Roots Magic – “Last Kind Words” (Clean Feed, 2017)

“Last Kind Words” – it’s a new avant-garde jazz album released by “Clean Feed Records”. Album improvisations had been played by experimental jazz ensemble “Roots Magic” which members are Alberto Popolla (clarinet, bass clarinet), Errico De Fabritiis (alto, baritone sax), Gianfranco Tedeschi (double bass0, Fabrizio Spera (drums) and ensemble guests Luca Venitucci (organ and piano in tracks 1,4,6,9), Luca Tilli (cello on track 3 and 7) and Antonio Castiello (dub effects on track 12). The improvisations of these musicians have expressive, dynamic and original sound. Emotional, innovative, full of unpredictable musical decisions and styles elements – these are the main elements of compositions. The musicians of this ensemble have different and original improvising and playing style. Each musician has his own playing style which is based on different countries music and music styles. The organic and masterful combining of various music styles is the main base of compositions played by this ensemble.

Album has 12 compositions. All compositions are very different from each other.The high variety of music styles is very much heard in these compositions. Avant-garde jazz elements are combined with modern jazz styles, blues and traditional jazz intonations and also with music elements of various European countries and American music, funk, African-American music and many other music styles. Though “Roots Magic” is an ensemble which playing style is between traditional jazz, blues and experimental avant-garde jazz, the ensemble masterfully combines these elements with African – American music rhythmic, memorable and expressive melodies, virtuosic, sharp, loud and rigorous solos of reeds and other acoustic instruments. This high variety of different music styles and expressions is masterfully combined together in one composition. The musicians are improvising free, expressive and emotional. Their improvisations are also based on contrast elements and musical experiments. Europe, Africa and America countries traditional music intonations, contemporary academical music styles and genres, funk and other various music elements are heard very much in these compositions. That’s why this album don’t have one basic music style – it’s an album based on the high variety of different and contrasting music styles. The virtuosity and creativity of talented musicians, inventive musical decisions, colorful harmony and other musical expressions, high variety of music styles and other elements make an effort to original and interesting sound of this album.

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Nate Wooley – “KNKNIGHGH (MINIMAL POETRY FOR ARAM SAROYAN)” (Clean Feed, 2017)

“KNKNIGHGH (MINIMAL POETRY FOR ARAM SAROYAN)” – it’s another one of the newest albums released this month by “Clean Feed Records”.  This album had been played by Nate Wooley (trumpet), Chris Pitsiokos (alto saxophone) Brandon Lopez (bass) and Dré Hočevar (drums). The improvisations played by these musicians have original and creative sound. The high variety of music styles, expressions, playing techniques and musical experiments are the main basics of these musicians improvising style. The musicians had been improvising together many times in the past as a quartet and with other great avant-garde jazz musicians. Their playing style, sound and improvising are very different from each other, but all music elements are gently combined together.

The album has 5 compositions. All the compositions are based on avant-garde jazz elements and musical experiments. The quartet pay high attention to special and original sound of the composition – they search new timbres, extended and innovative playing techniques, special sound effects and other music elements which have an effort to make a interesting and dynamic sound. Saxophone and trumpet melodies full of virtuosic elements, loud blow-outs, memorable and short episodes and strange timbres and sounds are very important part of these compositions. Nate Wooley and Chris Pitsiokos solos and duets are full of rigorous, sharp and loud solos with high variety of different music expressions combined together. With saxophone and trumpet melodies there also sound interesting and dynamic bass melodies and drum solos. The rhythmic of the improvisations are full of unpredictable musical decisions and surprises – sometimes it’s very dynamic and repetitive and suddenly it turns out to be very static. The compositions are full of drum rolls, virtuosic solos and the high variety of rhythms. All musicians pay high attention to free and expressive improvising. That’s why their improvisations have original and interesting sound and are full of many different music elements masterfully combined together.

Eric Revis – “Sing Me Some Cry” (Clean Feed, 2017)

“Sing Me Some Cry” – it’s one of the newest albums released by “Clean Feed Records” this month. This album had been recorded by a group of creative and talented avant-garde jazz musicians – Eric Revis (double bass), Ken Vandermark (tenor saxophone and clarinet), Kris Davis (piano) and Chad Taylor (drums). All these musicians have original and unique playing and improvising style. Their improvisations are full of strange and peculiar sounds, innovative musical experiments, special sound effects, extended playing techniques and other music elements. As a quartet, these musicians had been improvising many times in the past. Even though these four musicians are absolutely different from each other, their improvisations combine together masterfully and organic.

The album has 9 compositions. All of them are different from each other and full of various music styles elements. Repetitive rhythmic and melodic elements, memorable and expressive melodies, the high variety of virtuosic elements, energetic, dynamic and rigorous collective improvisations – these are the main elements of album improvisations. The main part of improvisations are based on avant-garde jazz elements. Sharp, loudly and rigorous various instruments solos, the high variety of virtuosic elements, colorful instrumentation and harmony make an effort to original and interesting sound. After loud and sharp episodes there suddenly comes silent and and soft solos with memorable and subtle melodies, static rhythmic and other music elements. The difference between these contrastic episodes are heard very brightly especially in last composition of the album “Glyph”. As it was written before, these compositions are full of various music styles. Avant-garde jazz elements are combined with modern and traditional jazz styles, blues, contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde, minimalism and other contemporary music styles. All these different music styles are masterfully combined together in one composition. High variety of contrastic music elements, innovative musical experiments, extended playing techniques and masterful improvising of musicians make an effort to original and interesting sound of this album.

Connie Crothers​/​Virg Dzurinko – “Two​-​Piano Quintet” (MINUS ZERO, 2017)

“Two Piano Quintet” – it’s a new album released this year in “MINUS ZERO”. The album was recorded by  a group of talented avant-garde jazz musicians – Connie Crothers (piano), Virg Dzurinko (piano), Adam Lane (bass), Daniel Carter (flute, trumpet, clarinet, saxes (soprano, alto & tenor)) and Vijay Anderson (drums). All these musicians are creative and talented avant-garde jazz experimentators. This album is the first time then all of them are improvising together as ensemble. Each of them has unique playing style, try out to search new and different playing techniques and combine absolutely different elements together. Their music is full of surprises, innovative and creative ideas and musical decisions and music styles. This album also is a rare opportunity to hear improvising together two virtuosic pianists – Connie Crothers and Virg Dzurinko.

Album has 2 compositions – “Two Piano Madness (Part 1)” and “Two Piano Madness (Part 2)”. These compositions have original, interesting and evocative sound. The main basic of these compositions are wonderful and masterfully played piano duets. Virtuosic melodies, the high variety of music styles, elements, themes, dynamics and harmonies, masterfully combining of absolutely contrastic music elements, unpredictable and expressive piano melodies – these are the main elements of these compositions. Virg Dzurinko and Connie Crothers – these names are one of the most famous jazz pianists in free – jazz scene. These two pianists are improvising exciting, expressive and original. They also pay high attention to different sound search. Strange, peculiar timbres and sounds are heard in these compositions. The duets of these high-talented and creative avant-garde jazz experimentators is unpredictable, original, innovative and full of surprises. Even though these musicians have absolutely different improvising styles and sound, their expressed and original improvisations are gently combined together in one composition. Expressive and wild reeds melodies, subtle and organic bass improvisations and the high variety of drums and percussion rhytms. Adam Lane, Daniel Carter and Vijay Anderson improvisations are also full of surprises, unpredictable stylistic waves and musical experiments. All of them are improvising free, wild, very contrastic and dynamic, but all the melodies and sounds finally are gently combined together in one composition. This album isn’t just a rare opportunity to hear improvising two great avant-garde jazz pianists. This album also is a set of innovative, original and expressive compositions.

 

 

Peter Brötzmann, Steve Swell, Paal Nilssen-Love – “Live In Tel Aviv” (Catalytic Sound, 2017)

“Live in Tel Aviv” – it’s the newest album released by “Catalytic Sound”. The album was played by three avant – garde jazz masters – Peter Brotzmann (saxophone, clarinet), Steve Swell (trombone) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). These three famous avant-garde jazz experimentators have memorable, original and unique improvising style and sound. Their improvisations are full of unpredictable stylistical waves, musical expressions, sound effects and other contrastic music elements. They had played many times together in the past and had created marvelous and original sound. The music of these three jazz masters has innovative and original sound.

Album “Live In Tel Aviv” has 2 compositions. These compositions had been recorded in live concert this year. The main elements of compositions are virtuosic and memorable melodies, special, extended and innovative playing techniques, sound effects and colorful harmony and instrumentation. These elements are the main part of compositions. The musicians, as same as in other compositions, improvising free, contrastic and innovative. They try out many different playing techniques and various music styles elements. The improvisations are based on contrasts – there are fast, rigorous episodes with saxophone blow-outs, virtuosic and dynamic trombone solos and the high variety of rhytm. After these episodes there suddenly comes silent and subtle improvisations with the high variety of percussion instruments sounds and timbres. Three jazz masters are improvising original and innovative – different and contrastic music elements and melodies are masterfully combined together in one composition. This album has an original and innovative improvisations played by famous and talented avant-garde jazz masters.

Uwe Oberg/Cristof Thewes/Michael Griener – “Lacy Pool__2 ” (Leo Records, 2017)

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“Lacy Pool__2 ” – it’s a new avant-garde jazz album released at “Leo Records”. This album is a set of Steve Lacy compositions interpretations played by three avant-garde jazz masters – Uwe Oberg (piano), Rudi Mahall (clarinets) and Michael Griener (drums). These three musicians are famous jazz masters. Through years of creative activity the musicians had created their own and original improvising style. They also had collaborated with many famous avant-garde jazz masters. The musicians had recorded “Lacy Pool_1” in 2009. This album also was a set of Steve Lacy compositions played and improvised by these three musicians. The improvisations of these musicians are dynamic, original and full of unexpected musical decisions and sound experiments.

“Lacy Pool__2 ” has 12 compositions. All compositions were written by saxophonist Steve Lacy. The improvisations created by Steve Lacy were re-played many times by various jazz musicians. Each musician try to search out a new sound and style of these compositions. The compositions of these album have a professional, interesting and colorful instrumentation. Virtuosic piano melodies, sharp and dynamic harmony, the high variety of rhytms, expressive and memorable clarinet melodies – these are the main elements of composition. The high variety of jazz styles are heard in these compositions. Avant-garde jazz elements are combined with bebop, post-bop, other modern jazz styles and a bit of traditional jazz intonations. But the main basement is avant-garde jazz – rigorous, active, fast and contrastic collective improvisations played by three professional and talented jazz masters. This album has a remarkable, original and dynamic sound.

Alexander Hawkins – “Unit​[​e]” (SR, 2017)

“Unit[e]” – it’s a new album released by avant-garde jazz pianist Alexander Hawkins and other musicians. The compositions of the album were written for different ensembles and musicians. The composer of improvisations is pianist Alexander Hawkins. He recorded all these compositions with other great jazz musicians – Dylan Bates (violin), Neil Charles (double bass), Otto Fischer (electric guitar, guitar), Alexander Hawkins (piano, conductor), Shabaka Hutchings (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), Tom Skinner (drums), James Arben (flute, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), Stephen Davis (drums, percussion), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Julie Kjaer (flute, alto flute, alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Nick Malcolm (trumpet, flugelhorn), Hannah Marshall (cello), Percy Pursglove (trumpet, double bass), Alex Ward (clarinet) and Matthew Wright (live electronics). All musicians are famous and talented avant-garde jazz masters. Their music is expressive, modern, innovative, original and has effective sound.

Album has 12 compositions. All of them are professionally written by Alexander Hawkins. Innovative and original musical decisions, special sound effects, musical experiments and modern music language – these elements are the main base of compositions. The high variety of music styles, sounds, instruments and other elements is very much used in these compositions. The musicians are improvising original and free. Expressive and memorable acoustic instruments melodies, colorful and dynamic instrumentation and harmony, constantly changing rhytmic, innovative and inventive musical experiments and high variety of styles. Compositions are written in absolutely different styles. Tracks 1-7 are written for nonet and are based on avant-garde jazz elements. Free, wild and expressive collective improvisations have much in common with famous jazz master Ornette Coleman and his compositions. Dynamic rhytmic, memorable melodies, free and not strictly-based form, afroamerican music elements are the main base of these compositions. The compositions from 8 to 12 are written for larger ensemble and are based on different jazz styles. Avant-garde jazz elements there combine with funk, modern jazz styles, fusion, contemporary jazz and even a bit of traditional jazz styles. These elements are gently combined together and their sound is very different from earlier compositions. The high variety of different music styles, musical expressions and playing techniques, free and expressive improvisations and many other elements bring to this album original and innovative sound