Brandon Lopez, Chris Corsano, Sam Yulsman – “The Mess – Holy Holy” (Tombed Vision Records, 2017)

“The Mess – Holy Holy” is a new experimental jazz album which was released this month by “Tombed Vision Records”. Album was recorded by bassist Brandon Lopez, drummer Chris Corsano and pianist Sam Yulsman. These three musicians are talented and experienced jazz masters. Their improvisations are always full of spontaneous decisions, inventive playing techniques, innovative and free musical experiments. The musicians have their own playing style and expressive improvising manner. They had been improvising with numerous of other famous avant-garde jazz musicians. Brandon Lopez, Chris Corsano and Sam Yulsman are three demanding and interesting jazz masters which improvising is interesting, exciting and expressive. It’s a rare opportunity to hear these three jazz masters playing and improvising together.

Album improvisations are based on collective improvisation. There are many different music styles and expressions which form the basic of the musical pattern. Polyphonic form and structure, expressive and exciting melodies, interesting rhythmic, dynamic and innovative stylistic turns and waves, dissonance harmony are the main elements of these improvisations. Pianist Sam Yulsman try out different jazz styles and combines them into one composition. Avant-garde, various modern jazz styles are twisted together with some elements of swing and other traditional jazz styles. The pianist masterfully moves between free and creative musical experiments, wild fast arpeggios, swing jazz rhythmic and many other elements. His improvising is very interesting, spontaneous and exciting. Stunning and inventive musical decisions also are heard very much in all compositions. Chris Corsano and Brandon Lopez playing is very dynamic and constantly changing. They try out different playing techniques – various unusual and strange percussion sounds, noises and timbres create a colorful and expressive background of the improvisations. Bass improvisations have subtle and unpredictable sound – the melodies are full of wild fast arpeggios, pizzicato, glissando and other extended and traditional playing techniques masterfully twisted together. Wide range of colors, sounds, timbres and rhythms are heard in Brandon Lopez improvisations. Drummer’s Chris Corsano improvisations are very active and energetic, full of moody and interesting surprises, extended playing techniques and musical expressions. The most effective episodes of the album are collective improvisations by all three trio members. The adventurous and exciting conversation between drums, bass and piano is full of unpredictable and dynamic turns, strange timbres, interesting harmony and rhythmic and innovative musical experiments. Own and different improvisations by each trio musician are fused together in one composition. All different and independent melodies fit together very organically and masterfully. Own and unique improvising sound, free and expressive playing style by each musician is revealed in these compositions. The wide range of different music elements effects the mood and character. This music is very moody – sometimes it’s joyful, exciting and expressive, then it gets to be subtle and silent or suddenly turns out to energetic, powerful and loud episodes. Musicians demonstrate original and adventurous improvising which is based on free and spontaneous musical decisions and experiments. Wide range of music elements, outstanding and marvelous improvising create innovative and interesting sound of this album.


Yair Elazar Glotman – “Compound” (Subtext, 2017)

“Compound” – it’s a new album which was released this month by composer Yair Elazar Glotman. The compositions by this talented musician were recorded in this album. Yair Elazar Glotman is a German composer, musician and sound artist. His composing style is put between academic avant-garde, contemporary academical music and experimental jazz. Free form and structure, unusual instrumentation and musical decisions, combination of various music styles are the main elements of his compositions. The album was recorded by two outstanding and talented players – percussionist Marcelo Silvio Busato and pianist Rieko Okuda. The musicians have their own and original playing style, use high variety of musical expressions and other musical language elements.

This album compositions have extraordinary and interesting sound. Minimalism, contemporary academical music styles, avant-garde jazz, various experimental music styles elements are gently and essentially combined together in one composition. The composer create a solid melodic and rhythmic basements who are independent and based on different musical expressions. Colorful, relaxing and calm piano melodies, wild fast arpeggios, soft and interesting harmony, various separate chords and noises are masterfully combined with repetitive and dynamic rhythmic. The rhythmic of these compositions is variable and constantly changing – sometimes it’s very active and energetic and suddenly turns out to monotonic and repetitive. Expressive drum rolls, various percussion sounds, other background elements make colorful and interesting sound. The melodies and rhythms are absolutely different from each other – relaxing and soft melodies essentially combine with dynamic and active rhythmic in some episodes of the compositions. Lyrical, relaxing and calm mood is the main element of the most compositions. Monotonic, repetitive melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and other musical expressions are changing each other and make meditative and interesting sound. The musicians playing is very expressive and emotional – their own and individual playing manners, expressive style and free improvising are gently combined together in one musical pattern. The musical pattern is based on simple musical expressions and soft sound – there are no aggressive and sharp chords, unusual musical decisions or sudden stylistic waves. The composer demonstrates his own composing style which is effected by various contemporary music, impresionistic and post-romantic sound and various experimental jazz elements. Interesting, relaxing and meditative sound is the main element of these compositions.


Tomas Fujiwara – “Triple Double” (2017)

“Triple Double” is the newest album by Tomas Fujiwara which is released today, on October 20. Bandleader, composer and drummer Tomas Fujiwara recorded his newest album with other famous jazz musicians – Gerald Cleaver (drums), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Brandon Seabrook (guitar), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) and Ralph Alessi (trumpet). The musicians had improvised together in various combinations with other famous avant-garde jazz musicians – Matana Roberts, Tomeka Reid, Amir ElSaffar and many others. Musicians have their own and original sound, unique playing manner which is based on free musical experiments and creative decisions. Their music is full of unpredictable sounds and timbres, colorful stylistic waves and turns. This album is a rare opportunity to hear six great and experienced jazz masters playing together.

Album compositions are based on synthesis between avant-garde, modern jazz and various elements of rock styles. The basic of the compositions are free collective improvisations. Expressive and active collective improvisations are full of loud bursts of energy, wild fast solos, colorful and extraordinary sounds and interesting background. The musicians extract new and unusual timbres, are using original and extraordinary ways of playing. Improvisations are dynamic and full of unpredictable and colorful stylistic waves and turns. Variety of different moods and characters also is very much heard in these compositions. Expressive and emotional, dramatic and sharp turns out to joyful and playful or – very solemn and deep. The change of the moods and compositions characters is very sudden and dynamic – different moods are suddenly changing each other. Putting together different concepts and contrastic musical episodes bring original and extraordinary sound to these compositions. Extended playing techniques, traditional and innovative ways of playing help the musicians to expand the comfort zone of their instruments. They also expand from the zone of usual and traditional sound to free, innovative and adventurous improvisations. Arpeggios, drum rolls, intense and powerful reed instruments blow outs, wild fast guitars and other instruments solos also highly effect the sound of improvisations. The musical pattern is formed of expressive melodies, colorful sounds, special effects, free musical experiments and decisions and very interesting background. Dynamic rhythmic is based on high variety of rhythmic formulas masterfully twisted together. Sharp, modern and interesting harmony make adventurous and interesting sound. Individual and own playing style of each musician, masterful and outstanding improvising, high variety of different music elements and expressions make innovative and extraordinary sound of this album.

Aram Shelton / Grzegorz Tarwid / Tomo Jacobson / Håkon Berre – “Hopes and Fears” (Multikulti Project, 2017)

“Hopes and Fears” is the new album which will be released on October 23 by “Multikulti Project”. The album was recorded by four great jazz masters – Tomo Jacobson (double bass), Aram Shelton (alto saxophone), Hakon Berre (drums) and Grzegorz Tarwid (piano). These four musicians improvisations have extraordinary and original sound. This is the fist time then these four musicians are playing together. Individual and unique sound, different playing manner, creative and inventive musical decisions – all these elements gently fit together in their collective improvisations. The musicians are famous in avant-garde jazz scene. They had been improvising with various famous and interesting avant-garde jazz legends. This album is the first opportunity to hear creative and talented jazz masters playing and improvising together.

The album compositions are based on avant-garde jazz elements and musical experiments. The musicians try extended ways of playing, search for a new and evocative timbres and sounds. The first part of the album is more subtle and calm, based on different rhythms and melodic elements gently combined together. It begins softly, calmly and subtly and suddenly turns out ti absolutely different kind compositions. Expressive, emotional and dramatic playing, wild fast solos, powerful and loud blow outs and riffs are the mainly heard elements of collective improvisations. The composition “Daydreams and Terrors” has especially aggressive and sharp sound. It’s based on depressive, gloomy and harsh melodies illustrated with various sharp and harsh timbres and sounds. The compositions mood and character is always changing – it’s never stay too long in one mood. The moods are fast changing each other and make colorful sound of this album. Musicians experiment with various musical elements – they twist together different melodic, rhythmic, harmonic elements, try out inventive and extraordinary ways of playing. Polyphonic structure and free form, independent and colorful melodies, many concepts put one against other in one composition are the main elements of musical pattern. Each musician is improvising absolutely different from other. The conversation between four great and talented jazz masters is very interesting, adventurous and expressive – individual styles, playing manners and improvising sounds are masterfully and essentially combined together in one composition. Wide range of musical expressions and playing techniques, creative and inventive improvising make original and innovative sound of this album.

Pawel Hendrich – “Metaforma” (DUX, 2017)

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“Metaforma” is a new album released this year by “DUX Recordings”. Poland composer Pawel Hendrich compositions are recorded in this album. Pawel Hendrich is a contemporary academic and experimental music composer. His composing style is based on interesting musical decisions, innovative harmony and instrumentation and a synthesis between post-romantic, modernism and experimental music styles. The composer had created his own and extraordinary musical language which is full of concepts and contrasts masterfully combined together. He masterfully uses various contemporary music composing techniques, twist and fuse them together and create original sound. Serialism, dodecaphony, atonal music are fused with experimental composing techniques, electronics, computer sounds and other contemporary music elements. The main part of compositions are written for chamber ensembles, string quartets, symphony orchestras or solo instruments. He essentially combines together acoustic instruments and electronics. The sound of Pawel Hendrich compositions is very dynamic, colorful and interesting, full of unpredictable stylistic waves and turns.

This album compositions are written for chamber ensemble and orchestra. The compositions are based on polyphony and independent melodies. Solid melodic and rhythmic basements are heard very clear in these compositions. Interesting and emotional melodies, wild fast arpeggios, pizzicato, glissando and many other traditional playing techniques are mixed together with experimental and extraordinary playing techniques. Unusual and new ways of acoustic instruments playing extract high variety of different timbres and weird sounds. The acoustic instruments melodies are very important for compositions musical pattern and mood. These melodies make the compositions to sound more naturally, lively and emotional. Expressive solos, wild fast and joyful or slow and depressive – all these moods are changing one after each other. The wide range of musical expressions, playing techniques, emotional and expressive playing also bring original and interesting sound to this album compositions. The absolutely different episodes and instruments are masterfully combined together in one composition. Electronics and computer sounds mostly are used in last composition of this album – “Alopopulo”. The acoustic instruments are effectively and essentially combined together with various computer sounds and electronic music elements. The composer uses wide range of rhythmic, harmony, dynamics and other music language elements. Loud tutti episodes are put against slow and silent reeds solos, joyful and expressive strings, accordeon or other instruments solos. The high variety of rhythmic formulas and harmonic chords is making these compositions to sound very interesting and colorful. Dissonance harmony is the main element in mostly compositions – it’s contained of various chords which have sharp and acute sound. It makes this music to sound dramatic, emotional, very active and dynamic. The composer demonstrates his own and original composing style, inventive, extraordinary and creative musical decisions and create original and innovative sound of this album.

the WISSELTANGCAMATTA – “indes” (Umland Records, 2017)

“indes” is a new album which was released by “Umland Records” last month. The album was recorded by “the WISSELTANGCAMATTA” trio. Three outstanding and original musicians are playing at this trio – bassist Achim Tang, drummer Simon Camatta and saxophonist Georg Wissel. Achim Tang is German bass player. He successfully works together with various jazz musicians, plays with “Balkan Influenza”, “Max Nagt Ensemble”, “Max Nagt Quintet”, “Multibass Orchester”, “Multiple Joyce Orchestra” and other avant-garde jazz collectives. Simon Camatta is a German drummer who was born in 1976 in Essen, Germany. He plays together with various jazz musicians and ensembles such as “The Dorf”, “The Yellow snow Crystals” and “Knu!”. Georg Wissel is a German saxophonist. He also is an active member of German and other countries avant-garde jazz scene – plays with “Canaries On The Pole”, “The Mirror Unit”, “Simon Rummet Ensemble” and many others. All three musicians are improvising together for a long time. Their improvisations are very active, dynamic and energetic. Own and individual playing and improvising manner by each trio musician are connected and fused together in one composition.

The album compositions are essentially combined of various music elements. Avant-garde jazz and various modern jazz styles synthesis is the main element of these compositions basement. Polyphony, independent melodies, free form and structure, colorful and dynamic melodies are the basic of the musical pattern. The compositions are collective improvisations there all three trio musicians do their best to create extraordinary and different sounds and are demonstrating their own and individual improvising. Expressive melodies, wide range of musical expressions, playing techniques and moods are connected with unusual sounds, weird timbres and constantly changing rhythmic. The compositions mood is also very variable and always changing – from silent and quiet episodes with no solid melodic basement turns out to the bursts of energy, expressive and active collective improvisations, virtuosic blow outs, loud and powerful episodes and other elements. The musicians are experimenting with various musical language elements – they put together absolutely different playing techniques, expand the comfort zone of the instrument, extract new and unusual timbres, sounds, melodic intonations, rhythmic formulas and other musical decisions. They also use huge number of extended playing techniques – new and innovative ways of playing are gently combined with traditional playing techniques. Unpredictable stylistic turns, colorful and dynamic musical decisions, changes of the moods and compositions characters, free and expressive improvising make essential and interesting sound of this album compositions.

Arditti Quartet, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Pascal Rophé – “Pascal Dusapin: Quatuor Vl “Hinterland” & Quatuor Vll “OpenTime”” (aeon music, 2017)

Quatuor Vl "Hinterland" & Quatuor Vll "OpenTime"

“Pascal Dusapin: Quatuor Vl “Hinterland” & Quatuor Vll “OpenTime”” – this album were released this year by “aeon music”. The compositions by French composer Pascal Dusapin were recorded by “Arditti Quartet” and “Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France” conducted by Pascal Rophe. Pascal Dusapin is a French composer. His music is based on modern contemporary music styles and post-romantic music synthesis. He also use many original and extraordinary musical decisions which make this music very similar to academic avant-garde and experimental music. The main part of his compositions are dedicated for chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras or solo instruments. His musical language is very colorful, energetic and dynamic, full of adventurous stylistic waves, different moods and characters. Own and original composing style which he had created through the years of creative activity is the main reason why his music is so interesting and essentially combined of different musical elements. “Arditti Quartet” and “Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France” are one of the most famous collectives in the world – their interpretations of contemporary music composers compositions are usually played interesting, extraordinary, precisely and essentially.

The compositions written by Pascal Dusapin have essential and original sound. Two quartets – “Quartet 6” and “Quartet 7” – are based on various contemporary music styles synthesis. Modernism, post-romantic and academic avant-garde music traditions and elements are essentially combined together in these compositions. The composer had created and masterfully improved his very own and unique composing style which is based on colorful and extraordinary sound, original musical decisions and adventurous stylistic waves. These two quartets, as same as earlier ones, are very energetic and expressive. The mood and character of the compositions is always changing. From expressive, energetic and active tutti episodes there comes silent and lyric or very dramatic and provocative episodes. The wide range and changes of the moods are made with numerous of different playing techniques, musical expressions and innovative musical language. Dramatic and energetic melodies, expressive and dynamic rhythmic are illustrated with essential background – noisy, loud and screamy separate sounds of strings, various repetitive melodic and rhythmic elements, glissando, pizzicato, arpeggio and other accompaniment traditional playing techniques. All these elements are masterfully combined together in one composition. Along with various traditional playing techniques composer uses numbers of innovative and modern ways of playing – he search and try out new and extraordinary ways of playing and extract colorful and different timbres and sounds. The musical pattern of the compositions is mainly based on polyphonic form and structure. There are some episodes with homophonic basement, but they are gently combined together with polyphony. Independent melodies, colorful and expressive solos, energetic and active tutti episodes, wide range of rhythms, unusual and strange noises, astonishing solos and fine background are the main elements of these compositions. The harmony is also very interesting – it’s formed of sharp dissonances which are very frequently used in contemporary music and some of consonance chords which consist of various sounds. Rich and adventurous musical language, extraordinary musical decisions, high variety of composing techniques, own and unique composing style, unpredictable and colorful stylistic waves, different moods and characters which are contrasting with each other – all these elements make original and interesting sound of this album compositions.