Belgian-born pianist Jonas Cambien currently resides in Oslo and is supported by first-rate regional musicians on his debut outing as a leader. No doubt, this trio possesses a distinct personality as the artists seemingly concoct a horde of magic potions on a per-track basis. Here, free-form maneuvers evolve into tangible themes amid quirky advancements and spunky, off-kilter interplay. Each piece stands on its own. And from an avant-garde jazz perspective, the musicians often equalize the blustery improvisational segments with hummable melodies, signaling a welcome and rather unanticipated surprise for 2016.
"We The People" is a strong indicator of what this band is all about as they merge a finger-snapping, melodic ostinato motif into a rising tide like opus, steadily executed in the low to middle registers by Cambien. Meanwhile, drummer Andreas Wildhagen lays down a sweeping and darting pace that adds to the group's dynamism as saxophonist André Roligheten dishes out a furious soloing escapade, leading to a catchy theme, constructed on a looping foundation. It's a prime example of the musicians' manner of weaving the hard stuff with melodic overtures and brash soloing jaunts that provide numerous rewarding factors.
Track Listing: We The People.
Personnel: André Roligheten: soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet; Andreas
Wildhagen: drums; Jonas Cambien: piano.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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