James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor – “Radiant Imprints” (Off Records, 2018)

 James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor: Radiant Imprints
“Radiant Imprints” was released this year by “Off Records”. Album was recorded by two outstanding avant-garde jazz musicians – Chad Taylor (drums) and James Brandon Lewis (tenor saxophone). These two musicians have their own and interesting playing style, are dedicated to create original and extraordinary sound. They combine many different music styles in their improvisations – free-jazz, experimental jazz, bebop, post bop and other modern jazz styles intonations are gently combined together. Masterful virtuosity, inventive and creative improvising, free and spontaneous solos, energetic and expressive melodies are the most important elements of their improvisations. Their compositions are based on energetic and vivid melodies, which are inventively connected together and have its own and independent musical language and style. Bright, interesting and expressive improvisations effect whole sound of the album and create real bursts of energy – these episodes are the most effective places of their improvisations. Together Chad Taylor and James Brandon Lewis create expressive, vivacious and striking sound of their improvisations. They had been improvising together many times – and as a duo, and in various compilations with other jazz masters.
The compositions of this album have all the most important elements of avant-garde jazz and reveal the main priorities of both musicians playing style. Both musicians are improvising especially passionate, expressive and vivacious. Loud, turbulent and powerful bursts of energy are the most important and effective episodes of the album. These compositions have solid and expressive melodic pattern and intensive rhythmic basic. The melodic pattern is based on tenor saxophone melodies by James Brandon Lewis. Various interesting intonations, colors, musical experiments and unusual timbres – this huge variety of different playing techniques, expressions and other elements of musical language is used in his cimprovisations. Saxophone improvisations are filled with expressive melodies, spontaneous and wild fast passages, turbulent, powerful and sharp blow outs, creative and astonishing riffs, dramatic and loud culminations, which are combined with subtle, silent and peaceful excerpts. Musician masterfully try out many contrasting playing techniques and musical expressions. Huge variety of traditional playing techniques, impressive sounds effects and innovative ways of playing are organically fused together. Chad Taylor drums section is the opposite to the saxophone improvisations. It’s also has dynamic, energetic, vivacious and striking sound, but are based on other stylistics and playing manners. The rhythmic section is mostly based on wild fast and furious bebop and post bop rhythmic passages, dynamic and active solos, loud and powerful drum rolls, colorfu land gorgeous sounds of percussion which finally grow to dramatic and turbulent collective improvisations. Different kinds of rhythms and rhythmic formulas, expressive melodies, vivacious and striking solos, loud, powerful and dramatic free improvisations and many other elements are mixed and masterfully connected together. The organic and masterful synthesis of all these elements makes an effort to impressive and innovative sound.
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The Jack Novotny Trio – “Trio Theophany (feat. Ronzo Smith & Jordan McBride)” (Project Novo, 2018)

“Trio Theophany (feat. Ronzo Smith & Jordan McBride)” was released in February by “Project Novo” label. Album was recorded by “The Jack Novotny Trio” – it’s Jack Novotny (tenor, soprano sax), Ronzo Smith (drums) and Jordan McBride (bass). Three musicians had been improvising together many times. Together they are trying to create original and extraordinary sound – with huge range of different playing techniques, styles, manners and expressions they are creating expressive and energetic sound. Rich musical language, powerful and loud bursts of energy, own and individual playing style by each musician – all these elements are connected together in one place. Each musician has its own and unique playing style, which is based on innovative sound, playing manner and especially expressive, vivacious and atractive playing. Musicians are always trying to expand the technical abilities of their instruments and create unusual and interesting sound. Their improvisations are full of sudden stylistic waves, eclectic turns, contrasts, fascinating solos and synthesis between various jazz styles. Bebop, hard-bop, other modern jazz styles are connected together with avant-garde jazz. Basic elements of free improvisation and avant-garde jazz contain the basic of this album improvisations.

The compositions of this album are based on all the most important of avant-garde jazz. Each improviser reveals its own and individual style, playing manner, sound and create rich and modern musical language. The compositions are especially energetic and rapid – active, sharp, expressive and vivacious collective improvisations form whole sound of the album. All three musicians trying to extract new and unusual timbres, connect together contrasting musical expressions, styles and playing manners. Synthesis between avant-garde jazz and modern jazz styles, rich and colorful harmony and musical language, original and expressive style of improvising, connection of traditional and experimental ways of playing – these elements are the most important part of these improvisations. Especially bright and energetic sound is created by all three musicians. Each of them has a tendency to experiment in all sections of musical language, play long, wild fast and furious solos and create expressive and passionate melodies. Jack Novotny soprano and tenor sax melodies have vibrant and striking sounds. Active, wild fast and sharp blow outs, aggressive and provocative riffs, expressive and vivid melodies, colorful and dynamic arpeggios, various scales and constantly changing rhythmic – all these elements form the most important part of his improvisations and make a high effort to whole sound of the album. Jordan McBride bass improvisations are filled with vibrant and powerful solos, colorful and vivid melodies, expressive and passionate pieces and many other elements. It’s marvelously fits together with saxophone improvisations. Drums section by Ronzo Smith is based on main elements of modern, traditional and experimental jazz rhythmic formulas. He masterfully switches between sharp, active and rapid bebop solos, static and monotonic traditional jazz intonations to free, turbulent and passionate free jazz improvisations. The improvisations by “Jack Novotny Trio” are made by masterful synthesis of avant-garde jazz, bebop and the unclear intonations of traditional jazz, which are heard from time to time in rhythmic section. This album music has interesting, expressive and vivacious sound.

Peter Kuhn Trio – “Intention” (FMR, 2018)

“Intention” was released this month by “FMR Records”. Album was recorded by “Peter Kuhn Trio” – it’s Peter Kuhn (clarinet, bass clarinet), Kyle Motl (bass) and Nathan Hubbard (drums). All these three musicians are famous members of experimental jazz scene. Own and unique sound, interesting playing style, sudden and colorful twists of styles and musical expressions, rich musical language – all these elements are masterfully combined in one place. Three musicians had been improvising together many times – their playing usually organically and effectively fit together. Each of them are experimenting in  all fields of musical language – different timbres, expressions, search and extraction of weird sounds and noises – all these things are the priorities of their improvising. The collective improvisations by “Peter Kuhn Trio” have dynamic and expressive sound. Each musician is improvising with passion, expression and is always willing to create extraordinary and interesting sound. Their improvisations are based on contrasts – loud, powerful and rapid bursts of energy are highly contrasting with subtle, soft and relaxing episodes. The music is always full of spontaneous solos, passionate, vivid, joyful and expressive melodies and unpredictable stylistic waves. Independent melodies, rhythms, timbres and expressions are individual in each musician’s playing – it helps musicians to create rich, modern and inventive musical language.

This album compositions are based on avant-garde jazz. Expressive, passionate, vivacious and energetic collective improvisations are based on synthesis between different musical expressions, tones, timbres and rhythms. Polyphonic musical pattern, rich musical language, solid and bright melodic and rhythmic sections – all these elements are the basics of these improvisations. All compositions of this album have especially expressive, interesting and bright sound. It’s highly effected by individual style by all three jazz masters. Peter Kuhn clarinet and bass clarinet improvisations are vivacious, rapid, vivid and expressive. Musician improvises with passion, try out various playing techniques and experimental ways of playing. Furious and powerful blow outs, sharp, active and bright sound, wild fast passages, colorful arpeggios and huge variety of weird timbres are the most important elements of his improvisations. He also use very active, dynamic and expressive rhythmic, which along with dramatic, sharp and striking solos create extremely energetic and rapid solos. Bass clarinet melodies have deep and expressive sound – it’s highly contrasting with vivacious, lengthy and vivid clarinet solos and keep a solid and firm rhythmic section. Kyle Motl bass improvisations also are especially vibrant, expressive and powerful. Improviser use huge range of experimental ways of playing and musical expressions – dramatic vibrato, wild fast arpeggios, colorful and sudden glissando, staccato, vivacious and playful pizzicato, rubato and the rest of many other playing techniques are gently combined together in one  place. The most important elements of bass improvisations – active, rapid and contrasting melodies. It’s marvelously gets along together with clarinet melodies and make a high effort to whole sound of the album. Nathan Hubbard drums section is especially energetic and rapid – musician try out various original and experimental methods of playing, extracts many weird and strange sounds and colorful timbres of percussion instruments. Huge variety of sounds, colors and timbres make a colorful background and is connected with extremely expressive and energetic drum rolls, vivid and striking solos, loud arpeggios and free improvisations/ This album music is based on free improvisations, fascinating musical experiments, colorful harmony and rich musical language – all these elements are mixed in one place and make interesting and original sound.

Ed Bennett / Decibel – “Togetherness” (Diatribe Records, 2018)

“Togetherness”was released this month by “Ireland record label “Diatribe Records”. Album was recorded by Eb Bennet and “Decibel” – it’s Ed Bennett (compositions, electronics), Barbara Lueneburg (violin in 2,3), Mira Benjamin (violin in 1, 4, 5), Neil McGovern (saxophones), Michelle Holloway (recorders), Jack McNeil (clarinets in 1 – 4), Heather Roche (clarinets in 5), Martyn Sanderson (trombone), Paul Norman (electric guitar), Sebastiano Dessanay (double bass, bass guitar), Eliza McCarthy (piano), Damien Harron (percussion) and Daniele Rosina (conductor). The music of this huge ensemble has attractive, expressive, emotional and passionate sound. Musicians are experimenting in all fields of musical language – they are trying new playing techniques, search for unusual timbres, original playing manners, inventive musical language decisions and other things. They are trying to create original and energetic sound by fusing various music styles in one place. Gorgeous, energetic and vivid compositions are formed by the synthesis of avant-garde jazz, avant-rock and other rock styles, bebop and hard-bop intonations and rhythms. The music by this ensemble is full of sudden and unpredictable surprises, stylistic waves and has interesting and vibrant sound.

The compositions of this album are based on avant-garde jazz and rock synthesis. Free and vivid improvisations are connected together with powerful and harsh electric guitar solos and monotonic rhythmic in bass section. The compositions have variable, colorful and rich musical language. Reeds improvisations effect whole sound of the album – it form and keep the basics of avant-garde jazz. Expressive and vivid clarinet, deep and harsh trombone and vivacious saxophones – these three instruments have their own and individual musical language. Reeds melodies are based on attractive and wild fast solos, expressive and passionate melodies, spontaneous and free blow outs, vibrant and powerful reefs and unusual timbres. Piano melodies are somewhere between avant-garde jazz and contemporary academical music. Along with violins and double bass, piano bring the unclear and soft intonations of contemporary academical music to these compositions. Repetitive rhythmic, electronics sounds and unusual timbres, computer devices, recorders timbres and sounds, soft and subtle violins, monotonic piano melodies have many elements which are common to the electronic and experimental music. Shrieky solos of electric guitar have all the main elements of rock styles – it has powerful and vibrant sound, fascinating and deep riffs and form a bright contrast with other instruments sections. Percussion section also is very variable and dynamic. Is full of many different playing styles, main rhythmic formulas of various music styles and interesting percussion timbres. Repetivie and minimalistic rhythmic, vibrant and powerful rock rhythms, vivacious, expressive and free avant-garde jazz improvisations, gorgeous percussion solos – all these elements are combined together. This music is interesting because of masterful synthesis between absolutely different music styles and astonishing playing by each musician. Dramatic, active, dynamic and effective sounds of violins, deep and vibrant double bass, subtle bass guitar, shrieky and powerful solos of electric guitar, vivacious piano melodies and passionate reeds and brasses, special effects and electronic music sounds – all these instruments have its own and independent melodies and sound. The synthesis between avant-garde jazz, contemporary academical music, experimental and electronic music, the intonations of various modern jazz styles make special and interesting sound of this album.

Schiaffini|Prati|Gemmo|Armaroli – “Luc Ferrari Exercises d’Improvisation” (Dodicilune, 2018)

“Luc Ferrari Exercises d’Improvisation” was released this month by Italian record label “Dodicilune”. The compositions by French composer Luc Ferrari was played by four jazz masters – Giancarlo Schiaffini (trombone), Walter Prati (cello), Francesca Gemmo (piano) and Sergio Armaroli (vibraphone). These four musicians are interesting musicians. Their playing style is based on free improvisation, electroacoustic music, experimental music, academic avant-garde and experimental jazz synthesis. Luc Ferrari is famous and interesting 20th century composer. The main field of his music style – electroacoustic music and academic avant-garde. Through long years of creative activity, Luc Ferrari formed and masterfully improved his own composing style. Electronics, acoustic instruments, magnetic tape records, field recordings, basic elements of dodecaphony and serialism, spectral music, concrete music, experimental playing techniques of contemporary academical music, free improvisation and not-stricly based form – all these elements contain the main part of his compositions. Luc Ferrari composing style was based on many different music elements and effected by other famous 20th century composers. Olivier Messiaen, Edgar Varese, Arthur Honegger music had made big influence to Luc Ferrari playing style. Luc Ferrari is one of the creators of concrete and electroacoustic music. His music has original ,specific and interesting sound. The elements of concrete and electroacoustic music are gently synthesized together with free improvisation, which also is very important to these improvisations. Luc Ferrari compositions have free form, interesting structure, are based on contrasts and shocking musical experiments. Spontaneous, vibrant and expressive solos, free collective improvisations take very important place of Luc Ferrari improvisations and make them always to switch between academic avant-garde and free improvisation.

The compositions of this album were played by four Italian jazz masters. Each of them has his own playing style. All the musicians like to experiment in all fields of musical language – especially in specific timbres and sound effects section. Passionate and touching sound of this album compositions is based on many different music elements. Deep, vibrant and depressive trombone sounds, soft, vivacious and expressive vibraphones, vivid piano melodies and contrasting cello melodies – all these elements help the musicians to create different and specific sound of Luc Ferrari compositions. Trombone melodies form and extract very deep and depressive sound – its full of repetitive and monotonic tones, static rhythms and harsh timbres. Walter Prati cello melodies are based on free and spontaneous improvisations, which have many contrasts. Subtle and soft melodies, unusual timbres, dynamic rhythmic and vibrant sound are highly contrasting with expressive and vivacious melodies. Piano melodies by Francesca Gemmo are moody and contrasting – vivacious melodies are fused with repetitive rhythmic and melodic elements. Interesting harmony, repetitive or very dynamic rhythmic, huge range of different musical expressions and free improvisations are highly effecting whole sound of the compositions. Piano, trombone and cello melodies are illustrated by soft and repetitive vibraphones. Soft, subtle, colorful and gorgeous sound of vibraphones is the opposite to the loud, expressive and active melodies. The music of this album has contrasting and expressive sound and huge variety of moods. Harch, depressive and dark episodes are gently twisted together with dramatic and loud free improvisations, energetic solos, dissonance and interesting harmony, expressive, lengthy and vivacious melodies or subtle and soft pieces. The basic elements of Luc Ferrari compositions are succesfully and masterfully revealed – four interesting and creative improvisers create passionate, interesting and extraordinary sound of this album compositions.

Laura Schuler|Lisa Grotherus|Anatole Buccella|Silvan Jeger|Lukas Rutzen – “Laura Schuler Kronikor” (2018)

“Laura Schuler Kronikor” was released this year. The album was recorded by a group of interesting jazz musicians – Laura Schuler (violin, compositions), Lisa Grotherus (clarinet and bassclarinet), Anatole Buccella (guitar), Silvan Jeger (doublebass) and Lukas Rutzen (drums). Unique sounds, own and independent playing style, original playing techniques and rich musical language – all these elements are the most important part of these musicians improvisations. Various elements of Scandinavian music elements, free improvisations, avant-garde jazz, the intonations of Switzerland and other Europe countries ethnic music are connected in one place in this ensemble improvisations. The simple structure is highly contrasting with bright and evocative musical language, spontaneous solos, engaging and expressive melodies and many other things. Musicians combine together different playing techniques, expressions and styles – after active, rapid and expressive improvisations there come calm, relaxing and peaceful episodes. Attractive, interesting and free improvising is gently synthesized together with contemporary academical music, Switzerland and Scandinavian countries folk music, basic elements of classical music language form and other elements.

The compositions of this album reveal the main and the most important elements of Laura Schuler composing style. All the compositions were written by Laura Schuler – strict form, traditional musical expressions and playing techniques of contemporary academical music are masterfully combined together with experimental ways of playing, free improvisation, avant-garde jazz, expressive and active collective improvisations and other things. This music also has very good sound quality and were played with masterful virtuosity – each musician plays masterfully, expressive, creatively and inventively. Lisa Grotherns clarinet and bass clarinet melodies bring specific and interesting timbres to the compositions. Vivacious, joyful, expressive and playful clarinet melodies are illustrated with unusual timbres, special sound effects and various playing expressions. Sudden and colorful glissando, wild fast arpeggios, the intonations of Scandinavian countries folk music, powerful blow outs and spontaneous solos – all these elements are mixed in one place. Expressive and live clarinet is highly contrasting with deep, bright, monotonic and repetitive bass clarinet solos. Anatole Buccella guitar melodies colorfully illustrate the dramatic and evocative violin solos. Bright and loud violin solos are accompanied by guitar chords, soft and expressive sound, extraordinary timbres and special sound effects of guitar. Anatole Buccella masterfully switches between avant-garde jazz, free improvisation and contemporary academical music elements. His playing style is eclectic, based on strange and interesting contrasts and evocative musical language. Laura Schuler violin melodies is the basic element of melodic pattern. Dramatic, contrasting, expressive and interesting violin solos make an effort to whole sound of the compositions. Violinist has her own and individual playing style, which is absed on many different music elements. The melodic and rhythmic intonations of Scandinavian music, elements of Switzerland ethnical music, huge range of different scales, chords and playing techniques are twisted with free improvisation. Silvan jeger double bass gently fit together along with violin. It form and keep firm rhythmic section, also is filled with vibrant and passionate solos. Expressive melodies colorfully illustrated with vibrato, glissando, pizzicato, staccato and many other playing techniques, form contrasting and expressive sound. Drums section by Lukas Rutzen is free and independent. Various experimental ways of playing are combined together with basic rhythms of contemporary academical music, unusual timbres, avant-garde jazz, bebop, hard-bop and other jazz styles elements. This album music has touching, attractive and interesting sound.

Peter Kuhn|Dave Sewelson|Dan Clucas|Scott Walton|Alex Cline – “Dependent Origination” (FMR, 2018)

“Dependent Origination” was released by “FMR Records” this year. Album was recorded by interesting and creative jazz masters – Peter Kuhn (Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone), Dave Sewelson (Baritone Saxophone, Sopranino Saxophone), Dan Clucas (Cornet), Scott Walton (bass) and Alex Cline (drums). These five musicians are experimenting together and create evocative and energetic sound. Their music is bright, has rich and colorful musical language, is full of unpredictable stylistic waves and spontaneous solos. Musicians are improvising free, creatively, innovatively and expressively. They produce and extract unusual timbres, create and try out new and innovative ways of playing. Their music is based on avant-garde jazz elements and collective improvisations. For the most of the time, improvisations are rapid, active, have sharp, expressive and evocative sound. Special effects, unusual sounds and timbres, wide range of different playing styles and expressions are organically combined together with unique playing style. Each musician is experienced and famous member of avant-garde jazz scene – each of them has its own and individual playing style, which is based on innovative and expressive improvising.

This album compositions are based on contrasts and have masterful quality of sound. The musicians create interesting, engaging and evocative sound by using many different playing techniques and musical expressions. Each of them is improvising differently from the others. The musicians have a tendency to use inventive and modern musical decisions, experiment in all ways of musical language. All these elements they combine with the basic and the most important elements of their playing style. Free and spontaneous reeds improvisations by Dave Sewelson, Peter Kuhn and Dan Clucas form bright and energetic sound of the album. Bright, expressive, passionate and active solos are filled with many different timbres and musical expressions. Free and vibrant blow outs, sharp and aggressive solos, expressive and vivacious melodies, wide range of unusual timbres and sounds are the main elements of these improvisations. Shrieky, vibrant and loud saxophones, expressive, evocative and bright clarinet, deep and active cornet – these three instruments have their own and independent melodies, which gently and organically are connected together. Their improvisations are based on wild and furious blow outs, sharp and provocative stylistic waves, powerful bursts of energy which are masterfully fused together with soft and calm episodes. The contrasts of different timbres, characters, moods, melodies and other elements of musical language effect whole sound of the album. Scott Walton bass melodies form bright and solid bass section, are highly contrasting with reeds and colorfully illustrates their melodies. Bass improvisations are always somewhere between calm, monotonic and repetitive tones and vibrant, energetic and passionate solos. Sudden turns, modofications of timbres and sounds make the sound more contrastic, interesting and variable. Drums section is leaded by Alex Cline. His furiouos drum rolls, energetic, engaging, aggressive and provocative solos, furious and rapid passages, various types of rhythms and unusual percussion sounds bring especially energetic and expressive sound and interesting rhythmic basic. All five musicians are improvising spontaneously, creatively and free. The improvisations of this album has evocative, bright, rich and innovative musical language and expressive sound.