All sorts of art: five new jazz albums with interesting themes
Jazz recording met the spring with a regrouping of forces. Projects come out with unexpected concepts that don’t seem to have anything to do with music. New interesting supergroups appear, while the old ones shake up the line-UPS, revise their views, and simply do not stand still. Like March snow.
Jeremy Pelt “Jeremy Pelt the Artist”Portrait of a musician as an artist is a concept album by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Who was also a lover of all sorts of plastic arts-wrote “Rodin Suite”, in honor of, of course, Auguste Rodin. The parts are named after famous sculptures – “Call to arms”, “Eternal spring” – nothing specific.”The call” begins with a repetitive piano arpeggios that resemble Philip glass rather than the more appropriate Satie or Debussy, although there is something ravelic about it all. “Spring”, this masterpiece of high eroticism, is generally played out as just romantic jazz. In Watercolors, you can hear transparent colors in the vibraphone part played by Chien Chien Liu.The famous “Thinker” (Penseur) is not here, but everything is permeated with a certain Thought that only Pelt can understand. But if objectively — a well-thought-out album, with inspiration and understandable beauty. In this sense, it is very Rodin-like, indeed.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerMats Eilertsen Trio (with Harmen Fraanke and Tomas Stronen) “And Then Comes The Night”by double Bassist mats Eilertsen I saw in Norway, in his homeland and with his trio. In General, he is probably the second Scandinavian bassist-after Ingebrigt HOCKER-Flaten. At 44, he is a star of the genre and a very popular musician. I played with many people, from My skydive band to Trygve Seim. Diverse, but with an indestructible Scandinavian “chip”, for which, in fact, these guys ‘ records are loved. And which are records, not guys-that’s why they fit so well in the ECM catalog.There are few notes, no mood swings, everything seems to be flat and dull, like a winter afternoon in Northern Norway (although it’s not as scary as it seems). But it’s like ice of different shades and configurations.”Albatross” – mimesis, the sound of the sea in the drums by Thomas Strenen, a light thing. Calmly-rocking “Solace”, where the Dutch pianist Harmen Franje shines: his part — Grieg motifs-moods, beautiful sound and dizzying beaded technique. And” the Void ” is a mats benefit. It is all based on a thick-sounding, percussive double bass, and in this sense, Eilertsen here is the spiritual heir of Charlie Mingus.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, DeezerRalph Alessi “Imaginary Friends” is the Third album by trumpeter Ralph Alessi on exuberant ECM — a piece of meditative, beautiful and diverse. Ravi Coltrane’s tenor and soprano saxophones here contrast piquantly with Alessi’s rough, clogged trumpet.But everyone has their own beautiful sound, and combinations of these instruments play with contrasts and on contrasts. The double bass of Dru Gress shakes, the drums of Mark Ferber slightly “run away”, from which the musical canvas breathes and sways like a thin sail.Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Chris Potter “Circuits” one of the best tenor saxophonists of the middle generation Chris Potter decided to record a “groove” album. In fact, this is what he is good at: broken rhythms, plus a deep rocking rhythm, plus furious phrases of the saxophone. That is, modern creative BOP at its best. If you like Mark Giuliana, Donnie McCaslin, this is the place for you.The pieces on “Circuits” represent all of the above plus “anti-jazz sound”: interesting timbral combinations of instruments, samples and noises. The bright part of the palette is “rock” keyboardist James Francis. And Potter here dabbles in guitars and a sampler. But his tenor is a king! Juicy sound, phrasing-like a whip.The killer rhythm section consists of top drummer Eric Harland and bassist Linley Marte. By the way, the bass guitar is recorded on only four tracks, the other bass parts are played by keys. Just like some of The Doors!Apple.Music, Yandex.Music, Deezer
Rymden “Reflections and Odysseys” Album-event already at the line-up level. Pianist / keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft and rhythm section from the Trio of Esbjorn Svensson, who tragically died almost 11 years ago.To tell the truth, Dan Berglund and Magnus Estrem are not just a “rhythm section”, they were like Eddie Gomez and Paul Motiana under bill Evans-i.e. just parts of the body, sorry for the physiology. Having lost a friend-the chief (Esbjorn drowned by a tragic accident while scuba diving), they did not part.Bugge-of course, not Esbjorn at all, if only because the first — Norwegian, the other — Swedish, respectively. Joke. It’s not about nationalities, it’s just that both of them are known for expanding their understanding of European jazz, but each went their own way. Bugge-electronic and confused, Esbjorn-acoustic, melodic, with a fatal drive. Two parallel paths of Scandinavian jazz for the time being.But something gives us the right to combine it all in “Scandinavian jazz”, not only the citizenship of musicians! And now the two approaches have combined to create something else, a third way. Ostinato steady beat of the recording is reminiscent of Esbjorn. Dense bass roll, transparent piano. And “Raak”, for example — such a dark dashing, as if it is an instrumental cover of Black Sabbath.