (Wergo, 2020)

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“Poetica del Laberintho” is a fresh new release of “Wergo” label. All music was written by Alberto Posadas – a talented composer who has his very own and original style, unique sound and innovative point of view. His music is a nice combo of contemporary academical and experimental music, its main tendencies and innovations, and free improvisation. An album was recorded by “Sigma Project” based on four great saxophonists – Andrés Gomis, Ángel Soria, Alberto Chaves and Josetxo Silguero. The music by this quartet is expressive and vital, fullfilled with modern decisions, extravagant ideas, spontaneous solos and stylistic virages. An ensemble masterfully combines together the main basics of contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde, free improvisation and experimental jazz.

The music of “Poetica del Laberintho” is fullfilled with strange timbres, special effects and original sound. The compositions have the fundaments of the main tendencies of academic avant-garde and free improvisation all brought together. The music is luminous and dynamic, has a multi-layed musical pattern, rich stylistic variety and innovative instrumental section. From traditional, ancient, authentic and very well-known playing techniques the musicians pass to innovative, experimental and home-made ways of playing, rarely used, exotic, extravagant or simply crazy playing techniques. This wide range of playing techniques and ways of improvising makes an effort to luminous, innovative, vital and dynamic instrumentation and suggestive sound. The musicians are expressing wide range of moods and characters – their music is delight, charming and expressive, when it gets stretching, angry and anxious, aggressive and roaring, filled with buzzing, waining, roaring or trembling solos. Here vitality is mixed with deep silence and contemplation, expression and drive go along with lyrical, relaxing and dreamy pieces. Repettive series, minimalistic samples and strange timbres are the parts of various pieces – it gently fits together in deep, solemn and relaxing pieces, abstract free improvisations or striking, luminous and terrific culminations growing straight on sparkling riffs, dazzling passages and gorgeous ornaments. The musicians manage to find the balance between all these moods – their music never stays the same for a long time. Four saxophonists are demonstrating their own sound and sensible reacting to each other’s playing. When the one player is silent or stays on relaxing and meditative mood, the another one gets on driving sharp blow outs, roaring passionate riffs or bursts in furious, extremely fast and splendid passages. A masterful collaboration and flexible splendid playing manner, passionate and driving sound, strongly expressed contrasts and dynamic turns makes an effort to universal, dynamic and vital sound. Alberto Posadas compositions are masterfully turned into inspiring, driving and luminous interpretations by “Sigma Project”.

 

Paul Lytton & Nate Wooley – “Known / Unknown” (Fundacja Sluchaj, 2020)

Percussionist Paul Lytton and trumpeter Nate Wooley had recorded “Known / Unknown” – it’s the newest great collaboration between these two featured jazz masters. All the music is completely based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. New, extended, original and exciting ways of playing, modern expressions and colorful moving instrumentation – that’s the main base of compositions. Both musicians like to make sudden twists, rise on terrific solos and rigorous riffs, don’t hesitate to make surprising, exciting, vital or even radical and provocative decisions. That makes an inspiring and bright sound.

“Known / Unknown” compositions are based on open form, sonoristic experiments and free improvisation. Both musicians are demonstrating a splendid virtuosity and sensible reacting to each other’s playing. When the one is on harsh, bright and expressive mood, the other rests silent or accompagnies the main melody line with persecuting series, sharp tunes or strange timbres. The music is contrasting and bright – acoustics and electronics are brought together and are the fundaments of instrumental section. Amplifications, drone, glitch, special effects, synth tunes and other electronics are fused with traditional, very well-known, exotic, extended and innovative ways of playing extracted by acoustics. Bright, luminous and dizzy trumpet’s solos have expressive melodies with gorgeous ornaments, passionate thrills which grow out to rising culminations with full blasts, hot growls, moving trills, flashing solos and transcendental passages. Trumpet is the source of drive, expression, vitality and passion – Nate Wooley is using a wide range of different playing techniques, colors and moods to create an exclusive sound. Percussionist Paul Lytton is mixing together percussion and electronics. Complicated expressive rhythmic series, aggressive hard bop, steady cool or extravagant contemporary jazz are integrated to impressive collective free improvisations. Here an improviser shows his invention and creativity – strange timbres, crackings, frottings, exotic tunes and extended playing techniques are illustrated by strange timbres, synth tunes, amplificator’s sounds, special effects, in-puts, computer sounds and other electronics. All kinds of rhythms are used here and integrated to the main musical pattern – Paul Lytton creates a bright and dynamic rhythmic section and gorgeous background, Nate Wooley is an author of incredible and expressive melody line. Both sections gently fit together and contain a colorful, multi-layed and expressive musical pattern – a duo is swinging between different moods highly contrasting to each other. Deep silence is changed by virageous dizzy passages, relaxing contemplations, minimalistic samples or haunted pieces are rishing to rising attacks, striking sparkling riffs, terrific culminations, vibrant perturbations and radiant thrills. The music is inspiring, bright and expressive.

Meier-Hanes-Amberg – “Staggered Twisted Angled” (Wide Ear Records, 2020)

“Staggered Twisted Angled” is a new release completely based on free improvisation and experimental jazz. An album was recorded by three featured jazz masters – it’s David Meier (drums), Simon Hanes (electric bass) and Elio Amberg (tenor saxophone). The musicians are developping original and innovative ways of playing, experimentating on various fields of musical pattern. They’re open to new evocative ideas, extravagant or radical decisions, and interesting investigations, as well. That makes their music exciting, expressive and bright.

“Staggered Twisted Angled” is contrasting and bright. It has exclusive sound which is created by using wide range of expressions and moods, universal instrumental kit and modern, innovative and traditional ways of improvising gently brought to one place. Different pieces which are strongly contrasting to each other – stormy rigorous culminations, full blasts, expressive vital melodies, remarkable dizzy passages vs. relaxing peaceful solos, murmuring tunes, solemn and subtle solos, silent pauses and minimalistic samples. Drive, energy, expression and passion are brought in by Elio Amberg. This saxophonist is the master of his art – his music is exciting, thrilling and evocative. Remarkable melodies filled with hot thrills, growls, wains, shrieky exclamations, noisy, weird or exotic tunes, virageous passages and gorgeous ornaments. Driving riffs, tremendous culminations, breaking sessions and persecuting sequences also are the main parts of his improvisations. Elio Amberg manages to create a moving and touching improvisation by using all kinds of playing techniques, sounds, expressions and moods. His music is expressive, bright and exclusive. It makes an independent, bright and driving melody line, but also has some pieces played in solemn, lyrical, relaxing or deep mood. Various kinds of electronics and special effects are brought in by electric bass player Simon Hanes. An improviser masterfully mixes up together extravagant decisions, rarely used and innovative playing techniques, authentic traditions, roots of 1960’s avant-garde jazz and the newest tendencies of experimental jazz – as a result, an eclectic, vital and modern sound is created. Here heavy riffs, hot spills of energy, full blasts, driving riffs and remarkable melodies are combined together with relaxing pieces, minimalistic samples, deep contemplations tinged with rich variety of colors, sonoristic experiments, integration of radical and exotic decisions, pleasant surprises and dynamic turns. The music sometimes is similar to abstract impressive free improvisation with instant solos and spontaneous changes, heavy hard rock core, complicated and aggressive modern jazz, or evocative, interesting and original experimental music. The changes between these styles are made in flexible and delicate way, without any force or pressure. Drummer David Meier proposes us to listen to an universal rhythmic section based on wide range of playing techniques and expressions – expressive bebop, aggressive hard bop, complicated and extravagant post bop, steady cool, modern and dynamic contemporary jazz blended with impressive free improvisations, spontaneous solos and rigorous bursts of energy. The music of this album has an inspiring, dynamic and bright sound.

grünen (Achim Kaufmann, Robert Landfermann, Christian Lillinger) – “disenjambment” (Trokaan, 2020)

“grünen” – Achim Kaufmann (piano), Robert Landfermann (bass) and Christian Lillinger (drums) – is a featured trio which creates an exciting, bright and original improvisations based on the fundaments of experimental jazz. All three musicians are the central figures of international avant-garde jazz scene – they’re collaborating all the time with other famous jazz masters, are creating their own and original way of playing and already have an unique sound and brand conception of avant-garde jazz.

The newest release of “grünen” is “disenjambment”. The album is completely based on free improvisation, avant-garde and experimental jazz, sonoristic experiments, the main tendencies of contemporary academical and experimental music. Free improvisation is the basic of whole album – all three improvisers demonstrate an excellent collaboration and reacting to each other’s playing. The contrasts of different pieces are strongly expressed and colorful – each piece has its own character, sound and color. The episodes played in active and energetic mood are illustrated by tremendous  culminations, striking riffs, breaking sessions and moving thrills. Because of moving, expressive and exciting piano, bright and remarkable bass, powerful and dynamic drums basement, the main melody line is created. Started from remarkable, peaceful or relaxing tunes the melody is rising on thrilling strikes, sudden attacks, flowing passages, expressive vital melodies and luminous breaking sessions. Piano is the key of the melody line. Vital melodies, impressive riffs and tremendous culminations are leading to full blasts and real storms of sounds – flying passages, breaking sessions accompagnied by sonoristic experiments, hysteric perseucitng sequences, sharp aggressive chords and illustrative colorful instrumentation contain the base of the melody line. Piano is accompagnied by subtle, vivid or expressive bass created by Robert Landfermann. Trembling trills, elegant pizzicatto, passionate melodies, breaking riffs, radiant perturbations and vibrant culminations mixed with strange timbres and sonoristic experiments gently fit together with vital and expressive piano. Persecuting drums sessions, expressive and colorful timbres, full blasts and powerful culminations make an effort to powerful and bright rhythmic section leaded by Christian Lillinger. From time to time, all three musicians dive in deep contemplations played in meditative and relaxing mood. Here sweet romantic piano pieces accompagnied by tight bass line and stable beat, create an emotional, suggestive and solemn mood. Silent pauses, sensible sophistications, subtle researches of strange timbres and extended playing techniques make an effort to suggestive and original sound. The music of this album is totally based on free improvisation – most part of the compositions are created at the instant. New and exciting ways of improvising, extended playing techniques, strange timbres, universal kit of instrumentation, modern expressions fused with bebop, post bop, hard bop, cool and contemporary academical music – the mix of all these elements contain the basement of the compositions and effects an original, inspiring and expressive sound of this album.

Gianni Lenoci & Gianni Mimmo – “The Whole Thing” (Amirani Records, 2020)

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“The Whole Thing” is a great result of collaboration of two great jazz masters – pianist Gianni Lenoci and saxophonist Gianni Mimmo. Free improvisation played in driving and inspiring way, filled with strange timbres, special effects and modern expressions, is the fundament of their music. Both musicians are open to new ideas, have the will to create something astonishing, new and exciting. They also don’t hesitate to get on risky combinations, extract exotic or strange tunes, extended playing techniques or dive in original, modern and innovative sonoristic experiments.

The fundaments of avant-garde jazz, free improvisation, sonoristic experiments, radical decisions, experimental jazz’s innovations and the relations to other jazz styles are the basics of “The Whole Thing”. An album has an independent melody line based on polyphonic texture, dynamic bright rhythmic section and accompagnied by gorgeous background. The musicians pay much attention to sonoristic experiments, extraction of strange timbres and innovative playing techniques. They don’t hesitate to integrate innovative, experimental, extended, weird, bright or exotic ways of playing and improvising, strange timbres, ornaments and expressions of all ranges – as a result, an innovative and bright instrumental section is created. Moving, bright and expressive piano is filled with tremendous culminations, impressive riffs, persecuting sessions and relaxing pauses. Gianni Lenoci is using a wide range of playing techniques, rhythms and expressions to create a contrasting, suggestive and original sound. Meditative pieces played in lyrical mood and tinged with monotonous tunes, repetitive series, minimalistic samples, solemn and peaceful solos, murmuring subtle excerpts or extremely dark and haunted downs are the fundaments of lyrical and relaxing side of the album. These episodes gently fit together with saxophone’s tunes played in slow or mid-slow tempo, illustrated by trembling trills, peaceful subtle tunes, strange timbres, weird sounds and sonoristic experiments. A saxophonist Gianni Mimmo is showing his wide capacities of improvising and flexible playing manner. After lyrical, peaceful and relaxing pieces there comes real storms of sounds with persecuting sessions, sharp hysteric exclamations, remarkable melodies, exclusive riffs and flowing passages. Here both musicians are playing and collaborating together in original and dynamic way. When the piano keeps a persecuting, sharp and aggressive sequences, a saxophone suddenly bursts in furious passages, hysteric waining solos, full blasts of energy and explosing growls. Affter growling, trembling, moving and exciting saxophone, there comes piano with rising attacks, aggressive breaking sessions, radiant perturbations, furious scandals, exciting bright solos, transcendental passages, sudden turns and passionate melodies. A great collaboration of both musicians is the main reason why the music is so dynamic, exciting, surprising, filled with evocative ideas, fresh radical decisions and luminous culminations. Together they manage to create a colorful, passionate, emotional and driving music with independent suggestive melody line, dynamic rhythmic section, evocative instrumentation and expressive background.

Sue Lynch/Dawid Frydryk/John Edwards/Dave Fowler – “Dial” (FMR, 2020)

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“Dial” is a fresh new release of “FMR Records”. An album completely based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz, was recorded by four featured jazz masters – it’s John Edwards (double bass), Dave Fowler (drums), Sue Lynch (tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute) and Dawid Frydryk (trumpet, flugelhorn). Unique sound, splendid virtuosity, bright, original and inspiring playing manner, strong contrasts, millions of emotions and expressions, extended playing techniques, traditions and innovations – all these elements contain the basement of their music.

Intriguing changes, twisting turns, sparkling riffs passing down to murmuring, swirling, vital, shrieky or passionate solos – that’s the base of “Dial”. All four musicians are demonstrating their own point of view, expressive, enlightning and alive playing manner filled with extended playing techniques, sonoristic experiments, abbreviations, trills, glissando, vibrato, growls, wah-wah, and dozens of other coloristics, gently brought together. An independent and emotional melody line is leaded by reeds and brass section. Sue Lynch is a talented saxophone player, she combines together soft flute’s whistles and relaxing tunes, expressive, moving and dynamic saxophone and emotional clarinet. These instruments make a contrasting and dynamic mood which is always in change. Hot growls, full blasts, dizzy passages, swingy lullabies, relaxing pieces, minimalistic samples, tremendous culminations of trumpet and remarkable elegant flugelhorn’s melodies are brought in the compositions by Dawid Frydryk. Both musicians are getting on deep contemplations with repetitive series, monotonous tunes and soft chords which are joined together with soft flute’s whistles, lyrical solemn pieces, gentle and vivid solos played in fragile and subtle mood and accompagnied by furious, growling, passionate and bursting breaking sessions. The episodes played in solemn and relaxing mood consist of elegant and remarkable flugelhorn, soft vital flute and some excerpts of vivid, expressive and moving reeds. Finally the melody line is rising on striking, luminous and expressive culminations – it’s filled with swirling, twisting, roaring, hysteric and scandalous solos, furious exclamations, tremendous culminations, full blasts, furious persecuting sessions, breaking riffs and sonoristic experiments. These episodes are played in active and expressive, sometimes in furious, scandalous and thrilling mood, which makes an effort to suggestive, independent and exclusive melody line. Trumpet, saxophone and clarinet are the leading instruments who form the main melody line and bring tremendous, dynamic and vital mood to whole album. John Edwards double bass is an universal instrument which makes an effort to different sections – it brings more colors, expressions and sounds to the melody line, extended, strange and evocative ideas to the instrumental section, and makes a dynamic and moving rhythmic basement along with drums. Here repetitive series form a deep stable bass line and are passing to passionate vibrant sessions, thrilling culminations, breaking riffs filled with perturbations and blasts of energy and go deep down in haunted, dark and depressed pieces, solemn lyrical solos or deep sophistications with sonoristic experiments and radical, provocative and original musical decisions. Drums section is dynamic and bright, based on fusion of modern jazz styles and free improvisation – expressive complicated bop, aggressive hard bop, steady beat related to cool are integrated to luminous culminations, roaring breaking sessions, impressive free improvisations with astonishing sonoristic experiments. That makes a bright, passionate and driving rhythmic section. This album’s music is inspiring and innovative, filled with evocative ideas, original decisions and surprises.